The Department of Speech and Language Pathology at NIU offers a four-year undergraduate honors degree in Speech and Language Pathology, which is a professionally recognized qualification. Speech and Language Pathology is an allied medical field that is engaged in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of communication disorders, including speech, hearing, and language, swallowing and oral function disorders in both the adult and pediatric population. Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) are professionals trained in identification of communication, swallowing and oral function disorders, provision of habilitation/rehabilitation services appropriate to the problems identified and making referrals to medical and other professional services necessary for rehabilitation.
The program combines both theoretical knowledge and clinical experience necessary for the solution of communication problems. For developing good professional and clinical skills, students are rotated to different hospital settings and special institutes (Fatima Memorial Hospital, Sheikh Zayed hospital, Combined Military Hospital Lahore, Ameen Maktab and Fountain House) to gain hands on experience. The department aims to produce professionals capable of addressing health care needs of children and adults with communication, swallowing and oral-function disorders in a variety of different contexts including schools, hospitals, clinics / centers for special needs and through private practice.