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Speech Pathology and Audiology

The WVU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders houses one of only two undergraduate programs in Speech Pathology and Audiology, one of only two graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology, and the only graduate program in Audiology in the state of West Virginia.

The preprofessional undergraduate program in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is designed to provide a core of well-trained students with a thorough understanding of the basic processes involved in speech, hearing and language for the graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at West Virginia University.

The professions of speech-language pathology and audiology are exciting fields wherein clinicians provide service to individuals with speech, language and/or hearing disorders. The graduate programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Career Profile

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists provide services to persons with communication disorders. Since the demand for certified professionals remains strong, job prospects are very good.

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists work in a variety of settings and with a broad range of clients. They may work in public or private clinics or within a school or medical setting. They may be employed by a large institution or be self-employed. Their clients range from very young children to geriatric patients, and they may have a broad range of disorders or very specialized impairments. Whatever the setting in which they choose to practice, practitioners find speech-language pathology and audiology exciting and rewarding fields.

The undergraduate Speech Pathology and Audiology Program is the first step in preparing students to become practicing speech-language pathologists or audiologists. Students who wish to pursue professional employment in the field need to pursue a master’s degree in speech-language pathology or a clinical doctoral degree in audiology. Students who wish to remain at WVU as graduate students must apply for acceptance into the appropriate graduate program. Selection is competitive.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

SPA 199 Orientation to Speech Pathology and Audiology PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology MATH 126 College Algebra ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric LING 101 Introduction to Language

Senior Year

SPA 440 Audiological Assessment SPA 460 Professional Writing/Speaking SPA 482 Clinical Practice SPA 440 Audiological Assessment

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Alumni Profile

Patti Boni DiLustro

Patti DiLustro has been active with the National Alumni Recruiting Network where she represents WVU at college fairs in Maryland. She also makes phone calls to newly accepted students to offer congratulations on behalf of WVU and the Mountaineer Parents Club. A native of Follansbee, W.Va., WVU was her first choice when deciding where to continue her education. She received her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology in 1977 and became a member of the WVU Alumni Association that year. After moving to Virginia Beach she became a “founding mother” of the Tidewater Chapter.

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