Welcome to the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences! We are located
within the School of Health Professions at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences
Center. Our department consists of audiology and speech-language pathology undergraduate
and graduate students interacting with faculty in an innovative teaching, clinical,
and research environment.
If you are interested in a blend of psychology, education, and medicine, this may
be a great career option for you! According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number
of positions available for audiologists and speech-language pathologists is expected
to grow by approximately 10% over the next 10 years.
The preferred application deadline for the undergraduate program is March 1 of each
year for the following fall class. Admission is limited and requires a cumulative
GPA of 3.0 and a grade of "C" or better in all prerequisite courses. Students will
be informed of admission decisions by May 1.
What do audiologists and speech-language pathologists do?
Audiologists: Measure hearing ability, identify hearing disorders, provide rehabilitative services,
select amplification devices and instruct in their care, provide training in speech
reading, and serve as consultants to government and industry on issues concerning
noise-induced hearing loss.
Speech-Language Pathologists: Help those who stutter to increase their fluency; assist people who have experienced
brain injuries to regain lost language, speech, and swallowing skills; teach children
and adolescents to use oral and written language skills needed to succeed in school;
select augmentative communication devices for persons who cannot speak; and counsel
individuals and families about speech and language disorders.
At the department’s Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic, students get to experience
first-hand the many facets of our professions as they work with faculty providing
diagnostic and rehabilitative services to children and adults. Because graduate degrees
are required to practice as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, the undergraduate
program here at TTUHSC is designed primarily to prepare students for graduate school.
Undergraduate students learn about the normal processes of speech, hearing, and language,
and also learn about a variety of communication disorders. They will also complete
all required coursework to become licensed speech-language pathology assistants with
a bachelor's degree.
Please use our website to gain more information concerning the profession, our faculty
and students, our curriculum, the application process, frequently asked questions
(FAQ), and financial aid information. If you have any questions or want additional
information, contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope that you will seriously consider a career in this rewarding field!