Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

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Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science program in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is offered in the Department of Health and Human Performance through the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences at MTSU.

Whether helping a child who stutters or an adult with a hearing loss, the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program, formerly Communication Disorders, in the Department of Health and Human Performance offers students the opportunity to learn about human communication; speech, language, and hearing disorders; and intervention methods for children and adults experiencing communication problems. As a national leader offering an undergraduate pre-professional degree, MTSU's program helps prepare students for graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology. The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major focuses on diagnosis and intervention for those who have speech or hearing problems. It provides a foundation for students who wish to continue study at the graduate level to become certified as speech-language pathologists or audiologists or who wish to pursue other careers related to communication disorders.

If you live in one of these states: GA; you may be able to attend MTSU at in-state rates under the Academic Common Market program.

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Students in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology focus on careers dealing with evaluation, treatment, and prevention of human communication disorders. Professionals in speech-language pathology and audiology provide clinical services in health care and education facilities and serve as consultants in business, industry, and government. Some majors become speech and hearing scientists who engage in research.

Speech and hearing professionals work in a variety of settings. Examples include

  • Hospitals and community clinics
  • Public and private schools
  • Health departments
  • Long-term care and home health facilities
  • Private and public industry
  • Private practice offices
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Universities and research laboratories

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Associates in Pediatric Therapy – Murfreesboro
  • Children's Hospital at Erlanger
  • Community Care of Rutherford County
  • Department of Defense
  • Feltz Therapy Services, LLC
  • Gallaudet University
  • Hawkins County Schools
  • Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • National Health Care
  • Regional One Health Medical Center
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Special Kids, Inc.
  • Speech Pathology Services of East Tennessee, LLC
  • Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Stepping Stones Group
  • Tri Star Health Systems
  • VA Hospitals
  • Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center
  • Warren County Schools

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The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program helps prepare undergraduate students for graduate studies to become Speech-Language Pathologists and/or Audiologists through rigorous academic studies and clinical experience supervised by credential professionals.

The academic and clinical courses emphasize the following instructional principles:

  • Understanding communication development over the life span
  • Preventing, diagnosing, and treating communication problems
  • Communicating effectively in oral and written language
  • Thinking logically, critically, and ethically
  • Supporting research and evidence-based clinical practices
  • Appreciating cultural diversity in an ever-changing society
  • Providing community services and establishing community partnerships
  • Participating in professional organizations and continuing education

To practice as a licensed audiologist or speech-language pathologist, students must also complete a master's or doctorate program. For students who have completed an undergraduate degree in another major, MTSU offers the prerequisite courses necessary for a graduate degree in speech-language pathology. A minor in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology also is offered. Pathways to becoming a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLP-A)

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Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

The Middle Tennessee State University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic serves children and adults who have hearing, articulation, language, voice, stuttering, and other communication problems. Client services are provided by undergraduate students under the supervision of our clinical faculty, who are certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) in speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP) or audiology (CCC-A), and are licensed by the State of Tennessee. The clinical services offered by the MTSU Clinic are based on the educational needs of the student clinicians completing the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology major. When selecting cases, the clinical coordinator considers the client's disability, space availability, sufficient clinical staff, and scheduling policies.

The MTSU Clinic functions within the academic semester calendar. Each semester, clients or parents obtain a parking pass from Parking Services. Services provided by the University Clinic are billed on a sliding scale at the end of each semester. Currently there is a waiting list for therapy in the University Clinic. For further information, please call 615-898-2661.

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Completed forms should be returned via fax (615-898-2815), email or mail:

Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
MTSU Box 364
1301 E. Main St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

The Clinic Experience

In addition to the academic course work, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology majors receive instruction in clinical management. Undergraduate programs that offer opportunities for clinical training are unique. Specialized clinic courses and experiences allow majors to combine academic knowledge with actual clinical services.

Student clinicians work in the University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic (CDIS 4550-4580) under the direct supervision of speech-language pathologists and audiologists certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. When meeting special requirements, clinicians may also engage in off-campus clinical (CDIS 4600) or school services (CDIS 4650). Through clinical practicum, students earn clock hours to apply toward the total hours required by graduate programs to fulfill national certification standards. The School Speech-Language Teacher license requires completion of CDIS 4650. Clinical materials and equipment are periodically reviewed and updated so that students receive optimal training in diagnostic methods and therapeutic management.

Prior to enrollment in clinical practicum, students must meet academic and professional eligibility criteria established by the faculty and published in the clinic manual. Academic criteria include a minimum overall GPA of 2.6 in 60 credit hours or 3.0 in the last 30 credit hours, a minimal GPA of 2.8 in the major, a minimal grade of C in each prerequisite course, mastery of phonetic features, and competence in speaking and writing. Students who do not receive a grade of B- or higher in both English composition courses (ENGL 1010 and 1020), as well as students who show unacceptable writing skills in academic or clinical course work, will be required to take an additional English writing course.

The University Clinic, located in the Alumni Memorial Gym (basement), serves children and adults who have hearing, articulation, language, voice, stuttering, and other communication problems. The University Clinic functions within the academic semester calendar.

View a video about the University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.

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