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Speech Language Pathology Assistant

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The Speech Language Pathology Assistant program at EMCC provides students with the practical and technical skills and training leading to a rewarding career. Students can pursue either a Speech Language Pathology Assistant Associate in Applied Science (AAS) or a Speech Language Pathology Assistant Certificate of Completion (CCL).

  • The AAS degree is comprised of 32 credits in speech language pathology (SLP) courses and 28 credits of general studies.
  • The CCL is comprised of 32 credits of SLP courses and 3 credits of general studies.

To be employed in this field, you must be licensed by the state and meet all state requirements for licensure. Licensure requires a minimum of sixty semester credit hours of course work with the following curriculum content: 20-40 semester credit hours of general education, 20-40 semester credit hours of speech-language pathology technical coursework, and a minimum of 100 hours of clinical interaction that does not include observation, under the supervision of a licensed master’s level SLP.

It is important to note that the Certificate of Completion (CCL) as a stand-alone credential is not sufficient to meet state licensure requirements. If you have already completed an associate or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, pursuing the CCL may be the appropriate option for you. However, if you do not already have a degree, you should complete the Associate in Applied Science degree. In addition, only the AAS degree meets the requirements for federal financial aid.

All SLPA courses are taught by instructors who currently work in the industry and are using the latest technology and trends. Our faculty share their personal knowledge and experience to prepare you to work in this very diverse industry that blends behavior management, data collection, and teaching.

EMCC curriculum provides training in therapy techniques for the areas of articulation, phonology, receptive, expressive and pragmatic language as well as behavior management, ethics, and clinical documentation. During the program, SLPA’s participate in clinical observations and a practicum designed to provide hands-on experience in carrying out the tasks learned within the coursework.

The EMCC SLPA program is the only program in the state of Arizona to offer an AAS degree that contains the three educational components needed to meet Arizona licensure requirements.

When you enroll in the Speech Language Pathology Assistant program, you become part of the Teacher Education Institute at EMCC, which helps students succeed by offering educational networks, scholarships, internships, and other professional opportunities within their selected field of study. Take a look Inside the Program for a glimpse at what you can expect as a Teacher Education student.

Special requirements: Practicum


Advising

The SLPA program is a workforce training program. It is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to work as an SLPA under the supervision of an SLP. It is not designed to be a pathway into the undergraduate and graduate programs for communication disorders. Those are separate training specialty areas. Some classes may transfer to universities as electives, but they do not typically substitute for courses to receive a degree in speech-language pathology. For those interested in pursuing upper-level undergraduate and graduate degrees in communication disorders, it can be helpful to work as an SLPA due to the related nature of the field. Potential students interested in the upper-level degrees should discuss their academic pathway with the EMCC advisor and program director.

SLPA Advisor: Kristi Meador, kristi.meador@estrellamountain.edu


Admission Process: Read this for information on the admission process and the documentation you need to have ready to apply for admission.

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Apply for Admission: After reviewing the admission process and registering with EMCC, click here to complete your admission application.

FALL 2020 COHORT AND WAITLIST ARE FULL, ADMISSION IS CLOSED AS OF 3/3/20. Do not submit applications as they will not be reviewed.

COMPLETE APPLICATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION.

SPRING 2021 APPLICATION WILL OPEN THE FIRST MONDAY OF SEPTEMBER (SEPTEMBER 7, 2020 AT MIDNIGHT).


Open House/Orientation

For additional program information and an opportunity to ask questions, plan to attend an orientation session. Each session will include information on the field in general, program information, admission requirements, and time for Q & A to meet your needs. You are required to arrive on time and the orientation will last between 1.5 and 2.0 hours depending on questions. These sessions will be held through a virtual meeting and you will be sent a confirmation email with details regarding the session link approximately one week prior to the event.

Please attend one of the following virtual orientations to receive information on the SLPA program.

  • May 28, 2020, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • June 18, 2020, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • July 16, 2020, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • August 6, 2020, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

You can use the SLPA Summer 2020 Orientation Form to reserve your spot. A session meeting link will be sent to you after you sign up.

You can also email the SLPA Program Director, Amy Hill at amy.hill@estrellamountain.edu for a list of sessions.


Career and Employment Outlook

In Arizona, SLPAs are typically employed in school settings serving multiple populations, including preschool, elementary, middle school and high school students. They also work in clinics, rehabilitation facilities, home based settings, skilled nursing facilities and hospitals. Read more from O*NET. The American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) is currently in the process of completing a national certification credential with an estimated roll out timeframe of 2020. For more information please refer to their website: https://www.ashaassistants.org/#certification


Additional Information

Practicum

To participate in observations and a practicum, clinical and educational sites require you to have an Identify Verified Fingerprint (IVP) clearance card prior to completing observations and practicum in their setting. To begin the process, contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety to schedule an appointment at https://www.azdps.gov/services/public/fingerprint to apply for a card. If you have questions, call (302-223-2279) or visit the AZDPS website.

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