Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology (BSLP Hons)
Speech-language therapists work with people who are unable to communicate effectively because of serious speech or language problems. They might work with children who have failed to develop any language, adolescents whose lack of fluency (stuttering) makes speaking difficult or impossible, or adults affected by illness or accident.
Our undergraduates gain experience working at speech-language therapy clinics in schools and hospitals. They learn to work directly with clients and indirectly, advising and training parents, family members, teachers and others to carry out remedial programmes. Therapists may work individually or as part of an educational or medical team.
If you are interested in a professional or research career in audiology or speech and language pathology, the Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology is your first step. This professional degree involves an intermediate course and three further years of specialised study.
- Established four-year professional degree
- Highly employable graduates
- Accredited by the New Zealand Speech–Language Therapists' Association, with the opportunity to work in Canada, USA, UK, Australia & Ireland (additional exams/courses may be required)
- Excellent resources including on-site clinics and research dedicated facilities and staff
- Postgraduate opportunities in Speech and Language Sciences, and Audiology
The deadline for applications is October 1
Entry to the Intermediate Year of study is open to all students with University Entrance. The recommended preparation for the Intermediate programme is a science background to at least NCEA Level 2 and English.
- Are you currently in the first year of a degree? If you would like to apply for the first Professional Year of the BSLP, but have not completed the Intermediate year, please contact the Programme Coordinator.
Entry to the First Professional Year is competitive. Students need to apply for entry into the First Professional Year by 1 October in the year preceding desired entry.
The selection criteria include academic merit from the Intermediate Year (or equivalent/or other degree), fluency in English, some knowledge of what a speech and language pathologist does and an interview with Departmental Representatives.
If you are unsuccessful in gaining a place in the First Professional Year, your passed courses in the Intermediate Year can usually be credited to the BSc, BHSc, or BA.
- For the full degree requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours
Year 1 Intermediate Year (awaiting CUAP approval)
The BSLP(Hons) requires a total of 480 points and may be awarded with honours. The first year is called the Intermediate Year and comprises a minimum of 120 points or eight 15-point courses (or equivalent). The Intermediate courses may be taken in one full-time year of study or accumulated over more than one year.
The one-year Intermediate programme is followed by three full-time years of specialised professional education – the professional years.
- CMDS 161 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (Semester 1 or Summer Course)
- STAT 101 Statistics 1 (Semester 2 or Summer Course)
- CMDS 162 Neuroscience of Communication and Swallowing (Semester 2)
One of the following
- MAOR 165 He Timatanga: Engaging with Māori
- TREO 110 Conversational Māori for Absolute Beginners
- TREO 111 Te Reo: Te Kahano – Introductory Language 1
- MAOR 172/SCIM 101 Science, Māori and Indigenous Knowledge
- HLTH 106 Nga Take, Te Wero - Māori Health Issues and Opportunities
- LING 101 The English Language (Semester 1 or Summer Course)
- PSYC 105 Introductory Psychology – Brain, Behaviour and Cognition (Semester 1)
- CMDS 113 Introduction to Communication Disorders (Semester 1 or Summer Course)
- PSYC 106 Introductory Psychology – Social, Personality and Developmental (Semester 2)
The professional years
The Professional Years correspond to Years two to four of the Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology (Hons) programme. Entry into the Professional Years is limited. Prior to admission into the First Professional Year, applicants must have completed the Intermediate Year.
|Year 2 First Professional Year|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|CMDS 221 Linguistics and Language Acquisition||CMDS 222 Language Disorders in Children|
|CMDS 231 Clinical Phonetics||CMDS 232 Speech Sound Disorders|
|CMDS 243 Introduction to Audiologic Assessment and Management||CMDS 263 Evaluating Research for Clinical Practice|
|CMDS 281 Observation and Clinical Practice 1||CMDS 282 Clinical Practice 2|
|Year 3 Second Professional Year|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|CMDS 320 Spoken and Written Language Disorders in Educational Settings||CMDS 367 Voice Disorders|
|CMDS 365 Dysphagia and Related Disorders: Diagnosis||CMDS 363 Motor Speech Disorders|
|CMDS 369 Aphasia and Related Disorders||CMDS 366 Dysphagia and Related Disorders: Management|
|CMDS 381 Clinical Practice 3||CMDS 382 Clinical Practice 4|
|Year 4 Third Professional Year|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|CMDS 420 Professional Studies l||CMDS 468 Professional Studies II|
|CMDS 451 Fluency Disorders||CMDS 461 Complex Communication Disorders|
|CMDS 482 Clinical Practice 5||CMDS 484 Clinical Practice 6|
|Plus one of the following|
|CMDS 491 Capstone Project, or CMDS 490 Research Project (Whole Year)|
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