This is a four-year full time (or equivalent part time) course that's offered at JCU's Townsville campus.
Depending on the speciality you choose, a day in the life of a speech pathologist may include:
· Helping newborn babies with feeding difficulties
· Assisting adults with swallowing disability associated with a neurological disorder
· Improving the speech of a child who cannot be understood
· Assessing the language of an adult in hospital recovering from a brain injury
· Restoring voice production after surgery for cancer.
During your studies, you will work on interesting research assignments and projects, as well as directly with clients. Among the core subjects and options available to you are:
· Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology
· Linguistics and Phonetics
· Foundations of Allied Health Professional Practice
· Lifespan Development for Health
· Health and Health Care in Australia
· Health Promotion for Health Professionals
· Speech Development and Impairment
· Language Development and Impairment
· Acquired Speech Impairments
· Voice Impairment
· Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care
· Stuttering Across the Lifespan
· Swallowing Disabilities Across the Lifespan
You may be required to undertake placements away from the campus, at your own expense. Check out Enrolment Policy - Coursework Students (link please) for more information about placements.
Immunisation, certificates and checks
You will require Hepatitis B immunisation, current Queensland First Aid and CPR certificates, a Suitability to Work with Children (Blue Card) and an Australian Federal Police check before undertaking placements. You should ensure these requirements are completed by the end of your first semester/teaching period.
The Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees.