Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Speech Pathology

JCU’s Bachelor of Speech Pathology is an accredited qualification that focuses on the Speech Pathology requirements of communities in tropical, rural, remote and northern Australia, including Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Speech Pathologists work closely with other health professionals to diagnose, develop strategies and treat people of all ages who have difficulty with speech and communicating and/or swallowing for various reasons.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February
Duration
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English; plus one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education or Health Education
OP/Rank
13/72

Career opportunities

There is a shortage of speech pathologists in Australia. Speech pathologists can find rewarding careers in a wide range of settings, including schools, early intervention centres, community health centres, hospitals, rehabilitation units, nursing homes, mental health services, disability services, private practice and universities.

This course is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia. Graduates of this course will be eligible for Practicing Membership of Speech Pathology Australia.

Course highlights

Our state-of-the-art facilities include a fully equipped on-campus speech and language clinic. Reflecting our unique tropical location, JCU emphasises the distinct challenges of speech pathology practice in rural and remote areas, and with Indigenous Australians.

When it comes to tackling diverse speech pathology challenges there is no substitute for practical work experience. At JCU we get you out in the field, working with real clients under the supervision of practising speech pathologists.

You’ll gain job-ready skills through professional placements in a variety of specialties. There may also be opportunities to pursue overseas practical placements.

Course overview

As a speech pathologist you will diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders. This is an exciting and varied career path through which you can remarkably improve peoples’ lives.

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
  • assess the language of an adult in hospital recovering from a brain injury
  • restoring voice production after surgery for cancer.

Successful applicants require Hepatitis B immunisation, current Queensland First Aid and CPR certificates plus a Suitability to Work with Children (Blue Card) and an Australian Federal Police check before undertaking placement. It is recommended that these requirements be completed by the end of your first semester/teaching period.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (317041) - Apply now

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

Teaching Period 1:

BM1051:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology 1

SL1001:03 Introduction to Speech Pathology

SL1002:03 Introductory Linguistics and Phonetics

RH1004:03 Foundations of Allied Health Professional Practice

Teaching Period 2:

BM1052:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology 2

HS1003:03 Lifespan Development for Health A

SL1004:03 Linguistics and Phonetics 2

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

Level 2

Teaching Period 1:

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

HS2403:03 Health Promotion for Health Professionals

SL2006:03 Speech Development and Impairment

SL2011:03 Speech Pathology Processes A

Teaching Period 2:

RH2002:03 Clinical Medicine for Therapy

SL2002:03 Language Development and Impairment

SL2003:03 Acquired Speech Impairments

SL2012:03 Speech Pathology Processes B

Level 3

Teaching Period 1:

HS3401:03 Health Professional Research 2

SL3003:03 Speech Pathology Practice 2

SL3004:03 Acquired Language Impairments

SL3005:03 Voice Impairment

Teaching Period 2:

HS2401:03 Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care

SL3001:03 Stuttering Across the Lifespan

SL3002:03 Swallowing Disabilities Across the Lifespan

SL3006:03 Speech Pathology Practice 3

Level 4

Teaching Period 1:

SL4001:03 Professional Competencies for Speech Pathology 1

SL4002:06 Speech Pathology Practice 4

SL4005:03 Speech Pathology Professional Project A

Teaching Period 2:

SL4003:03 Professional Competencies for Speech Pathology 2

SL4004:06 Speech Pathology Practice 5

SL4006:03 Speech Pathology Professional Project B

Pathway into course

On successful completion of the Diploma of Higher Education you may be eligible to continue into this degree, and you may be able to receive some credit for successfully completed subjects.

Students are encouraged to undertake the Tertiary Access Course if they have not studied recently and/or want assistance making the transition to University studies.

Get prepared - Bridging subjects

Bridging subjects are designed to fill any gaps in your knowledge. We offer maths and chemistry bridging subjects that can be studied on-campus in Cairns and Townsville. You may need to enrol in a bridging subject if you have not achieved the grade of ‘Sound Achievement or better’ in Queensland Year 12 maths or chemistry.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

If you identify as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, JCU can assist you in your pursuit of a health career through the Indigenous Health Careers Access Program (IHCAP).

Handbook

Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Course code

71410

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia. Graduates of this course will be eligible for Practicing Membership of Speech Pathology Australia. The Association is concerned with the maintenance of professional standards through the accreditation of speech pathology degree programs in Australia.

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English, plus either Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Health Education.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the following English language proficiency requirements:

An overall IELTS of 7.0 with a minimum writing score of 6.0; speaking score of 8.0; reading and listening score of 7.0

For registration with Speech Pathology Australia where English is not your first language applicants must submit results of the Occupational English Test (OET) taken within the last 12 months with grades of at least 3 As and 1B on the OET test.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Post admission requirements

Immunisations:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B and that they have been vaccinated or evidence that they are not susceptible for the vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR); Varicella and Pertussis. Professional experience placement is a requirement of this course and students may be engaged in roles where there is contact that would allow transmission of a VPD. Students are required to comply with the above requirement prior to commencing their first Professional Experience Placement or by the end of the first teaching period of their studies, otherwise their enrolment will be terminated.

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to:

Blue Card Services

Current Apply First Aid and CPR Certificate:

Students must hold a current First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements.  Students are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Some professional/clinical placement agencies may require that students hold an advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate before undertaking a professional or clinical placement. Students are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Australian Federal Police check:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements.  Some placement agencies will require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card.  Students must provide written confirmation of clearance to the Clinical Placement Officer prior to commencement of clinical placement.

Application documents can be accessed at:

Australian Federal Police

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

The James Cook University Bachelor of Speech Pathology will prepare graduates to meet the Competency-Based Occupational Standards (CBOS: 2011) for speech pathology, as defined by Speech Pathology Australia.

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate and adapt a broad and coherent body of theoretical and technical knowledge in diverse contexts as an entry level speech pathologist

  • Review professional and ethical frameworks, including the Speech Pathology Australia Code of Ethics and underlying principles and concepts to inform responsible and accountable professional behaviours

  • Retrieve, critically evaluate and apply evidence in speech pathology and inter-professional practice

  • Assess children and adults with communication and swallowing disorders, and formulate, implement and evaluate management plans, in consultation with clients, families and other professionals

  • Provide diverse services to support client needs including supervision and training of non-speech pathology personnel working directly with clients, and preventative, educational and/or promotional programs in collaboration with client groups and other professionals

  • Provide sensitive and effective speech pathology services, to culturally and linguistically diverse populations, including Indigenous Australian, tropical, rural and remote communities

  • Communicate clearly and coherently through well-developed English language and numeracy proficiency, appropriate for entry into the speech pathology workforce

  • Reflect on current knowledge, skills, attitudes and practices, and plan continuing professional development to ensure the capacity to deliver current best practice.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

Teaching Period 1:

BM1051:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology 1

SL1001:03 Introduction to Speech Pathology

SL1002:03 Introductory Linguistics and Phonetics

RH1004:03 Foundations of Allied Health Professional Practice

Teaching Period 2:

BM1052:03 Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Pathology 2

HS1003:03 Lifespan Development for Health A

SL1004:03 Linguistics and Phonetics 2

HS1401:03 Health and Health Care in Australia

Level 2

Teaching Period 1:

HS2402:03 Health Professional Research 1

HS2403:03 Health Promotion for Health Professionals

SL2006:03 Speech Development and Impairment

SL2011:03 Speech Pathology Processes A

Teaching Period 2:

RH2002:03 Clinical Medicine for Therapy

SL2002:03 Language Development and Impairment

SL2003:03 Acquired Speech Impairments

SL2012:03 Speech Pathology Processes B

Level 3

Teaching Period 1:

HS3401:03 Health Professional Research 2

SL3003:03 Speech Pathology Practice 2

SL3004:03 Acquired Language Impairments

SL3005:03 Voice Impairment

Teaching Period 2:

HS2401:03 Rural and Remote Primary and Public Health Care

SL3001:03 Stuttering Across the Lifespan

SL3002:03 Swallowing Disabilities Across the Lifespan

SL3006:03 Speech Pathology Practice 3

Level 4

Teaching Period 1:

SL4001:03 Professional Competencies for Speech Pathology 1

SL4002:06 Speech Pathology Practice 4

SL4005:03 Speech Pathology Professional Project A

Teaching Period 2:

SL4003:03 Professional Competencies for Speech Pathology 2

SL4004:06 Speech Pathology Practice 5

SL4006:03 Speech Pathology Professional Project B

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or 7 years part-time NOTE: 4th year is only available full time

Maximum time to complete

8 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 18 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

A maximum of 18 credit points of advanced standing may be granted at level 3 or 4.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF SPEECH PATHOLOGY

Approved abbreviation

BSpPath

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available both as in-course honours and as a separate graduate entry course.

Eligibility

Embedded honours

At the start of level 3, the College Dean will invite applications for honours.

Students must have obtained a GPA of not less than 5.0, calculated over the subjects completed for levels 1 and 2 of the program.

A quota may be imposed on the number of students accepted for entry to the honours course depending on the availability of supervisors.

Graduate entry honours

Successful completion of a pass degree in Speech Pathology

  • Normally students will have achieved a GPA of not less than 5.0 calculated over the four levels of the pass degree.

  • Students professional experience and continuing  professional development will be also be considered in their application.

Students may be required to undertake work additional to the pass degree before commencing honours.

Honours

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.

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) degree is available both as in-course honours and as a separate graduate entry course.  Please refer to the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) [Embedded] for information about the in-course degree or the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) [End-on] for eligibility information as a separate graduate entry course.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.