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Speech-Language Pathology Assistants

Welcome! 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)

  • A Speech-Language Pathology Aide assists in the operations of a speech-language department through clerical tasks, therapy materials preparation, and maintenance of equipment. They interact with clients under direct supervision by a state-licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and do not conduct therapy sessions independently. This is an entry level position that typically offers minimum wage for compensation. Speech-Language Pathology Aides are hired in school districts, clinics, and medical settings. This position is monitored by the state licensing board and requires a qualified SLP supervisor.  

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

  • 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. Compensation typically ranges from $20-30/hour, depending on the employer.

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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