Pre-Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
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:
- Those who cannot make speech sounds or cannot make them clearly
- Those with speech rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering
- Those with problems understanding and producing language
- Those who wish to improve their communication skills by modifying an accent
Pre-Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) is considered a designation at Texas Tech University, it is not a degree-granting major. Pre-Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences students typically take the required courses to apply to complete a SLHS bachelor's degree program in their first two years. Pre-Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences students also have the option to major in any area of study they may choose, taking the prerequisite courses required to enter a SLHS program as well as the courses required for their chosen degree-granting major at Texas Tech University.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Health Professions 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 2305|
|POLITICAL SCIENCE II||POLS 2306||GOVT 2306|
|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 or PHYS 1406
||CHEM 1405, 1305, 1105 or PHYS 1405, 1305, 1310, 1105, 1110|
|MULTICULTURAL COURSE (3 hrs)|
|SOCIAL and BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (12 hrs)|
|LANGUAGE, PHILOSOPHY, and CULTURE
Frequently check with the programs to which you plan to apply as prerequisites and/or application procedures can change.
Total hours must be at least 63 credit hours.
Priority in application review and admission into the program will be given to those applicants who have completed applications by April 1st. Applications completed between April 1st and July 1st will be reviewed in order of completion and only considered for admission if there is still availability in the cohort.