Speech Pathology and Audiology

  • A woman conducting a hearing test on another woman.
  • Students and professor collaborating around a computer.
  • Students and instructor hooking a test dummy up to equipment.
  • A professor lectures a class with a visual aid.
  • Photo of a man hooked up to a computer with electronic leads.

The faculty and staff of Western Michigan University's Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology are committed to educating the next generation of speech, language and hearing professionals through unique academic, research and clinical opportunities. Through this program, students enhance their knowledge and develop essential skills and competencies in evaluation, diagnosis, rehabilitation and prevention, as well as research, education and administration. Our graduates are maximally effective in providing clinical services to individuals of all ages with speech, language and hearing impairments.

News and announcements

Increase your aphasia awareness in June

Aphasia, a communication disorder that affects a person’s ability to use and process speech, is quite common, with about two million Americans living with it and upwards of 80,000 Americans acquiring the disorder each year. However, many people are not aware of it.

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month, and the Aphasia Communication Enhancement Program in the Charles Van Riper Language, Speech, and Hearing Clinic is observing the month with the National Aphasia Association and Lingraphica, a health care technology company.

To increase your aphasia awareness please visit Faces of Aphasia and also view this video.

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology graduate program visitation dates

These visitation dates are open to prospective SPPA graduate students. Printable flier and RSVP information.

  • Friday, Oct. 2—1 to 3 p.m. 
  • Friday, Dec. 4—1 to 3 p.m.

View news archive

Employment opportunities