Speech-Language Pathology Assistant – Associate in Science Degree

Top Code: 1220.00

This degree prepares students for employment as Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs). An SLPA works with clients/patients with communication disorders, under the supervision of a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). Communication disorders affect people of all ages, including infants, children, adults, and seniors. Students will be trained to assist SLPs with the assessment and treatment of people with articulation, language, voice, fluency, and other communication disorders. There are a variety of locations of practice which include educational, clinical and medical settings. Upon successful completion of this degree, the graduate will be eligible to apply to the Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology & Hearing Aid Dispensers Board (SLPAHADB) of the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs for registration as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. SLPAHADB recognizes Pasadena City College (PCC) as an approved training program. This is a Career & Technical Education program.

This Associate of Science degree includes requirements for general education and for the major.  The major requirements are categorized as “SLPA-designated” major required courses and other major required courses.

"SLPA-designated” Major Required Courses
SLPA 018INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION DISORDERS3
SLPA 107PHONETICS, ARTICULATION, AND PHONOLOGY3
SLPA 115CHILD LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT AND DISORDERS3
SLPA 119SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY: PROFESSIONAL ISSUES3
SLPA 123ACOMMUNICATION DISORDERS: ASSESSMENT AND REMEDIATION3
SLPA 123BADULT DISORDERS: REMEDIATION3
SLPA 126SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT FIELD WORK2
SLPA 126SSPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT FIELD WORK SEMINAR1
Other Major Required Courses
SPCH 010INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION3
ASL 001ELEMENTARY AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE4
LING 012INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION3
or ENGL 012 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
CHDV 010PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN3
CHDV 030INTRODUCTION TO CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS3
CHDV 105CHILDREN WITH CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS3
CHDV 122PRACTICUM IN EARLY INTERVENTION/SPECIAL EDUCATION2
CHDV 122FFIELD PRACTICE IN EARLY INTERVENTION/SPECIAL EDUCATION1
Select one of the following:3-6
LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: THE CHILD
and DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: THE ADULT
Select one of the following:4
GENERAL BIOLOGY
HONORS GENERAL BIOLOGY
HUMAN BIOLOGY
Total Units50-53

There is an application process for admission into the program. For the selection criteria and procedures, refer to the SLPA webpage at http://www.pasadena.edu/slpa or see a PCC Counselor.  Candidates who completed some, but not all, of the “SLPA-designated” courses, beyond SLPA 018, prior to Fall 2019, will need to contact the SLPA Program Coordinator for consideration of program re-entry.

Students may begin taking Other major required courses at any time, referencing the list of required courses.

PCC and the SLPA program may accept previous coursework for general education or major requirements based upon the college’s transcript evaluation process. However, no course substitutions will be accepted for the “SLPA-designated” courses.

This program is not designed for candidates who have earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology and require a field work course in order to register with SLPAHADB as an SLPA. The field work course is only offered through the prerequisites of the program.

SLPA 018 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION DISORDERS is offered Fall and Spring annually and successful completion with a “C” or better is a prerequisite of application.

Students must be admitted to the program to enroll in any of the following “SLPA-designated” courses, which are offered as shown:

Fall Year 1
SLPA 107PHONETICS, ARTICULATION, AND PHONOLOGY 13
Spring Year 1
SLPA 115CHILD LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT AND DISORDERS 13
SLPA 119SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY: PROFESSIONAL ISSUES 13
Fall Year 2
SLPA 123ACOMMUNICATION DISORDERS: ASSESSMENT AND REMEDIATION 23
Spring Year 2
SLPA 123BADULT DISORDERS: REMEDIATION 33
SLPA 126SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT FIELD WORK 4,5,62
SLPA 126SSPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT FIELD WORK SEMINAR 5,6,71
Total Units18

Students may progress through the program part-time, following the prerequisite requirements.

Before applying for admission, prospective students must consider the following information:

If selected for admission to the program, students are required to submit an application for a pre-clinical check. This may include background information such as County Criminal Records, Social Security Alert, Nationwide Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Registry, and Nationwide Sexual Offender Registry. Additionally, they must complete and submit a negative TB test. The pre-clinical check may also include immunization history and drug screening, as well as other measures. This will be at the students' cost. If the students are not successful, they will forfeit their admission.

Many of the “SLPA-designated” courses, including field work, have a scheduled clinical component, providing students with opportunity for hands-on application of knowledge, at different contracted sites off-campus.  It is the responsibility of students to transport themselves.

The majority of the “SLPA-designated” courses are offered during the day, particularly the Year 2 courses, in order to provide access to clinical components.

The culminating course, SLPA 126 SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT FIELD WORK, requires students to be available two full days per week, Monday-Friday, for the duration of the semester. The required co-requisite course, SLPA 126S SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT FIELD WORK SEMINAR, is scheduled in the evenings, once every other week during the same semester.
 
It is to students’ benefit to plan their program of study such that SLPA 126 SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT FIELD WORK and SLPA 126S SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT FIELD WORK SEMINAR are the final courses they complete before graduation.

Prior to entry into clinical components, students may be required to complete/obtain at their own cost:

  • A physical examination
  • Criminal background/drug screen check clearance
  • CPR, HIPAA training, or other clinical site requirements
  • Student malpractice liability insurance

An Associate of Science degree is awarded upon completion of all major required courses with a grade of C or better, and all General Education requirements with the standards determined by the college.

Requirements for the Major

SLPA-designated Courses
SLPA 018INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION DISORDERS3
SLPA 107PHONETICS, ARTICULATION, AND PHONOLOGY3
SLPA 115CHILD LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT AND DISORDERS3
SLPA 119SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY: PROFESSIONAL ISSUES3
SLPA 123ACOMMUNICATION DISORDERS: ASSESSMENT AND REMEDIATION3
SLPA 123BADULT DISORDERS: REMEDIATION3
SLPA 126SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT FIELD WORK2
SLPA 126SSPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT FIELD WORK SEMINAR1
Other Major Required Courses
SPCH 010INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION3
ASL 001ELEMENTARY AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE4
LING 012INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION3
or ENGL 012 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
CHDV 010PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN3
CHDV 030INTRODUCTION TO CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS3
CHDV 105CHILDREN WITH CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS3
CHDV 122PRACTICUM IN EARLY INTERVENTION/SPECIAL EDUCATION2
CHDV 122FFIELD PRACTICE IN EARLY INTERVENTION/SPECIAL EDUCATION1
Select one of the following:3-6
LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: THE CHILD
and DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: THE ADULT
Select one of the following:4
GENERAL BIOLOGY
HONORS GENERAL BIOLOGY
HUMAN BIOLOGY
Total Units50-53

Visit the Program Mapper for a suggested sequence of courses.

General Education Requirements for the Associate in Science Degree