Department of Prehealth: Speech Pathology

Prepare Yourself.

Specialists in communication sciences and disorders include audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language and hearing scientist, engage in a rewarding profession that the need for professionals is expected to grow over the coming decade. Work settings include schools, hospitals, nursing homes, businesses, private practice, universities, research laboratories, corporations, industry and government agencies. Clients include infants, children, adolescents, adults and older people ̶ in other words, people of all ages.

Opportunities in research and higher education are expected to increase as baby boomers currently in these positions retire. Clinical opportunities will be even greater for those with bilingual and multicultural expertise.

The focus here is on speech pathology, but programs in this area are diverse and prospective students should discuss other options with their health care advisor.

Valuable Resources for Applicants to Communication Sciences and Disorders Programs

American Speech Language Hearing Association     

Partnership Program:
Rockhurst University

Fontbonne University Speech and Language Clinic in Kansas City at Avila. Fontbonne University’s Speech and Language Clinic in Kansas City is a free, non-profit clinic dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals of all ages and economic means.

The clinic is based on a family-centered philosophy designed to improve the quality of life for all those impacted by a communication disorder. Treatment is aimed at returning an individual’s communication functionality while also improving their ability to interact with family and friends, engage in activities, and even return to work. For assistance please call 816-501-2975 or email

Dean Darrin Smith, Ph.D.


Darrin Smith, Ph.D., Professor; Dean of the College of Science and Health
P: 816-501-3655 / E: darrin.smith

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