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Speech Languate Pathology Assistant Licensure Pathway at CSU, 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.

CSU, Chico’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 '21. If Chico State re-opens for face-to-face classes, there will be two days of on-campus meetings.
• Field placements will occur in fall '21.
• Courses fees are $4,000


Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or equivalent, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

How to Apply

DecorativeOur next cohort will begin courses in Summer 2021 and the application period is now open and the deadline to submit your application is May 1.

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:

  • Academic work from higher education institutions, including unofficial transcripts
  • Clinical work and observation hours (optional), including location(s) and number of hours completed at each location
  • Employment history

2) Request references from two previous professors or employers who can attest to your academic and/or work performance. Send this link [https://colusahall.wufoo.com/forms/m1npdi3503pbjhz/] to the them 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 in early May and students will be notified shortly after. 

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.

Cohort 2: Begins Summer 2021

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 CSU, Chico 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.

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 1–July 22, 2021 | Tuesday & Thursdays 4-7pm
Course fee: $1,200 (3 units x $400/unit) [Register]

CMSD 501–Field Experience: Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant

DecorativeDescription: 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.

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 23–December 17, 2021
Course fee: $2,800 (7 units x $400/unit)

* As a professional development program that does not culminate in an academic degree or certificate, this program is not available for federal loans or financial aid. You may, however, be eligible for other options, such as loans.