Course descriptions for the SLPA Certificate
CSD 191: Communication Disorders in Literature and Media (3 credits). This course serves as the introduction to speech-language pathology and Audiology and is also a liberal studies course (can also be used for the liberal studies requirements at NAU in the applied sciences category).
CSD 202: Phonetics (3 credits). This course addresses the way speech sounds are made, the special symbols used to represent them, and their acoustic and perceptual features.
CSD 251: Anatomy and Physiology for Speech and Language (3 credits). This course covers basics of the structure and function of the speech mechanism, including respiration, phonation, and articulation.
CSD 301: Training Module for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants: Childhood Communication Disorders (3). This course examines the typical speech, voice, language, and hearing pathologies seen in young children. It includes but is not limited to articulation, fluency, phonology, and developmental language disorders. It also addresses developmental apraxia of speech and childhood dysarthria and dysphagia as seen in children with cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.
CSD 302: Training Module for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants: Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders (3). This course addresses aphasia, apraxia of speech and the dysarthrias typically seen in adults. Cognitive disorders as seen in traumatic brain injuries (TBI) as well as adult dysphagia are also addressed.
CSD 303: Training Module for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants: Speech and Hearing Screening and Therapeutic Principles (3). This course is specifically designed to provide speech-language pathology assistants with the ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) approved in screening and therapies.
CSD 304: Case Studies and Management for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (3). This course is designed to provide the student with actual cases seen by the instructor (or staff) and a review of diagnostic and treatment strategies.
CSD 460: Clinical Interaction in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (3). The 100 hours of clinical interaction required for Arizona licensure as an SLPA is obtained in this class. Introduces clinic policies and procedures through a variety of clinical activities.