Speech pathology is an exciting career that will enable you the opportunity to work with people across the lifespan. As a speech pathologist, you will work with other health professionals, in a variety of settings, to help children and adults who have communication and/or swallowing difficulties. Your role in assessing and managing these essential skills will promote positive well-being for the people with whom you work.
In this course, you will learn how communication and swallowing typically develop. You will assess these skills in children and adults to determine whether or not they are having difficulties. You will learn to analyse the results of these assessments within the context of a person's health and functioning so you can plan an evidenced-based intervention that best meets the person’s needs. You will undertake extensive Work-Integrated Learning opportunities at CQUniversity's Health Clinic, and off-campus at community and clinical sites in and outside of Queensland, where you will observe and work directly with children and adults with communication and/or swallowing difficulties. This will allow you to consolidate the content and theory you are learning in class with your developing clinical skills. Throughout these experiences, you will exercise critical thinking and self-reflection, allowing you to develop lifelong learning skills. At the completion of this course, you will be qualified as an entry-level speech pathologist, ready to work with children and/or adults with a diverse range of communication and swallowing difficulties, in a variety of contexts.
Speech pathologists can work in diverse settings in urban, rural and remote areas and may include hospitals (public & private), community centres, rehabilitation centres, kindergartens, schools, aged care facilities and private practice.
|Duration||4 years full-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||192|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Undergraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||BSpchPath(Hons)|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Bachelor Honours Degree|
The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.
|Rank Threshold||SR 75 | ATAR 75|
English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent
English Language Proficiency Requirements
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.
International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.
Each student will be assessed individually.
Working with Children Check - Blue Card Services
National Criminal Record Check
Immunisations, Vaccines and Screening - Hepatitis B; Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR); Varicella; Tuberculosis Screening; Adult Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (dTpa)
CPR and First Aid
It is recommended that students have had at least one class in a biological science during high school.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||CL13 - Diploma of Health Science|
|Professional Accreditation||This course is accredited with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA).|
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
No Residential School for this course.
|SPCH11001 - Students will observe clinical sessions with children and/or adults at the CQUniversity Health Clinic.|
|SPCH12007 - Students will engage in observations and interactions with children for up to one half day per week, for a maximum of six weeks.|
|SPCH12004 - Students will engage in observations and interactions with children for up to one half day per week, for a maximum of six weeks.|
|SPCH13006 - Students will complete 1 full day or 2 half days per week of work-integrated learning in a clinic setting for the duration of the term.|
|SPCH14006 - Students will complete one block placement of 5 days/week for 6 weeks in a paediatric setting.|
|SPCH13001 - Students will complete 1 full day or 2 half days per week of work-integrated learning in a clinic setting for the duration of the term.|
|SPCH14007 - Students will complete one block placement of 5 days/week for 6 weeks in an adult setting.|
|SPCH14009 - Students will complete up to 14 hours per week in a work-based setting for the duration of the term.|
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Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding|
|5. SKILLS Have technical skills to design and use research in a project|
|6. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters|
|10. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence|
|Number of units: 30||Total credit points: 192|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|SPCH11001||Introduction to Communication and Swallowing Disorders|
|ALLH11001||Introduction to Allied Health Practice|
|PSYC11010||Fundamentals of Psychology 1: Understanding Human Behaviour|
|ALLH11006||Life Course Development for Health Professionals|
|SPCH12002||Communication Development and Disorders in Early Childhood|
|SPCH12004||Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 1|
|SPCH13005||Acoustics and Phonetics|
|ALLH12006||Evidence Based Practice for Health Professionals|
|SPCH12003||Functional Anatomy of the Head, Neck and Thorax|
|SPCH12007||Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 2|
|SPCH13004||Communication Disorders across the School Years|
|SPCH13003||Neurogenic Communication Disorders 1|
|SPCH13001||Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 3|
|SPCH13010||Dysphagia across the Lifespan|
|SPCH13006||Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 4|
|SPCH13008||Neurogenic Communication Disorders 2|
|SPCH14001||Integrated Practice in Speech Pathology|
|SPCH14006||Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 6|
|ALLH11009||Research Methods for Health Professionals|
|BMSC11007||Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1|
|BMSC11008||Medical Anatomy and Physiology 2|
|SPCH13012||Voice Disorders and Clinical Practice|
|SPCH13011||Fluency Disorders and Clinical Practice|
|ALLH14002||Research Project for Health Professionals 1|
|ALLH14001||Research Project for Health Professionals 2|
|ALLH13011||Rural and Remote Practice for Health Professionals|
|SPCH14009||Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 5|
|SPCH14007||Speech Pathology Work-Integrated Learning 7|
On completion of this course, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) qualification. As part of the final year of study, students will be required to complete a research project on a topic relevant to speech pathology.