Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, BS

  • A student teacher helps a boy with his speech

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major prepares students for these careers in either the healthcare or education field. This program awards students a bachelor of science degree and equips them with the skills needed to continue on to a master’s program in speech-language pathology or a doctoral program in audiology.

    Speech-language pathologists help stroke patients struggling to talk to their family and kindergartners frustrated when their teachers can’t understand their words. As a speech-language pathology and audiology major at IUP, you take your first, important step toward becoming a speech-language pathologist or audiologist.

     Upon completion of our bachelor’s degree program, students will be able to:

    • Explain the foundations of typical speech, language, swallowing, and hearing function across the lifespan and methods for measuring them.

    • Describe the clinical signs of and etiologies related to speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders.

    • Demonstrate disciplinary skills required for clinical work in speech-language pathology and audiology.

    • Explain features of cultural and linguistic diversity and their effects on communication, both normal and disordered.

    We also offer a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, and that program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. For students who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in audiology, we assist you with locating and applying to programs that match your career goals. 

    Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Curriculum

    IUP has an outstanding reputation for preparing students for graduate school with hands-on practice and clinical opportunities in our on-campus Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic. Our coursework prepares you to hit the ground running as a graduate student. We also have accelerated options that allow you to complete your undergraduate degree in three years or to complete some of your graduate coursework while in the undergrad program. This results in cost savings and the ability to enter the profession earlier and make a professional salary.

    Undergraduate students can get involved in a range of professional groups—such as the National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association and the Audiology Student Association—that are geared towards connecting students with similar academic and professional interests.  

    Interested in learning more about this program? Request information today.

    Program Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

    The IUP Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program affirms our commitment to creating an inclusive environment for all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual identity, ability, migration status, national origin, or other forms of identity.  

    We strive for fair representation of students of color in the profession, amplifying diverse perspectives and voices in our classes, and encouraging appreciation of various cultural group practices. We demonstrate our commitment by fostering learning outcomes in cultural competence so that students enter the profession ready to (a) provide effective services to a diverse range of clients and their families, and (b) to contribute effectively to multidisciplinary teams in various education and healthcare settings. 

    Careers in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

    Speech-language pathology and audiology are growing and rewarding professions. IUP’s curriculum prepares students to earn national certification and state licensure to practice in both healthcare and educational settings.

    We provide basic clinical training for all settings, which range from preschools and elementary schools through secondary schools to hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and nursing facilities. IUP prepares you to work with patients of all ages with communication and swallowing disorders. Not only do we help Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology majors gain clinical experience, but our advisors have had success matching students with local internships.