Dr. Kimberly Murphy, Undergraduate Program Director
The Bachelor of Science program in speech-language pathology and audiology is designed to provide students with the academic experiences needed to understand normal processes involved in speech, language, swallowing, and hearing abilities, and to identify communication and swallowing disorders. Classes also introduce students to clinical procedures for assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders. The minimum number of hours required for the degree is 120 credits. The bachelor's-level students are not eligible for employment as a licensed speech-language pathologist or audiologist in any professional setting. Therefore, the undergraduate program at Old Dominion University serves as a feeder program for students to apply to the graduate program in speech-language pathology where licensure and certification standards will be met. The undergraduate program at Old Dominion University provides students with the coursework required to apply for national certification as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. Finally, the undergraduate degree also prepares students to apply to graduate audiology programs that are offered at other universities and other professional graduate programs.
Admission and Continuance Requirements
To officially declare a major in Speech Language Pathology & Audiology, requirements are as follows:
- Students must have completed at least one year of coursework at ODU with an overall grade point average of at least 2.50; Transfer students must have completed at least one semester of course work at ODU with an overall grade point average of at least 2.50.
- Students must have completed the following courses: ENGL 110C (C or higher), Mathematical Skills (STAT 130M preferred), Human Behavior (PSYC 201S or SOC 201S preferred), 8 credits of BIOL and CHEM or PHYS Nature of Science requirements, and CSD 350 (C- or higher).
- Students must have an interview with a program advisor.
- Students who have met all Speech Language Pathology & Audiology major admission requirements will be referred by their advisor in the Health Sciences Advising Center to the Speech Language Pathology & Audiology Undergraduate Program Director for major declaration and assignment to a program advisor. For additional information on the curriculum or major declaration requirements, please contact: Program Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the College of Health Sciences Advising Center (email@example.com).
A cumulative grade point average of 2.50 in all major courses is required for continuing status. Grades below C- in major courses must be retaken to attain a grade of C- or higher. A grade of C or better is required in CSD 449W in order to meet the ODU undergraduate writing requirement.