Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (B.S.)

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (B.S.)

Audiology and Speech Pathology

Program Admission

In addition to 53 semester hours of general education requirements, a total of 51 semester hours is required for a Bachelor's of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology along with elective courses and BU's degree requirement of 120 hours. Students should work with their adviser on course selection.

BU's Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology undergraduate program attracts students from all over the world, giving flexibility in pursuing careers in audiology or speech-language pathology.

The program prepares students for graduate education in either audiology or speech-language pathology through comprehensive speech science and audiology laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment.

Entry-level credential for speech-language pathology is a master's degree and a clinical doctorate for audiology. As such, BU does not make recommendations for state certification in either discipline at the completion of this program.

The preprofessional curriculum provides the student with a broad general education background with a few introductory courses pertaining to the professions of speech pathology and audiology.

The required undergraduate courses are prerequisite to graduate school admission and are based on the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASLHA) accreditation and certification requirements.

Access and familiarity with speech and audiology instrumentation is regarded as an important plus for students applying to graduate programs. Many BU students are accepted in nationally recognized graduate programs throughout the country, including Bloomsburg's own CAA accredited master's program in speech pathology and doctoral program in audiology.

Career Focus: Your future outlook

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), job growth for audiology is expected to grow by 37 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 4,800 new jobs over the 10-year period. Excellent job opportunities in speech-language pathology are expected to grow by 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. The expanding population in older age groups is prone to medical conditions that result in speech, language and swallowing problems.

Employment in educational services will increase along with growth in elementary and secondary school enrollments, including enrollment of special education students. Federal law guarantees special education and related services to all eligible children with disabilities. The more flexible you can be in your job hunt, the greater your chances of success. There is no doubt that your services are needed. Begin exploring new niches in the job market.