Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Licensure Pathway Program at California State University, Chico

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

Chico 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.

DecorativeThe 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.
• Field placements will occur in fall.
• 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.

Apply Today!

DecorativeThe application for our 2022 program is now open and we will begin reviewing submitted applications on January 15. If space in the program remains available, the final deadline to apply will be April 15.

1) Complete the online application form. All information must be entered and submitted at one time, so please 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) that includes location(s) and number of hours completed at each location.
  • Resumé, including employment history

2) 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.
  • Optional: An additional reference from someone of your choice.

Send this link [https://colusahall.wufoo.com/forms/m1npdi3503pbjhz/] to each reference so they can complete the form online and submit it directly to the program coordinator. Once the two references are submitted, your application will be complete. 

3) Applications will be reviewed starting January 15. 

4) 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.

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Cohort 3: Begins Summer 2022

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

DecorativeDescription: 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.

Eligibility: This course is for post-graduate students who have successfully completed their B.A./B.S in Communication Sciences and Disorders or equivalent. Students who have successfully completed the Chico State CMSD course sequence and are interested in completing the field experience necessary to attain a speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) license in the state of California are eligible.

Successful completion of this course is needed to advance to CMSD 501: Field Experience for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants. Successful completion of both courses will allow students to apply for a California SLPA license.

Instructor: Amy Simmons
Dates: June 7–August 11, 2022 | Tuesday & Thursdays, 4-7pm
Course fee: $1,200 (3 units x $400/unit)*

CMSD 501–Field Experience: Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant

DecorativeDescription: Students will complete a 265-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.

Eligibility: 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 22–December 16, 2022
Course fee: $2,800 (7 units x $400/unit)*


* 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.