Course summary

Speech pathologists assess and treat adults and children exhibiting acquired or congenital disorders of speech, fluency, voice, language, swallowing and multimodal communication. 

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology prepares you for entry into professional speech pathology practice.

Topics covered include phonetics and linguistics, audiology and neurology, working alongside and interacting with students from other health disciplines. As well as taking advantage of our state-of-the-art facilities, you will receive hands-on experience via clinical placements in schools, hospitals, nursing homes and the Southern Cross University Health Clinic at our Gold Coast campus.

Career opportunities for speech pathologists continue to grow nationally and internationally throughout the health and wellbeing industry, both in private practice and in working with health and education organisations and with various specialists.

Speech pathologists assess and treat adults and children exhibiting acquired or congenital disorders of speech, fluency, voice, language, swallowing and multimodal communication. 

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology prepares you for entry into professional speech pathology practice.

Topics covered include phonetics and linguistics, audiology and neurology, working alongside and interacting with students from other health disciplines. As well as taking advantage of our state-of-the-art facilities, you will receive hands-on experience via clinical placements in schools, hospitals, nursing homes and the Southern Cross University Health Clinic at our Gold Coast campus.

Career opportunities for speech pathologists continue to grow nationally and internationally throughout the health and wellbeing industry, both in private practice and in working with health and education organisations and with various specialists.

The Bachelor of Speech Pathology enables students to develop high-level communication skills (both written and oral) and 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 professionalism, evidence-based practice, cultural safety and responsiveness, person-centred care and holistic practice.

Optional major: Indigenous Health
This optional major can be studied at Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour campuses and offers students the opportunity to build theoretical and practical capabilities in cultural protocols and Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Embedded placement opportunities equip graduates with the professional skills required to contribute to the improvement of health and social outcomes in Australian communities.

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, compassion 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

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

Work collaboratively in a range of education and 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 regional and remote 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 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.


Course overview

Course code

3007306

Course abbreviation

BSpPath

Credit points

384

Equivalent units

32

Duration

4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

Duration

4 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Coffs Harbour Session 1 N/A N/A
Gold Coast Session 1 N/A N/A

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Coffs Harbour Session 1 $27,600 ($3,450 per unit) 085520F
Gold Coast Session 1 $27,600 ($3,450 per unit) 085520F

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:

  • 24 core units (288) credit points); and
  • 1 major (96 credit points).

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising any 16 core units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 8 units (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 Faculty of Health 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.

Progression

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

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.


Schedule of units

Title Note
Core Units
HBIO1001 - Human Anatomy
PBHL1001 - The Australian Health Care System
PSYC1003 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences
SPCH1001 - Introduction to the Speech Pathology Profession
HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I
STAT2001 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners
SPCH1002 - Phonetics and Linguistics for Speech Pathology
HBIO2008 - Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology of the Head and Neck
SPCH2011 - Communication Development Across the Lifespan
SPCH2003 - Child Speech: Theory and Practice
SPCH2001 - Appraising and Applying Research Findings Across Disciplines
SPCH2002 - Neurology for Speech Pathology
SPCH2004 - Speech, Voice and Hearing Sciences
SPCH2005 - Child Language and Literacy: Theory and Practice
SPCH2010 - Swallowing Across the Lifespan
SPCH2007 - Neurogenic Speech Disorders in Adults and Children
SPCH2008 - Language in Adults: Theory and Practice
SPCH2009 - Fluency: Theory and Practice
REHB2002 - Clinics in Multimodal Intervention: Internal
REHB2001 - Simulated and Actual Internal Clinics: Mixed Caseload
SPCH3003 - Critical and Creative Reasoning for Speech Pathology Practice
SPCH3001 - Assessment and Intervention of Communication and Swallowing: Clinical Placements Note 1
HLTH3003 - Transition to Professional Practice
Majors