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Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

COVID-19 update:

The SLP Assistant program is currently operating a hybrid (part remote, part on-campus) program due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation; clinical placements may be both on-site or via teletherapy. Students who are applying for the new cohort should be able to complete on-campus courses and fieldwork in the Los Angeles/Orange County region.

What is a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant?

A Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) is a skilled technical worker who performs speech and language therapy, and related clinical tasks, under the direction of a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). Successful completion of the degree requirements leads to eligibility for state licensure as a SLPA from the California Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensers’ Board. Licensed SLPAs have the opportunity to apply for work in settings such as: in-home health; public, non-public, and charter schools; and, medical settings such as rehabilitation centers and private clinics.

What certificates or degrees can I earn through Cerritos College in SLPA?

The SLPA program provides the following options for students who are embarking on a career in communicative disorders: 

Speech-Language Pathology Aide Certificate (19 units)
Associate of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (60 units which includes 42.5 units of degree-specific coursework)

The Cerritos College Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program is an accredited program by the California Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensers (SLPAHAD) Licensing Board.

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