Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Licensure Pathway

Speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) work with supervising licensed and ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to help children with communication disorders.

DecorativeChico State’s Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Licensure Pathway is an intensive 10-unit, post baccalaureate licensure pathway that provides students with the clinical training and supervised fieldwork experience they need to apply for speech-language pathology assistant licensure.

The program consists of two courses: a three-unit online course (CMSD 500) that addresses the scope of practice and ethical standards for SLPAs followed by a seven-unit field experience (CMDS 501) in the student's own community/region. The field experience allows SLPA students to work with community speech-language pathologists in a variety of settings to complete the required, supervised direct patient contact hours for California State SLPA licensure.

Program Overview:

• The synchronous online course will take place in summer.
• 275-hour field experience takes place during the fall term.
• Program fees are $4,000*


As specified by the California state licensing board, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology or communication disorders, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

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Applications for our summer 2024 program will open in late fall '23. If you'd like to be notified, please fill out the form on this page and we'll be in touch.

To apply to the program:

Step 1: Attend an online information session led by instructor and field experience ​coordinator Amy Simmons. You'll learn important details about the program, the SLPA licensure requirements and profession, and our program application process.

Step 2: Submit the online application and request your references:

  • Online Application Form: Have the following information at-hand before beginning your application: Unofficial transcripts that include academic work from higher education institutions; clinical work and observation hours (optional), including location(s) and number of hours completed at each location; and resume, including employment history.
  • Reference Form: Two references are required. One from a current or previous professor from within your major who can attest to your academic work. One from an employer who can attest to your work performance. The employment does not have to be in a related field. You may also provide an additional reference from someone of your choice (optional).

Step 3: If you are admitted to the program, you may need to submit to a criminal background check and/or drug screen if required as part of your field placement.


CMSD 500–Roles & Responsibilities of the Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant      

Description: This online course covers the roles and responsibilities of the speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA). Students who complete this course will learn about the scope of practice of the SLPA, ethical considerations, liability issues, educational and training requirements for the SLPA, supervision of the SLPA, state and federal laws and regulations, and reimbursement.Decorative

Instructor: Amy Simmons
Dates: June 6–August 10, 2023
Live online meetings on Tu & Thu, 4-7pm
Course fee: $1,200 (3 units x $400/unit)*
Acceptance into the program required for registration.

CMSD 501–Field Experience: Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant

Description: Students will complete a 275-hour field experience, with a minimum of 100 direct client contact hours necessary to effectively work as a licensed speech-language pathologist assistant (SLPA). The field experience will expose students to clinical documentation, staffing responsibilities (i.e. attending IEP meetings, team conferences, and staff meetings), lesson planning, therapy preparation, and therapy delivery under the supervision of a licensed SLP supervisor.

Successful completion of this course (and CMSD 500) will allow the student to apply for a California SLPA license.

DecorativeEligibility: Students who have successfully completed CMSD 500 and are ready to participate in the field experience necessary to attain a speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) license in the state of California.

Instructor: Amy Simmons
Dates: August 21–December 15, 2023
Course fee: $2,800 (7 units x $400/unit)* 

Register Here

Acceptance into the program required for registration. 

* Course fees and dates subject to change. Federal loans or financial aid are not available for this program. Other options, such as loans, may be available.