Field of Study: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Speech pathology and audiology programs prepare students to work with patients who have speech and hearing problems.
Speech pathology and audiology programs include topics such as:
- Anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing
- Language interpretation
- Biomechanics of swallowing and vocal articulation
- Communications disorders
- Hearing loss
- Selecting and fitting hearing aids
- Rehabilitative therapies
- Language diagnostics
In speech pathology and audiology programs, students may be able to specialize in:
- Communication disorders
- Audiology and hearing sciences
- Speech-language pathology
A few community colleges and 2-year schools offer associate degree programs in speech pathology and audiology. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.
Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in speech pathology and audiology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.
Many universities offer graduate degrees in speech pathology and audiology. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.