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Upon successful completion of the Associate Degree in the Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program, the graduate is able to apply for licensure with the State of California.  A licensed Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) works under the direction of a supervising Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and demonstrates the skills, knowledge and training to practice in a variety of settings within the parameters of the SLPA scope of practice. 


The Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) program application period is closed.

The next application period for the Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) program will be October 2014.

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***The Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program accepts applications once each semester generally in October for the following spring semester and again in April for the following fall semester. All students who intend to take Comm Dis 003 or Comm Dis 009 for the upcoming semester MUST complete and submit an application to the program.  If you do not intend to register for Comm Dis 003 or Comm Dis 009 for next semester then DO NOT APPLY to the program this term.  ***

All students intending to complete the SLPA Associate degree or those who want to complete the Advanced Placement option, should apply to the SLPA program. The first two introductory classes in the discipline, Comm Dis 001: Speech, Language and Hearing Development and Comm Dis 002: Introduction to Communication Disorders, are open to any students at all times and you do not need to apply to the SLPA Program prior to taking those classes. Unless planning to complete the SLPA Program in only one year, students should complete Comm Dis 002 and then Comm Dis 001, in that order before applying to the SLPA Program.  Delta SLPA Associate Degree students should apply to the program the semester prior to registering in Comm Dis 003, Therapy Analysis and Fieldwork. Advanced Placement students see instructions under Application Process tab above. Additional information regarding clinical clearance will be sent to all students after they have completed the online application and prior to the opening of Registration for the upcoming semester.

When applying to the SLPA Program, ALL Applicants MUST be enrolled as a current Delta College Student and know their Delta College ID Number and email address. To be current as a Delta College student, an "active application" must be on file with Delta College Admissions and Records. If a student has not attended Delta College for two or more semesters, then they do not have an "active application" and must reapply to Delta College. Any student who does not have an "active application" on file prior to the online application opening date may be unable to submit an application to the SLPA program. Students should be sure to apply to Delta College at least several days prior to starting the SLPA application in order to obtain a Delta Student ID# and a Delta Student email and be able to complete the online SLPA application.


Examples of appropriate SLPA tasks include: providing direct treatment assistance to patients or clients with communication disorders, assisting the SLP with speech, language and hearing screenings and evaluations without clinical interpretation of results and assisting with formal documentation of therapy.  SLPAs follow documented treatment plans or protocols to help clients improve their communication skills.  A competent Assistant will document patient/client performance, assist during assessments and may perform clerical duties such as: preparing materials, charts, records or graphs. SLPAs schedule meetings or therapy appointments for their supervisor and may provide administrative assistance towards research projects, in-service training and family/community education in the field of Communication Disorders.  Performing checks and maintenance of equipment including augmentative communication devices is also within the scope of practice for a licensed SLPA.

                                         CONTACT INFORMATION

SLPA Program Director:
Susan Kidwell, MA CCC-SLP

Office Hours:
M,T, TH 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

W, F by Appointment Only

Locke Bldg, Room 207
Phone:  (209) 954-5572
Fax:      (209) 954-3798


                                                              Julie Kay
                                               Acting Dean, Health Sciences Division


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