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Overview

Overview

 

From aphasia to cerebral palsy logopedics is devoted to the diagnosis and therapy of speech, writing, language, voice, swallowing, and hearing impediments and all related phenomena.It calls upon research results from many neighboring disciplines and uses these as the foundation for the development of optimal therapy strategies. Its objective is to improve the ability to communicate, ingestion, and the swallowing process. In the longterm its solutions offer a higher quality of life and more participation in everyday life and work.Sociodemographic developments and changed structures in health and social services are requiring speech therapists to acquire academic qualification. As a result RWTH and the School of Logopedics at the University Hospital are collaborating to offer a dual course of study, which closely combines training with studies. Due to the integrated concepts from training, it is possible to consider scientific evidence in diagnostics and therapy – evidence-based work – and simultaneously ensure top practical training.

After six semesters, that is three years, students take the state exam for certification in speech therapy. After a fourth academic year they earn a Bachelor's degree. The studies take the reality into account that logopedics is much more than a therapeutic career. As a discipline shaped by research, it experiments, designs studies and interprets results, and develops application and treatment recommendations. It is a crucial part of clinical neuropsychology and is interdisciplinarily shaped at the cross-section of medicine, linguistics, and psychology.The inclusion of these three academic disciplines results in a teaching concept, in which classical and core speech therapy skills can be supplemented with transdisciplinary perspectives.

  • Medical subjects offer a look into anatomy, physiology, pathology, orthodontics, otolaryngology, phoniatrics, audiology and pediatric audology, electro and hearing aid acoustics, pediatrics and neuropediatrics, pediatric and adolescent psychiatry, psychiatry and neurology.
  • Psychological and pedagogical subjects expand the breadth of subjects to include psychology, clinical psychology, pedagogy, sociology, and special education.
  • Linguistics and speech sciences teach skills in phonetics, linguistics, psycholinguistics, and speech training.

Programme Structure

The dual course of study optimally combines research-oriented thinking and therapeutic application. Practical training primarily occurs at the school. In non-teaching weeks, students spend time at external internship institutions. In the seventh semester a evidence-based internship offers the possibility to conduct a single-case study, which is then illustrated in the Bachelor's thesis. The acquisition of technical, methodological, personal, social communication skills is supplemented with voice training, occupational training, conversation techniques, self-experience, music therapy, and interprofessional learning and working.

Curriculum

Semester Study Content
1. Introduction to Therapeutic Work and Professionalism I, Medical Fundamentals I, Fluency Disorders, Medical Fundamentals II, Statistical Fundamentals
2. Speech Disorders in Children, Medical Fundamentals II, Technical English
3. Introduction to Therapeutic Work and Professionalism II, Medical Fundamentals III, Swallowing Disorders, Technical English
4. Voice Disorders, Hearing Disorders, Medical Fundamentals IV
5. Aphasia, Evidence-Based Work I
6. Speech Disorders, Evidence-Based Work II
  Completion of training with the State Exam
7. Linguistics and Communication Sciences, Psychology, Specialization in Speech Disorders, Specialization in Speech, Voice, Hearing, and Swallowing Disorders, Neurolinguistics and Neurophonetics, Neuropsychology, Evidence-Based Internship
8. Linguistics and Communication Sciences, Neurolinguistics and Neurophonetics, Specialization in Speech Disorders, Specialization in Speech, Voice, Hearing, and Swallowing Disorders, Neuropsychology, Bachelor's thesis

Entry Requirement

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects

Speech therapists supports patients of all ages and their relatives or care givers. Due to increasing life expectancy, the need for speech therapy treatments for patients, for example after strokes or premature births, is growing. Early speech intervention among children and parent advising for the prevention of speech development disorders are also becoming more important. These are just a few examples that explain the current importance of logopedics and the growing job market in the logopedic field.

Speech therapists can be self-employed or employed in medical practices, various medical institutions, and hospitals. They are particularly active in healthcare, for example health promotion, prevention, therapy, rehabilitation, palliation, and inclusion, but also in education, culture, and the industry.

Logopedic schools also have a need for academically and practically trained instructors. Graduates with a Master's degree may find work here. Aside from teaching work at universities and universities of applied science, speech therapists can find additional employment opportunities in the clinical field. Teaching and research speech therapists are optimally trained for responsibilities in management, supervision, and coordination.


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