What will I learn?
The Speech Language Pathology Assistant program prepares students to work with individuals with communication disorders. Communication disorders affect nearly 1 in 10 people with 8-9 percent of children having a speech or language disorder. A communication disorder means that a person has difficulty with speech, communication, language or some combination of these. This can manifest in speech intelligibility, written language, or understanding and participating in verbal and nonverbal communication.
This program provides training in working with individuals with a speech and language disorder across the lifespan. In addition to coursework, the SLPA program provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in working with students or clients while completing a 16-week internship. See ASHA's SLPA Scope of Practice for a defined list of SLPA responsibilities
Associate of Applied Science
The Associated of Applied Sciences (AAS) in Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program prepares students to work with individuals with communication disorders, under the direction of a licensed speech-language pathologist.
Our program offers coursework in a combination of online only and synchronous online course delivery. Synchronous teaching means instruction occurs in real-time but not in the same place. This program delivery allows students to prepare for the job market from wherever they live.
What can I do with this degree?
Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPA) are skilled support personnel who perform speech and language therapy, and related clinical tasks, under the direction of a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). Certified SLPAs are employed in private or public school settings and healthcare.
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- Experienced faculty with clinical experience
- 270 hours of Clinical Internship with 100 hours of supervised direct treatment experience
- Synchronous online courses
- Two-year or three-year course sequencing plan depending on the student's needs
- Evening classes starting at 5:30 pm MST
- Advanced Placement for students with a bachelor degree in Communication Disorders
The primary mission of the Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) program at Laramie County Community College (LCCC) is to provide a high-quality education in speech language pathology in order to produce certified, professional, ethical, and competent assistants int he field of speech language pathology.
The SLPA program endeavors to cultivate the following in its student populations:
- Mastery of the principles and methods necessary to practice as an entry-level speech language pathology assistant.
- Effective execution of therapeutic and evidenced-based practices, under the direction of a licensed or certified speech language pathologist.
- Evaluation of professional standards and engagement in ethical practices.
- Engagement in professional discourse (oral and written) to effectively communicate and collaborate with other professionals and the families they serve.
Cost of Attendance
For general college expense, students can view LCCC’s tuition and fees Web page. There are additional fees for certain SLPA courses.