Speech pathology is a health science profession that deals with the identification, assessment, diagnosis, intervention and management of communication disorders (disorders of language, speech sounds, fluency and voice) and swallowing problems. The professionals in this profession are known as Pegawai Pemulihan Perubatan (Pertuturan) in the government sector or Speech-Language Pathologist in the private sector.
Speech Pathology Programme provides an academic program for students to obtain Bachelors of Health Science (Speech Pathology) as a qualification to work as thePegawai Pemulihan Perubatan (Pertuturan) or Speech-Language Pathologist. The main aim of Speech Pathology Programme is to produce professionals who have the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in speech pathology. Therefore, to achieve this main aim, the objectives of Speech Pathology Program are to:
- Offer an academic programme that can produce professional who are knowledgeable and skilful in speech pathology.
- Provide students with the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in preparation to work as competence professionals.
- Develop sense of professionalism to ensure ethical practices provided to the public.
- Give initial exposure to encourage involvement in research, parallel to advancement in speech pathology profession.
This is a 4-year professional programme that provides students with theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in speech pathology. Students will undertake programme core courses that cover topics on communication sciences and disorders, medical and health sciences, linguistics, education, psychology and research, plus several elective and university courses. The students will also have to accumulate 400 clinical educational hours during clinical years i.e. from Year 2 to Year 4 and complete a research project during the final year.