Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
As the longest standing provider of speech pathology education in Victoria, La Trobe University understands no two days of the profession are alike. This four-year course considers every aspect of speech pathology, teaching you to diagnose and treat issues such as speech and language problems, stuttering and swallowing difficulties. The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology may enable you to work all over the world in a variety of health settings. In first year you're introduced to the fundamentals of human biosciences, the factors influencing health, and the requirements of working as a health professional. First year also includes observational opportunities and exposure to speech pathologists. Second year allows you to focus on areas such as assisting those with hearing, speech or intellectual difficulties - including language, voice and stuttering problems - while developing capabilities in linguistics, general psychology and anatomy. You'll gain the majority of your professional placement experience in third and fourth years where you'll learn to diagnose and treat speech pathology cases using real-life examples. You'll complete placements at a range of hospital and community agencies, schools and rehabilitation centres, so you gain the skills to work with all kinds of people, from children with developmental delay to adults with acquired disorders. Fourth year is the chance to participate in seminars on advanced issues in speech pathology which will sharpen your presentation skills and help you discover choose an area of specialisation. During a clinical placement, you could be involved in the development of resources and projects aimed at helping the speech pathology community. The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
In first year, students will take core subjects with students from other health sciences courses, focusing on basic human biosciences and factors influencing health, and the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors. In second year, students develop speech pathology skills, acquiring knowledge of normal development, the anatomy and function of the human body, causes, types of communication, and swallowing disorders. In third and fourth years, the program utilises innovative problem-based learning and highly effective clinical learning experiences.
- Speech pathology, physiology and anatomy.
Standard entry requirements
- Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or at least 30 in English other than EAL
- And a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics
- International students must meet the academic and English language requirements. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). Membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
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Local (non-International) students at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses must transfer to Bendigo after first year. International students may study this program at Bendigo and Melbourne campuses.