Audiology and Speech Pathology

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Speech-Language Pathology

  • Prevention

  • Screning

  • Assessment

  • Treatment

  • Follow-up

  • Administration

  • Supervision

  • Teaching

  • Research

Schools, K-12,

Universities and colleges,

Hospitals,

Physicians' offices,

Speech, language, and hearing centers,

Home healthcare offices,

Nursing homes,

Residential facilities,

Federal agencies including:

Department of Veterans, Affairs,

National Institutes of Health,

Department of Health and Human Services,

Department of Education,

Armed Services,

Health Maintenance, Organizations,

Private individual or group practice,

Public health departments,

Rehabilitation centers

A master's degree from an accredited speech-language pathology program is required to enter the field. Forty-five states require licensure or certification of speech pathologists. Obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. A passing score on the national examination and post-graduate supervised clinical experience are required for certification.

Some states may require additional certification to work with special education populations in public schools. Approximately one half of speech-language pathologists work in schools and another half are employed in healthcare institutions. A doctorate is required for university teaching and research positions.

Speech pathologists may work closely with physicians, social workers, psychologists, and other therapists in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Supplement coursework with classes in anatomy, physiology, psychology, and personal communication.

Audiology

  • Prevention

  • Screning

  • Assessment

  • Treatment

  • Follow-up

  • Administration

  • Supervision

  • Teaching

  • Research

Schools, K-12,

Universities and colleges,

Hospitals,

Physicians' offices,

Speech, language, and hearing centers,

Home healthcare offices,

Nursing homes,

Residential facilities,

Federal agencies including:

Department of Veterans, Affairs,

National Institutes of Health,

Department of Health and Human Services,

Department of Education,

Armed Services,

Health Maintenance ,Organizations,

Private individual or group practice,

Public health departments,

Rehabilitation centers

Most states require a Master's degree in audiology to be eligible for licensure. 

Doctoral degrees are becoming more crucial for clinical practice opportunities.

Forty-seven states require licensure or certification of audiologists to practice. 

Obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. A passing score on the national examination and post-graduate supervised clinical experience are required for certification. Doctorial degree required for university teaching and research positions. Supplement coursework with classes in science, math, physics, genetics, and normal and abnormal communication development.

Strategies for placement in Audiology and Speech Pathology

  • Join the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association while in school.
  • Volunteer in a healthcare setting to gain experience working with people in all age groups.
  • Display a desire to help and work with people who have disabilities.
  • Patience is necessary as rehabilitation may progress slowly.
  • Develop excellent communication and computer skills.
  • Learn about communication among various cultures.
  • Obtain excellent grades and strong recommendations for graduate school admission.

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.(2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA /ADEA Employer.

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