Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) are trained to work under the supervision of licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), helping both children and adults with communication disorders to improve their speech and language skills. Under the supervision and direction of the Speech-Language Pathologist, SLPAs may assist with speech-language screenings, implement ongoing treatment and therapy plans, document client progress, and assist the SLP during assessment and treatment.
The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Associate in Applied Science at Alexandria Technical & Community College is a two year, 60 credit degree that prepares students to enter the workforce as Speech-Language Pathology Assistants.
Courses incorporate industry topics such as speech development, phonetics, voice and diction, communication disorders, child development, and alternative communication. The program includes clinical experiences which provide students the opportunity to work alongside a Speech-Language Pathologist in a real work environment.
The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate is intended only for students who already have a Bachelor's degree in speech language hearing sciences.