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The Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) program prepares students for employment as support personnel under the supervision of a certified Speech Language Pathologist in schools and clinics. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for the Illinois State License licensure through Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (IDFPR). This degree program requires a minimum of 64 hours in program requirements, electives and general education in the courses listed below.

For more information about Speech Language Pathology, please visit the program page.

This degree requires program application and admission; please visit the above link for details.

Degree Requirements

Field of Study Code: SLPA.AAS

Program Requirements
SLPA 1101Introduction to Communication Disorders4
SLPA 1105Phonetics and Phonology3
SLPA 1106Speech Disorders and Intervention Across the Lifespan I4
SLPA 1107Speech Disorders and Intervention Across the Lifespan II2
SLPA 1109Language Development3
SLPA 1110Language Disorders and Intervention Across the Lifespan4
SLPA 1112Introduction to Audiology2
SLPA 2101Clinical Methods and Documentation4
SLPA 2102Professional Issues and the SLPA4
SLPA 2104Augmentative & Alternative Communication3
SLPA 2112Clinical Practicum6
Electives
Select seven credits from any 1000- or 2000-elective courses 17
General Education
Select 18 to 22 credits 118-22
Total Credits64-68

General Education Requirements

For general education requirements for the A.A.S. degree, please visit the A.A.S. degree catalog page.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Pre-Program Coursework

ENGLI 1101English Composition I3
or ENGLI 1105 Workplace Writing
SPEEC 1100Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
or SPEEC 1120 Small-Group Communication
or SPEEC 1150 Introduction to Business Communication
Gen Ed: Physical & Life Sciences3-5
Gen Ed: Mathematics3-5
Gen Ed: Humanities & Fine Arts3
Gen Ed: Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Global/Multicultural or Contemporary Life Skills2
SLPA 1101Introduction to Communication Disorders4
SLPA 1105Phonetics and Phonology3
Total Credits27-31

Program Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SpringCredits
SLPA 1106 Speech Disorders and Intervention Across the Lifespan I 4
SLPA 1109 Language Development 3
 Credits7
Summer
SLPA 1107 Speech Disorders and Intervention Across the Lifespan II 2
SLPA 1112 Introduction to Audiology 2
 Credits4
Second Year
Fall
SLPA 1110 Language Disorders and Intervention Across the Lifespan 4
SLPA 2101 Clinical Methods and Documentation 4
 Credits8
Spring
SLPA 2102 Professional Issues and the SLPA 4
SLPA 2104 Augmentative & Alternative Communication 3
SLPA 2112 Clinical Practicum 6
 Credits13
 Total Credits32

Work with a Faculty or Program Advisor to determine where to take electives within this suggested course sequence.