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Speech Pathology and Audiology - B.S. PDFDownload to print

College of Education, Health and Human Services

School of Health Sciences

100 Nixson Hall
PH: 330-672-2197 | Fax: 330-672-2194


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 settings. Others were employed in hospitals; 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.

Audiologists held about 12,800 jobs in 2008. About 64 percent of all jobs were in health care facilities; offices of physicians; hospitals; and outpatient care centers. About 14 percent of jobs were in educational settings. Other jobs for audiologists were 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.

Students desiring to major in 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 2.250 GPA in the major. Students who have earned 90 semester hours and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.000 may apply for admission to the combined program. Admission will be based upon GRE scores, three letters of recommendation and completion of the Application for Admission and Combined Baccalaureate and Master’s Program forms.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of International Affairs.

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The Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech - Language Hearing Association