Bachelor of Science in Speech & Language Therapy / Speech & Language Pathology

Structure and Content

Purpose of the curriculum:

Taking into account the country’s current needs and requirements in the field of health, and in particular in the area of communication problems and rehabilitation, the four-year Speech & Language Therapy (SLT) program prepares its graduates for a career in both public and private employment. The academic program and the clinical education requirements of students meets the standards of internationally recognized programs. The Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) SLT program guarantees a high standard of academic and clinical education necessary for the modern Cyprus society, its citizens and individuals with communication disorders. The SLT program is a newly established department in the School of Health Sciences of CUT which has been operating since 2013 and has been designed in accordance with the National Higher Education legislation and European Vocational Training Directives.

The primary objective of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, and in particular the SLT program, is to cultivate, develop and promote the field of Speech & Language Therapy in Cyprus, with the production (through research) and dissemination (through training) of the necessary scientific knowledge, know-how and technology, with the aim of providing the best scientific, research-based and professional education to students. Also, the SLT program by providing general courses in the social sciences and humanities in addition to the necessary specialty courses focusing on speech, language, voice, hearing and swallowing disorders, new technologies and clinical practice, expects to address the current needs and requirements of Cyprus in relation to the rehabilitation of communication problems, whether they are developmental or acquired across the lifespan.


Philosophy of the Department

The philosophy of the department reasons that individuals are unique, social entities that operate in a competitive and complex environment characterized by constant change, and often experience communication problems either developmental or acquired, across the lifespan. The provision of rehabilitation services and the practice of communication sciences requires excellent academic knowledge and clinical training based on the pillars of evidence-based practice, the theoretical basis of rehabilitation, and continuous knowledge in cutting-edge research areas. Human-centered science aims to provide therapy to actual or potential communication problems across the lifespan. This requires holistic and personalized therapeutic approaches, with the aim of preventing, detecting, diagnosing, rehabilitating communication disorders and maintaining restored functions.
 

Mission of the Department

The mission of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences is to create, transfer and apply knowledge to the field of communication disorders, in order to train speech-language therapists and enable them to practice their clinical and theoretical knowledge in a professional manner nationally and internationally. In addition, it aims to enable speech-language therapists to apply professional and ethical principles with sensitivity to the different needs of individuals, groups and communities. It also aspires to evolve and establish itself as an internationally recognized academic, research and clinical research and education center, gaining international recognition that promotes excellence in rehabilitation sciences.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • attract prestigious academic staff.
  • provide for the first time, students with the opportunity to study SLT in a public institution in Cyprus, in a high academic and clinical environment.
  • provide students with the most up-to-date scientific training and to carry out innovative high-level applied research in the broader field of SLT
  • establish close links with the local community such as schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, etc.
  • promote international collaboration and educational mobility, especially across EU states
  • develop students' abilities for analytical thinking, decision making and communication.
  • cultivate confidence, responsibility, integrity and alertness; qualities that promote professionalism, personal success and effective contribution to the workplace and society.
  • promote appreciation and respect for social and moral values, a sense of responsibility to society, and a willingness to offer services to all people.
  • build a solid and promising foundation through general education and core courses, electives and specialty courses.
  • provide sufficient specialization to achieve the basic professional requirements as required for the license to practice speech and language therapy, and for a successful career in the profession and /or academic field.

The objectives of the Program can be achieved through 4 axes:

  1. Student-centered learning, in the sense that students have different ways of learning, and teaching is achieved within a training environment of qualified academic and clinical staff that recognizes individual educational needs, preferences and ambitions.
  2. Research, that guides both the teaching and the learning methodology as well as the content of studies, with a focus on an innovative research culture and the cultivation of excellence in patient care. The teaching staff promotes research and helps students integrate theory into practice and identify and apply evidence based approaches required for the study and rehabilitation of communication disorders.
  3. The learning process, which is conducted through interaction and collaboration between the teaching staff, students, health professionals in the clinical and practicum settings, and health service users. The development and cultivation of critical thinking which is at the heart of the program. Students are encouraged to develop skills of critical analysis of the existing knowledge that is applied to rehabilitation sciences. This is particularly important because their learning is based on an extensive scientific basis of relevant theory and research, including the development of clinical decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  4. To cultivate lifelong learning based on various teaching and learning methods that promote the development of independent learning of future speech and language pathologists.

 

SEMESTER MODULES

1st semester

2nd Semester

 

ECTS

 

ECTS

SLT 110 Introduction to Communication Disorders

5

SLT 150 Phonological Development and Phonological Disorders

5

SLT 120 Anatomy and Physiology of the Hearing and Speech Mechanism

5

SLT 160  Principles of Rehabilitation

5

SLT 130 Introduction to Linguistics

5

SLT 170 Language Development

5

SLT 135 Phonetics and Phonology

5

SLT 180 Psychophysiology of Hearing, Speech and Discourse

5

SLT 140 Descriptive Statistics for Rehabilitation Sciences

5

SLT 190 Developmental Psychology

5

LCE 123 English for Academic Purposes

5

LCE 124 English for Rehabilitation Specialists

5

Total

30

Total

30

3rd Semester

4th Semester

 

ECTS

 

ECTS

SLT 210 Diagnostic Issues in Speech-Language Therapy

5

SLT 270 Swallowing Disorders – Dysphagia

5

SLT 220 Developmental and Related Language Disorders

5

SLT 275 Voice Disorders

5

SLT 230 Professional Ethics and Counselling

5

SLT 290  Neuroanatomy/Neurophysiology

5

SLT 240 Language-Based Learning Disorders

5

SLT 280 Introduction to Clinical Education

5

SLT 250 Fluency Disorders- Stuttering

5

SLT 265 Acoustic Rehabilitation in Hearing Impairments

5

SLT 260 Audiology

5

Optional Course

SLT 266 Introduction to Sign Language or

CIS 257 Web Design and

CIS 104 Social Psychology

5

Total

30

Total

30

5th Semester

6th Semester

 

ECTS

 

ECTS

SLT 310 Aphasia and Related Disorders

5

SLT 350 Neurogenic Motor Speech Disorders

5

SLT 320 Craniofacial Abnormalities and Genetic Syndromes

5

SLT 360 Neurogenic Cognitive Disorders: Assessment and Rehabilitation

5

SLT 330 Neurology

5

SLT370 Cognitive Neuroscience

5

SLT 340 Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics for Speech-Language Therapists

5

SLT 380 Clinical Neuropsychology

5

SLT 390 Clinical Education I

5

SLT 395 Clinical Education II

5

SLT 345 Basic Statistics

5

Optional Course

(SLT 403 Genetic Syndromes with

Communication Disorders: Case Studies or MGA 316 Computer Game Design or Development or LCE 670 Thesis Writing I

5

Total

30

Total

30

7th Semester

8th Semester

 

ECTS

 

ECTS

SLT 410 Issues in Bilingualism and Multilingualism

5

SLT 460 Bachelor Thesis (1)

10

SLT 420 Computer Applications and New Technologies

5

SLT 470 Clinical Practicum

 

20

SLT 430 Methodology of Research in Rehabilitation Sciences

5

SLT 440 Organization and Management of Speech- Language  Therapy Services

5

 

SLT 452 Evidence-Based Practice in Speech-Language Therapy

5

SLT 490 Clinical Education III

5

Total

30

Total

30

ENTRANCE EXAMS (NATIONAL EXAMS - COURSES)

TABLE 10 

COMPULSORY (2)

ELECTIVE (2)

  1. Greek
  2. Mathematics Advance or Mathematics Common

 

 

 

  • Ancient Greek
  • History                                         
  • Latin
  • English
  • Economics
  • Phisics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Accounting

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