Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Speech pathologists provide professional services for persons whose educational, vocational, personal and social functioning is impaired by disorders of speech, language, voice, swallowing, fluency and hearing. The diagnostic and therapeutic services needed by such persons are made available within a variety of settings: pre-schools, schools, clinics established in hospitals, community health centres, mental health agencies, nursing homes and private practices. Speech pathologists also conduct research into a wide range of issues related to communications and swallowing.
The major academic components of this course comprise lifespan development and social context and its impact on health, anatomy/pathophysiology, phonetics and linguistics, professional studies related to communication and swallowing disorders, and research methods. Students will undertake extensive clinical experience including 2 block placements of 6-8 weeks each.
- Speech pathology
Standard entry requirements
- Year 12 or equivalent
- Or mature age entry (STAT)
- Or TAFE/VET qualifications
- Or higher education transfers
- Or results from the completion of a foundation studies program
Graduates will meet the entry-level standards of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA), the national accrediting body, which will enable them to practise in Australia and many other countries around the world including the UK and Asia.
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An honours degree can be completed in four years by undertaking additional units, including a research project at honours level, in Year 4.