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Speech Pathology and Audiology

administrative contact

Robert Orlikoff
Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
phone: 304-293-2377

program contact

Carolyn Atkins
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
phone: 304-293-4241

Program Details

Program Description

The WVU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders houses one of only two undergraduate programs in Speech Pathology and Audiology, one of only two graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology, and the only graduate program in Audiology in the state of West Virginia.

The preprofessional undergraduate program in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology is designed to provide a core of well-trained students with a thorough understanding of the basic processes involved in speech, hearing, and language for the graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at West Virginia University.

The professions of speech-language pathology and audiology are exciting fields wherein clinicians provide service to individuals with speech, language and/or hearing disorders. The graduate programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Career Profile

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists provide services to persons with communication disorders. Since the demand for certified professionals remains strong, job prospects are very good.

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists work in a variety of settings and with a broad range of clients. They may work in public or private clinics or within a school or medical setting. They may be employed by a large institution or be self-employed. Their clients range from very young children to geriatric patients, and they may have a broad range of disorders or very specialized impairments. Whatever the setting in which they choose to practice, practitioners find speech-language pathology and audiology exciting and rewarding fields.

The undergraduate Speech Pathology and Audiology Program is the first step in preparing students to become practicing speech-language pathologists or audiologists. Students who wish to pursue professional employment in the field need to pursue a master’s degree in speech-language pathology or a clinical doctoral degree in audiology. Students who wish to remain at WVU as graduate students must apply for acceptance into the appropriate graduate program. Selection is competitive.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The graduate degree programs in speech-language pathology and audiology at WVU are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, are recognized as Programs of Excellence, and recently were ranked twice in the top 25% of all graduate programs in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. Master’s degree and clinical doctoral degree requirements ensure that all graduates meet the academic and clinical education standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and for professional licenses and teacher licensure in West Virginia.