Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
James Cook University - Townsville

Course outline

Speech pathologists diagnose and treat people who have communication and/or swallowing disabilities. The course develops the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed to work with people with disorders in speech, language, voice, fluency, and swallowing. Studies include anatomy/physiology, linguistics/phonetics, and specialised topics in communication impairments and swallowing disorders in adults and children. This course also focuses on rural and remote practice, speech pathology issues relevant to Indigenous people, and on interdisciplinary learning. Clinical placements commence in second year and continue in third and fourth years. Students must travel outside Townsville for at least one of two eight-week block placements in fourth year. This course is accredited by Speech Pathology Australia. An honours program is available for eligible students. For most current course information, visit Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) at JCU.


Levels 1 and 2 can be completed part-time however levels 3 and 4 must be competed full-time.


Professional honours (full-time); research honours (full-time). Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 5.0 across levels 1 and 2 to be offered a position in the research honours major.

Combined diploma/degrees

Refer to entry for: D Higher Education (Health)/B Speech Pathology (Hons).

Other requirements

Prior to taking professional placements, students must provide evidence of immunity to hepatitis B, MMR, varicellla, and pertussis, and current Provide First Aid and CPR certificates. Students must also be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course. A Suitability Card is required and an Australian Federal Police check may be required; refer to institution.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for JCU and for this course, refer to the JCU website.


English, Literature, English and Literature Extension or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 and 4, C); One of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Health or Psychology (Units 3 and 4, C); Completion of Year 12 or attained age 18 years

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Career opportunities

Education departments, community health centres, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, disability agencies, mental health, private practice, university teaching, research.


Speech Pathology Australia.

Course Code
Start Date
Offer rounds
CSP/$8100 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Health and Recreation
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

4 years Full time or 6 years Part time