Speech-Language Pathology Assistance (SLPA) certificate

If you are interested in becoming a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant and working as support personnel to a speech-language pathologist, this program may be right for you.

The SLPA certificate meets the minimum technical coursework requirements recommended by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Students should check with state requirements for additional course work, observations, and clinical supervision that may be required.

Students must recognize that a certificate awarded by NAU following completion of required academic credits is not a license to practice issued by any of the fifty states to individuals who meet specific state requirements. State requirements may include completion of clinical interaction hours according to specified criteria, and NAU's academic certificate requirements may not meet the differing requirements imposed by government agencies of fifty different states.

It is the student's responsibility to ascertain academic and clinical interaction and/or clinical observation requirements for the particular state in which employment as an SLP assistant is sought and to meet those requirements. Deails of these requirements vary from state to state.

Northern Arizona University cannot confirm whether a particular course, degree, or certificate meets requirements for professional licensure in the student's home state. The student is responsible for determining requirements for licensure in the state in which the student lives. Current contact information for the applicable licensing boards can be located here: http://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/

At this time, the SLPA certificate program is not approved in California. Students who desire to be licensed as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant should contact the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board, 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2100, Sacramento, California 95815, Phone (916) 263-2666, Fax (916) 263-2668, www.speechandhearing.ca.gov

Courses required to complete the SLPA certificate are: SST191, SST202, SST251, SST301, SST302, SST303, and SST304. Students who intend to work as SLP Assistants or who intend to continue their studies in graduate school are advised to complete the SST elective courses. The SST elective courses are: SST191, SST301, SST302, SST303, and SST304; these courses present important information about disorders, screening and treatment not delivered through the other specialization courses.


 

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