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Audiology and Speech Pathology

The Bachelor of Science in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) undergraduate program is designed to introduce undergraduates to the fields of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and to prepare them for applying to graduate school. This program is a joint undergraduate degree program offered between the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) and the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).

The BS degree is set up in a 3+1 format where the first 3 years are completed through UTK and the last year (Senior Year) is completed through UTHSC (administered by UT Memphis but physically located on campus at UTK.)

SLPs must complete a Master’s degree in order to practice and Audiologists must complete a doctoral degree in audiology (e.g. AuD). After the Master’s degree, SLPs may also choose to continue their education and receive a clinical Doctoral Degree (e.g., SLPD; approx. 2-3 years) or a Research Doctoral Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (e.g., PhD).

Undergraduate coursework includes classes in:

  • Biology
  • Linguistics
  • Math and statistics
  • Physics/acoustics or chemistry
  • Psychology and cognitive science

Admission into graduate school typically requires:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (including transfer work and any dual enrollment completed)
    • Note: many graduate programs have much higher average GPAs for their admitted students
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • An essay and/or biosketch
  • Letters of recommendation

Other recommendations for preparing for graduate school:

  • Pursue opportunities to work with faculty in research labs
  • Select desired graduate programs early to familiarize yourself with the admission requirements (one way to search for programs: https://find:asha.org/ed)
  • Schedule a campus tour of the graduate program

Helpful links:

Faculty contact:

Kristen Secora, Assistant Professor

ksecora@utk.edu