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Field of Study: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Introduction

Speech pathology and audiology programs prepare students to work with patients who have speech and hearing problems.

 

Overview

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

Concentrations
In speech pathology and audiology programs, students may be able to specialize in:

  • Communication disorders
  • Audiology and hearing sciences
  • Speech-language pathology

Schools
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.