“I got to see the good and the bad of a career in speech-language pathology. I got to see the hard parts along with the happy parts, and I took away the importance of speech pathology and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives.”
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. 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
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
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- 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 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.