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 curriculum and clinical experience in working with individuals with communication disorders across the lifespan. The program content is aligned with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) guidelines and the Arizona State License Statute 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 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.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.
Students must meet all applicable state and/or national license and/or certification requirements to practice as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant. Please visit state and national governing bodies for specific licensing/certification requirements.
Waiver of License/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. License requirements and the subsequent procedures are the exclusive right and responsibility of the state and/or national licensing/certifying bodies. Students must satisfy the requirements of the SLPA Practice Act: Statutes, Rules and Regulations, independently of any college or school requirements for graduation.
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Abide by state and national scope of practice.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior in accordance with state and national standards.
- Administer informal screenings and therapy probes to gather data to support a treatment plan.
- Draw conclusions from multiple sources of information to inform the implementation of a treatment plan.
- Execute therapeutic and evidenced-based practices using an understanding of speech, language, voice and fluency disorders under the direction of a licensed speech-language pathologist.
- Identify appropriate technology solutions to meet client needs.
- Document progress toward goals in an established treatment plan.
- Communicate in a culturally responsive manner, demonstrating empathetic and active listening skills.
- Communicate complex information clearly with a purpose appropriate to the context and audience in written and oral forms.
- Produce documentation of services in compliance with regulation and reimbursement requirements.
- Demonstrate the ability to learn from and adapt to changing contexts.
- Select relevant continued professional and personal growth opportunities within the field.
Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other
Formal application and admission to the program is required. All program prerequisites and admission criteria must be completed prior to submission of application. See Estrella Mountain Community College website for application instructions, materials, and deadlines.
Admission to the Speech Language Pathology Assistant Associate in Applied Science program requires a current and valid Level One Identify Verified Fingerprint (IVP) Clearance Card. Applicants must present a copy of the front and back of the Level One IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card with their application. For a Fingerprint Clearance Card application, contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Applicants must also provide a copy of any official transcripts and a certificate of attendance at a Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Orientation.
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|SLP205||Introduction to Communication Disorders||Critical course Gateway course||3|
|ENG101 or |
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+). or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+).||FYC||3|
|BIO160 or |
|Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Anatomy and Physiology I or Introduction to Physics or General Physics I||No requisites or Prerequisites: C or better in (BIO156, or BIO156XT, or BIO181, or BIO181XT, or 1 yr of high school biology) and (RDG100, or RDG100LL, or higher, or eligibility for CRE101). CHM130 or higher or one year of high school chemistry suggested but not required. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT090, or higher level mathematics course, or eligibility for MAT120 or higher as indicated by appropriate placement. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT182 or MAT187 or MAT220 or MAT221 or eligibility for MAT220 as indicated by appropriate placement or one year high school Trigonometry with a grade of C or better or permission of Department or Division.||SQ or SG||4|
|COM110||Interpersonal Communication||Critical course||SB||3|
|PSY101||Introduction to Psychology||SB||3|
|AAA/CPD150 or |
|Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Creating College Success||1–3|
|SLP104||Speech, Language, And Hearing Development||Critical course||3|
|SLP210||Speech And Hearing Anatomy And Physiology||Critical course||3|
|SLP217||Clinical Ethics and Documentation||Prerequisites: Admission into the Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program.||Critical course||3|
|ENG102 or |
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG107.||FYC||3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in [(ENG101 or ENG107) and (RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG100LL or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113)] or a grade of B or better in ALT100 or an appropriate district placement or permission of Instructor.||L||3|
|SLP212||Language Disorders and Rehabilitation||Prerequisites: Admission into the Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program.||3|
|SLP214||Speech Sound Disorders and Phonetics||Prerequisites: Admission into the Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program.||3|
|SLP215||Speech, Language, Hearing Disorders and Rehabilitation||Prerequisites: Admission into the Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program.||3|
|HU||Humanities, Fine Arts & Design||HU||3|
|SLP218||Behavior Management||Prerequisites: Admission into the Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program.||3|
|SLP240||Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication||Prerequisites: Admission into the Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program.||3|
|SLP242||Low Incidence Disabilities||Prerequisites: Admission into the Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program.||3|
|SLP235AA or |
|Speech-Language Pathology Practicum or Speech-Language Pathology Practicum||Prerequisites: Admission into the Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program. or Prerequisites: Admission into the Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program.||SLP235AA may be repeated for a total of two (2) credit hours.||2|
Students are required to select two courses from the list below:
Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.
Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Speech Language Pathology Assistant (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=157793).
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