The four-year BA in Speech Pathology and Audiology is designed for students who plan to apply to graduate programs at other universities. The BA is designed for students applying to other programs for a Master of Speech Pathology (MA/MS) or a Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree.
Undergraduate Admission to the Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPAUD) Program
Students who wish to enter the professions of speech pathology or audiology may qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology and Audiology and then apply to graduate programs in either area. Admission into graduate programs in audiology or speech pathology is competitive. Students who wish to become audiologists should apply to accredited graduate programs at other institutions during the fall of their senior year. Students who wish to become speech-language pathologists may apply to Calvin’s bachelor’s-to-master’s (BA-MA) before the second semester of their junior year or they may apply to other accredited graduate programs during the fall of their senior year.
Admission for Transfer Students to the BA SPAUD Program
Undergraduate students who have transferred to Calvin from another college or university will follow the regular admission process to the master’s program. They must have completed at least two semesters of full-time academic work at Calvin by the time they apply for admission to the program. Transfer students can expect to be full-time at the undergraduate level for at least four semesters before beginning the master’s program. Transferring to the program as an undergraduate student does not guarantee admission in Calvin’s master’s program.
Retention Requirements for All Undergraduate SPAUD Majors
Students must earn at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) every semester across all courses. If a student earns below a 3.0 GPA in any one semester, the student will be placed on probation and must earn a 3.0 GPA in all other semesters. Students may earn below a 3.0 GPA only one time during their tenure at Calvin University. A second semester with a GPA below 3.0 will result in the student being dismissed from the SPAUD program. Students may retake SPAUD courses to improve their GPA. Students must also meet the essential functions required to practice as a speech-language pathologist, as outlined in the SPAUD Handbook.