Speech Language Pathology Assistant

The Speech Language Pathology Assistant program curriculum prepares graduates to work under the supervision of a licensed Speech Language Pathologist at special education sites, community agencies, health care facilities, and private clinics. Students will be trained to assist in the speech and language rehabilitation of communication disordered children and adults. The Speech Language Pathology Assistant Associate in Science degree program is approved by the State of California Speech Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers (SLPAHAD) Board. Students are prepared to practice according to the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) scope of practice for Speech Language Pathology Assistants. The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree will be awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better. Costs associated with health screenings, immunizations, fingerprinting, and felony disclaimers required for public safety and public health is the responsibility of the student participating in the program. Contact the Health Sciences Division for detailed information.

Admission Information

The student must:

  • Be admitted to San Joaquin Delta College, in good standing with no holds on college records
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Satisfy the Delta College assessment placement test requirements
  • Satisfactory completion of program prerequisite courses
  • Complete all health and safety requirements necessary for admission to clinical practice sites (details will be provided in the SLPA Admissions Packet) including:
    1. Background Clearance for criminal history
    2. Physical Exam
    3. Immunizations, TB, and Hepatitis and other disease screening
    4. Drug Screen
    5. Professional Liability Insurance
    6. Any additional requirements identified by the training facilities

Prerequisite Course Information

Speech Language Pathology Assistant, AS Degree prerequisites include:

  • COMM DIS 001A (Introduction to Communication Disorders); and,
  • HS/FCS 019 (Human Development); and,
  • ENG 001A (Reading and Composition)

Application Procedure

The online application will be available during posted submission dates at the Health Sciences/SLPA Program web site: slpa.deltacollege.edu.

Applications are accepted once each year in the fall for Advanced Placement entry into the SLPA program for the spring semester and once each year in the spring for entry into the SLPA AS degree Program for the following fall semester.

Selection Procedure

All applicants who meet the admission criteria will be admitted. Because of limited space to place students in community programs for clinical practicum, some restrictions may exist.

Program procedures and policies may change at any time. Please consult the SJDC Health Sciences Division/SLPA Program web site for the most current information.

Information regarding SLPA program requirements and courses is available online at: slpa.deltacollege.edu. Students who have completed a BA/BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders may be eligible to enter the program as an Advanced Placement candidate. Please see information and instructions at slpa.deltacollege.edu. Other BA/BS degree students are not eligible for this option and must complete all requirements for the SLPA Associate in Science Degree.