We'll cover the normal bases of speech, language, hearing and swallowing disorders. You’ll learn basic clinical methods and have the opportunity to observe practicing clinicians working with both child and adult clients with communication and swallowing disorders. The speech-language pathology minor may be taken in conjunction with a Health Science major, Psychology major, or any other major.
The SLP minor curriculum employs case studies, problem-based learning approaches, cooperative learning, and laboratory experiences. Clinical education, designed to meet Council for Clinical Certification requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for 25 clock hours of supervised clinical observation, will consist of interactions with expert clinical supervisors working in field placements for all aspects of SLP practice. Students may also participate in tin speech, language, and hearing screening activities at community agencies. Sacred Heart University is one of the few universities, and the only one in Connecticut, that offers SLP, OT, PT and Education degrees. This creates the unique opportunity for students to work with colleagues in allied professions prior to graduation.
A minor in SLP, along with the listed foundational and recommended courses, will prepare you to enter any U.S. graduate program in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology. To enter this career, you must be a strong communicator and have a sincere interest in helping people who have significant communication challenges. Scientific aptitude, patience, emotional stability, tolerance and persistence are necessary, as well as resourcefulness and imagination. Other essential traits include a commitment to work cooperatively with others and the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
You can declare a minor in SLP any time after declaring your major. Due to the courseload, it is recommended you begin the SLP Minor your sophomore year.
Students minoring in SLP will be able to use the simulation laboratory, human anatomy laboratory and activities of daily living laboratory in the College of Health Professions.
SLP students are encouraged to join NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association) and CSHA (Connecticut Speech-Language-Hearing Association).