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Speech-Language Pathology Assistants


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. 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)
  • Introductory coursework (SLP 101 and SLP 105) for students transferring to a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology 

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.

For more information, questions and/or concerns, please contact by E-mail or by phone:

Susan McDonald, M.S., CCC-SLP
Department Chair and Faculty, SLPA Program

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