Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) are allied health professionals who are an integral part of the speech language team. The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Speech-Language Pathology Assistant is designed to provide comprehensive academic and practical education and training for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants. SLPAs work under the direct supervision of licensed or certified speech-language pathologists to provide clerical support, administer speech, language and hearing screenings, assist in communication assessments, provide articulation and language therapy services, and assist with documentation of speech-language pathology services in educational settings.

About the Program

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Speech-Language Pathology Assistant is designed to provide comprehensive academic education and practical training for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPA). The SLPA's work under the direct supervision of licensed or certified speech-language pathologists to provide clerical support, administer speech, language and hearing screenings, assist in communication assessments, provide articulation and language therapy services, and assist with documentation of speech-language pathology services in educational settings.

The program provides training in working with speech and language disordered adults and children, including bilingual populations. The program content is based upon the recommendations of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

In addition to work in the classroom, the program provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in working with clients/patients in a variety of settings.

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Drug Screening and Criminal Background Checks

Clinical sites may require a drug screening and/or a criminal background check prior to allowing students into the clinical setting. Clinical sites may also require random drug testing and/or drug testing for reasonable cause. Testing positive on the drug screening or evidence of tampering with a specimen will disqualify a student from participation from clinical assignment. Certain criminal activity, as evidenced by a criminal background check, may also disqualify a student from clinical participation.

Students are advised that the inability to gain clinical education experiences can result in the inability to meet program competencies and outcomes. These circumstances may continuance in the program. For more information, please see the complete Health Sciences and Wellness Division Policy (pdf) for allied health students.

Program Graduation Competencies:

Successful graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Describe the normal processes of speech-language communication and hearing development.
  2. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the speech-language production and hearing mechanisms as related to normal and disordered communication.
  3. Describe the nature, causes and treatment of language and communication disorders across the life span.
  4. Assist in the implementation of treatment/educational plans, techniques and procedures for a variety of patients/clients/students with these disorders.
  5. Discriminate differences in developmental and acquired phonological, language and other communication/hearing disorders, and explain the causes and treatment of each.
  6. Perform common language/phonological/hearing screening.
  7. Identify various common diagnostic tests including their administration and scoring.
  8. Prepare a variety of assigned documentation, including the preparation and maintenance of patient/student charts, reports, lesson plans and records, in a variety of settings for review by a supervisor.
  9. Demonstrate professional/ethical behaviors in a variety of work related situations and settings, including appropriate awareness of patient rights, student rights, privacy, and federal and state laws and regulations effecting the profession and setting.
  10. Use effective and appropriate communication skills in working with patients, students, family members, coworkers, and supervisors.
  11. Apply a variety of behavior management techniques in working with speech language disordered clients/patients.
  12. Identify the type of client/patient in need of assistive technology and/or augmentative alternative communication systems, including hardware, software, low-tech and high-tech strategies and devices.

Cost of Attendance

For general college expense, view LCCC's tuition and fees.