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Speech Language Pathology Assistant

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Speech Language Pathology Assistant is designed to provide comprehensive academic and practical education and training for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants. The program provides training in working with speech and language disordered adults and children, including bilingual populations. The program content is based upon the recommendations of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Arizona State Licensure Statue for Speech Language Pathology Assistants. In addition to work in the classroom, the program provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in working with clients/patients in a variety of settings under the direction and supervision of an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Speech Language Pathology Assistant is also available.


Academic Plan Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2019 Spring
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.
Students must meet all applicable state and/or national licensure requirements to practice within the state of Arizona.

Waiver of Licensure/Certification Guarantee:
Formal admission or graduation from the Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program does not guarantee obtaining a license to practice as an SLPA. Licensure requirements and the subsequent procedures are the exclusive right and responsibility of the Arizona Department of Health Services. Students must satisfy the requirements of the SLPA Practice Act: Statutes, Rules and Regulations, independently of any college or school requirements for graduation.

Admission criteria

Current and valid Level One Identify Verified Fingerprint (IVP) Clearance is required for admission into the program. Applicants must present a Level One IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card to be copied by the advisor or designee at the time of application. For a Fingerprint Clearance Card application, contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety. It may take between 6-8 weeks to obtain a fingerprint clearance card.

Formal application and admission to the program is required; all program prerequisites and admissions criteria must be completed prior to submission of application. See website for application materials and deadlines.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
SLP104Speech, Language, and Hearing Development3
SLP205Introduction to Communication Disorders3
SLP210Speech and Hearing Anatomy and Physiology3
SLP212Language Disorders and Rehabilitation3
SLP214Speech Sound Disorders and Phonetics3
SLP215Speech, Language, Hearing Disorders and Rehabilitation3
SLP217Clinical Ethics and Documentation3
SLP218Behavior Management3
SLP235AASpeech-Language Pathology Practicum (1) (May be repeated) OR
SLP235ABSpeech-Language Pathology Practicum (2)2
SLP240Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication3
SLP242Low Incidence Disabilities3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
COM263Elements of Intercultural Communication3
ENG213Introduction to the Study of Language3
PSY230Introduction to Statistics3
PSY240Developmental Psychology3
SOC101Introduction to Sociology3
Choose 6-8 credits from the following Foreign Language sequence courses:
ARB+++ Any ARB/Arabic sequence courses
CHI+++ Any CHI/Chinese sequence courses
FRE+++ Any FRE/French sequence courses
GER+++ Any GER/German sequence courses
GRK+++ Any GRK/Greek sequence courses
HEB+++ Any HEB/Hebrew sequence courses
ITA+++ Any ITA/Italian sequence courses
JPN+++ Any JPN/Japanese sequence courses
POR+++ Any POR/Portuguese sequence courses
LAT+++ Any LAT/Latin sequence courses
NAV+++ Any NAV/Navajo sequence courses
PIM+++ Any PIM/Pima sequence courses
RUS+++ Any RUS/Russian sequence courses
SLG+++ Any SLG/Any American Sign Language sequence courses
SPA+++ Any SPA/Spanish sequence courses
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 23-26
General Education CoreCredits: 13-16
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM110Interpersonal Communication3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment.0-3
MathematicsCredits: 4
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4)4
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
PHY101Introduction to Physics (4)
  • Identify and describe the normal processes of speech-language communication development. (SLP104)
  • Describe normal process of hearing development. (SLP104)
  • Identify and describe developmental and acquired communication disorders/disabilities across the life span. (SLP205)
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the speech-language production mechanism and explain the relationship to disordered speech-language production. (SLP210)
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the human auditory system and describe disordered hearing production based on the area of breakdown in the system. (SLP210)
  • Describe the nature, causes and treatment of language and communication disorders across the life span and assist in the implementation of treatment/educational techniques and procedures for a variety of patients/clients/students with these disorders. (SLP212, SLP235AA, SLP235AB)
  • Identify and describe phonological disorders, differences and delays and explain the causes of each. (SLP214)
  • Identify and describe common language/phonological screening and diagnostic tests including their administration and scoring. (SLP212, SLP214)
  • Identify and describe treatment procedures for phonological disorders, differences, and delays and assist in the development and implementation of treatment/educational techniques and procedures for a variety of speech-language disordered patients/students. (SLP214, SLP215, SLP235AA, SLP235AB)
  • Demonstrate broad transcription of normal and disordered speech using the International Phonetic Alphabet. (SLP214)
  • Accurately prepare a variety of assigned documentation, including the preparation and maintenance of patient/student charts, reports, and records, in a variety of settings for review by a supervisor. (SLP235AA, SLP235AB)
  • Identify, describe, and demonstrate professional/ethical behaviors in a variety of work related situations and settings. (SLP235AA, SLP235AB)
  • Assist with the development and implementation of treatment/lesson plans for persons with speech-language disorders/disabilities. (SLP235AA, SLP235AB)
  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills in working with patients, students, family members, coworkers, and supervisors. (SLP235AA, SLP235AB)
  • Perform all assigned activities, including routine maintenance and safety procedures, in a professional and timely manner. (SLP235AA, SLP235AB)
  • Identify and describe treatment procedures for speech and hearing disorders and assist in the development and implementation of treatment/educational techniques and procedures for a variety of speech-language disordered patients/students. (SLP215, SLP235AA, SLP235AB)
  • Identify and discuss issues relating to clients'/patients' rights, professional, and ethical behaviors. (SLP217)
  • Describe the educational service system and the heath care industry and the documentation required in each. (SLP205, SLP217)
  • Identify and describe a variety of behavior management techniques and accurately apply these techniques in working with speech language disordered clients/patients. (SLP218, SLP235AA, SLP235AB)
  • Identify and describe the type of client/patient in need of assistive technology and/or augmentative alternative communication systems. (SLP240)
  • Identify and describe a variety of strategies, hardware, software low-tech and high-tech assistive technology and augmentative alternative communication systems that can be used with speech language disordered clients/patients. (SLP240)
  • Identify and describe a variety of treatment techniques to use with a variety clients/patients with low incidence disabilities. (SLP242)

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