Bachelor of Speech PathologyBachelors Degree
The Bachelor of Speech Pathology prepares students for entry into professional speech pathology practice. Speech pathologists assess and treat adults and children exhibiting acquired or congenital disorders of speech, fluency, voice, language and swallowing.
This distinctive course aims to educate students to become knowledgeable, skilled, empathetic, ethical and innovative professionals who are able to provide effective speech pathology assessment and intervention for people of different ages.
The course contains industry-specific and inter-professional units of study. A mix of theory units are combined with simulated learning and clinical practicum opportunities across the four-year course.
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
Apply critical analysis, prudent judgement and the use of research/evidence to inform clinical/professional practice
Develop an entrepreneurial and sustainable approach to clinical/professional practice utilising appropriate leadership and management skills
Demonstrate knowledge, skill and empathy as ethical, innovative and creative professional eligible to enter clinical/professional practice
Establish clinical/professional practice based on ethical decision-making and evidence-based practice
Demonstrate accountability and responsibility within clinical/professional practice
|Knowledge of a discipline|
Function in accordance with all relevant legislation, registration requirements, guidelines and standards affecting clinical/professional practice
Assess, plan, provide and evaluate safe and effective clinical practice with a range of client groups across the lifespan
Identify and reflect on the generalist and specialist skills of practice required for continuing professional development and professional practice
|Communication and social skills|
Work collaboratively in a range of health care teams with an understanding of best practice and the evidence base that supports it
Communicate and collaborate effectively with clients, families, significant others and professional colleagues in ways that are appropriate to the scholarly, professional and/or social setting
Demonstrate cultural safety in clinical/professional practice and leadership
Demonstrate an understanding of health inequalities and indigenous health (worldwide)
Students can complete up to 1,000 hours of professional placement in various settings throughout the four years of study. These settings include, but are not limited to, the Southern Cross University Health Clinic on campus, public hospitals, private practice, community health, rehabilitation centres, aged care facilities, schools and rural health locations.
Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements. Before applying for this course, it is important that you understand what these requirements are.
The Bachelor of Speech Pathology enables students to develop an understanding of the theoretical and practical components of speech pathology, with a focus on both general and specialist knowledge and skills. The course shares components with other Southern Cross University degrees such as the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Podiatry and the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies).
Arts and science-based units are included in the course, for example phonetics and linguistics, audiology and neurology for speech pathology. Embedded throughout the course are principals of evidence-based practice, cultural competency, multi-modal communication and holistic perspectives of functioning.
Honours: The Embedded Honours option is not available in 2019. Further information on this will be provided in due course.
|Location||Teaching period||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Gold Coast||Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3||330168||059861|
The Bachelor of Speech Pathology is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia (SPA), the national professional and accrediting body. Students and graduates of the Bachelor of Speech Pathology will be eligible for membership of Speech Pathology Australia.
We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.
Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.
To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, students must complete 384 credit points, comprising:
- all core units; and
- one elective unit from University wide offerings.
To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Speech Pathology with Honours, students must complete 384 credit points, comprising all honours units.
Students in Honours must successfully complete all units in years 3 and 4 on their first attempt and maintain a Credit grade average (GPA) of at least 5.0 for years 3 and 4.
Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences after completing 192 credit points, comprising any 16 core units.
Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Health and Human Sciences after completing 96 credit points, comprising any 8 core units.
Professional Experience Learning
This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on School of Health and Human Sciences Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.
Students are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 18 months between study of any two (2) professional experience learning units.
Students are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 18 months between study of a theory unit that relates specifically to a particular professional experience learning unit.
Students who have an interrupted study sequence of more than 18 months will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be required to undertake a specified supported professional experience placement to ensure clinical currency prior to continuation of the course.
Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.
Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Available||Credit points||Level of learning||Notes|
|Complete one or both the units under Session 3 below and then follow the Course Progression for Session 1 Commencement less the completed unit/s.|
|BIO01302 - Human Anatomy||Introductory|
|CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System||Introductory|
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Level of learning||Notes|
|CMM10580||The Australian Health Care System||Introductory|
|BHS10581||Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences||Introductory|
|SPT10001||Introduction to the Speech Pathology Profession||Introductory|
|BIO71002||Human Physiology I||Introductory|
|MAT71004||Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners||Introductory|
|BIO71003||Human Physiology II||Introductory|
|SPT10002||Phonetics and Linguistics for Speech Pathology||Introductory|
|BIO20001||Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the Head and Neck||Intermediate|
|CUL00408||Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples||Intermediate|
|SPT72002||Communication Development Across the Lifespan||Intermediate|
|SPT20002||Child Speech: Theory and Practice||Intermediate|
|SPT20003||Appraising and Applying Research Findings Across Disciplines||Intermediate|
|SPT20004||Neurology for Speech Pathology||Introductory|
|SPT20005||Speech, Voice and Hearing Sciences||Intermediate|
|SPT20006||Child Language and Literacy: Theory and Practice||Intermediate|
|SPT20007||Working in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Contexts and in Rural and Remote Settings||Intermediate|
|SPT72001||Swallowing Across the Lifespan||Intermediate|
|SPT30002||Neurogenic Speech Disorders in Adults and Children||Intermediate|
|SPT30003||Language in Adults: Theory and Practice||Intermediate|
|SPT30004||Fluency: Theory and Practice||Intermediate|
|HLT30002||Clinics in Multimodal Intervention: Internal||Advanced|
|HLT30001||Simulated and Actual Internal Clinics: Mixed Caseload||Advanced|
|HLT83007||Health Promotion and Primary Health Care||Advanced||Note 1|
|HLT83005||Diagnostic Intake Clinic: Advanced and Interdisciplinary Practice (Internal)||Advanced|
|HLT83006||Accountability and Clinical Reasoning||Advanced|
|SPT40002||Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing: Clinical Cases||Advanced|
|SPT40001||Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing: Clinical Placements||Advanced||Note 1|
|HLT10601||Transition to Professional Practice||Advanced|
|One elective unit from the University-wide electives|