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The undergraduate program provides a broad liberal education as the foundation for entry into a professional area of study of speech,
swallowing, language and hearing disorders across the life span.
The degree for entry into the profession of speech-language pathology or audiology is the graduate degree. In speech-language pathology
the entry level degree is the master's degree whereas in audiology it is the clinical doctorate degree. There are many programs that offer
the master's degree and other programs that offer the clinical doctorate degree in audiology. Examples of these programs are listed below:
Some students apply to other areas of graduate education, such as special education, counseling, or psychology while others may want to
take some time off prior to moving into graduate education. Some possible jobs might include working as a paraprofessional in preschool or
school programs in special education or as an speech-language pathology assistant.
Bachelor of Science Degree
Suggested Course Sequence in Communication Disorders includes both traditional course work and hands-on learning in various clinical
sites associated with FHSU. These sites include: (a) Herndon Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic with the Department of Communication Disorders
at FHSU, (b) Tiger Tots Nurtury Center on the campus of FHSU, (c) Head Start classrooms located within various schools in Hays, USD #489,
(d) Holy Family Elementary School, and (e) Hays Medical Center.
Classes have both traditional and hands-on learning experiences. The picture on the left is an example of a hands-learning experience
called "baby day." This is an event that occurs during language development in which students design various activities to elicit
cognitive, speech, and language skills in children between 3-months to 5 years of age. The activities are based on the developmental norms
that they have been learning in this class.
The picture on the right is from a clinical class that meets once a week. Various topics related to assessment and intervention are
discussed during this class. Clinical rounds also occurs as a part of this class where students present information about an individual
with whom they are either assessing or treating in clinic.
The schedule below provides the sequence of courses for the undergraduate program in speech-language pathology. These professional
courses would be taken with other general education or required education courses beginning the Freshman year and continuing through the
Senior year. The curriculum is arranged so that it is easy for students who are transferring into speech-language pathology during their
sophomore, junior or senior years to complete the professional courses in a three, two or one year period of time depending on each student's
background in general education courses.
Highlight of the FHSU program:
Required General Education/Writing and Education Courses
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