- Townsville: February
4 years full-time
English (Units 3/4,C) plus one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Health (Units 3/4,C); or equivalent
Become equipped to improve your future clients’ quality of life by assessing, diagnosing and managing communication and swallowing difficulties and differences. Learn about speech pathology theory and practice as well as anatomy, linguistics, psychology, medicine, education and communication.
Speech pathologists are autonomous professionals who support every individual’s right to optimal communication and swallowing. The broad scope of your speech pathology studies will prepare you to take a holistic approach to healthcare and make a difference to those who need it most. Areas that underpin speech pathology practice include communication sciences, health care and allied health, education, social justice, biomedical sciences, physical sciences and even performances such as sport and singing. All of these areas extend your career opportunities by allowing you to work in many different fields.
JCU’s Bachelor of Speech Pathology is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia, the federally recognised professional body representing speech pathologists in Australia. Completing JCU’s Bachelor of Speech Pathology is equivalent to registration and graduates are eligible for Practising Membership with Speech Pathology Australia. Your qualifications are recognised in many countries and a limited Mutual Recognition Agreement exists with the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand.
In the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, you’ll study an advanced body of theoretical knowledge and technical competencies that are applicable to diverse contexts. You will explore subjects including anatomy and physiology relevant to speech pathology, linguistics and phonology, psychology, lifespan development, and different types of speech and language impairments. You will develop an in-depth understanding of the speech chain at a linguistic, physiological and acoustic level as you study how communication develops through the ears, the lips, the teeth, the nasal cavity, the brain, the sensory and motor nerves and the vocal muscles.
Go behind-the-scenes of health care as you study the Australian healthcare system, the epidemiological patterns of the Australian population, and the factors and decisions that influence health service activity. Your combined knowledge of speech pathology practice and healthcare systems will equip you to make a difference to your future clients at both a personal and systemic level. JCU Speech Pathology emphasises health promotion, particularly in remote and Indigenous communities, and will train you to think and work holistically as you incorporate the ‘bigger picture’ of your client’s health and lifestyle into your professional practice.
You will have firsthand experience of what it’s like to be a speech pathologist as you undertake multiple professional placements across this speech pathology degree. You’ll complete practical placements in urban, regional and remote areas, giving you the experience to work in any setting. Your placement could be facilitated by public or private hospitals, health clinics, or disability services. You’ll discover the variety inherent to the speech pathologist’s role as you encounter clients who need assistance with communicating, possibly after a stroke, due to stuttering, voice problems, autism, literacy difficulties, hearing problems or difficulties learning to speak. Clients may also need assistance to eat — chewing and swallowing can be difficult for some babies born with conditions like cleft palate or Down Syndrome; adults who have a stroke or cancer in the throat might also need help to improve their ability to eat or drink.
Upon graduation, you will have all the essential skills of a speech pathologist including the ability to provide responsive, sensitive and effective speech pathology practice to all clients, specifically including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other culturally and linguistically diverse populations. You will be equipped with highly applicable skills such as professional communication, ability to plan, learn and reason as well as having the ability to conduct yourself successfully in a professional work environment. You will be prepared to deliver, facilitate, and evaluate safe, sustainable and effective client-centred speech pathology services including preventative, educational and promotional programs in collaboration with client groups and other professionals.
An Honours degree supports entry into a Higher Degree by Research. An Honours component is embedded in JCU’s Bachelor of Speech Pathology; students further develop their research skills as they complete the Honours component in the fourth year of the degree.
The Honours component has two streams available — a professional stream and a research stream. In the professional stream, small groups of students work collaboratively to conduct a research project within the field of speech pathology. They present their findings and prepare a thesis related to their work. In the research stream, students will work independently to conduct a research study in an area of interest within speech pathology. These students also present their findings and submit a thesis. This work may be submitted and accepted for publication in professional journals or presented at national or international conferences. Recent topics include the effectiveness of rugby players' voices and experiences of police working with offenders who have language disorders.
The professional stream supports students to continue their postgraduate study with a Master’s degree while the research stream can act as a potential pathway for students to pursue a PhD or similar research qualification.
Refer to the Course Handbook for eligibility information.
About JCU's Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) in Queensland
You understand just how crucial communication is to human development and individual success. Your Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) degree (similar to Bachelor of Speech Therapy) from JCU will qualify you to assess, diagnose and manage significant speech and swallowing impairments.
A Speech Pathology Degree That Gains You Experience
Develop high-level skills necessary to merge theory with real-world situations throughout your speech pathologist degree. Work with real clients in professional placements under the supervision of caring professionals dedicated to your success. Experience a diverse range of scenarios during your placements when you assess, diagnose, treat and manage people with communication and swallowing difficulties.
You will have the opportunity to help a child who cannot be understood, or assist an adult in overcoming a swallowing disorder. You could help patients restore their voice after cancer surgery or work with those who find it difficult to swallow because of neurological disorders. Your Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) in Queensland will equip you to work with people from diverse backgrounds and from socioeconomic statuses.
Study Speech Pathology and Learn Transferable Skills
Build a highly adaptable skillset and find employment in a variety of work contexts throughout Australia and overseas with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). Learn adept skills in researching and evaluating data and use these skills to solve medical problems. Reach out to children and adults from various cultures and economic conditions.
Become an accomplished communicator with the ability to express your thoughts, and empower others to express theirs. You will learn how to assess a client’s needs and apply your expert knowledge to provide a solution.
A Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) That Leads to a Bright Future
Be ready to use speech therapy degree level skills to help people overcome their limitations and challenges. In addition, build specific skills working with rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
As a JCU graduate, you will be career-ready with strong analytical and clinical skills. Small class sizes and personalised support prepare you to be ready today, for tomorrow. Your extensive practical experience combined with a thorough understanding of the theoretical aspects of speech pathology will put you at the forefront of your field.
Learn how to connect with others in an empathetic and effective way as you study your speech pathology degree. Advance your own communication skills so you can work with clients, colleagues, and the community as a facilitator and leader.
Study Speech Pathology (Honours) and Make a Difference
A speech therapy degree from JCU will help you build a bright future for yourself and for others. With your accredited degree, you are qualified to work in early intervention, in community or mental health services, and in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and universities.
See where a degree from JCU can take you and follow your passion to make a positive change.
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Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please review the inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).
Begin a life-changing career helping patients overcome communication and swallowing difficulties. Through this accredited course, JCU Speech Pathology graduates are equipped with job-ready skills to meet the unique needs of tropical, rural and Indigenous communities.
As a JCU Speech Pathology graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and expertise to enable you to work with children and adults and promote speech and swallowing improvement, literacy development and auditory development appropriate to you clients’ needs.
Once you’re a qualified speech pathologist, you may want to pursue a career in education, hospital support, community health or aged care. Alternatively, you could find work in childcare, mental health services, disability services or private practice.
This course is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia. Upon graduation, you will be eligible for Practising Membership with Speech Pathology Australia.
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD41,200.00
Courses are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.
A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Bachelor of Speech Pathology
Speech Pathologists go through the human lifespan. You can get jobs in paediatrics – right from when babies are born, all the way through to palliative care. There’s so many different places we can work, and we’re in really high demand, especially in rural areas.
Bachelor of Speech Pathology
One of the best things about studying speech pathology at JCU is the smaller class sizes, which means you get to know your classmates well and not only make friends but work colleagues when you graduate. You also get to know the lecturers, who were super supportive and helpful on my journey.
We have a unique focus on preparing graduates to work in rural and remote locations. Many of our graduates thoroughly enjoy the opportunities the course provides to experiencing the complexities and joys of rural and remote practice, and many choose to work in regional Australia after graduation.
A Director of Talk HQ
It was an honour to have studied and graduated with a JCU Bachelor of Speech Pathology and now being an employer to many JCU Speech Pathology graduates in my private practices. It is such a rewarding career and it excites me seeing new graduates with the same passion and zest for the profession.