Speech Pathology and Audiology - B.S.

College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Health Sciences
100 Nixson Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2197
www.kent.edu/ehhs/hs


Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology is a pre-professional program focusing on the basic sciences of human communication, as well as the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders. This program provides a firm foundation for continuing to the master's degree in speech-language pathology or the doctorate in audiology. The curriculum integrates a sequence of coursework designed to provide a strong liberal arts background and an understanding of normal and disordered aspects of the human communication process. Specific coursework includes anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms, speech science, hearing science, neurology, phonetics, normal speech and language development, speech and language disorders, audiometry, and aural rehabilitation. Speech-language pathologists are required to hold a master’s degree, while audiologists hold a doctorate in audiology. Both are employed in a variety of settings, including rehabilitation centers, hospitals, schools, community clinics, private practice, research laboratories and colleges and universities.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

The Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Admission Requirements

Admission to this major is selective. A minimum 3.000 GPA is required to be admitted to the major. The College of Education, Health and Human Services considers a student to have established a Kent State University GPA after the student has successfully completed a minimum of 12 Kent State University credit hours. Undergraduate students who have not completed a minimum of 12 Kent State University credit hours will be evaluated for admission into programs, advanced study, and the professional phase based on their high school GPA for new freshmen, or transfer GPA for transfer students. Once a student has successfully completed a minimum of 12 Kent State University credit hours, only the student’s Kent State overall GPA will be considered for admission into a program, advanced study and professional phase.

Admission to the combined bachelor's/master's degree program: Minimum 3.000 GPA (after 90 earned credit hours), GRE scores, three letters of recommendation.

For more information on admissions, visit the admission website.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Achieve the competencies required for state licensure and certification by the American Speech Language Association.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication and swallowing processes, including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic and cultural bases.
  3. Demonstrate understanding and integrating basic human communication and swallowing processes within the individual and the community.
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

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Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
ENG 31001FUNDAMENTAL ENGLISH GRAMMAR 3
PSYC 21621QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I 3
PSYC 41043BASIC LEARNING PROCESSES 3
SPA 33101HEARING SCIENCE (min C grade)3
SPA 34102APPLIED PHONETICS 3
SPA 34103ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF SPEECH 3
SPA 34104SPEECH AND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION 3
SPA 34106ARTICULATORY AND PHONOLOGICAL DISORDERS 3
SPA 34107LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS 3
SPA 43402AUDIOMETRY 3
SPA 43403CLINICAL PREPARATION IN AUDIOLOGY (ELR) 2
SPA 43404AURAL REHABILITATION 3
SPA 44110SPEECH SCIENCE 3
SPA 44111NEURAL PROCESSES 3
SPA 44112AGE-RELATED CHANGES IN COMMUNICATION 3
SPA 44310CLINICAL PROCEDURES 3
SPA 44311CLINICAL PREPARATION IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY (ELR) (WIC) 12
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
BSCI 10001HUMAN BIOLOGY (KBS) 3
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
PSYC 20651CHILD PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Chemistry (CHEM) or Physics (PHY) Course From Kent Core (must include a laboratory)3
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities or Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)3
Kent Core Additional3
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours) 234
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill writing-intensive requirement.

2

Maximum 12 credit hours may be used toward the major from courses in the M.A. degree for  students admitted into the combined bachelor's/master's degree program.

Progression Requirements

  • Minimum 3.000 overall GPA (after 60 credit hours) is required to be admitted into the professional phase of the major.
  • Students will not be able to register for professional phase courses until they meet the required GPA. Professional phase are all SPA courses required in the major with the exception of SPA 34102.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.250 2.000
 
 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
BSCI 10001 HUMAN BIOLOGY (KBS) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 2
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
!PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Three
PSYC 20651 CHILD PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
!SPA 34102 APPLIED PHONETICS 3
SPA 34104 SPEECH AND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
!ENG 31001 FUNDAMENTAL ENGLISH GRAMMAR 3
!PSYC 21621 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I 3
SPA 34107 LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS 3
SPA 44111 NEURAL PROCESSES 3
Chemistry (CHEM) or Physics (PHY) Course from Kent Core (must include a laboratory) 3-4
 Credit Hours15
Semester Five
Minimum 3.000 overall GPA to be admitted into the professional phase of the major; apply after 60 credit hours are completed or in progress.  
PSYC 41043 BASIC LEARNING PROCESSES 3
!SPA 33101 HEARING SCIENCE 3
!SPA 34103 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF SPEECH 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!SPA 34106 ARTICULATORY AND PHONOLOGICAL DISORDERS 3
!SPA 43402 AUDIOMETRY 3
!SPA 43403 CLINICAL PREPARATION IN AUDIOLOGY (ELR) 2
!SPA 44112 AGE-RELATED CHANGES IN COMMUNICATION 3
General Electives 4
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
!SPA 43404 AURAL REHABILITATION 3
!SPA 44110 SPEECH SCIENCE 3
!SPA 44310 CLINICAL PROCEDURES 3
!SPA 44311 CLINICAL PREPARATION IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY (ELR) (WIC) 2
General Elective 5
 Credit Hours16
Semester Eight
General Electives 14
 Credit Hours14
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120