Speech pathology is the study of human communication – its normal development, its disorders, and strategies for prevention. The speech-language pathologist, by evaluating the speech and language of children and adults, determines whether communication problems exist and decides the best method of treatment. Audiology is the study of normal and defective hearing. The audiologist strives to prevent hearing loss, aids in diagnosing problems, and recommends habilitation and rehabilitation techniques that range from the use of hearing aids to lip reading and/or manual communication. The Speech Pathology Curriculum provides students a thorough pre-professional foundation in theoretical and practical knowledge of human communication and disorders. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded the Bachelor of Science degree and are prepared for graduate study in speech pathology or audiology and for a limited number of career opportunities in speech pathology or audiology. A Master’s degree and certification/licensure are required to practice as a speech-language pathologist and a Doctorate degree and certification/licensure to practice as an audiologist. Service to the community and undergraduate research are two important components of each student’s academic experience in the Department.
In addition to satisfying the goals of the Core Curriculum, this program is designed to:
provide adequate preparation for entry into a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology; provide students with an experiential learning situation (observations and clinical practicum) to facilitate transference of their theoretical knowledge into the practical situation; and
instill values of professionalism and awareness of providing service to others.
The department houses the Xavier University Speech and Hearing Clinic, Xavier’s Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the Speech Lab. The Speech and Hearing Clinic provides both evaluations and treatment for all types of communication disorders to students, staff and local residents. The Speech Lab provides assistance for students and faculty who may have difficulty with oral communication skills and either self-refer or have been referred by a faculty member.
For more information about majoring in Speech Pathology at Xavier, please contact Dr. Nancy Martino at firstname.lastname@example.org, (504) 520-5090, 1 Drexel Drive, Campus Box 300, New Orleans, LA 70125