Introduction

The Course Profile for the Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy in the Netherlands (hereafter: course profile) was developed by a representative of all Dutch speech therapy courses, just like its predecessor Compass (SRO-L, 2004). The course was developed on behalf of the national board in charge of setting national speech therapy policies and activities (Studierichtingsoverleg, SRO-L). The course profile was developed in two phases: The first phase defined the competences and the second phase used the definitions of those competences to describe the roles of speech therapists based on the Canadian Medical Directives for Specialists (CanMeDS, Frank, Snell, & Sherbino, 2015). The term ‘core activities’ was adopted for those roles. These are the essential and defining activities that are carried out within a specific role. Important sources were the Professional Profile of Speech Therapists (NVLF, 2013) and the profiles for Occupational Therapy (Verhoef & Zalmstra, 2013) and Physical Therapy (De Vries et al., 2014).

The courses

In the Netherlands there are 8 college educations for the Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy

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