Distance learning has grown in popularity as more and more college students are looking for ways to complete a college degree with classes that are convenient around work schedules and finding classes they can take from the convenience of their home. If you are considering a distance learning degree, and if you have an interest in speech and hearing sciences, you may find that distance learning is not the best option.
Speech therapy is a growing college degree program considered by college students as it is expected to have a high demand of therapists in the coming decade. As a result, many college students are turning to this specialty but also considering speech therapy distance learning at the same time. Unfortunately, distance learning may not be the ideal choice for this health specialty and if you have an interest in becoming a speech therapist.
Because speech therapy education requires many hands on therapy sessions, and sessions of observation with speech therapy patients, the use of distance learning can not provide the best educational environment. While there are speech therapy distance learning programs found online, many speech therapy clinics will not place you as a significant candidate to consider for employment when education is based on these programs. If you have an interest in speech therapy, it is best to find an on-campus degree program.
If you are adamant about distance learning for the healthcare sector, you may want to consider other options that require fewer observations. For example, working in medical billing will not require patient contact or observation, and is often found online as a distance learning curriculum. Becoming a speech therapist, along with other therapy specialties, can not afford you the same advantages.
While distance learning is a great option for successfully completing a college degree online, the type of degree and career you wish to pursue should be carefully considered. If you are interested in any therapy service program, being directly involved, physically, in the classroom will be vitally important to your success. And, in the end, employers will accept your education more openly when understanding you have practical, hands-on experience.
Sources: Innovations in Professional Education for Speech and Language Therapy, by Shelagh Brumfitt