At the undergraduate level, students receive pre-professional and professional training in the field of speech-language pathology.

Located on the Stockton campus, Pacific's Department of Speech-Language Pathology offers a bachelor of science program.

The mission of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology is to prepare reflective speech-language pathologists and audiologists for lifelong success by providing an excellent student-centered experiential learning environment. Our students are mentored in developing leadership, critical thinking skills, and a strong commitment to their profession and society. These efforts are assisted by the department's commitment to professional growth through clinical practice, scholarly activity, and service to the profession and the community. The programs are developed in accordance with state and national accreditation standards and guidelines to ensure that graduates provide exemplary professional practice throughout their careers.

Speech-language pathology is a professional program of habilitative and rehabilitative services. This program leads to varied occupations involved with persons with communication disorders. Speech-language pathologists work with people of all ages and are prepared to evaluate speech and language problems. They plan and implement programs to correct or modify the disorder, or develop other means of communicating. Some examples of the types of problems include articulation disorders, stuttering, voice, delayed language development and aphasia.

Clinical Experience

Pacific is a national leader in undergraduate clinical education and one of the few speech-language pathology programs that offers undergraduate clinical experience.

Starting their junior year, students obtain observation hours in the on-campus Pacific Speech, Hearing and Language Center and the nearby RiteCare Childhood Language Disorder Center of Stockton.

During their senior year, students participate in clinic in both diagnostic and therapy sessions to supplement their academic preparation, if specific requirements are met.

Students typically obtain 70 hours of clinical experience as an undergraduate clinician.

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

The undergraduate experience is not just limited to coursework and fieldwork. Pacific has an active chapter of NSSLHA. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to join. The chapter organizes fundraisers for charities and community outreach activities.

Freshman Year Course ID Course Title Units
    Statistics 4
    Introduction to Psychology/Sociology 4
    Developmental Psychology/Child Development 4
    Plus one Life Science Course 4
  BIOL 11 Human Anatomy & Physiology  
BIOL 41 Intro to Biology  
  And one Physical Science Course 4
PHYS 17 Concepts of Physics  
PHYS 39 Physics of Music  
CHEM 23 Elements of Chemistry  
       
Fall SLPA 51 Introduction to Communicative Disorders 3

 

Sophomore Year Course ID Course Title Units
Fall SLPA 121 Speech-Language Development 3
SLPA 131 Phonetics 3
Spring SLPA 127 Audiology 3

 

Junior Year Course ID Course Title Units
Fall SLPA 101 Clinical Methods I 2
SLPA 125 Speech Sound Disorders I 3
SLPA 129 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech 3
Spring SLPA 103 Clinical Methods II 1
SLPA 123 Language Disorders I 3
SLPA 137 Speech & Hearing Science 3
SLPA 143 Multicultural Populations 3

 

Senior Year Course ID Course Title Units
Fall SLPA 105 Clinical Methods III 2
SLPA 139 Diagnostics 3
SLPA 151 Behavior Modification for SLPs 3
SLPA 183 Diagnostic Laboratory or SLPA 181 - Diagnostic Observations 1
SLPA 189A Beginning Clinic1 or SLPA 110a-Clinical Observations 1
Spring SLPA 107 Clinical Methods IV 1
SLPA 133 Neurogenic Case Studies in Speech-Language Pathology 3
SLPA 145 Disorders of Fluency 3
SLPA 189B Intermediate Clinic1 or SLPA 110-Clinical Observations 1

 

1 Please refer to the current clinic handbook for the policy regarding clinical eligibility requirements.

General Courses Course ID Course Title Units
    Statistics 4
  Introduction to Psychology/Sociology 4
  Developmental Psychology/Child Development 4
  Plus one Life Science Course 4
BIOL 11 Human Anatomy & Physiology  
BIOL 41 Intro to Biology  
  And one Physical Science Course 4
PHYS 17 Concepts of Physics  
PHYS 39 Physics of Music  
CHEM 23 Elements of Chemistry  

 

Junior Year Course ID Course Title Units
Fall SLPA 51 Introduction to Communicative Disorders 3
SLPA 101 Clinical Methods I 2
SLPA 121 Speech and Language Development 3
SLPA 125 Speech Sound Disorders I 3
SLPA 129 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech 3
SLPA 131 Phonetics 3
Spring SLPA 103 Clinical Methods II 1
SLPA 123 Language Disorders I 3
SLPA 127 Audiology 3
SLPA 137 Speech and Hearing Science 3

 

Senior Year Course ID Course Title Units
Fall SLPA 105 Clinical Methods III 2
SLPA 139 Diagnostics 3
SLPA 151 Behavior Modification for SLPs 3
SLPA 183 Diagnostic Laboratory OR SLPA 181-Diagnostic Observations 1
SLPA 189A Beginning Clinic1 OR SLPA 110a-Clinical Observations 1
Spring SLPA 107 Clinical Methods IV 1
SLPA 133 Neurogenic Case Studies in Speech-Language Pathology  3
SLPA 143 Multicultural Populations 3
SLPA 145 Disorders of Fluency 3
SLPA 189B Intermediate Clinic1 OR SLPA 110a-Clinical Observations 1

 

1Please refer to the current clinic handbook for the policy regarding clinic eligibility requirements.

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