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Speech-Language Pathology

Associate Degree

A.S. in Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program

This degree prepares students to assist Speech-Language Pathologists in treating disorders of communication. Such disorders may be related to articulation and phonology, child and adult language, motor speech, voice, fluency, and hearing. Topics include an introduction to the field of communication disorders, articulation and phonology for the speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA), professional issues and practices in speech-language pathology, speech/language/hearing clinical strategies, clinical considerations in service delivery to clients with communication disorders, and fieldwork experience.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2021

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
DEAF 310 American Sign Language I 4
ECE 312 Child Development (3) 3
   or PSYC 372 Child Development (3)
ECE 325 Positive Guidance Strategies with Young Children 3
ECE 404 Children with Special Needs 3
GERON 302 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3) 3
   or PSYC 374 Psychology of Aging: Adult Development and Aging (3)
SLPA 105 Articulation and Phonology for the SLPA 3
SLPA 110 Professional Issues and Practices in Speech-Language Pathology 3
SLPA 115 Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinical Strategies 3
SLPA 120 Clinical Considerations in Service Delivery to Clients with Communication Disorders 3
SLPA 121 Fieldwork Experience in Speech-Language Pathology 4
SLPA 300 Introduction to Communication Disorders 3
SPEECH 325 Intercultural Communication 3
SPEECH 331 Group Discussion 3
Total Units: 41

The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • describe various communication disorders, including etiology and some remedial techniques.
  • explain the major areas of cultural diversity and the relationship between culture and communication.
  • demonstrate skills needed to assist in the management of speech-language pathology programs and services.
  • describe the therapeutic process especially in terms of how learning occurs and strategies for effective lesson delivery.
  • implement a treatment protocol as prescribed by the supervising Speech-Language Pathologist.
  • describe professional responsibilities and ethical behavior appropriate for the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.

Career Information

Upon completion of the Associate in Science degree, a student possesses the course work and field work experience to work as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) in both private and public agencies, such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and the public schools serving preschool through adult-age clients. Successful completion of the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program qualifies the graduate for eligibility to apply to the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board for registration as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.