Apply to the Program
One new class is selected to enter the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, SLPA, program each fall and is limited to 20 students in each cohort. Students may take the program on a two-year or three-year plan. Students interested in applying must satisfy the following minimum criteria by August 7 of the year they desire to enter the program:
- High school or college GPA of 2.5 or higher, which is most current.
- English (ENGL 1010) passed with a ‘C’ or better.
- Public Speaking (CO/M 2010) passed with a 'C' or better.
- Resume outlining work experience and desire to work as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.
- Completion of 2 hours of observation with an American Speech Language & Hearing Association certified speech language pathologist prior to the application deadline.
- An observation form must be completed, signed by the speech language pathologist, and submitted along with the program application.
- Submission of a complete SLPA program application by the deadline (August 7, 2020).
- Students are selected based on the completeness of the application, including the GPA, completion of prerequisites, resume, and date of receipt of application.
NOTE: Applicants who have been convicted of a felony, gross misdemeanor, misdemeanor or military court-martial (or have pleaded guilty or nolo contendre to the above) should request a copy of a letter concerning his/her eligibility status for licensure and certification from the Wyoming State Board of Speech and Audiology. The Wyoming State Board of Speech and Audiology can deny licensure if the board feels that such denial is in the public's interest. You may also contact an SLPA faculty member if you have questions about your conviction and its impact on your future as Speech-Language Pathology Assistants.
Criminal Background Checks
Once an applicant is accepted into the program a criminal background check must be performed by CastleBranch at the applicant's expense. An applicant's acceptance into an allied health program at LCCC won't be final until LCCC has received background check information from the reporting agency and the background check is clear of disqualifying offenses. 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 and outcomes. These circumstances may prohibit continuance in the program. For more information, please see the complete Health Sciences and Wellness Division Policy for allied health students.
The Wyoming Board of Examiners in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology looks at each application on a case by case basis. The Board takes into account the severity of the crime, nature of crime, whether it was a single instance or multiple offenses, and date of the offense. A criminal background check that produces evidence of prior crimes does not necessarily prohibit an individual from being certified by the Board as an SLPA nor does it mean a license will be readily granted.
In keeping with the program’s due process policies, if a student disagrees with the accuracy of the information obtained, s/he may request a confirmatory test and/or a review of the accuracy of the background information within 10 working days. All requests must be made in writing to the Dean of the Health Science and Wellness School, and must include relevant information and/or extenuating circumstances supporting the request. A designated committee will review the results and the request information, and will be responsible for making the final decision regarding the student’s request. The student will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision within 10 working days.
Graduates of this program, as entry-level SLP Assistants, will be able to 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 or medical settings. On occasion, the job may also require the ability to tolerate physically and mentally taxing workloads. The ability to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility and function effectively under stress and in uncertain conditions are also important job requirements.
To satisfy the requirements of the position and those of the program, certain essential functions must be performed in a satisfactory manner. These are outlined below.
The student must have the ability to:
- Accurately administers screening instruments, calculates and reports the results of screening procedures to supervising SLP
- Provides instructions that are clear, concise, and appropriate to the client's developmental age, level of understanding, language use and communication style
- Follows treatment protocol as developed and prescribed by supervising SLP
- Provides appropriate feedback to patients/clients as to accuracy of their responses
- Identifies and describes relevant patient/client responses to supervising SLP
- Identifies and describes relevant patient/client, family, and caregiver behaviors to supervising SLP
- Uses appropriate stimuli, cues/prompts with the patient/client to elicit target behaviors as defined in the treatment protocol
- Maintains on-task or redirects off-task behavior of patients/clients in individual or group treatment, consistent with the patient/client's developmental age, communication style and disorder
- Provides culturally appropriate behavioral reinforcement consistent with the patient/client's developmental age and communication disorder
- Accurately reviews and summarizes patient/client performance
- Uses treatment materials that are appropriate to the developmental age and communication disorder of the patient/client and the culture of the patient/client/family.
- Starts and ends the treatment session on time
- Obtains co-signature of supervising SLP on documentation
- Accurately records target behaviors as prescribed by supervising SLP
- Accurately calculates chronological age of the patient/client
- Correctly calculates and determines percentages, frequencies, averages and standard scores
- Uses professional terminology correctly in communication with supervising SLP
- Maintains eligible records, log notes, and written communication
- Appropriately paces treatment session to ensure maximum patient/client response
- Implements designated treatment objectives/goals in specific appropriate sequence
If the applicant is unable to perform any of the designated tasks, upon request LCCC will make reasonable accommodations if these accommodations don't constitute an undue hardship on LCCC and that those accommodations do not interfere with the performance of any essential functions of a SLPA’s duties.
Completion of, or in the process of completion, all required prerequisites as outlined in the program application and the college catalog corresponding to the year in which the student plans to enter. All must be completed or in progress with a grade of “C” or better by the application deadline.
- High school or college GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- ENGL 1010 - English Composition completed with a 'C' or higher.
- CO/M 2010 - Public Speaking completed with a 'C' or higher.
Apply to Laramie County Community College prior to applying to the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program. Students must provide an official copy of all past college transcripts to the LCCC Admissions office. A photocopy of all past college transcripts must also be sent to the LCCC SLPA program director.
Complete the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program Admission Form and submit it via mail or email with all necessary documentation.