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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
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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. La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist.
NB: The ATARs published here are a guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. These are Clearly-in ATARs, meaning applicants with scores equivalent to, or higher than the quoted ATAR, were made an offer.
Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology
Duration. 4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer. Semester starts. Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Campus/ATAR *. Albury-Wodonga N/A Bendigo N/A Melbourne 80.3 Mildura N/A Shepparton N/A Show more Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology Year 2018 About this course 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 and language problems, stuttering and swallowing difficulties. The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology may enable you to work all over the world in a variety of health settings.
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 observational opportunities and exposure to speech pathologists.
The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology may enable you to work all over the world in a variety of health settings.
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.
Our students complete placements at a range of hospital and community agencies, schools and rehabilitation centres, so you’ll gain the skills to work with all kinds of people, from children with developmental delay to adults with acquired disorders.
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. During your clinical placement, you could be involved in the development of resources and projects aimed at helping the speech pathology community.
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 The Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia. Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology may apply for membership with Speech Pathology Australia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details. 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.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available. 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.
Subject bonus A study score of 30 in any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 25 in Health And Human Development equals 4 aggregate points. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points. Costs Students should allow approximately AUD$200 for books, name badge and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded items must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remain the student’s personal property.
In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) – AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid II Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.
Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.
Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change. 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 Professional Placements website .
You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more. How to apply Applications for 2018 will open later this year. Please note that you can only apply direct to La Trobe if you’ve not already applied through VTAC for any course.
Please note: VTAC applications cannot be withdrawn in order to submit a direct application. The same selection criteria and entry standards are applied to VTAC and direct applications.
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