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 an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Speech Language Pathology Assistant or a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Speech Language Pathology Assistant.

  • 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 that licensure.  Licensure requires both the completion of 20-40 credits of SLP coursework and 20-40 credits of general studies and 100 hours of clinical interaction experience.

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.  

Classes are taught by instructors who currently work within the industry, using the latest technology and trends, sharing 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. SLPA’s participate in observations and clinical practicum designed to provide hands-on experience in carrying out the tasks learned within the courses.

The EMCC SLPA program is the only program in the state of Arizona that offers an AAS degree, which has all components needed to meet Arizona Licensure requirements.

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Special requirements: Practicum

Course Sequence: From treatment to protocols, and service to disorders, EMCC brings you to the heart of the industry. Your education is already mapped out for you in the checksheets:

Speech Language Pathology Assistant-AAS
Speech Language Pathology Assistant-CCL

Gainful Employment Info: EMCC cares about your future and education decisions. For a better understanding of what your certificate will cost, how long it will take and what financial assistance is available, we’ve provided info here.

Advising: The SLPA program is not designed to be a pathway into the undergraduate and graduate programs for communication disorders as it is a separate training specialty area. 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


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

Ready to Roll? Let us help you get started by registering at EMCC.

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

As of November 1, 2019:  SPRING 2020 ADMISSION IS CLOSED.  FALL 2020 ADMISSION WILL OPEN THE FIRST MONDAY OF FEBRUARY 2020.  Do not submit applications until that date as they will not be reviewed.


Open House/Orientation:  For additional program information and an opportunity to ask questions attend one of the following open house/orientation sessions.  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.  Due to limited space, only the prospective student is allowed into the orientation. Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior as the session starts promptly and late arrivals will not be allowed in.  NO walk-ins allowed, you will be sent a confirmation email with details regarding the session including location.  

Fall Orientation Dates:  To sign up complete this Google Sign Up Form 

November 14, 2019   4:00-6:00  Location: MAR152

December 12, 2019   3:00-5:00  Location: MAR152

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.

Additional Information


To participate in observations and a practicum, clinical and educational sites require you to have an IVP fingerprint clearance card prior to volunteering in their setting. To begin the process, contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety at (602) 223-2279 or https://www.azdps.gov/services/public/fingerprint to apply for a card.  If you have questions, visit the AZDPS website

Additional Resources on Qualified Providers
SLPA Policies

University Transfer Options

After completing the AAS or a CCL, you will be well-prepared to begin your career path, or transfer to a university for a bachelor's degree.

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Associate in Applied Science (AS) Bachelor of Applied Science

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