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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. 

New! The Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) program application period is open October 8 through October 22, 2014
for Advanced Placement status Applications only.

Please read the important application instructions below.

The next application period for the SLPA program for
Associate Degree students will be April 2015.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE SLPA APPLICATION

The Speech Languague Pathology Assisitant Application is now open for Advanced Placement Candidates "Only".  Associate Degree SLPA candidates will be able to apply to the program in the spring of 2015.

Note:  Please take the time to read the following instructions to assist you in completing the application.

1) Log in using account: sjdcslpa and password: slpa
2) Click the "REFRESH" button twice
3) Click on the Speech Language Pathology Assistant Application link at the top left of the page
4) Click the SLPA Online Application Link below to begin the application

SLPA ONLINE APPLICATIONNew!
SLPA APPLICATION PDF Version for paper submission for paper submission to the Health Science Division Office, Locke 203.

DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) program application period is open
October 8 through October 22, 2014 for Advanced Placement status Applications only.

The next application period for the Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) program for Associate Degree students will be April 2015.


SLPA Job Resources Web-Page

Current employment opportunity with Therapist Unlimited.

Visit the SLPA Job Resources web page.

Introductory Classes in the Communication Disorders Discipline - 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.  We suggest that students begin with Comm Dis 002, Introduction to Communication Disorders and next complete Comm Dis 001, Speech, Language and Hearing Development.  Both courses have been articulated with the Speech Language Pathology Program at the University of the Pacific and requests have been made to the remaining University Programs in California.  See your counselor for assistance if you intend to transfer.  A suggested Transfer degree map is included in the tabs above at right.

Program Application for the SLPA AS degree - The Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program accepts Associate degree applications once each year generally in April for admittance in the following fall semester.  All students who intend to take Comm Dis 003 for the fall of 2015 semester MUST complete and submit an application to the program in April of 2015.  Associate Degree students see instructions under the Application Process tab above right.  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.

Delta SLPA AS degree major students should complete Comm Dis 002, Introduction to Communication Disorders, HS 19, Human Development, and ENG 001a, Reading and Composition prior to applying to the Program.  Comm Dis 003, Therapy Analysis and Fieldwork, is only offered once each year during the fall semester.  Applications will be open once each year in the spring for enrollment in the fall term.  For additional information see instructions under the Application Process

Program Application for the Advanced Placement SLPA - The Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program accepts Advanced Placement applications once each year generally in October for admittance the following spring semester.  All students who intend to take Comm Dis 005, Comm Dis 007 and Comm Dis 009 in order to complete the requirements for licensure as a SLPA under the Advanced Placement option, during the spring of 2015 semester MUST complete and submit an application to the program in October of 2014.  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.

All SLPA Program Applicants - 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 a week 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.

WHAT'S IT LIKE TO BE A SLPA?

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 11:00 AM - 12:00 pm

Th 12:00-1:00 pm                           
W & F by Appointment Only

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

Email: skidwell@deltacollege.edu

                                                      
                                                              Julie Kay
                                               Acting Dean, Health Sciences Division

 

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