The undergraduate curriculum in speech pathology and audiology is a four-year program leading to a bachelor of science degree. This program entails eight semesters of course work, including approximately 50 clock hours of clinical practicum.
Marquette University requires 128 semester credits of course work for the bachelor's degree; students generally carry between 15 and 18 credits per semester. Since a B average is required to be considered for admission into most graduate programs, it is important that students majoring in speech pathology and audiology work toward maintaining high academic achievement throughout their undergraduate programs.
Each student majoring in speech pathology and audiology is assigned an academic adviser. This adviser helps the student and serves as an academic counselor.
Students may enter the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology as freshmen, or may transfer into the department from another university division or another institution later in their academic program. Applicants for advanced standing admission into the Speech Pathology and Audiology should understand that a grade point average of 3.000 or better is required to be considered for admission by most graduate programs.
The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology offers early admission into its M.S. Program in Speech-Language Pathology. Marquette undergraduate students majoring in speech pathology and audiology can apply for this program in the second semester of their junior year. Students accepted into this program are eligible to enroll in up to 12 credits of Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPPA) course work that carry graduate credit during their senior year. Credits obtained for these courses can be used to fulfill both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Once students inform the Graduate School of their completion of undergraduate degree requirements, their admission as a regular degree status (RDS) student in the graduate program is activated.
Candidates for bachelor of science degrees must earn a minimum of 128 semester hours of credit. Students majoring in speech pathology and audiology must complete the general core requirements established by the university and the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. The speech pathology and audiology major consists of a minimum of 38 semester credits.
The selection of elective courses is determined by the professional goals of the student, in consultation with their academic adviser.
The student majoring in speech pathology and audiology may complete up to 50 clock hours of direct work with individuals with speech/language/hearing problems. This practicum experience is closely supervised by university personnel who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This practicum begins in the second semester of the junior year.These clinical experiences allow juniors and seniors to work with children and/or adults with speech, language or hearing difficulties in the Marquette University Speech and Hearing Clinic (MUSHC).