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Bachelor of Science in Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences

The Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences undergraduate program offers a pre-professional bachelor's degree in audiology and speech-language sciences. Training focuses on a broad-based education with emphasis on: the sciences, anatomy and physiology, psychology, development of audition, language and speech, principles of hearing science, technical instrumentation and problem solving. Students learn about individuals with communication disorders due to head injury, stroke, ear disease, noise exposure, vocal disease and misuse, autism, developmental delays, brain injury, genetics and many other issues. Additionally, students will explore the science behind how we talk, formulate language, hear and process our auditory environment, as well as how to diagnose, treat, and prevent communication disorders. Students who have interests in medical fields, applied sciences, psychology, acoustics, music or education are encouraged to consider audiology and speech-language sciences.

The degree program can be modified to serve as an excellent undergraduate foundation for entry into master's degree programs in Special Education, Rehabilitative Counseling, Public Health or Gerontology. Students interested in pursuing this option should see their advisor.

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program

Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) work directly with students with communication challenges in public school settings under the supervision of a fully qualified and nationally certified speech-language pathologist (SLP). SLPAs have a significant role in enhancing the quality of services for children and adolescents that need support for speech, communication, reading, and writing. This certificate program provides the opportunity to meet the requirements for SLPA authorization in the state of Colorado, through the Colorado Department of Education to work in Colorado public schools. Candidates develop the knowledge and skills to work under the supervision of a certified SLP in the public school setting with ages 0-21. This certificate is appropriate for individuals with a BA in audiology and speech-language sciences (ASLS) completing a BA in ASLS (juniors and seniors who have taken clinical methods), or those who have completed or are completing equivalent leveling coursework (24 hours) through an approved ASLS department.

The Colorado Department of Education currently has an “authorization” credential for SLPAs who meet qualifications to work in Colorado public schools under the supervision of qualified MA-CCC-SLP speech-language pathologists. Please search for SLPA authorization.

The program at UNC was developed to address shortages of qualified personnel to extend services to special education students, especially in high needs districts and rural areas in Colorado. This was accomplished through collaboration with our consortium partners at UC Boulder and MSUD. The program is competitive and requires complete applications in electronic format.

Preference for in-state students and especially qualified students in rural areas is given. A specific number of seats are reserved for Colorado students who qualify and are sponsored by BOCES to participate in the program. Out-of-state students are considered only if they can arrange a local internship in a public school setting with an MA CCC- SLP.

Please contact Dr. Kim Murza for more information.