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SPEECH PATHOLOGY & AUDIOLOGY

Speech Pathology is the study of human communication -- its normal development, its disorders, and strategies for prevention. The speech-language pathologist, by evaluating the speech and language of children and adults, determines whether communication problems exist and decides the best method of treatment.

Audiology is the study of normal and defective hearing. The audiologist strives to prevent hearing loss, aids in diagnosing problems, and recommends habilitation and rehabilitation techniques that range from the use of hearing aids to lip reading and/or manual communication.

In addition to satisfying the goals of the Core Curriculum, this program is designed to:

  • provide adequate preparation for entry into a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology;
  • provide students with an experiential learning situation (observations and clinical practicum) to facilitate transference of their theoretical knowledge into the practical situation; and
  • instill values of professionalism and awareness of providing service to others.

Xavier University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology/ Audiology. Students should be aware that a master's degree is required for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and for licensure in most states.

The Speech Pathology/ Audiology program also houses the Speech Lab providing assistance to students who may have difficulty with oral communication skills and either self- refer or have been referred by a faculty member. In addition, the Speech and Hearing Clinic provides both evaluations and treatment for all types of communication disorders to students, faculty, staff and local residents.