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BS in Speech-Language Pathology



The purpose of the undergraduate program in speech-language pathology is to encourage critical thinking, scientific inquiry, interprofessional collaboration, and the ability to work in a global community to prepare for careers in communication sciences and disorders. Since 1947, graduates of our program have gone on to pursue master’s degrees and doctoral degrees across the nation. Graduates help individuals with communication disorders nationally and across the globe.

Speech-language pathologists are professionals who are educated in the study of human communication, its development, and the wide range of communication disorders. By evaluating the speech, language, cognitive communication, and swallowing skills of children and adults, speech-language pathologists determine what problems exist and identify the best treatment. Speech-language pathologists design and implement intervention programs, working closely with children, adults, caregivers, and other professionals, including audiologists, psychologists, social workers, and teachers.

Audiologists are professionals who are educated in the study of hearing processes and loss. They determine if a patient has hearing loss, the type of hearing loss, and how the patient can make the best use of any remaining hearing. If a patient can benefit from using hearing aids or other assistive listening systems, the audiologist can assist with the selection, fitting and purchase of the most appropriate aids and provide training in their effective use. Audiologists work closely with other professionals, in particular speech-language pathologists and medical specialists.

Because speech-language pathologists and audiologists are in short supply in clinical settings, employment prospects are excellent.


Essential Functions

Specific to majors in speech-language pathology, the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders has identified the basic requirements for a person to practice speech-language pathology. Individuals must have skills in five areas: communication, motor, intellectual-cognitive, sensory-observational and behavioral-social. Read more about essential functions here. For additional information on the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology, please visit the website for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The BS with a major in Speech-Language Pathology requires 124 semester hours, with the following suggested plan of study:

The TCU Core Curriculum is made up of 39-63 semester hours, including MATH 10043, a biology course and either a physics or chemistry course.