This program is a three-year transfer program that prepares student to complete a fourth year of a baccalaureate speech and language disorders program at another institution.
After completing all four years, you will pursue a master’s degree, which is required for entry into the profession. Since these programs vary widely, students need to identify the program into which they will transfer and ensure they have completed the necessary prerequisites prior to transfer application.
Trinity’s partnerships with Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and St. Xavier University (six miles from Trinity’s campus) facilitate transferability.
Whether in schools, clinics, or hospital settings, clients of all ages need speech and language services, creating a high demand for newly prepared speech and language pathologists. School systems utilize these professionals for childhood developmental challenges while clinics, hospitals, and rehabilitation settings employ speech and language pathologists to work with those with strokes, head injuries, and other conditions. Trinity’s three-year program will provide you with the initial preparation for an eventual career in speech and language pathology; then, you transfer elsewhere for the fourth year of study but receive a Trinity degree upon successful completion of your fourth year. Because master’s level preparation is needed for practice, you should seek a master’s program after completing your bachelor’s degree.
Each semester at Trinity will include combinations of general education courses, many psychology and special education courses as well as specific courses in speech and language disorders and foundational courses in biology, chemistry, linguistics, and statistics. The psychology emphases will include cognitive, developmental, behavioral, and neurobiological studies while the special education component will focus on exceptional children and youth. The coursework specifically focused on your professional preparation will include topics in speech pathology, audiology, phonetics, language, evaluation, and specialized anatomy and physiology. All coursework in the fourth year is focused on speech and language disorders.
Because only the first three years of study are offered at Trinity, you should identify the program(s) into which you wish to transfer, making certain that needed prerequisites are completed. To assist students in transferring, Trinity has developed partnerships with Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and St. Xavier University, just six miles from Trinity’s campus. Entry for the fourth year at either institution is not guaranteed and requires a strong record of study at Trinity. Students accepted into the fourth year of study at Calvin continue automatically into its master’s program. However, students completing the fourth year at St. Xavier apply separately for admission into its master’s program.
To serve effectively, future speech and language pathologists need the passion, knowledge, and skills for diagnosing and treating clients with a range of conditions. While knowledge and skills are taught in the classroom and field experiences, the passion is rooted in faith. As a Trinity student, you will integrate your beliefs about God and about humankind created in His image as you begin coursework and initial field experiences while a student here.