Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate

Certified speech-language pathology assistants (SLPA) work with speech-language pathologists in a variety of environments including schools, hospitals and rehabilitation centers, and with a diverse group of clients.

Fontbonne University’s SLPA certificate program, now fully online, can enhance the careers of speech implementers who currently work in the field under the supervision of a speech-language pathologist and who now need to meet the new Missouri SLPA guidelines.

This certificate is also an excellent option for students seeking to augment their degrees in other programs or for individuals looking to make an exciting career change.

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program Highlights

  • Program incorporates requirements needed to apply for licensure as a speech-language pathology assistant with the State of Missouri Board of Healing Arts
  • Maintain career and responsibilities while earning your certificate
  • Designed to be completed in 16 months
  • Enjoy small class sizes that are offered exclusively and conveniently online

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the SLPA Certificate Program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You have earned a Bachelor’s Degree (BA or BS) in a discipline other than communication disorders/speech-language pathology
  • Or you will have completed a Bachelor’s Degree by the time you complete this certificate program
  • You have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher

To complete the application procedure, you must have the following forwarded to Carmen Russell, Chair, CDDE, Fontbonne University, 6800 Wydown Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105:

  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended; if currently attending college, most recently completed semester grades must be included
  • Two letters of recommendation: faculty or employer who can attest to your ability to successfully complete this program
  • A self-statement addressing your reasons for seeking the certificate and examples of your ability to work collaboratively (300-400 words in length)

Required Courses

  • CDS 110

    Fundamentals of Language Development for the SLPA

    3 credits

    A study of the fundamentals of the development of speech and language in the normal and exceptional child useful to the speech-language pathology assistant. Factors that contribute to or impair development as well as multicultural issues will be covered.

  • CDS 210

    Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism for the SLPA

    3 credits

    A study of the fundamentals of the structure and function of those parts of the skeletal, muscular, respiratory, and nervous systems as they pertain to the process of communication.

  • CDS 225

    Fundamentals of Phonetics for the SLPA

    3 credits

    The fundamentals of clinical phonetics when applying the IPA to the English language and dialectical variations useful to the SLPA.

  • CDS 331

    Pediatric Speech and LanguageDisorders for the SLPA

    3 credits

    This course will be an introduction to both congenital and acquired disorders in children in the areas of phonology, articulation, language, fluency, voice and deafness. It will include information on implementing basic treatment for each disorder under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist. Supervised observation of clinic sessions will be required. Prerequisites: CDS105, CDS201, CDS220.

  • CDS 332

    Adult Speech and Language Disorders for the SLPA

    3 credits

    This course will be a survey of the acquired
    communicative disorders in adults. It will include
    information on aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, voice, right
    hemisphere syndrome, and dementia. Emphasis will be
    placed on implementing treatment under the supervision
    of a licensed speech-language pathologist. Supervised
    observation of clinic sessions will be required.
    Prerequisites: CDS105, CDS201, CDS220.

  • CDS 334

    Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation for the SLPA

    3 credits

    An overview of the anatomy & physiology of the ear,
    causes and types of hearing impairments, and the
    habilitative and rehabilitative services offered to children
    and adults with hearing loss. Emphasis will be placed on
    the role of the speech-language pathology assistant in
    implementing treatment under the guidance of a licensed
    speech-language pathologist. Prerequisites: CDS105,
    CDS201, CDS220.

  • CDS 335

    Clinical Methods for the SLPA

    3 credits

    This course will be an overview of the roles and
    responsibilities of the Speech-Language Pathology
    Assistant. Emphasis will be placed on intervention
    models and techniques, behavior management principles,
    data collection, and documentation. Supervised
    observation will be included. Prerequisites: CDS105,
    CDS201, CDS220, CDS331, CDS332, CDS334, or
    permission.

NOTE: The Fontbonne SLPA certificate meets the Missouri requirements for coursework.   Fontbonne University cannot confirm whether this certificate program or a particular course in this certificate program meets requirements for SLPA licensure in another state. You are responsible for determining the requirements needed for your state.  Current contact information for all the applicable licensing boards can be located here: http://www.asha.org/advocacy/state/

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