In the Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences (SLHS) program, students study the nature and processes of human communication and physical and neurological disorders that can impact those processes. Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology are the professionals trained in the SLHS field and specialize in the prevention and treatment of communication disorders. One out of every 10 people has a speech, language or hearing problem. Students enrolled in the NMU SLHS program share the common interest of helping others overcome these issues. As a graduate of the program, students are well prepared to enter graduate school in speech-language pathology or audiology due to the clinical training opportunities that are uniquely emphasized at the undergraduate level at NMU.
To meet requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology or audiology granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the student will need to earn a master's degree or doctoral degree. Therefore, four years of undergraduate study is the pre-professional training to prepare for graduate education.
During the undergraduate program, students will complete university requirements in the humanities, social, and natural sciences. They will learn about the development and use of speech, language, hearing, and learn fundamentals of assessing and managing communication disorders. Students who major in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences will complete a core of undergraduate courses and demonstrate the attributes and meet the expectations listed in the essential abilities for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologist. Near the end of the four years of undergraduate education, students should apply for a master's degree program in speech-language pathology (SLP), or a professional doctorate degree program in audiology (Au.D.).
Suggested Course Sequence for Post baccalaureate Students Interested in Pursuing Graduate Studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders
A one-year sequence of coursework can provide students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than Communication Sciences and Disorders with a foundation of knowledge in speech, language, and hearing. Successful completion of these courses may assist the student in application to graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology. The following sequence of two semesters of leveling coursework is suggested (please note that a fall start date is recommended due to course prerequisites):
Fall Semester (16 credits)
SL 160 Anatomy of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
SL 200 Phonetics
SL 351 Introduction to Audiology
SL 355 Language Development
Winter Semester (14 credits)
SL 370 Observation in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences
SL 220 Speech and Voice Science
SL 400 Speech Sound Disorders
SL 451 Aural Rehabilitation
It is up to the individual post-baccalaureate student to be aware of leveling requirements at the universities where he or she wishes to apply for graduate training. The above suggested sequence can be individualized depending upon leveling requirements at those universities.
*In addition, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association requires a course in each of the following areas: biological sciences, physical sciences (Physics or Chemistry), statistics, and social/behavioral sciences (Psychology or Sociology). These courses should be completed prior to application to graduate programs. Further information regarding certification standards can be found at the following link: http://www.asha.org/certification/