Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The field of Speech Pathology involves the study and treatment of communication disorders in both children and adults. Speech pathologists assess and treat people who have a communication or swallowing disability. Communication disabilities include using and understanding language, voice, fluency, hearing, and reading and writing. Speech pathologists are in demand to assess and treat individuals of all ages in medical, educational, and private settings who can present with a wide variety of disorders resulting from varied aetiologies. The Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) prepares students to practise as speech pathologists (formerly known as speech therapists). The degree is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia as the curriculum addresses all competencies required for practising membership status. Reference to specific competencies in made in each unit outline and objectives. Students are required to communicate fluently and effectively in high-level spoken and written English. A bridging course in grammatical analysis is recommended for all students.
Clinical placement: Observation commences in first year and clinical practice is undertaken from second year. Clinical education takes place in a range of sites, including campus clinics, hospitals, community health centres, developmental disability services, schools and specialist clinics.
- Speech pathology
- Linguistics and language development
- Research methods
- Speech pathology specialist areas
Standard entry requirements
- Year 12 HSC or equivalent
- Selection via ATAR. Recommended studies: English (Advanced).
Accredited by Speech Pathology Australia.
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Practical experience: Observation commences in the first year and clinical practice starts in second year. Clinical education occurs in the on-campus clinic, hospitals, community health centres, developmental disability services, schools and specialist clinics. Clinical placements will be arranged and are likely to occur in holiday periods. At least one placement will take place outside of Sydney. Students are responsible for additional costs, including accommodation and travel. Career opportunities: Examples include speech pathologist working in health and community settings, including community health centres, disability services, hospitals, mental health services, private practice, public health, rehabilitation centres.