Audiology and Speech-language Pathology
Post-baccalaureate degree: AuD or MS/MA in Speech Language Pathology
Audiologists are licensed health-care professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance and other auditory disorders for people of all ages. Hearing and balance disorders are complex with medical, psychological, physical, social, educational, and employment implications. Treatment services require audiologists to have knowledge of existing and emerging technologies, as well as interpersonal skills to counsel and guide patients and their family members through the rehabilitative process.
Speech-language pathologists provide vital services across the lifespan to prevent, evaluate and treat disorders in speech, spoken and written language, social communication, cognition, voice, fluency, and swallowing. They work in collaboration with clients, families, and other professionals to improve the quality of life for children and adults with communication and swallowing disorders.
Audiology: the following prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation in an audiology program:
- baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
- each program has its own prerequisites: check specific school for prerequisites details. Some schools will not accept AP credit for prerequisites.
- general course prerequisites:
- human anatomy and physiology, one year
- general biology, one year
- physics, one year
- behavioral science, one year
- English, one year
- statistics, one course
- strongly recommended courses:
- communication sciences
- disorders relevant to the study of audiology
Speech-language Pathology: Depending on the program, between 8-18 courses from the field of speech science are requisite for applying to a speech language pathology program. Majoring in speech-language pathology is highly recommended due to the high number of prerequisites, although as long as prerequisite courses are fulfilled any major can apply to a program. General course prequisites may include Speech Science, Phonetics, and Basic Clinical Audiology.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be required for admission to graduate degree programs in audiology and speech-language pathology. Not all institutions require an examination for admission.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Biola University
- California Bapist University
- California State University Chico
- California State University East Bay
- California State University Fresno
- California State University Fullerton
- California State University Long Beach
- California State University Los Angeles
- California State University Northridge
- California State University Sacramento
- California State University San Marcos
- Chapman University
- Loma Linda University
- San Diego State University
- San Francisco State University
- San Jose State University
- University of Redlands
- University of the Pacific
We recommend that all pre-health students enroll in courses that meet the particular general education requirements to help develop a broad understanding of the health professions in relation to other disciplines of study. Review our General Education Recommendations (PDF) for additional information.
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