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Up to four renewable grants will be awarded to first-year students  majoring in select STEM fields, with a 3.0 GPA or higher, American minority and an Ohio resident.

Speech

Speech-language pathologists work with people of all ages who have disorders in speech, language, social communication, cognitive communication and swallowing. Audiologists diagnose and treat a patient’s hearing and balance problems using advanced technology and procedures. Bluffton's Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Program provides a firm foundation for your future career.

What's it like to be a speech-language pathology and audiology major, let Emily tell you!

The profession allows you to work with people throughout their lifespan, from birth to end of life, in a variety of settings. It is so much more than helping improve a child’s “r” and “s” sounds and decrease stuttering. Bluffton's program is unique because students have the opportunity to learn from faculty in multiple disciplines, as well as working with real patients.

BLUFFTON PROVIDES FUTURE SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS AND AUDIOLOGISTS:

  • Individualized academic advising
  • Exceptional education in a small, private university atmosphere
  • Combine classroom learning with development of a bedside manner

Langauge Pathology & Audiology Program-Abigail Newkirk '21

Abigail Newkirk is already getting hands-on experience for what it's like to be a speech-language pathologist through clinical observation.

“You can help children who are unable to talk, communicate to their parents and their peers," said Newkirk. "Parents know you helped their children, and it's an indescribable feeling."
Abigail's story >

  • EARN A BACHELOR'S DEGREE
    While a Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology degree is not required, it is a recommended.
  • COMPLETE A MASTER'S DEGREE FROM AN ACCREDITED UNIVERSITY
    You will be supported in your choice of coursework, clinical experience and other activities that will increase your competitiveness for graduate school.
  • GAIN PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE
    Required coursework at Bluffton will include clinical practice and observation.
  • EARN AMERICAN SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOCIATION CREDENTIAL

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
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. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that between 2020-2030 there will be a 29% growth rate in job openings for speech pathologists.

AUDIOLOGISTS
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, or in schools.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that between 2020-2030 there will be a 16% growth rate in job openings for audiologists.

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Guidelines are provided for course selection allowing you to complete your major in four years 

 

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