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Speech Pathology and Audiology - B.S. PDFDownload to print

School of Health Sciences

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Speech Pathology and Audiology is a preprofessional undergraduate major focusing on the evaluation, treatment and research of human communication and its disorders. This undergraduate program provides a firm foundation leading to the master's degree in speech-language pathology or the doctorate in audiology and meets the academic and clinical requirements for certification from the American Speech and Hearing Association licensure by the Ohio Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology. The curriculum integrates a sequence of coursework designed to provide a strong liberal arts background and an understanding of normal and disordered aspects of the human communication process. Specific coursework includes: anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms, speech science, hearing science, neurology, phonetics, normal speech and language development, speech and language disorders, audiometry, and aural rehabilitation. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are employed in a variety of settings: rehabilitation centers, hospitals, schools, community clinics, private practice, research laboratories, and colleges/universities.

Career Opportunities

Speech-language pathologists held about 135,000 jobs in 2011. About 50 percent were employed in educational settings. Others were employed in hospitals; nursing care facilities; home health care services; individual and family services; outpatient care centers; and child day care centers. Seventeen percent of speech-language pathologists were self-employed. They contract to provide services in schools, offices of physicians, hospitals, or nursing care facilities, or work as consultants to industry.

Audiologists held about 12,800 jobs in 2011. About 72 percent of all jobs were in health care facilities; offices of physicians; hospitals; and outpatient care centers. About 14 percent of jobs were in educational settings. Other jobs for audiologists were in State and local government.

(Source: American Speech Hearing Association)

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the College of Education, Health, and Human Services as freshmen must have been fully admitted to the university. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to a major and/or admission to professional coursework for a selective admission program.

Students desiring to major in speech pathology and audiology are admitted as pre-majors and later are accepted into the appropriate program only after specific requirements have been met. It is imperative that the student contact the individual school for detailed information.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 121 credit hours, minimum 39 upper-division credit hours. Students are required to earn a 2.250 GPA in the major. Students who have earned 90 semester hours and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.000 may apply for admission to the combined program. Admission will be based upon GRE scores, three letters of recommendation and completion of the Application for Admission and Combined Baccalaureate and Master’s Program forms.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Program Fee



The Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech - Language Hearing Association

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (49 credits) Courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  ENG 31001 Fundamentals of English Grammar 3
  PSYC 21621 Quantitative Methods in Psychology I 3
    31043 Basic Learning Processes 3
  SPA 33101 Hearing Science* 3
    34102 Applied Phonetics 3
    34103 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech 3
    34104 Speech and Language Development 3
    34106 Articulatory and Phonological Disorders 3
    34107 Language Disorders in Children and Adolescents 3
    43402 Clinical Audiometry 3
    43404 Aural Rehabilitation 3
ELR   43492 Clinical Preparation in Audiology 2
    44110 Speech Science 3
    44111 Neural Processes 3
    44112 Age-related Changes in Communication 3
    44310 Clinical Procedures 3
  44492 Clinical Preparation in Speech-Language Pathology** 2
Type Course Title Credits
KBS BSCI 10001 Human Biology 3
PSYC 11762 General Psychology 3
  20651 Child Psychology 3
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include a laboratory)*** 3-4
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities or Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3-5
  Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 3
  Kent Core Additional 3
  General Electives**** 35

* A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned.
** A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill writing-intensive requirement.
*** Must be a Physical Science for National Certification.
**** Maximum 12 credit hours may be used from the M.A. program for those students accepted into the combined B.S./M.A. program.