Health / Bachelor's degree programme
Speech and Language Therapy

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

Disciplinary areaHealth
Duration 3 years - 180 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


The prevention, identification and rehabilitation of speech and communication disorders have assumed an increasing importance and relevance today, not only in children and adolescents, but also in adults. There is a growing demand for speech therapy to address problems pertaining to language and communication, voice, articulation, fluency, hearing, and learning difficulties in reading, writing, and numeracy. It is also important to consider that within the next few years, the progressive aging of the population, along with changes in the social order, will result in a further increase in the need for treatment of communication disorders due to socio-cultural deficiencies and more widespread bilingualism. For these reasons, the degree program in Speech and Language Therapy is particularly relevant and valuable. The objective of the program is to train specialized professionals in using an interdisciplinary approach which will permit them to apply medical, psychological, pedagogical, and rehabilitative therapy to the multiple problems of language, language learning and communication, in children, adolescents, adults, and seniors.

Course content

The three-year degree program is organized into semesters. The first semester of the first year is dedicated exclusively to the learning of basic concepts; subsequently, in the second semester, and during the next two years, students will develop professional skills. Instruction includes lectures and mandatory applied clinical practice in internship placements. The placements, which represent a fundamental part of training, are aimed at providing students with the professional competencies of a speech and language therapist with respect to the assessment, planning, implementation, and monitoring of therapy. Students will be placed in institutions approved by the Faculty of Medicine and/or in public or private agencies, both local and national. The program is highly student-centered, in order to permit the development of the professional competencies of speech and language therapists in the following three areas: clinical (prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and counseling); organizational (autonomously or in teams); professional (development of the profession and the discipline). The model of instruction, which has a high level of interaction between teachers and students, is aimed at promoting the development and integration of the acquired competencies.

Career options

Speech and language therapists work in the prevention and rehabilitative treatment of language and communication pathologies in children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Their activities are aimed at identifying and rehabilitating all pathologies and dysfunctions which cause disorders in voice, speech, oral and written language, as well as communicative disabilities. Speech-language pathologists work in public or private health facilities as employees or as self-employed practitioners. They can work, e.g., in hospitals and for the local National Health Units, in private and public clinics, preschools and elementary schools, elderly care centers, and in private practices. Additionally, speech and language therapists can conduct research activities with scientific research institutions, work on projects with local agencies, or find employment in a management or in an administrative capacity for public and private health institutions.

After the degree

After a degree in Speech and Language Therapy, graduates can attend Master's Degree Programmes in Rehabilitation Sciences.

More information

Course Director
prof. Livio Presutti
dott.ssa Elisabetta Losi

The course is managed by the Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences