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What is a BS in Speech Pathology?

BS in Speech Pathology from Lahore-UBAS

Pakistan is a diverse country with a population of 240 million. Communication is a crucial element for social development. However, where Pakistan has a massive population count of 240 million, around 22 million suffer from various speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders. Furthermore, Pakistan lacks enough qualified professionals in speech and language pathology. To produce speech & language professionals, Lahore-UBAS introduces BS in Speech Pathology. This article will explore further!  

What is Speech and Language Pathology? 

‘Speech,’ also known as expression language, is the use of words, sentences, gestures, and writing to convey our message in a meaningful way to others. With these, we share our thoughts, needs, and ideas with others. Ultimately, we built our relationships and social network through this ability.  

Unfortunately, there are over 22 million people in Pakistan facing diverse disabilities and disorders related to speech, language, hearing, and swallowing problems. Like other health-related problems, speech and language also have a proper medicine line known as ‘Speech & Language Pathology.’ The professionals are known as speech pathologists. The speech & language pathology is a major part of rehabilitation sciences.  

Speech pathologists are the care providers to any person facing any disorder in speech, language, hearing, or swallowing abilities. A professional pathologist can address kids and adults. 

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What is a BS in Speech & Language Pathology? 

Enrolling in a degree program is essential to become a competent speech and language pathologist or professional. To fulfil the need for competent professionals in this major rehabilitation field, Lahore-UBAS has introduced a full-fledged degree programme named BS in Speech and Language Pathology.   

A BS in Speech Pathology is four year degree programme with an exciting and competitive combination of theory and practical learning. Moreover, Lahore-UBAS also gives students the chance to apply and test their knowledge practically and attain skills in proper settings. 

Let’s look into the subjects of BS in speech pathology in the following.  

The curriculum of BS SLP 

The BS Speech & Language Pathology (BS SLP) curriculum encompasses a broad spectrum of courses that equip students with a strong foundation in the field of Speech and Language Pathology.  

The key subjects typically included in the programme are  

  • Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology,  
  • Quantitative Reasoning,  
  • Developmental Paediatrics,  
  • Motor Speech Disorders,  
  • Neurophysiology and Anatomy of Speech and Hearing,  
  • Paediatric Speech Disorder,  
  • Articulation and Phonological Disorders,  
  • Dysphagia and Adult Acquired Aphasia, and Medical Ethics.  

These courses offer students a comprehensive understanding of speech and language pathologies from the foundation. Therefore, the students will pass out as competent professionals in BS in Speech Pathology.   

In the following, you will learn the potential growth potential after completing a BS in Speech and Language Pathology.  

Career Prospects post BS in Speech Pathology

Career Path After BS in Speech Pathology 

The professionals of speech and language pathology will help people with communication disorders arising from neurological conditions, hearing impairments, language learning limitations, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and health complications such as autism, brain injuries, and feeding and swallowing difficulties, both caused by accidents or by-birth complications.  

Graduates of BS in Speech Pathology can pursue careers in therapy centers within both the government and private institutions; schools, colleges, universities, and research & development organisations; as well as at rehab centres. These are all viable options for those holding this degree. 

Furthermore, career opportunities are also available in Pakistan and the international sphere. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) also shares the jobs, scope, and further details.  

How to Become a Speech Therapist in Pakistan?  

Often, people may get confused between a ‘speech pathologist’ and a ‘speech therapist’. Speech and Language Pathology is an official profession commonly known as the speech therapist or speech teacher across various settings.  

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Whether you want to become an independent therapist of speeach or join any government or private medical institution or private setting, a BS degree in Speech Pathology is your gateway to a successful career. The graduates of BS SLP would enjoy greater room for growth in both vertical and horizontal aspects as Pakistan is already in dire need of competent professionals. However, internationally, professionals are always in demand.   

Lahore-UBAS is accepting admission applications for Fall 2024 through the online application portal. You can visit the portal and complete your admission form.  

Signing Off  

Communication is a crucial part of human life. However, any injury or on-birth complication can result in various limitations, impairments, and disorders in the natural ability of speech and language. With a BS in Speech Pathology, you can become a competent and professional speech pathologist in Pakistan.  

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