Academics

Faculty of Medical Technology
Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Objectives

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences hopes that our students will become clinical specialists who can take a leading role in advanced medical care by coping with increasingly complex and diverse needs in the field of speech, language, and hearing sciences. Disabilities in speech/language and/or hearing not only make the life of the impaired difficult in communication with others but also threaten their personal dignity sometimes. Those who aim to be in this profession are required to possess, as a personal quality, sensitivity to the disabled so that they will treat an impaired individual as a "person" by reaching out to him or her with tenderness. In order to become professionals in this field, of course, students must try hard in our school to build fundamental knowledge across diverse fields and to deepen insights about speech-language pathology and audiology. Candidates for our department must be healthy individuals both physically and mentally who have love, mercy, and a deep understanding for people and who possess empathy with which they can share joys and sorrows of life with patients. We look forward to studying with you and expect that you will bring us enthusiasm and willingness to pursue a clinical career in the field of speech-language pathology and audiology.

Speech-language-hearing therapists provide a variety of services for people of all ages with communication disorders. Currently, specialists in this field are in great demand in Japan. In addition, due to the revision of medical and nursing care fees, the area in which speech-language-hearing therapists can contribute is expanding. Hence, it is urgent to educate highly trained clinicians in this field who can work in medical facilities, healthcare/welfare facilities, educational institutions, and others. The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences offers an intensive work-oriented program with an emphasis on practical training in order to prepare our students to cope with professional needs in a variety of clinical settings.

Characteristics of the curriculum

The Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Program includes acquiring knowledge regarding the basic and clinical medicine as well as learning a wide range of special subjects, such as psychology, acoustics, and linguistics. Our clinical training offers students with an opportunity to have on-site experiences in which they can put into practice what they have learned through the coursework. The training is given on campus as well as in facilities outside the campus. In the extramural training, students work directly with targeted patients and perform assessment and diagnosis of the disorders to build the foundation of clinical skills and to obtain experience of how to communicate with patients. Students complete the last year of their coursework by pursuing the themes of their own interest in producing graduate research papers. Finally, their four-year coursework concludes by preparing for the national license examination for speech-language-hearing therapists.

Qualifications and Careers

Qualifications for the national examination:

Requirements for taking the national examination for speech-language-hearing therapists are as follows:

Students who have completed the accredited academic and clinical program can apply for taking the National License Examination for Speech-Language- Hearing Therapists. The nationally approved license for Speech-Language- Hearing Therapists allows therapists to work with individuals with speaking, hearing, and swallowing disorders. The speech- language-hearing therapists are specialists concerning a wide variety of communication disorders, such as delayed language development, aphasia, voice and/or articulation problems, and hearing impairments.

Upon graduation, students will be able to work in a variety of health care facilities, including rehabilitation hospitals, institutions for hearing impaired children and rehabilitation centers for speech/language disorders, where the station of speech- language-hearing therapists is mandatory.

Expected worksites include the following:
  • Medical facilities such as hospitals
  • Nursing care and other social welfare centers
  • Centers for speech/language impaired children
  • Institutions for physically handicapped children
  • Centers for hearing impaired children
  • Education and research institutions
  • Public medical welfare institutions
  • Visiting-healthcare-service centers

Facilities

The department is equipped with a variety of training devices, including the computer system for aphasia, sound-analysis devices, hearing test devices for children, and intelligence batteries. These devices and batteries are available in quantity to provide an efficient learning environment where students in pairs can practice sharing a single device and learn how to accommodate the devices, according to the age or the level of the deficiencies.

International activities

Our international program offers students an opportunity to visit educational institutions and university hospitals that specialize in speech/language and hearing impairments in addition to other clinical facilities in the United States. The main purpose of the visits is to improve communicative English skills and to experience diverse ways of life and culture in America. This exchange program helps students renew and enlarge their perspectives on the profession of speech-language pathology and/or audiology through firsthand observation of the advanced technology in this field in the United States.