Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program

We regret to inform you that, due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to offer the SLPA program this year (2021-22).  We appreciate your interest in our program and we hope to reconvene the program next year.  Please keep an eye on this page as it will be updated as needed.

Our speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) program provides training in professional ethics, scope of practice, and clinical methods and intervention. This program follows ASHA guidelines and State of Arizona requirements. Our program runs from the beginning of Summer Pre-session (early May) through the end of Fall semester (December).  

Our SLPA Program consists of the following:

  • SLHS 504 (Summer Pre-session):  Professional Issues, Ethics and Documentation; a one unit online course reviewing issues and ethics, as well as appropriate documentation techniques.
  • SLHS 503 (Summer 1):  Clinical Methods, a three unit course on implementation of clinical methods and intervention approaches for communication disorders (assisting the SLP).
  • SLHS 471 (Summer 2 OR Fall semester):  Speech Sound Disorders (or approved alternative - may be completed prior to participation in the SLPA program), a three unit course.
  • Clinical fieldwork (Summer AND Fall semester): A six unit hands-on experience that provides a supervised fieldwork experience assisting with the clinical management of persons with communication disorders. Hours obtained will be a minimum of 100 in the child and adult speech-language clinic at the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.

How to Apply - Applications for the 2020 SLPA program will not be considered.

  • Prerequisites
    • GPA:  Applicants to the program must have an overall GPA of 2.8 or higher.
    • Coursework (Can be taken at another institution, please call to verify your course meets our requirements.)
      • SLHS 477 (Communication Disorders 1)
      • SLHS 473 (Communication Disorders 2)
  • Submit a complete application packet with all of the below items to Susan Bridgewater.
    • SLPA Program Application form
    • A scanned copy of unofficial transcript(s) from all Universities/Colleges attended
    • A letter of intent (one page)
    • Signed observation form documenting 25 hours of observation (can be in-progress)
  • Letters of recommendation
    • We require two letters of recommendation.  At least should come from an academic faculty member.
    • Each of your recommenders must email their letters directly to our Program Coordinator, Susan Bridgewater.
  • Application Deadline: April 15.
    • Applications received prior to April 1 will be given priority review. 
    • Late applications will only be considered under special circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does this program cost?  Tuition costs vary based on several factors (ex: residency status).  There are two ways to identify how much the program will cost:
    • University of Arizona Tuition Calculator:  You'll need to enter information about your status, the semester you're taking classes, and then number of units you'll need to take (all listed above).
    • Reach out to our University's Bursar's office.  They can be reached at (520)621-3232 (hit option 0 to talk to someone).
  • What are the start and end dates of the program?
    • The University's official Academic Calendar can be found here.
  • I'm not a University of Arizona student, when do I apply to the University? 
    • If you are accepted into the SLPA program, you will need to apply to the University at that time.  There are a few ways to go about this:
      • If you already have a bachelor's degree, you can apply as a non-degree seeking (NDS) undergraduate student or NDS graduate student.
      • If you don't have a bachelor's degree, you will need to apply as a non-degree seeking undergraduate student.
  • I'm currently a University of Arizona student, what are my options?
    • If you are currently a Junior, then you don't have to do anything!  If accepted to our program, you'll be enrolled in our coursework as normal.
    • If you are currently a Senior, you have two options.
      • If you want to graduate in May (right before the program starts), then you'll need to re-apply to the University as non-degree seeking (NDS) undergraduate student or NDS graduate student.
      • If you are willing to delay your graduation until December (you can still walk in the May graduation!), then you won't need to re-apply to the University.  This option saves you the application fee.
  • If your question wasn't answered here, please email slhs_app@email.arizona.edu.

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of discrimination -- in the classroom, the clinical setting, and the workplace.  The University of Arizona Office of Institutional Equity provides education and support for these efforts.

The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University prohibits discrimination in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information and is committed to maintaining an environment free from sexual harassment and retaliation.