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Speech Pathologist working with patient.

The field of speech-language and hearing sciences includes a wide range of careers, including audiologists and speech-language pathologists.  Professionals in this field help patients deal with a broad range of disabilities and conditions related to speech delays or difficulties and hearing loss or limitations. Audiologists measure hearing ability, identify hearing and balance disorders, provide rehabilitative services, assess amplification devices, and provide training in speech-reading.  They treat patients from birth through adulthood.  A Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) is an independent professional who specializes in diagnosing, managing, and treating hearing- and balance-related disorders.  Speech-Language Pathologists assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent speech, language, cognitive, communication, voice, swallowing, fluency, and other related disorders.  This profession is closely allied with audiology, yet still a separate field.  The following are examples of the types of people with whom Speech-Language Pathologists work:

Pre-Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) is considered a designation at Texas Tech University, it is not a major. Pre-Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences students take the required courses to apply to a SLHS program. Pre-Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences students also have the option to major in any area of study they want, as long as they take the prerequisite courses required to enter a SLHS program along with the courses needed to earn a degree at Texas Tech University.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Sciences Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences Program requires the following courses:

COURSE NAME Texas Tech University Texas Common Course Numbering System
ENGLISH I ENGL 1301 ENGL 1301
ENGLISH II ENGL 1302 ENGL 1302
TECHNICAL WRITING ENGL 2311 ENGL 2311
US HISTORY TO 1877 HIST 2300 HIST 1301
US HISTORY SINCE 1877 HIST 2301 HIST 1302
POLITICAL SCIENCE I POLS 1301 GOVT 2301
POLITICAL SCIENCE II POLS 2302 GOVT 2302
COLLEGE ALGEBRA or higher MATH 1320 or higher MATH 1314
STATISTICAL METHODS MATH 2300 MATH 1342, 1442, 2342, 2442
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE BIOL 1402 or ZOOL 2403 BIOL 1413, 1313, 1113 or BIOL 2402, 2301, 2101
PHYSICAL SCIENCE CHEM 1305/1105 or PHYS 1401 CHEM 1405, 1305, 1105 or PHYS 1405, 1305, 1310, 1105, 1110
MULTICULTURAL COURSE (3 hrs)    
INDIVIDUAL or GROUP BEHAVIORS (12 hrs)    
HUMANITIES
(3 HOURS)
   
VISUAL and PERFORMING ARTS
(3 HOURS)
   
GENERAL ELECTIVES
(VARIABLE HOURS)
   

Frequently check with the programs to which you plan to apply prerequisites and /or application procedures can change.

Total hours must be at least 66 credit hours.

For more information Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Program.