Professional speech-language pathologists and audiologists are needed in the following areas or institutions:
- Public and private schools
- Rehabilitation centers
- Nursing care facilities
- Community clinics
- Colleges and universities
- State and federal government agencies
- State and local health departments
- Home health care
- Centers for individuals with developmental disabilities
- Physicians offices
- Private practice
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, speech-language pathology and audiology professions are projected to continue experiencing healthy growth due to:
- medical advances improving the survival rate of premature infants and individuals suffering trauma and stroke;
- federal laws guaranteeing speech, language and hearing services to all eligible children with disabilities;
- early identification of speech, language, and swallowing and hearing disorders; and
- an aging population that may experience hearing loss and associated speech, language and swallowing impairments.
The communicative disorders program provides students with academic study and clinical experience in both speech-language pathology and audiology.
Upon completing the bachelors degree, Nicholls graduates who have the appropriate number of clinical hours are eligible to apply for Louisiana licensure as a provisional speech-language pathology assistant and can work under the supervision of a fully certified speech-language pathologist in Louisiana. A speech-language pathology assistant can work under supervision in various job settings including school systems, governmental agencies and for private practitioners. Completion of a masters degree or doctoral degree is required to become fully licensed in Louisiana and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in the field of speech-language pathology.
For students beginning their academic undergraduate careers at this time, completion of a doctoral degree is required to become fully licensed in Louisiana and certified by ASHA in the field of audiology.
For more information about career opportunities, national certification, state licensure, differences between speech-language pathology and audiology, visit:
- FAQs About the Profession Web page
- Post-Graduate Training Web page
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Web site
- Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Web site