Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The Bachelor of Speech Pathology prepares students for entry into professional speech pathology practice. Speech pathologists assess and treat adults and children exhibiting acquired or congenital disorders of speech, fluency, voice, language and swallowing. This distinctive course aims to educate students to become knowledgeable, skilled, empathetic, ethical and innovative professionals who are able to provide effective speech pathology assessment and intervention for people of different ages. The course contains industry-specific and inter-professional units of study. A mix of theory units are combined with simulated learning and clinical practicum opportunities across the four-year course.
32 units. 1,000 hours of professional placement.
- Phonetics and linguistics
- Audiology and neurology for speech pathology
- Person-centred care and holistic practice. Optional major: Indigenous health.
Standard entry requirements
- Year 12 or equivalent
- Recommended: Maths B
- Police and health record checks
- English proficiency
- IELTS of 7.5 overall with minimum 8.0 in Listening and Speaking and minimum 7.0 in Writing and Reading
The Bachelor of Speech Pathology is accredited by the Speech Pathology Australia (SPA), the national professional and accrediting body. Students and graduates of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology will be eligible for membership of Speech Pathology Australia.
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Speech pathologists work in community settings such as private practice, health centres, nursing homes and hospitals. There are opportunities to work with interdisciplinary teams in acute or rehabilitation hospitals, in school classroom-based speech pathology intervention (training educators and parents to implement specialist programs), or with other specialists to assess and treat people of any age who have speech, language, language-based literacy, voice, fluency or swallowing difficulties.