Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA), Associate in Science

Upon successful completion of the Associate Degree in the Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program, the graduate is able to apply for licensure with the State of California. A licensed Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) works under the direction of a supervising Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and demonstrates skills, knowledge and training to practice in a variety of settings within the parameters of the SLPA scope of practice. A licensed SLPA may work with infants, children, adults and seniors in educational, clinical and medical settings. Limitations on reimbursement for services provide by SLPAs from potential third-party insurers, may affect employment opportunities in certain settings. The graduate will be able to conduct screenings for speech, language and hearing disorders with out interpretation, administer treatment as prescribed by the supervising Speech Language Pathologist and assist with clinical documentation.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. The graduate demonstrates appropriate workplace behaviors related to the American Speech and Hearing Association Code of Ethics and the scope of practice for a Speech Language Pathology Assistant.
  2. The graduate meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant with the State of California, Medical Quality Assurance, Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board.
  3. The graduate provides program operational assistance to the supervising Speech Language Pathologist by completing clerical tasks, preparing appropriate therapy materials, scheduling, facilitating public relations and maintaining equipment.
  4. The graduate provides direct treatment assistance to patients or clients in multiple settings, with diverse populations, under the supervision of a speech language pathologist by implementing treatment plans, completing speech and language screenings without interpretation, assisting with evaluations and documenting patient/client progress.

General Education

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

  • San Joaquin Delta College Associate Degree General Education (AA-GE) pattern (24 units)
  • California State University General Education (CSU-GE) pattern (40 units)
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum - CSU Version (IGETC-CSU) pattern (37 units)

Students are advised to double-count courses in the major to also satisfy general education when possible. Course subject credit will be awarded in satisfaction of major and lower division general education requirements, but the units will only be counted once in computing the total number of units for the degree.

Major Requirements - Core

Complete 39.5 units

CDEV 034

Children With Special Needs

3

COM ST 007

Intercultural Communication

3

COMM DIS 001

Communication Disorders: Speech and Language Development

3

COMM DIS 002

Introduction to Communication Disorders

3

COMM DIS 003

Communication Disorders: Therapy Analysis and Field Practice

3.5

COMM DIS 005

Communications Disorders: Materials and Procedures

3

COMM DIS 007

Communication Disorders: Service Delivery Issues

3

COMM DIS 009

Communication Disorders: Assessment and Remediation

6 - 6.5

H S 019

Human Development

3

HUM 004/ ANTHR 004

Introduction to Linguistics

3

PSYCH 001

Introduction to Psychology

3

SL 001

Elementary American Sign Language

3

Major Requirements - Restricted Electives

Complete 7 units

Area A - Complete one of the following:

BIOL 001

Core Biology

4

BIOL 011

Humans in the Biological World

4

BIOL 031

Human Anatomy

4

BIOL 032

Human Physiology

5

BIOL 033

Anatomy & Physiology

6

Area B - Complete one of the following:

BIM 038

Office Technologies and Procedures

3

BIM 043

Records Management in Public Agencies

3

CS 011

Fundamentals of Computer Science

3

CSA 020

MS Word, Excel, and Access

3

Minimum Major Units Required: 46.5

Complete all courses with a grade of "C" or better.

Minimum Degree Units Required: 60