Logopedic Courses of Study
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The RWTH Aachen Faculty of Medicine offers a Bachelor course of study in Logopedics as well as a Master course of study in Teaching and Research Logopedics. Until now the Bachelor course of study has built on successful training or an apprenticeship. Starting in winter semester 2012/2013, the dual model course of study will combine the logopedics apprenticeship and Bachelor studies, since logopedics is more than a therapeutic career. It is a crucial part of clinical neuropsychology and is an interdisciplinary subject located at the cross-section of medicine, linguistics, and psychology.
Bachelor in Logopedics
Starting in their Bachelor studies, students learn to effectively conduct literary research and evaluate studies based on evidence. A random controlled study says more than the description of an individual case – even if both were analyzed thought a statistical process. For this reason, statistics are an important component of an academic education. Students acquire knowledge in advanced seminars about individual clinical profiles such as language disorders after a stroke and combine it with their methodological knowledge. At the end of their studies students apply their knowledge in an evidence-based internship. Here they complete a detailed diagnostic investigation of individual cases and use this and literary research to determine which treament method would be most successful. The individual case study is presented in the Bachelor's thesis and discussed using current literature.
Graduates choose a career path towards actual practice after completing a Bachelor's degree. Even if every day professional life does not always permit conducting such detailed research and diagnosis, the scientific thinking shaped by studies will certainly influence therapeutic decisions.
Master in Teaching and Research Logopedics
Most graduates decide to pursue Master's studies. During Master's studies students work with current research results and the methods necessary for them. After advancing their skills in statistics, they learn about modern imaging. They primarily work on their own Master's project during the second half of their studies. Many have the possibility to join an existing research project in clinical cognition research, or the University Hospital Aachen's aphasia ward, phoniatrics ward, or Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Psychiatry, or an external institution. Topics range from language development and reading disorders in childhood to language, speaking, or swallowing disorders within the framework of neurological diseases such as a stroke or dementia, all the way to voice disorders, such as in professional speakers. Topics in research training are also possible.
Additionally, all graduates give a presentation about their Master's project at the annual, transregional Aachen Logopedics Colloquium. This provides students with the opportunity to practice presentations in front of a professional audience and motivates them to present their work at national or international conferences. Students are also encouraged to publish their Master's thesis in a scientific journal. Many students accept this challenge. Aside from teaching logopedics, which is represented in the course of study and is a popular career goal, logopedic research is also an important pillar of Master's studies and encourages many graduates to go into research after graduating.
Approximately 30 percent of graduates continue on to doctoral studies. Many of them do so in a project at the University Hospital Aachen.
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The Logopedics B.Sc. in its state at the time and the Teaching and Research Logopedics M.Sc. needed to be reaccredited in 2012. The new, dual Logopedics B.Sc. was accredited for the first time.
The School of Logopedics at University Hospital Aachen is also involved in the new dual course of study with integrated training. The dual Bachelor course of study with integrated training is to be implemented as a model course of study in accordance with the "Ordinance on Implementing Model Processes in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia from February 25, 2010" in collaboration with the School of Logopedics. A corresponding joint proposal for this was submitted in June 2011 to the NRW Ministry of Health, Equalities, Care and Ageing. Minister Steffens from the MGEPA, see photo, handed over the final permit on May 3, 2012. Our model course of study strategy corresponds to the standards in the Ordinance on Implementing Model Processes.