Online SLPA Certification
The purpose of this project is to offer courses in Speech-Language Pathology Assistance (SLPA) completely online. The courses will lead to certification as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant provided by Northern Arizona University’s Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD). Additional general education coursework and clinical training is recommended and may be required depending on state laws in your geographical location.
The Department of Health Special Licensing Division now requires state licensure for speech-language pathology assistants. View their website for information on Arizona’s SLPA licensing requirements.
The 7 courses listed below will lead to a certificate in Speech-Language Pathology Assistance (SLPA). Of course, all academic courses related to this program are provided online.
|Course||Title||Credit Hours||Semester Offered|
|CSD 191||Communication Disorders in Literature and Media||3||Fall/Spring|
|CSD 251||Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Swallowing||3||Fall/Spring|
|CSD 350||Communication Development in Children||3||Fall/Spring|
|CSD 390||SLPA Professional Issues||3||Fall/Spring|
|CSD 391||SLPA Clinical Skills||3||Fall/Spring|
|CSD 454||Introduction to Clinical Practice in Communication Disorders||3||Fall/Spring|
These 7 courses (21 hours) will result in the academic requirements for a Certificate as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant issued by NAU’s Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD). Speech-Language Pathology Assistants may work under the supervision of a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and command good hourly wages with opportunities to practice in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, Head Start programs, and other sites that treat individuals with communication disorders.*
The NAU distance education website has tuition information.
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*Work opportunities for SLPAs vary by state with some states not permitting the use of SLPAs. Check with your state Department of Education or Department of Health to determine coursework requirements and employment opportunities for SLPAs.