Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Overview

An audiologist is a professional who diagnoses and treats hearing and balance problems. An audiologist has received an Au.D. (Doctorate in Audiology), or a Master’s or Doctoral degree from an accredited university graduate program in audiology. Audiologists are trained to diagnose, manage and treat hearing or balance problems for individuals from birth through adulthood.

Speech-language pathology is the study and treatment of human communication and its disorders. Speech-language pathologists work with the full range of human communication to evaluate, diagnose and treat speech, language and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly. Speech-language pathologists often work as part of a team, which may include teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers and rehabilitation counselors.

Much of the required training is the same between Audiology and Speech-language pathology.

CSU Recommended Coursework

Some colleges and universities offer an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). However, if you do not major in CSD, you will need to complete some prerequisites before applying to graduate school for audiology and speech pathology.

Audiology:
*These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution. For courses that CSU does not offer, some programs will accept you and will add on time to your degree for you to complete required prerequisites.

Requirement Recommended CSU Courses 
Life Science with a lab LIFE 102
Physical Science (Physics or Chemistry) CHEM 111/112 or PH 121
Behavioral Science (Psychology or Sociology) PSY 100 or SOC 100
Anatomy BMS 301
Normal Language Development *CSU does not offer this course
Introduction to Audiology *CSU does not offer this course
Statistics STAT 301 or STAT 307

Speech Pathology
*These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution. For courses that CSU does not offer, some programs will accept you and will add on time to your degree for you to complete required prerequisites.

Requirement Recommended CSU Courses 
Life Science with a lab LIFE 102
Physical Science (Physics or Chemistry) CHEM 111/112 or PH 121
Behavioral Science (Psychology or Sociology) PSY 100 or SOC 100
Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing *CSU does not offer this course
Normal Language Development *CSU does not offer this course
Introduction to Audiology *CSU does not offer this course
Statistics STAT 301 or STAT 307
Introduction to Phonetics *CSU does not offer this course
Speech Science *CSU does not offer this course

Programs and Preparation

Admissions Tests

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for most programs.

Application Services

CSDCAS (pronounced “SID-CAS”) is a service that allows applicants to use a single online application and set of materials to apply to multiple participating graduate programs offering clinical education in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. It should be noted to prospective students that not all programs subscribe to CSDCAS, so the student may need visit additional programs outside the system to apply directly for admission. Click here to access CSDCAS. 

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