Communication is interwoven into nearly every aspect of daily life, so much so that we rarely think twice about what it takes to speak a sentence or hear the lyrics to a song.
The Nicholls Communicative Disorders bachelor’s degree program is dedicated to assisting the student seeking a career as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist in being accepted to a graduate program which is necessary for national certification and state licensure. The program offers a strong academic foundation with clinical application of learning through two semesters of practicum experience. Graduates of the program cite the following program strengths as key factors in their subsequent graduate school success: the rigor and comprehensiveness of their courses; the caring and accessible faculty; and the opportunity to provide speech, language and hearing services to numerous individuals before beginning graduate studies.
The Jo Carol Nolen Speech-Language and Hearing Center provides students with an opportunity to obtain hands-on experience helping various community members. It includes a full audiological suite, numerous treatment rooms, a student computer lab, a student workroom, a small classroom, and the Betty Winter Library. The Betty Winter Library houses an extensive collection of reference books with diagnostic and treatment equipment for audiology, phonology, language, fluency, voice, and cognition. Faculty and students draw from these resources in both academic and clinical coursework. Additionally, IPADs loaded with clinical aps are routinely used in clinic.
NSSHLA members with David Adams, Brittani Holland and Dr. Scott Rubin, who presented on Nov. 6, 2013, on David’s Apple, an aphasia advocacy group.
Make a Difference
Feel the joy of helping someone from the community…maybe a young child with a hearing problem, an elementary school child with a speech delay, or an adult with a stuttering problem…at the Jo Carol Nolen Speech-Language and Hearing Center and various off campus settings. Clinical practicums provide the hands on experience to help a student decide whether they wish to pursue graduate studies in speech-language pathology, audiology or a related field.
Why become a speech-language pathologist or audiologist?
You can make a difference by:
- helping others with speech-language and hearing impairments,
- advocating for prevention and service to family and friends, and
- making a positive difference in people’s lives.
You can also:
- enjoy a career in an expanding profession,
- contribute to the development of new techniques and use technology,
- earn a good living with salary or hourly/contractual options,
- work as part of a professional team or work independently, and
- enjoy job flexibility with different work setting options.
Learn more at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Web site.