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Speech Language and Hearing Sciences

​​​​​​​​​​Program Overview​ 

The Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) program was developed in the year 2009 to cater to a significant percentage of speech-language and hearing-impaired individuals of Arab descent living in metropolitan areas throughout the world. The demand for speech-language pathologists is predicted to grow internationally, regionally, and in Saudi Arabia throughout 2028 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020), making the employment outlook very strong. More specifically, and in response to the 2030 Saudi Vision, the Ministry of Health is vigorously working on securing jobs for Saudi graduates in the health sector for the coming ten (10) years. This is a significant move towards investing in this vital sector that has graduates from local and international universities. Speech-language pathologists work in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, private practices, skilled nursing facilities, and early intervention programs. The program also intends to create more job opportunities in the health or education sectors for females in the western region, thus enhancing the role of Saudi women in improving the quality of life of the community. From a cultural perspective, some families continue to engage in practices based on strict tribal or family lineage. Consequently, it is thought that intermarriage is linked to a large number of communication disorders found in Arab communities. Economic disparity, limited access to services, lack of trained native Arab speech-language and hearing specialists and limited educational support systems result in large numbers of underserved, communicatively impaired individuals in the Arab world and specifically in Saudi Arabia. Thus, there is a considerable need for the specialization of speech, language, and hearing sciences in order to increase the number of trained native Arab speech-language and hearing specialists and improve the quality of life for communicatively impaired individuals. Furthermore, the national policy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia advocates and mandates the need to serve special needs students in regular classroom programs. ​

Program Mission

To graduate professionals in the field of speech-language pathology to provide quality services for individuals with communication challenges in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Program Goals

  • Prepare students to meet the international standards for certification and Saudi Commission for Health Specialties Licensure in speech-language pathology.
  • Provide students with clinical practicum experiences to meet the labor market and the Saudi community demands in medical facilities, clinical centers, and other private settings.
  • Provide students with real-life case studies and experiences to foster ethical knowledge and conduct in clinical practices when dealing with individuals  who have language, communication, and hearing disorders.
  • Provide students with state-of-the-art clinical laboratory facilities to promote their clinical and research-related skills.

Why choose this Program at Dar Al-Hekma University?​​​

  • Dar Al-Hekma (DAH) is the first 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) and 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.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in various national and international conferences.

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​​​​​ Programs​
​​T​OEFL Score​​
Required ​Certificate Percentage​​
Qudurat Test Score​​​
​Othe Admission Requirement
​Bachelor of Science in Speech,
Language and Hearing Sciences​
​500
​80%
​65%
​Pass Interview​

For further details about admissions, click here

​Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

Knowledge

  • ​Explain concepts, theories, and findings relevant to human communication disorders to meet the international standards and the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties certifications.

Skills

  • Demonstrate competency in clinical skills in working with individuals with language, hearing and communication disorders in different settings. 
  • Apply appropriate assessment tools to diagnose and identify language, communication, and hearing disorders. 
  • Utilize advanced techniques to evaluate and analyze data to make informed decisions about language, communication, and hearing disorders. ​

Values

  • Demonstrate ethical knowledge and conduct with issues and practices that are relevant to professional interaction and scientific research.
  • Design evidence-based intervention programs and plans for individuals with language, communication, and hearing disorders.

​​​Year One 
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

Course Code

Course Title

Credit
Hours

BIOL 1301Human Biology3
SLHS 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
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
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
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
3ISLS XXXX
Islamic 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

Career Prospects


​​​The program equips students with the necessary skills that qualify them for a variety of career paths/jobs in the market including, but not limited to: ​​


  • Speech-language pathologist.
  • Speech-language pathology assistant.
  • Teaching assistant at a Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Program.
  • SLHS graduates can also apply for graduate studies in several fields.​

Mr. Ahmad Adel Mahmoud Alsalhi

Lecturer

Hekma School of Health, Behavioral Sciences and Education

Dr. Mona Abdulaziz Indargiri

Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Health, Behavioral Sciences and Education

Dr. Reem Abulhamayel

Assistanat Professor

Hekma School of Health, Behavioral Sciences and Education

Dr. Yaser Numan Mohammad Al Sabi

Director - Assistant Professor

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. Yaser Numan Mohammad Al Sabi

Director, Speech Language & Hearing Sciences Program; Director, Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program


PhD, Communication Science & Disorders, Howard University, USA, 2007

MA, Education, (Speech Pathology & Audiology), San Jose State University, USA, 1999

MA, Speech Pathology & Communication Disorders, University of Jordan, Jordan, 1994

BA, English Language, Yarmouk University, Jordan, 1989

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