What is an SLPA?
Speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) are support personnel who, following academic coursework, fieldwork, and on-the-job training, perform tasks prescribed, directed, and supervised by ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association). Job tasks may include:
- Providing therapy services
- Preparing for a session
- Sharing information with patients, their families, or staff
- Performing administrative tasks
- Engaging in prevention activities
For more information about the SLPA scope of practice and supervision requirements, visit ASHA’s SLPA page
What education and training is required to become an SLPA?
There are three pathways to become an ASHA certified SLPA; requirements can also vary by state. In general, a bachelor’s degree and specific content courses are often required. In addition, ASHA requires the following:
How can the Post-baccalaureate Program Speech-Language Pathology Track help me become an SLPA?
- Completion of ASHA’s Online Assistant Education Modules or academic equivalent
- Completion of prerequisite courses in ethics, universal safety precautions, and patient confidentiality
- Completion of the clinical field work requirement (minimum of 100 hours)
- A passing score on the SLPA national exam
The Speech-Language Pathology Track provides students with all of the necessary content-specific coursework required to become an SLPA. Completion of SLPA Practicum 1 and 2 fulfills the academic equivalent of the ASHA Assistant Modules, the prerequisite courses, the clinical field work requirement, and prepares students to take the SLPA national exam.
Students with a bachelor’s degree who would like to pursue a career as an SLPA are encouraged to apply!