Speech pathology

Why study Speech pathology?

Speech pathologists assess, diagnose, treat and provide management and advocacy services to people with communication or swallowing disorders. People with communication disorders may have difficulties in speech, language, voice, fluency, and reading and spelling. Speech pathologists also work in the community in prevention. We are the longest standing provider of speech pathology education programs in Victoria.

Speech Pathology at La Trobe

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared to practise in hospitals, community health centres, private practice, schools, rehabilitation centres and aged care centres. You may also work in health promotion, teaching and consultancy, and in specialised centres helping people with hearing impairment, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability. You may apply for membership of the Speech Pathology Association of Australia.

Courses

Local students

2015

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology

Duration :
4 years full-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (February)
Campus/ATAR:
Albury-Wodonga RC
Bendigo 83.1
Melbourne 90.15
Mildura RC
Shepparton RC
Year
2015
Course description
As the longest-standing provider of speech pathology education in Victoria, we understand no two days of the profession are alike. This four-year course considers every aspect of speech pathology, teaching you to diagnose and treat issues such as speech problems, stuttering and swallowing difficulties.

In first year you'll be introduced to the fundamentals of human biosciences, the factors influencing health, and the requirements of working as a health professional. First year also includes a clinical experience, with placements and observational opportunities occurring as you progress through the course.

Second year allows you to focus on areas such as assisting those with hearing, speech or intellectual difficulties - including language, voice and stuttering problems - while developing your capabilities in linguistics, general psychology and anatomy. Your third and fourth years contain the majority of your professional placement experience, training you to diagnose and treat speech pathology cases using real-life examples.

Students at our Melbourne Campus complete placements at La Trobe's dedicated Communication Clinic, which provides a range of general and specialist speech pathology services for voice, fluency, preschool speech and language, and early literacy development.

Fourth year is also your chance to participate in seminars on advanced issues in speech pathology. These will sharpen your presentation skills and help you discover your area of specialisation. All our students are regularly involved in the development of resources and projects aimed at helping the speech pathology community. A prime example is the 'Build Your Own Aphasia Talk' - a presentation that addresses the lack of awareness of aphasia.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
Career opportunities
Graduates practise in hospitals, community health centres, private practice, schools, rehabilitation centres and aged-care centres.

They can also find employment in areas such as health promotion, teaching, and consultancy work in communication and
presentation. Employment opportunities also exist in specialised centres helping people with hearing impairment, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.
Professional recognition
Graduates are eligible for membership with Speech Pathology Australia. This degree is also recognised in several other countries.
Prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English ( EAL ) or at least 30 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Current Year 12 applicants with work experience must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement.

Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.
Middle band
La Trobe considers Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) criteria and a regional bonus may apply.
Costs
A National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$20 and a Working with Children Check (no cost) are required for the professional experience placements in clinical and community settings in this course. Books and equipment may be purchased from any supplier; however La Trobe University-branded uniforms must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain students' personal property. Accommodation and travel costs for clinical placement may also be incurred and vary according to the venue. Students may be required to get various immunisations prior to starting clinical placements at their own cost, approximately A$20-$400. Please note costs are approximate and subject to change.
Students will also be required to undertake a First Aid course including CPR, anaphylaxis and defibrillation training at an approximate cost of A$160. This course is not conducted by La Trobe University.
Additional information
NOTE: students at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses must transfer to Bendigo after first year.

This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Health Sciences website.

How to apply
Apply through VTAC from August 2014 to start this course in 2015. Or, apply through UAC if youre applying to study at our Albury-Wodonga or Mildura campuses.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course details
Applied Science/Speech PathologyMelbourne
Applied Science/Speech PathologyBendigo
Applied Science/Speech PathologyMildura
Applied Science/Speech PathologyShepparton
Applied Science/Speech PathologyAlbury-Wodonga

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Feel free to ask us a question about any course for local students.

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students

International students

2014

Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Speech Pathology (062598G/ 031706J)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
25 040
Campus
Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
Speech pathology is a growing profession, and with a shortage of qualified speech pathologists in Australia, new graduates have excellent career prospects and opportunities to specialise and diversify.

This course aims to qualify you as a speech pathologist for work in Australia.
Theoretical studies cover the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and provision of management and advocacy services to people with communication or swallowing disorders, who may have difficulties in speech, language, voice, fluency, and reading and spelling.

You'll also gain clinical experience by working on speech pathology cases through various formats (e.g. printed case notes, computer-based examples, video or audio samples, and simulated patients).

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.5 with no individual band score less than 7.0; or

IELTS (Academic) score of 7.5 with no individual band score less than 7.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 625 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 102 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27;

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 76 with no communicative skill score less than 73.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): N/A.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of A.

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 85 and at least two As, including an A in English
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2013 (indicative only) - 88.10
International Baccalaureate - 31
GCE A Levels - 14
HKDSE - 2 x Level 5
Sri Lankan A Levels - AAA
STPM - 11
MICSS (UEC) - 2.5
Canada Secondary School/or CPU - 85
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 5
Sweden Slutbetyg - VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 85
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8.9
Indonesia (SMA) - 8.5
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 3.3
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Subject prerequisite
One of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Year 12 Mathematics.
Additional costs
A National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$16 and a Working with Children Check (no cost) are required for the professional experience placements in clinical and community settings in this course. Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, students must provide proof of immunisations. Costs may vary depending on previous immunisations, approximately A$250 - $470. Accommodation and travel costs for professional practice placements may vary depending on the venue. Please note: costs are approximate and subject to change. Text books are optional unless prescribed. All books, uniforms and equipment can be purchased from any supplier; they remain students' personal property.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
Professional recognition
Graduates are eligible for membership with Speech Pathology Australia. The degree is also recognised in several overseas countries.
Career opportunities
Graduates practise in hospitals, community health centres, private practice, schools, rehabilitation centres and aged-care centres. They can also find employment in areas such as health promotion, teaching, and consultancy work in the areas of communication and presentation. Employment opportunities also exist in specialised centres helping people with hearing impairment, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.
Full course details
Health Sciences/Speech PathologyMelbourne
Health Sciences/Speech PathologyBendigo
Health Sciences/Speech PathologyMildura
Health Sciences/Speech PathologyShepparton
Health Sciences/Speech PathologyAlbury-Wodonga

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Speech pathology placements

Clinical experience is a major component of our program. You will get practical experience in external agencies such as hospitals, community health centres, schools, early childhood centres and private practice. Students enrolled at the Bendigo campus will carry out most of their placements in the Bendigo area and regional Victoria, however some opportunities exist for these students to be able to carry out placements in metropolitan Melbourne. There are some opportunities for all students to carry out interstate placements subject to availability.

Students enrolled at the Bundoora (Melbourne) Campus will carry out a number of their placements in metropolitan health services and other non-health agencies and in The La Trobe Communication Clinic, which offers extensive speech pathology services including:

  • a preschool language and phonology program funded by Community Health
  • a preschool and school-age child fluency (stuttering) program funded by Community Health
  • an adolescent and adult fluency (stuttering) assessment and treatment program
  • a Phonological Awareness for Literacy program for school-aged children
  • voice clinics for children and adults at the Bundoora campus and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

Student Projects

La Trobe's Speech Pathology students have developed a number of speech related resources for young people, families and speech pathologists. View some of the Speech Pathology study activities and projects.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

Regional campus transfer

Students at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses must transfer to the Bendigo campus for the last three years of the course.

Fee assistance

Limited Commonwealth Supported places are available. Contact the course co-ordinator for more information and see fees and scholarships.

Find out about the experiences of one of our students.

The lecturers were all very approachable, supportive and experts in their field.

Ms Meryl Kirsty Raissa Lai Kong Ling, Health Sciences

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the Faculty of Health Sciences or focus on staff in Speech pathology.

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