Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program

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. Two SLPA courses are offered during the summer session (typically May-July). The third required course, Speech Sound Disorders, is offered during summer (typically July) and the fall semester at UA. We also provide opportunities to obtain a portion of the minimum required 100 hours in clinical fieldwork as prescribed by ASHA and the state.  Clinical work can extend through the summer to the end of the fall semester.

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program REQUIRED coursework includes Summer courses and clinical training:

  • SLHS 504: Professional Issues, Ethics and Documentation, 1 unit on-line course reviewing issues and ethics as well as appropriate documentation techniques.
  • SLHS 503: Clinical Methods, a 3 unit course on implementation of clinical methods and intervention approaches for communication disorders (assisting the SLP).
  • SLHS 471: A 3 unit course on Speech Sound Disorders (or approved alternative).
  • Clinical fieldwork: A 6 unit hands-on experience that provides a supervised fieldwork experience assisting with 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.

Fall coursework (if not completed during the summer):

  • SLHS 471: a 3 unit course on Speech Sound Disorders (or approved alternative).

Completion of all 3 courses (SLHS 480, 479, 471) and 100 clinical fieldwork is required to receive your necessary signed paperwork.

Applications will be accepted until April 15. Applications received prior to April 1 will be given priority review. We will consider late applications with special circumstances. Applicants to the program require an overall GPA of 2.8 or higher. Students should have completed (or plan to complete) SLHS 477 Communication Disorders 1 and SLHS 473 Communication Disorders 2 before beginning the program.

Those interested in applying must supply the following:

  • SLPA Program Application form
  • Unofficial transcript from all Universities/Colleges attended
  • A letter of intent
  • Two letters of recommendation (make sure they are sent directly to Susan Bridgewater)
  • Signed observation form documenting 25 hours of observation (can be in-progress)

Please email all completed paper application packets (including observation sheet if it isn't complete) to Susan Bridgewater.

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.

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