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Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, Associate in Science Degree

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Banner Code: 1_AS_SLPA
Control Number: 12159

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. Employment opportunities include jobs as speech-language pathology assistants in educational institutes, hospitals, private offices, and rehabilitation centers. State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board approved for licensure.

Program Admission

  1. Allied Health A010 course – application and orientation.
  2. The student must complete the general education requirements for Mathematics and English composition for the Associate in Science Degree and the program prerequisites prior to acceptance to the program.

Program Outcome

  1. Graduates of the program will be competent Speech-Language Pathology Assistants meeting the employment needs of the community and participating in professional growth activities.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE), Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.

Required Prerequisites

Course Title Units
ALH A010Health Occupations0.5
BIOL A221Anatomy-Physiology 14
HMDV A180Child Growth and Development 13
Total Units7.5
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ALH A115 Patient Care 2.5
ALH A111 Medical Terminology 3
SLPA A100 Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology Assisstant 2
SLPA A115 Speech, Language, and Hearing Development 3
SLPA A120 Speech-Language Administrative Procedures 2
ANTH A190 Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology 1 3
EC A155 Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children 3
SLPA A140 Introduction to Communication Disorders 3
SLPA A150 Introduction to Phonetics 3
Year 2
EC A156 Early Childhood Laboratory 2
EC A165 Observing and Recording Child Behavior 3
SLPA A180 Screening and Therapeutic Processes 3
SLPA A190 SLPA Clinical Experience 1 3
ALH A120 Human Diseases 2
HMDV A210 Introduction to the Exceptional Child 3
SLPA A200 Adult and Geriatric Disorders 2
SLPA A250 SLPA Clinical Experience 2 5
 Total Units47.5
Requirement Units
Program Major Units 55
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Total Degree Units 67