BASLP stands for Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. This professional course is also known by the name of Bachelor of Audiology and Speech Language Therapy. It is a 4 years long undergraduate level professional course that Science stream students (both Mathematics and Biology group students) may pursue after completing 12th standard. In this article, you will be reading about BASLP course details, syllabus, eligibility criteria, admission process, career scope and job profiles available.
BASLP: Introduction and basic course details
BASLP course consists of two main subjects- Audiology and Speech Language Pathology.
Audiology is the science of hearing. It deals with study of sound and balance, hearing and balance disorders and the rehabilitation of people suffering from hearing and balance disorders.
Speech Language Pathology is the science that deals with the study of speech, languages and disorders occurring in people (disorders related to speech and languages).
BASLP course makes use of the above mentioned subjects and trains students to become audiologists and speech language pathologists. The course provides professional training to students and makes them capable of preventing, identifying and treating speech, hearing and balance disorders in people. Students are also trained for rehabilitation of people suffering from the above mentioned disorders. Knowledge about state of the art hearing aids and technology is also given to students, as part of this course.
Duration: It is a 4 years long undergraduate level professional course. Out of the 4 years, regular classroom and practical academic activities make up 3 years. 1 year is dedicated towards internship. Combined, the course duration is of 4 years.
Students who have cleared 12th Science stream board examination from a recognized board are eligible to pursue BASLP course. Both Biology and Mathematics group students are eligible to pursue it.
Some institutes do have the minimum marks criteria, when it comes to admission process. The minimum aggregate marks required is 50% in 12th board examination.
Admission: In case of reputed institutes, the admission process follows the rule of ‘merit based admission’. Seats are allotted to eligible candidates on the basis of marks scored by students in the board examination as well as entrance test (State/National/held by Institute).
To get a better idea about the course structure and nature of the course, let us take a look at the syllabus. Here are some important course contents you must go through-
1st year subjects-
- Speech Language Pathology
- Speech Diagnostics
- Speech Therapeutics
- Anatomy of Hearing and Hearing System
- Physiology of Hearing and Hearing System
- Pathology of Hearing and Hearing System
- Language Sciences
- Biomedical Instrumentation
- Speech Language Pathology
2nd year subjects-
- Diagnostic Audiology
- Rehabilitative Audiology
- Fluency and disorders
- Voice and disorders
3rd year subjects-
- Child Language disorders
- Motor Speech Disorders
- Environmental Audiology
- Paediatric Audiology
- Hearing Aids and Technology
Note: Only important subjects have been mentioned in the lists above. Along with theoretical classroom sessions, practical clinical training sessions are also present in case of each academic year.
Career prospects & job opportunities
BASLP graduates may work closely with patients suffering from hearing, balance and speech disorders. Common places to find work are- Government and Private Hospitals, NGOs and Schools for Children with hearing and speech disorder.
Common job profiles available in front of graduates are-
- Speech Language Therapist
- Speech Language Pathologist
- Rehabilitation specialist
- Hearing aids marketer
- Hearing aids specialist
- Instructor/Teacher (at special schools)
Some well known employers/places where graduates may find job after completing BASLP course are-
- Government and Private Hospitals (departments like Neurology, Paediatrics and ENT)
- Rehabilitation Clinics
- Special Schools for Children suffering from hearing and speech disorders
- Hearing aids and implants manufacturing companies
- Research firms