Speech Pathology and Audiology - B.S.

COLLEGE: College of Education, Health and Human Services

DEPARTMENT: School of Health Sciences
100 Nixson Hall
Tel: 330-672-2197
E-mail: oss@kent.edu
Web: www.ehhs.kent.edu/hs

DESCRIPTION: Speech Pathology and Audiology is a preprofessional undergraduate major focusing on the evaluation, treatment and research of human communication and its disorders. This undergraduate program provides a firm foundation leading to the master's degree in speech-language pathology or the doctorate in audiology and meets the academic and clinical requirements for the American Speech and Hearing Association certification and licensure by the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology. The curriculum integrates a sequence of coursework designed to provide a strong liberal arts background and an understanding of normal and disordered aspects of the human communication process. Specific coursework includes: anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms, speech science, hearing science, neurology, phonetics, normal speech and language development, speech and language disorders, audiometry, and aural rehabilitation. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are employed in a variety of settings: rehabilitation centers, hospitals, schools, community clinics, private practice, research laboratories, and colleges/universities.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
Speech-language pathologists held about 119,300 jobs in 2008. About 48 percent were employed in educational services. Others were employed in hospitals; offices of other health practitioners, including speech-language pathologist; nursing care facilities; home health care services; individual and family services; outpatient care centers; and child day care centers. Nine percent of speech-language pathologists were self-employed in 2008. They contract to provide services in schools, offices of physicians, hospitals, or nursing care facilities, or work as consultants to industry.

Audiologist held about 12,800 jobs in 2008. About 64 percent of all jobs were in health care facilities; offices of physicians or other health practitioners, including audiologist; hospitals; and outpatient care centers. About 14 percent of jobs were in educational services. Other jobs for audiologist were in health and personal care stores and in State and local government.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS:
Students admitted to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services as freshmen must have been fully admitted to the university. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a major and/or admission to professional coursework for a selective admission program. To be admitted directly into a teacher education program and Community Health, it is required that new freshmen have a 2.75 high school GPA and 16 units of college preparatory curriculum or a 21 ACT or 980 SAT score. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements of their intended major may enroll as pre-majors for selected programs or EHHS General until which time they have the required 2.75 GPA.

Students are admitted to health and human services programs and educational studies using the university admission criteria (see the Entering the University section of this Catalog), with the exception of the sport administration program, which requires a 2.75 high school GPA for entering freshmen and a 21 ACT or 980 SAT score. Selective admission criteria are used in some programs in the college. Students who do not meet the GPA requirements of their intended major may enroll as pre-majors for selected programs or EHHS General until which time they have the required GPA. Students desiring to major in human development and family studies or speech pathology and audiology are admitted as pre-majors and later are accepted into the appropriate program only after specific requirements have been met. It is imperative that the student contact the individual school for detailed information. 

GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS:
Minimum 121 credit hours. Students are required to earn a 2.25 GPA in the major. Students who have earned 90 semester hours and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.00 may, with approval of the School of Speech Pathology and Audiology, apply for admission to the combined program. Admission will be based upon satisfactory GRE scores, three letters of recommendation and completion of the Application for Admission and Combined Baccalaureate and Master’s Program forms.

LANGUAGE
REQUIREMENT:
None

STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES: There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.
PROGRAM FEE: $50/semester
ACCREDITATION: The Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech - Language Hearing Association

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