Program Description

This curriculum prepares students for employment as Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) in public and private schools, special education sites, community agencies, hospitals and healthcare facilities, and private practices under the supervision of a licensed and ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). Students will be trained to assist the SLP in the assessment and treatment of articulation, language, voice, fluency and other communicative disorders in children and adults.

This degree will qualify the student for registration as a SLPA with the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board of the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. The Licensing Board recognizes Pasadena City College as an approved training program.

This program is not intended for candidates who already hold a Bachelor's degree or equivalency in Communication Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology and need to complete a Fieldwork course in order to register with SLPAHADB as an SLPA. Those candidates are recommended to contact 4-year university programs that offer SLPA coursework. Alternatively, they may choose to complete the entire SLPA program at PCC.

Program Outcomes

  1. Communicate orally and in writing at accepted levels of “best practices” as an assistive service delivery provider in the field of Speech Pathology.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to be a valued paraprofessional member of a treatment team in any clinical setting.
  3. Accept and respond appropriately to supervisory feedback in all clinical settings.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to critically think and problem solve with changing caseload assignments in varying clinical settings and within legal and ethical guidelines.
  5. Demonstrate accepted competencies in all areas of clinical service delivery as a paraprofessional and maintain professional conduct and continuing education standards as specified by the Speech Pathology and Audiology Licensing Board for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants in Sacramento, California.

Career Snapshot

Requirements for the AS Degree

Required units: 45

SLPA-designated Courses - 14

SLPA courses must be taken in the following order: SLPA 018, 119, 123A, 123B, and 126. Eligibility for ENGL 001A is a prerequisite for SLPA 018.

  • SLPA 018 - Speech Language Pathology and Audiology (3)
  • SLPA 119 - Speech Language Pathology: Professional Issues (3)
  • SLPA 123ACommunication Disorders: Assessment and Remediation (3)
  • SLPA 123B - Communication Disorders: Remediation (3)
  • SLPA 126 - Speech Language Pathology Assistant Field Work (2)

Other Required Courses 

  • ASL 001 – Elementary American Sign Language (4)
  • CHDV 010 – Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children (3)
  • CHDV 035 – Introduction to Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs (3)
  • CHDV 105 – Children with Challenging Behaviors (3)
  • CHDV 122 – Practicum in Early Intervention/Special Education (2)
  • CHDV 122F– Field Practice in Early Intervention/Special Education (1)
  • ENGL 010/LING 10 – Introduction to Linguistics (3)
  • ENGL 012/LING 12 – Intercultural Communication (3)
  • PSYC 024 – Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3)
  • SPCH 003 – Voice and Diction (3)
  • SPCH 010 – Interpersonal Communication (3)