Speech and hearing
Speech-language pathology and audiology
Employment opportunities for speech-language pathologists and audiologists are good. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that from 2012-22 there will be a 19% growth rate in job openings for speech pathologists and a 34% growth rate in job openings for audiologists.
Speech-language pathologists (SLP) work with people of all ages with disorders in speech, language, social communication, cognitive communication and swallowing. Speech-language pathologists work in schools, hospitals, clinics and nursing homes, and in home health.
An audiologist is someone who diagnoses and treats a patient’s hearing and balance problems using advanced technology and procedures. The majority of audiologists work in health care facilities, such as hospitals, physicians’ offices and audiology clinics. Some also work in schools.
To become a licensed speech and language pathologist or an audiologist, a person must complete an accredited master’s degree program. Bluffton’s undergraduate program will prepare you to apply to graduate schools. Your academic adviser will be well aware of the coursework and other activities that will increase your competitiveness for graduate school. We will guide you in choosing coursework, clinical work and other activities that will strengthen your application.
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A four year plan provides guidance toward a major in speech-language pathology & audiology.