Speech pathology & audiology
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.
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. >>> learn more
How to become a licensed speech and language pathologist or audiologist
- 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
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.
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
What is the difference between speech language pathology and audiology?
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.