The Division of Education and Speech-Language Pathology offers a bachelor of science degree with a major in speech-language pathology. The undergraduate program is designed for persons wishing to pursue graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology, but also offers an avenue for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in other health professions, law, psychology, special education or gerontology. For professional certification as a speech-language pathologist a master's degree is necessary. There are five graduate programs in speech-language pathology in Oklahoma. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national scientific, professional, and credentialing association for speech-language pathologists.
Attainment of the bachelor of science degree from USAO provides students with a broad base of knowledge and prepares them well for graduate school and future work in the profession. Career opportunities for persons with a bachelor's degree in Speech-Language Pathology are comparable to those for students with undergraduate degrees in related fields, such as psychology, sociology, linguistics, or liberal arts.
Speech-language pathologists work in public schools, hospitals, universities, private practices and rehabilitation centers. This is an exciting time to pursue a career in communication disorders because the field is enjoying unprecedented growth in career opportunities and in the scope of practice. The American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) says future career opportunities in the field of communication disorders are numerous. The demand for well educated speech-language pathologists is expected to exceed the supply for the foreseeable future.
The undergraduate program at USAO includes both academic and clinical work. It is this combination that prepares our students so well for graduate school. The curriculum consists of 44 hours of specialized speech-language pathology courses. Undergraduates are introduced to the clinical aspects of speech-language pathology through course work and clinical experiences at the John A. Morris Speech and Language Clinic and The Jane Brooks School for the Deaf. Students in the speech-language pathology program must have earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average before beginning their practicum courses. Because of the trimester schedule at USAO, the undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology can be completed in three years, following the degree program provided by their academic advisor.
Students who would like more information about this exciting career can contact Karen Karner Director of the John A. Morris Speech and Language Clinic.