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Audiology and Speech Pathology Major Guide for 2016-2017

What is Audiology and Speech Pathology?

Audiology and Speech Pathology (AUSP) is an undergraduate program that prepares students for graduate study in either Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology. The undergraduate courses are pre-professional in scope and in combination with Audiology and Speech Pathology courses and general education courses provide an interesting and broad-based education. Those students who wish to pursue careers as audiologists or speech-language pathologists must complete a graduate degree prior to practice.

Career Opportunities in Audiology and Speech Pathology. Undergraduate preparation in AUSP does not directly lead to a career in audiology or speech-language pathology. Rather it provides preparation for graduate school or serves as a foundation for a variety of careers. Past graduates have gone to work in areas that include early childhood education, pharmaceutical sales, and speech-language assistance. Employment opportunities after completing a graduate degree in either Audiology or Speech Pathology are excellent.

Salary Trends in Audiology and Speech Pathology

Salary can vary based on education, experience, geographic location and specific position. For the most up to date salary information in various related careers, please refer to the following links: – Occupational Outlook Handbook – Career Services Final Destination Survey  – 2014-15 Results

High School Preparation

Students interested in pursuing a career as an audiologist or speech-language pathologist should consider taking courses in biological sciences, physical sciences and psychology. In addition, for those interested in speech-language pathology, courses in English with an emphasis on writing and the structure of the English language are highly recommended. For those interested in audiology, high school courses in math provide an excellent foundation.

How to Major in Audiology and Speech Pathology:

Prospective students should seek advising through the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences’ Office of Student Services (865-974-8194). Students will be following a 3+1 model which is made up of three years at UT with a final year completed through the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Students apply for conditional admission to the UTHSC AUSP program after completing a minimum of 60 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Upon completion of 90 credit hours students will apply for full admission to UTHSC to complete the senior year. In addition to 90 credit hours, AUSP 300 must be completed with a grade of B or better. A 3.0 GPA must be maintained through graduation. (Note: All courses will be completed on the Knoxville campus.)

Requirements for Audiology and Speech Pathology

Courses in AUSP build upon a general education base. The first three years of a student’s program will consist of completing General and Professional Education requirements. The senior year will consist of audiology and speech pathology courses only.

Requirements in AUSP include core courses within the discipline of Audiology and Speech Pathology and, for students planning to go on to graduate school, a series of electives needed for professional certification that include general education courses in a physical science, a biological science, social science and mathematics.

Special Programs, Co-ops, and Internships

Seniors who have performed well in departmental courses may be selected to participate in clinical activities within the University of Tennessee Hearing and Speech Center or in laboratory research with faculty.

Highlights of Audiology and Speech Pathology

The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology at UT is one of the largest and best recognized programs of its kind in the United States. The clinical facilities are extensive and serve diverse populations.

Ready for the World

Ready for the World is part of a long-range plan to transform the UTK campus into a culture of diversity that best prepares students for working and competing in the 21st century.  Thus students are encouraged to actively participate in the diverse cultural programs offered on campus.  Some of these events include the guest lecture series, cultural nights at the International House, and international film screenings.  Visit the Center for International Education website ( or the Ready for the World website ( for more information on upcoming cultural programs and activities.

Students are also encouraged to develop a global perspective within their academic program through study abroad.  The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers study abroad programs in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, South America, and North America. Program lengths vary from mini-term trips to the entire academic year, and students may choose to fulfill general education requirements, study a foreign language, or take courses within their majors.

Consult an academic advisor early in your academic career about the best time for you to study abroad as well as what courses you may need to take. For more information about program options, the application process, and how to finance study abroad, please visit the Programs Abroad Office website.


Experience Learning

Experience Learning LogoExperience Learning is a bold new initiative with the goal of transforming the educational student experience at the University of Tennessee. Over a five-year period, UT will transform our culture to give students more opportunities to be involved in civic engagement, solve complex real-world problems, and contribute to the welfare of their communities as part of their regular course work.

The purpose of Experience Learning is to help students apply the knowledge, skills, and values learned in the classroom to real-world challenges. Experience Learning also seeks to engage student learning through direct experience and intense reflection to increase knowledge, acquire lifelong learning and problem-solving skills, and elucidate values.

Learn more about Experience Learning.

Academic Plan and Milestones

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who enter prior to Fall 2015. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.

To see a sample academic plan and milestones for this major, click here.

For More Information

College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
Special Education Program Office
332 Bailey Education Complex
Knoxville, TN 37996-3433
(865) 974-8194


The information on this page should be considered general information only. For more specific information on this and other programs refer to the UT catalog or contact the department and/or college directly.

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