Academic Catalogs

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

​​​​​​The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program will provide the community with professionally trained personnel to assist the speech pathologist in this specialized field and to provide services in multiple settings to a diverse population in the administration of therapeutic and screening services.  Speech-Language Pathology Assistants work directly with clients or patients to conduct screenings for speech, hearing, or language disorders. They are in direct patient/client contact providing therapeutic treatment, assistance, and documentation of progress. Assistants work closely with the pathologist to make changes in the treatment protocol as the patient improves.  Graduates of the program are eligible for State licensure through the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Speech-Language Pathology Department Website

Credit Courses

SLPA A1002 Units (36 lecture hours)  
Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology Assisstant  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

An introduction to the Speech Language Pathology Assistant career. Professional standards and responsibilities, legal and ethical issues, interdisciplinary and supervisory relations, and management of individuals with speech-language and hearing disorders are emphasized. Consideration is given to cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing SLPA A100

    SLPA A1153 Units (54 lecture hours; 8 lab hours)  
    Speech, Language, and Hearing Development  

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

    Transfer Credit: CSU.

    Developmental functions of speech, language, hearing and swallowing mechanisms, including acquisition of morphology, semantics, syntax, pragmatics, and phonology from birth to adolescence. Language development models and language differences discussed. Anatomy and physiologic function pertaining to speech, swallowing, and hearing mechanisms.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing SLPA A115

      SLPA A1202 Units (36 lecture hours; 18 lab hours)  
      Speech-Language Administrative Procedures  

      Grading Mode: Standard Letter

      Transfer Credit: CSU.

      Organizational and functional skills required in the speech pathology workplace. Emphasis on office management, client interaction requirements, communication techniques, educational techniques, writing skills related to speech-language pathology, scheduling, and computer applications.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing SLPA A120

        SLPA A1403 Units (54 lecture hours)  
        Introduction to Communication Disorders  

        Grading Mode: Standard Letter

        Transfer Credit: CSU.

        Study of communicative disorders in both children and adults to include classification and prevalence, types of disorders, diagnostic techniques, remediation of speech and language, and treatment protocols. The role of the speech-language pathologist and audiologist is covered.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing SLPA A140

          SLPA A1503 Units (54 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
          Introduction to Phonetics  

          Grading Mode: Standard Letter

          Transfer Credit: CSU.

          An introduction to phonetics including the analysis, description, and transcription of speech. The course encompasses speech production, acoustics, International Phonetic Alphabet, fine phonetic transcription, phonetic measurements, dialects, and the analysis of both normal and abnormal speech sounds. Protocol techniques for therapy are covered.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing SLPA A150

            SLPA A1803 Units (36 lecture hours; 54 lab hours)  
            Screening and Therapeutic Processes  

            Grading Mode: Standard Letter

            Transfer Credit: CSU.

            Screening procedures and equipment used in evaluation of client status and development of treatment protocols. Therapeutic techniques, use of protocol forms, checklists and anecdotal records for speech, hearing, and language disorders. This course includes therapeutic procedures used in client protocol applications and in patient safety issues.

            Catalog Program Pages Referencing SLPA A180

              SLPA A1903 Units (16 lecture hours; 206 lab hours)  
              SLPA Clinical Experience 1  

              Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

              Transfer Credit: CSU.

              Application of clinical practice procedures and techniques as required of a speech-language pathology assistant under the supervision of a speech language pathologist. Offered on a pass-no pass basis only.

              Catalog Program Pages Referencing SLPA A190

                SLPA A2002 Units (36 lecture hours)  
                Adult and Geriatric Disorders  

                Grading Mode: Standard Letter

                Transfer Credit: CSU.

                Therapeutic techniques and assessment directed at adult and geriatric conditions. Special emphasis on acquired conditions and specialized application/adaptation of screening, protocols, and therapy.

                Catalog Program Pages Referencing SLPA A200

                  SLPA A2505 Units (32 lecture hours; 256 lab hours; 32 other hours)  
                  SLPA Clinical Experience 2  

                  Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

                  Transfer Credit: CSU.

                  Advanced application of clinical practice procedures and therapeutic techniques performed under the guidance of a speech pathologist. Client observation, treatment protocols, record keeping procedures, and discussion of case study management issues are also covered.

                  Catalog Program Pages Referencing SLPA A250