Growing up, I had to see a speech-pathologist and I knew that my education would be dedicated to helping others. The steady interaction between student and faculty is what keeps me inspired to complete my degree and move toward my goals of becoming an audiologist. -Abbey Anderson/Burkburnett, Texas
USAO 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. A master’s degree is necessary for professional certification as a speech-language pathologist. 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 in speech-language pathology 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.
The undergraduate program at USAO includes both academic and clinical work. It is this combination that prepares USAO students so well for graduate school. The curriculum includes 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.
Because of the trimester schedule at USAO, the undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology can be completed in three years, through the degree program provided by an individual academic advisor. To learn more about our division of Education and Speech-Language Pathology visit their webpage.
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