The Postbaccalaureate Bachelor of Science program in Speech and Hearing Sciences, at the University of Washington, is designed for students who want to pursue a clinical degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology, but currently hold a degree outside the speech, language and hearing sciences discipline.
Individuals who earned a bachelor's degree or another advanced degree in a discipline other than speech and hearing sciences (also referred to as communication sciences or disorders) are not qualified to apply directly to Master’s degree programs in speech-language pathology and also some clinical doctorate degree programs in audiology.
Completion of the 4 quarter Postbaccalaureate degree program provides students from outside disciplines with the necessary academic foundation to pursue graduate study and professional certification in speech-language pathology and audiology. This focused program of study provides an in-depth overview of the discipline, including the social, behavioral, physical, and biological bases of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing. Students also gain introductory knowledge of the clinical processes involved in the prevention, evaluation and treatment of individuals with communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan.
Students completing the intensive Postbaccalaureate program earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from our top-ranked university and can apply directly to any graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology, including the two Master of Science degree programs at the University of Washington. While completion of the University of Washington Postbaccalaureate program does not guarantee admission into the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences Master of Science programs, it does qualify students for consideration.
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