Speech-language pathologists assess and treat children and adults with language, voice, fluency, articulatory and phonologic disorders, cognitive, as well as swallowing problems. They provide the technology to assist with functional communication and to enhance communication in daily activities. Audiologists diagnose and treat individuals with hearing and balance disorders, and provide services that include fitting and dispensing hearing aids or other assistive devices, counseling individuals concerning hearing loss, providing auditory rehabilitation and making noise measurements.
The preprofessional undergraduate program prepares you to pursue a master’s degree, which is required for employment and licensure as a speech-language pathologist. A doctoral degree (Au.D) is required for licensure as an audiologist.
UA’s Audiology and Speech Center provides undergraduate observation experiences. Working under the guidance of licensed and certified faculty supervisors, you will:
Interact with other speech-language and audiology students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:
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A degree in speech-language pathology and audiology paves the way to careers in a variety of settings, including:
Opportunities for speech-language pathologists and audiologists are increasing at a rapid pace, spurred by the nation's aging population, as well as more numbers of premature infants, school children, trauma and stroke survivors.
The Career Center creates links among students, alumni and local professionals. You will have access to: