Because of the importance and complexity of the communicative disorders field, high standards are generally set for speech and hearing professionals. Upon completing the bachelor’s degree at Nicholls, students enroll in graduate training in speech-language pathology or audiology. Completion of a master’s degree is required before an individual can be certified as a speech-language pathologist by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. For students beginning academic studies at this time, a doctorate of audiology is required for certification in audiology.
A number of graduate programs exist throughout Louisiana and the nation. Visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association academic program search engine to find a program that meets your needs. Graduate requirements generally include an introduction to research processes; studies of specific speech, language and hearing disorders; and additional practical clinical experience in assessment and intervention. After graduate study, students are eligible to pursue ASHA certification and a full Louisiana state licensure from the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.