The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology program aims to prepare professionals who have a generalist, humanist, critical and reflective profile. The four-year program is composed of thematic modules and individual courses that complement each other through theoretical and practical classes, internships, didactic activities, research initiation and outreach activities. The curriculum structured in modules allows the construction of integral, non-fragmented knowledge, built from the various areas of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and other related fields.
The speech-language pathologist and audiologist graduated from UFSC is qualified for a career in clinical and educational areas as well as in public health. The program provides a humanist training concerned with collectivity, resulted from the interconnection of speech-language pathology and audiology with the current principles of the Unified Health System (SUS): universality, equity and integrality.
Such training considers the insertion and growth of speech-language pathology and audiology in the field of collective health. This growth has been legitimized by federal, state and municipal laws concerning the area inside the Unified Health System, such as the structuring of the National Network for the Integral Health Care of Workers, the National Policy of Hearing Health, among others. Since the early stages, students participate actively in theoretical and practical courses and in internships that promote critical and reflective thinking related to the various areas of speech-language pathology and audiology, with emphasis on collective health.
This way, the program aims to provide students with competencies related to: health care, decision making, communication, leadership, management, permanent education, logical reasoning and critical analysis, interdisciplinary team work, research initiation, and the appropriation of values related to the social, justice and ethical aspects of the profession.
Graduates should be able to:
- understand speech-language pathology and audiology and their different fields of work, establishing relations with other areas of knowledge;
- understand the genesis and development of the human being in bio-psycho-social aspects, to make appropriate interventions to different social demands;
- know and reflect upon the theoretical and practical concepts required for the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of disorders found in their area of work, seeking the best approach in each case;
- search for answers that are articulated and consistent with the social and cultural reality of the community;
- understand the different work settings and carry out their practice with commitment to the social problems;
- show professional awareness to continuously reflect upon and reevaluate their therapeutic practices;
- seek continuous education and training to meet the constant transformations and challenges of the profession;
- use methodological tools to observe, reflect and interpret situations in their daily work;
- register, describe and report observations so as to enable the integration between evaluation, planning and therapeutic care;
- work ethically and build an intervention that is relevant and appropriate to the individual’s needs.
Fields of work:
- Public Health Care: basic health units, hospitals, centers of reference in health and research, departments of health and education, family health, among others;
- Private Health Care: clinics, doctors’ offices, hospitals, private institutions, companies and industries, schools, among others.
The speech-language pathologist and audiologist promotes, prevents and carries out assessments and treatments related to oral and written language, voice, hearing, orofacial myology and swallowing. The specialties in the field are: audiology, language, voice, orofacial myology, dysphagia, educational speech-language pathology and audiology, and collective health.
• Degree: Bachelor
• Program Length: 3.978 class hours (3330 hours)
• Time limit for degree completion: Minimum: 4 years / Average: 5 years / Maximum: 6 years.
• Courses held during the day.
8 semesters (4 years)
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