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Speech Language and Hearing Sciences

TheBachelor of Science in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS)prepares student-clinicians to becomecompetentpractitioners who can provide clinical services inbothArabic and English for children and adults with various speech, language and hearing problems.

SLHS graduates can apply for registration and classification at the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS) after the completion of an internship year and passing an examination interview at the commission.

SLHS Mission

To graduate professionals in the field of Speech-Language Pathology to provide quality services for those with communication challenges in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Why choose the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Program (SLHS) in Dar Al-Hekma University?

  • Dar Al-Hekma (DAH) is the only university in the Western region of Saudi Arabia that offers a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree in Speech-Language Pathology
  • The program emphasizes training and competency in both English and Arabic. This empowers student-clinicians to become bilingual practitioners who can provide clinical services in both English and Arabic.
  • The SLHS program operates a Speech and Hearing Clinic at the University, which facilitates learning in an experimental setting that mimics real life clinical experiences. The clinic serves the DAH community which seeks speech, language and hearing services for children, adolescents, and adults with various communication problems.
  • The SLHS curriculum is designed to include both theory and hands-on practice. Students must complete two (2) practicum experiences over two (2) semesters under the supervision of qualified Clinical Supervisors with credentials from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) as holders of the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).
  • The SLHS program employs modern and creative teaching methods and learning strategies, such as case simulations, student-centered learning, blended learning, and project-based learning.
  • The students have the opportunity to participate in various national and international conferences where they can present their research projects.
ProgramTOEFL Score (University Level)Required Certificate
Percentage
Qudurat Test ScoreOther Admission 
Requirements
Bachelor of Science
in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences 
510A minimum High-School
Percentage of 80%
65%None


  • Describe typical and atypical anatomy, physiology and process of hearing, speech and language.
  • Analyze issues related to prevention, evaluation, treatment, counseling and research on human communication and its disorders.
  • Develop new knowledge and skills to consistently promote evidence-based practices to better serve individuals with communication difficulties.
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional interaction that reflects a solid knowledge and appreciation of cultural and linguistic differences in a diverse world.
  • Demonstrate competency in analyzing data and using technology that guide their practices in the field of speech and language pathology.
  • Perform clinical procedures required for prevention, assessment and intervention services for individuals with communication disorders.
Year One (1)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

BIOL 1301Human Biology3SLHS 1302Speech and Language
Development
3
PSYC 1301Human Development3SLHS 1304Speech Science3
SLHS 1301Introduction to Communication
Disorders
3SLHS 1305Phonetic Transcription
and Phonology
3
SLHS 1303Introduction to
Linguistics
3LOGC 1201Logic and Problem
Solving
2
ISLS xxxxIslamic Studies3ICTC 1301Information and Communication
Technology
3
BBBF 1101Basic Body and
Brain Fitness
1COMM 1301Communication Skills I3
Total Credit Hours 16 Total Credit Hours 17
Year Two (2)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

SLHS 2302Anatomy and Physiology of Speech
and Hearing Mechanisms
3SLHS 2201Professional Aspects and Ethics of
Speech Pathology and Audiology
2
SLHS 2304Introduction to Clinical Practice3SLHS 2303Neurological Bases of Speech,
Language and Hearing
3
SLHS 2305Research Methods in Communication
Sciences and Disorders
3EDUC 2304Behavior Management:
Theory and Practice
3
SLHS 2307Introduction to Audiology3SLHS 2306Developmental Language
Disorders
3
ARAB XXXXArabic Studies3SLHS 2308Clinical Management of
Communication Disorders
3
COMM 1302Communication Skills II3EMOI 1201Emotional Intelligence2
Total Credit Hours 18 Total Credit Hours 16
Year Three(3)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

SLHS 3307Articulation and Phonological
Disorders
3SLHS 3311Neurogenic Communication
Disorders
3
SLHS 3308Fluency Disorders3SLHS 3312Voice Disorders3
SLHS 3309Statistics in Communication
Sciences and Disorders
3XXXX xxxxProgram Elective3
SLHS 3310Practicum I3ENTR 3301Entrepreneurship and
Design Thinking
3
ARTS xxxxArts and Design2ISLS xxxxIslamic Studies2
XXXX xxxxRequired General Education
Electives (HUMN, NASC,SBSC)
3XXXX xxxxRequired General Education
Electives (HUMN, NASC,SBSC)
3
Total Credit Hours 17 Total Credit Hours 17
Year Four(4)
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

SLHS 4201Counseling in Communication
Sciences and Disorders
3SLHS 4601Practicum II6
SLHS 4303Introduction to Augmentative and
Alternative Communication
3SLHS 4601Islamic Studies3
SLHS 4304Audiological Rehabilitation3XXXX xxxxFree Electives3
SLHS 4305Prevention: Early Intervention in
Communication Disorders
3
ARAB xxxxArabic Studies3
XXXX xxxxFree Electives3
Total Credit Hours 18 Total Credit Hours 12

  • Speech-language Pathologist
  • Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant at a Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Program
  • SLHS graduate can also apply for graduate studies in several fields

Dr. Yaser Numan Mohammad Al Sabi

Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Health, Behavioral Sciences and Education

Dr. Areej Abdullah Alasseri

Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Health, Behavioral Sciences and Education

Dr. Sameera Jameel Dehaithem

Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Health, Behavioral Sciences and Education

Ms. Veronica Laughlin

Lecturer

Hekma School of Health, Behavioral Sciences and Education

Mr. Ahmad Adel Mahmoud Alsalhi

Lecturer

Hekma School of Health, Behavioral Sciences and Education

Key Facts

Program Name

Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences


Academic Degree

Bachelor


Credit Hours

130


Program Length

4 Years


Mode of study

Full time

Dr. Sameera Jameel Dehaithem

Dean, School of Health, Behavioral Sciences & Education, Acting Chair, Health & Behavioral Sciences Department, Acting Director, Speech Language & Hearing Sciences Program


PhD, Clinical Science- Speech Language Pathology, University of Pittsburg, USA, 2012

MA, Speech Therapy, University of Jordan, Jordan, 2004

BA, European Languages, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, KSA, 2001

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