Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
The School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology offers an undergraduate and graduate program of academic and clinical training in speech-language pathology and audiology. The undergraduate curriculum in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology focuses on the fundamental components of the discipline, including normal communication development and processes, understanding of speech and hearing sciences, and an introduction to evaluation and treatment of hearing, speech, language and communication differences and disorders. Completion of the undergraduate degree prepares students for entry into either graduate study in speech-language pathology or audiology.
The program includes in-person, hybrid, and online undergraduate courses. Students who are admitted into the major will enroll in the course Observation and Clinical Techniques (7700:446). This course includes accumulation of a minimum of 25 hours of supervised observation, as required for graduate study by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
The undergraduate program in speech-language pathology and audiology at The University of Akron provides instruction in the basic components of the discipline in order to prepare the student to apply to a graduate program.
Why Choose the University of Akron?
The academic and clinical faculty in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology are highly respected and distinguished in the field. The program prides itself on providing students with a welcoming environment where faculty support students throughout their academic careers. Academic courses are taught in small class sizes by exceptional faculty who use diverse teaching styles to fit every learner.
Our Accelerated Degree Pathway Program is offered to our undergraduate students who wish to apply to graduate school in speech-language pathology. Eligible junior level students are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to complete up to 9 credit hours of graduate coursework at the undergraduate level. In addition, admitted students receive provisional admission into our graduate program pending satisfactory fulfillment of their undergraduate degree and graduate program admission requirements.
Observation and clinical experiences are offered to students in our campus-based Audiology and Speech Center. Our Center provides a wide range of speech and audiology services to members of our university and surrounding communities. These experiences expose our undergraduate students to the field of speech-language pathology and audiology from the beginning of our program. Volunteer opportunities are also offered to our undergraduate students as research assistants or to work in our Audiology and Speech Center.
Our program has an active chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). This organization provides students with the opportunity to network with other undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to opportunities to volunteer and attend professional events in our community. These experiences are a great way to build relationships with other students and professionals in our field.
To earn a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology and audiology, students must complete the following:
- 48-51 credits of general education requirements and American Speech-Language Hearing Association Standards*
- 46 credits of core coursework in speech-language pathology and audiology
- 23-26 credits of electives and extra courses for BA or BAT degree completion** *Coursework in human anatomy and physiology, physics or chemistry, psychology or sociology, and statistics are required to fulfill American Speech-Language-Hearing Association standards. **Students choose between a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) which has a foreign language requirement (Spanish, German, French, Italian, or American Sign Language) and a Bachelor of Arts - Tagged degree (BAT) for the non-foreign language option.
Students are also encouraged to select certificate programs and minors that apply to the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology. Once students are admitted into the major, certificate programs and minors can be selected with the academic advisor. Completion of 30 credits hours with a 3.0 GPA is required for admission into the major.
About the field of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Audiologists are hearing care specialists for evaluation and treatment of individuals with hearing and balance disorders. Scope of practice includes conducting hearing assessments, selecting and fitting hearing aids/assistive listening devices, programming cochlear implants, testing balance, and counseling regarding hearing loss. A doctoral degree (Au.D.) is required for licensure as an audiologist.
Speech-language pathologists work with children and adults with language, voice, fluency, articulatory and phonologic, cognitive and swallowing disorders. They provide assessment and treatment for these disorders as well as working in prevention of them. The preprofessional undergraduate program prepares students to pursue a master's degree, which is required for employment and licensure as a speech-language pathologist.
Typical work settings for speech-language pathologists and audiologists include schools, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, out-patient clinics, private practice, physicians’ offices, industry and universities. For the most up-to-date information about a career as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist, visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s website.
Applying to the UA's SLPA graduate programs?
Graduate Masters SLP: See these instructions
Graduate Doctor of Audiology: See these instructions