Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

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.  Speech-language pathology assistants work in schools, clinics and rehabilitation agencies that provide speech and language services. 

Our program’s synchronous online delivery method is designed to prepare you for the job market wherever you live. Synchronous teaching means instruction occurs in real-time but not in the same place.  Students join face-to-face classes via web-conferencing.   According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in speech-language professions is expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average of all occupations.

Program Highlights

  • 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

SLPA Program Mission

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 in the field of speech language pathology.

SLPA Program Goals

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.

Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Admission Policies

The SLPA program has limited enrollment and admits one cohort each fall. Applications are accepted from February through August of each year with a Fall start date.  Prerequisite courses and requirements are listed below and must be completed or in progress prior to application for program admission. Prospective students interested in the program may contact the Program Director for details about the program admission process and timeline.

Prerequisites

  • Cumulative GPA – 2.5 (high school or higher ed—whichever is most current)
  • ENGL 1010 (English I Composition) and CO/M 2010 (Public Speaking)– completed  with a ‘C’ or higher
  • Completion of 2 hours of observation with an American Speech Language & Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech language pathologist prior to the application deadline.  An observation form is attached to the application and must be completed, signed by the speech language pathologist observed along with his/her ASHA certification #, and mailed to the Program Director along with the application.
  • Upon conditional acceptance, a Criminal Background check completed meeting current standards set forth by federal health care worker guidelines paid for by the student applicant. The student’s acceptance will not be final until LCCC has received background check information from the reporting agency and the background check is clear of disqualifying offenses.  For more information, please see the complete School of Health Sciences & Wellness for Allied Health Students policy posted on the school website. Certain criminal activities, 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. These circumstances may prevent acceptance into and/or progression through the program and may ultimately result in dismissal from the program.

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Cost of Attendance

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