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Submitter's Information


Valentina Gaete


Speech Language Pathologist


Los Angeles


Mt. San Antonio College

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Sarah Plesetz

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Program Details

Program Title

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Submission Type

New Program

TOPs Code

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (122000)

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Catalog Description

Catalog Description

This degree prepares students for employment as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA). An SLPA works with clients/patients with communication disorders, under the supervision of a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). Communication disorders affect people of all ages, including infants, children, young adults and older adults. Students will be trained to assist SLPs with the assessment and treatment of people with articulation, language, voice, fluency and other communication disorders. There are a variety of locations of practice which include educational, clinical and medical settings. Upon successful completion of this degree, the graduate will be eligible to apply to the Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology & Hearing Aid Dispensers Board (SLPAHADB) of the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs for registration as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. Students will also be eligible to apply to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for the voluntary Speech-Language Pathology Assistants Certification.  


1.Prerequisites and Enrollment Limitations 

Before applying for admission, prospective students should consider the following information: 

If selected for admission to the program, students are required to submit an application for a pre-clinical check. This may include background information such as County Criminal Records, Social Security Alert, Nationwide Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Registry, and Nationwide Sexual Offender Registry.  The pre-clinical check may also include immunization history and drug screening, physical examination,  criminal background/drug screen clearance,  CPR, HIPAA training, or other clinical site requirements  and  student malpractice liability insurance.  This will be at the student’s cost. If the pre-clinical check is not successful, the student will forfeit their admission. 

Program prerequisites include students successfully complete, with grade "C" or better, MEDI 90: Medical Terminology and the following GE courses: ENGL 1A /1AH (area A-2) :Freshman Composition , SPCH 1A /1AH or 2 (area A-1): Public Speaking or Fundamentals of Communication, ANAT 10A or 35 (area B) Intro. To Human Anatomy or Human Anatomy and CHLD 10 /10H/11 or PSYC 14/14H SOC 15 (area E): Child Growth and Lifespan Development or Child and Adolescent Development, Developmental Psychology or Child Development. 



To be eligible to earn the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Associate of Science degree, a student must successfully complete, with a grade of "C " or better, a total of 68.5-70.0 units, which includes 34.0 units of Speech- Language Pathology Assistant “SLPA-designated” major requirements, 34.5-36.0 units of “Other” major requirements, and General Education courses. 

The "SLPA-designated" major required courses, with semester include:

Fall Year 1 

·         SLPA 1A, SLPA 2A, SLPA 3A and SLPA 4A 

Spring Year 1 

·         SLPA 5A and SLPA 6A 

Fall Year 2 

·         SLPA 7A, SLPA 8A and SLPA 9A 

Spring Year 2 

·         SLPA 10A and SLPA 11A

The “Other” major required courses include: 

 A/AS MATH :Meet AA/AS Math Competency Requirement  

 Student Choice (area D-1History): Student Choice  

 ANTH 6 (area D-2): Language and Culture: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology  

 SIGN 101 (area C-2) : American Sign Language  

 AA/S Physical Well-Being Requirement DNCE, KINA, KINF, KINI, KINL, KINS, KINX  

 Student Choice (area C-1 Arts): Student Choice   

Student Learning Outcomes 
Students will be assessed on their ability to: 
1. Recognize and explain the Laws and Regulations pertaining to and exhibiting compliance with federal, state, and local regulations including: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

2. Demonstrate skills to provide direct treatment assistance to diverse clients/patients in multiple settings, under the supervision of a Speech-Language Pathologist, by implementing treatment plans, conducting screenings without interpretation, assisting with assessment (e.g., setting up the testing environment, gathering and prepping materials, taking notes as advised by the SLP) and documenting client/patient progress. 

3. Demonstrate appropriate workplace behaviors as a paraprofessional team member, under the supervision of a Speech-Language Pathologist, by responding appropriately to supervisory feedback, assisting with clerical and operational tasks, and supporting the prevention and advocacy efforts of the agency.

Enrollment Completer Projections

The enrollment completer projections annually is 25 students.

Program Proposal Attributes

Program Award Type(s) (Check all that apply)
  • A.S. Degree (S)
Program Goal

Program Goals:

The goal for the Mt. San Antonio College Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) program is to prepare students for a career helping people who have articulation, language, voice, fluency and other communicative disorders. 

This program is designed to prepare speech-language pathology assistants to aid speech-language pathologists in the speech and language development of ​​​​children and adults with communication disorders. They are trained to conduct screenings for speech-language and hearing disorders (without interpretation), administer treatment assistance as prescribed by the speech-language pathologist, and provide support assistance to the speech-language pathologist. They work with infants, children, young adults and older adults in educational, clinical and medical settings (e.g. schools, day care centers, hospitals, nursing homes and clinics).


Program Objectives:

1.  To train students for employment as Speech-Language Pathology Assistants through meeting the state of California registration requirements for Speech- Language Pathology Assistants. 


2.  To provide the educational requirements necessary to pass the State of California registration and licensing requirements for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants.


3.  To equip students with the knowledge, fieldwork experience and core technical skills within the field of Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.


4.  To promote professional standards of the individual to meet the requirements of the   State of California, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Code of Ethics and the community.


5.  To provide a career ladder for students to transfer to the four-year university level.

Course Units and Hours

Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)


Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)


Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)


Course Report

Program Requirements Narrative

To be eligible to earn the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Associate of Science degree, a student must successfully complete, with a grade of "C" or better, a total of 68.5-70.0 units, which includes 34.0 units of Speech Language Pathology Assistant “SLPA-designated” major requirements, 34.5-36.0 units of “Other” major requirements, and General Education courses.  

The Associate of Science program offers an intensive course of study in the area of speech and language disorders. This includes supervised treatment and the fieldwork experience in a variety of settings. 

Program Requirements
(Y1 or S1)
SLPA 1AIntro. to phonetics3.0S1
SLPA 2AIntro. to communicative disorders3.0S1
SLPA 3ASpeech, language & hearing development3.0S1
SLPA 4ASLPA Professional issues3.0S1
SLPA 5AChild disorders & treatment5.0S2
SLPA 6AAdult Neurogenic Communication Disorders3.0S2
SLPA 7AIntroduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavioral Analysis3.0S3
SLPA 8AScreening & Therapeutic Processes4.0S3
SLPA 9AClinical Experience 12.0S3
SLPA 10AClinical Experience 22.0S4
SLPA 11AFundamentals of Augmentative & Alternative Communication3.0S4

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