Laurea (First cycle degree/Bachelor - 180 ECTS) in Speech and Language Therapy

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea (First cycle degree/Bachelor - 180 ECTS)
Academic Year 2018/2019
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 8478
Degree Programme Class L/SNT2 - Health Professions for Rehabilitation
Years in which the programme is being held I, II,III.
Teaching mode Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Admission typology Restricted access
Place of teaching Faenza
Degree Programme Director Antonia Parmeggiani
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

Admission requirements and evaluation

This study programme has restricted access. The number of places is set annually by MIUR at national level; an entrance exam is set in the methods and on the dates set in the call for applications for the Healthcare Professions, published annually on the School website. Admission to the degree programme is subject to the possession of a five-year secondary school diploma or equivalent suitable qualification obtained abroad, or a four-year secondary school diploma and diploma for the relative supplementary year, or, where no longer active, admitted students will be assigned additional learning requirements. Applicants shall also demonstrate the knowledge and competences defined annually by ministerial decree for the entrance exams to degree programmes with nationally restricted access.

The number of places, entrance exam date, contents and selection methods are published annually in the relative call for applications.

2. Assessment of basic knowledge

The knowledge and competence requirements for admission are deemed to be met by applicants who obtain the following scores in the entrance exam:

for students in the quota of Italian, EU and equivalent nationals: 20;

for students in the quota of non-EU citizens resident abroad, as laid down in the laws in force: 5.

The entrance exams will be held by 31 January of each year.

3. Additional learning requirements and assessment

Enrolled students who did not obtain the minimum score in the entrance exam will be assigned the following Additional Learning Requirements ("OFA"), which must be completed during the first year of the programme:

Basic Medical Knowledge.

The Additional Learning Requirements are deemed to have been passed when students pass the exam in:

Anatomy, Histology, Physiology

Students not completing the requirements by the date set by the Academic Bodies and published on the University portal will be required to re-enrol to the first year of the programme as repeating students.

4. Exemption of assessment of basic knowledge

Only applicants having obtained the credits indicated in the following subject areas in previous studies will be exempted from sitting the entrance exam:

- Subject area BIO/09 (Physiology): 2 CFU

- Subject area BIO/16 (Human Anatomy): 2 CFU

- Subject area BIO/17 (Histology): 1 CFU

For students from the previous degree system under D.M. 509/99, exemption will be approved if they have passed at least one exam relating to the knowledge covered by the aforementioned subject areas.

Applicants to whom this clause refers should apply for exemption when submitting their application to the Student Administration Office.

Programme profile

Pursuant to article 56 of Ministerial Decree of 17 January 1997 and amendments, graduates from this class are healthcare professionals whose fields of activity and responsibility are determined by the contents of the ministerial decrees which establish the professional profiles and teaching structures of the respective university and higher education programmes as well as the specific codes of conduct.

At the end of the study programme, speech therapists will have acquired knowledge, competencies and relational skills in the following fields:

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: this field translates the professional speech therapist's responsibilities into professional actions through the development of the following skills: in their professional conduct, they learn to act in line with the professional profile, code of conduct, laws and regulations governing the profession, and develop specific skills in relating to patients and family, learning to act in the interests of the patient and recognising motivations, autonomies, abilities, practising independently in full respect of the interests of the patient and other professional figures;

TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION: this field refers to the competencies the students will acquire in order to obtain objective and subjective information through the use of standardised tools, interviews and observations to identify the logopaedic rehabilitation needs of the person and the community. They collaborate in the design of rehabilitation projects, plan logopaedic treatments, draw up rehabilitation programmes, identify the most appropriate treatments for the patient and strategies for the treatment and rehabilitation of disorders concerning oral and written language, hearing, communication and social functions, cognitive conditions, praxia and swallowing in all ages. They assess the need for aids in order to improve daily life. They deliver the rehabilitation programme. They draw up the rehabilitation programme in writing indicating short, medium and long term objectives, discuss it with the patient and family, agree on the treatment programme. They assess the outcome and response to the rehabilitation programme and introduce modifications where required, preventing and managing critical situations, implementing targeted projects to handle critical situations. They guarantee patient safety and the implementation of risk-free programmes in compliance with the laws in force. They adapt the programme to suit the needs of the patient. They assess the logopaedic effectiveness of the programme.

THERAPEUTIC EDUCATION: this is the speech therapist's healthcare action to develop awareness and responsibility among individuals and groups through educational interventions, establishing relationships of assistance aiming to support patients and families. They educate patients and families to learn self care and functional re-education. They assess the educational needs of patients and families and monitor the effectiveness of the educational project.

PREVENTION: Speech therapists must be able to identify health needs and prevent disabilities through: the identification of potential risk situations through screening activities to identify language, communication, hearing and speech disorders early on in all age groups. In particular, this area is an integral part of the rehabilitation programme in which speech therapists work to identify and overcome risk situations for individuals and the community, through investigations, screening and follow-up.

MANAGEMENT: this includes all the indispensable management tools (for resources, information and economic matters) for the day-to-day activities of the speech therapist, by: identifying the nature of the problem, analysing, choosing, interpreting and identifying the solution to problems, seeking external collaboration where necessary. In managing their own work, they are able to recognise and respect other roles and competencies, and interact and collaborate within a multi-professional team, using general guidelines and protocols to standardise operating methods. In the management of clinical risk, they identify and report difficulties. They are able to use information and computer systems to analyse data.

TRAINING/SELF-LEARNING: this is the context in which speech therapists learn, develop and consolidate their own cultural bases, through the following competencies: they are able to identify learning objectives in their studies with coordinators and tutors, and are able to assess the outcomes. They take responsibility for their own learning and career development, assess their own outcomes, review and critically assess the implementation of their own knowledge and skills.

COMMUNICATION AND PERSONAL RELATIONS: This area defines the relational basis on which the speech therapist practices professionally within rehabilitation, social and institutional spheres, using communication and relational skills with patients and families, through active listening and management and relational dynamics. They interact with other professionals, coordinators and tutors and with other healthcare and social workers.

CURRICULUM: The set of knowledge acquired by graduates is worth 180 CFU, and constitutes the cultural, scientific and interpersonal baggage required to acquire full professional skill and understand, tackle and manage the pathological events which require rehabilitation and/or treatment and which are acquired through lectures, laboratory work, practical lessons in classrooms equipped with rehabilitation instruments, supported by professors and tutors, as well as self-study (library, databases) of the subjects included in the curriculum. In particular, they will learn biochemistry, physics, statistics, anatomy, physiology, pathology, as well as clinical, surgical, psychological and social skills to acquire a solid base of knowledge of the integrated biological functions of the human body, statistical methods for measuring social and personal phenomena, the concept of urgency and first aid, interacting closely with the core subjects of the degree programme. Professional skills will be developed by acquiring core competencies in speech therapy, linguistics, child neuropsychiatry, psychology, neurology, neuropsychology, which offer insight into the fundamental concepts of human sciences and behaviour, ethics and professional conduct, locomotor diseases, logopaedic methods and techniques as well as elements of professional management, which are useful for professional development in working contexts.

Concerning these specific learning outcomes, the curriculum - organised mainly around specific course units - offers a unified yet multi-disciplinary vision of learning, through the study not only of the core subjects but also more specifically vocational disciplines and other subjects.

Pursuant to Ministerial Decree of 19 February 2009, each course unit is worth a consistent number of credits, in order to avoid the fragmentation of information transmitted to students. Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars, working groups and discussion of pertinent topics and simulations. Teaching is based on modern teaching tools. Traditional teaching activities are supported by curricular internships in specialist public healthcare facilities and other scientific facilities satisfying the learning outcomes, in Italy or abroad, based on specific agreements. This training allows students to become progressively autonomous and responsible, able to assess different problems involved in paediatric rehabilitation, drawing up child development profiles and customised rehabilitation programmes, working in diversified groups of stakeholders in the rehabilitation project. Laboratory work and internships are carried out under the supervision and guidance of professional tutors appointed specifically for their communication skills and trained in the function, assigned to each student. They are coordinated by highly qualified professors whose professional profile is consistent with the degree programme.

The study plan includes a maximum of 20 exams, organised in an integral manner among several course units or coordinated modules. Learning is assessed through oral and written exams, as well as progress tests (self-assessment or intermediate interviews). Written tests involve: (1) multiple choice or short answers, on multi-disciplinary issues, followed by exams to assess the acquired skills; (2) production of written assignments on topics and analyses of course activities and the final dissertation, reporting on practical work carried out in the community and laboratory work, as well as the assessment of the overall profile of the speech therapist, based on pre-defined criteria.

Access to further study

It gives access to second cycle studies (laurea specialistica / magistrale) and master universitario di primo livello.

Career opportunities

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