Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours

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Make your passion for working with people a reality

A Massey Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours will set you up for a rewarding career working alongside people of all ages with speech, communication and swallowing.

What is it like?

Make a difference to people’s lives

As a speech-language therapist you’ll facilitate independence in individuals. You’ll assess and treat people with a variety of communication disorders, and work with them to improve their ability to participate in school, work, or other daily activities. Whether you’re working with children who have speech or language delays/disorders, or adults coping with a traumatic brain injury or stroke, you’ll have an impact on people’s quality of life by facilitating their communication.

Gain practical experience

Massey’s Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours combines academic coursework with supervised clinical experience. You’ll work alongside practising speech-language therapists to gain clinical hours in a wide range of settings such as schools, rehabilitation centres, child development services and community settings.

Get up for the challenge

The Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours requires a commitment to academic and practical excellence that will make you the best speech-language therapist you can be. This will be reflected in your ability to help your patients communicate when you join the workforce.

A good fit if you:

  • Enjoy working with others
  • Have good problem-solving abilities
  • Want a rewarding professional career
  • Are interested in understanding communication and its disorders
  • Want to challenge yourself
  • Enjoy science and language subjects
Karen Sturge
Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy
Speech language therapist - Whangarei Hospital

“I found every course of my programme really fascinating…”

I became interested in speech language therapy after seeing speech language therapists being interviewed on television during speech language therapy awareness week. It seemed like a really interesting profession that would enable me to use my love of language in a therapeutic way.

I chose to study at Massey after having a positive experience studying accounting papers extramurally and because of the Auckland campus' proximity to Northland.  As a mature, married student I didn't want to be too far away from home.

I found every course of my programme really fascinating; however, it was very full on, so I did have to put the rest of my life on hold for a while!

Massey made every effort to secure clinical placements for me in my home town and I was lucky to have fabulous placements with the Ministry of Education and Northland District Health Board. After I graduated, I ended up with job offers from both, and after careful consideration took the job with Northland District Health Board, working at Whangarei Hospital. This is basically my dream job working with adults who have speech, language or swallowing difficulties mainly as a result of brain injury. My job is very varied and I work in a huge multidisciplinary team with nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers to name a few. I’ve no plans to change my job in the immediate future, but when I am ready to semi-retire I may look at setting up a private practice.

Careers

With your Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy with Honours, you’ll be able to work as a speech-language therapist with people of all ages who have speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders. Graduates typically find work in areas such as:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Private practice

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