Schools with Speech Therapist Assistant Programs: How to Choose

Speech therapy assistants are commonly referred to as speech-language pathologist assistants (SLPAs). In a speech-language pathology assistant program, students learn how to screen patients and assist licensed speech pathologists in implementing treatment plans. Associate degree and certificate programs are offered in the field.

Individuals can receive training to become a speech-language pathologist assistant through certificate and associate degree programs. These may be located at both universities and community colleges through their human services and technology or health sciences departments.

10 Schools with Speech Therapist Assistant Programs

This list of colleges and universities identifies some schools offering speech therapist assistant programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ 4-yr, Public Certificate In-state $10,158; Out-of-state $25,458
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Hudson, NC 2-yr, Public Diploma, Associate's In-state $2,444; Out-of-state $8,588
Caribbean University - Bayamon Bayamon, PR 4-yr, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $5,080
Caribbean University - Ponce Ponce, PR 4-yr, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's $5,080
Charter Oak State College New Britain, CT 4-yr, Public Certificate $6,624
Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, NC 2-yr, Public Associate's In-state $2,394; Out-of-state $8,538
Kennebec Valley Community College Fairfield, ME 2-yr. Public Associate's In-state $3,385; Out-of-state $6,085
Manchester Community College Manchester, CT 2-yr, Public Certificate In-state $4,052; Out-of-state $12,116
Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell, SD 2-yr, Public Associate's $5,880
Oklahoma City Community College Oklahoma City, OK 2-yr, Public Associate's In-state $3,391; Out-of-state $8,425

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

These are some things to take into consideration when choosing a school:

  • Program flexibility may allow a student to take classes completely on campus or through distance learning programs, which may still require some on-site fieldwork and observation.
  • Schools adhering to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association guidelines can fully prepare students for state licensure exams.
  • Practical experience availability varies from school to school, so specific career paths may be limited at different schools.
  • Studying online is an option at some schools, and may be of interest to those who have to work while attending school or have difficulty relocating.

Associate Degree in Speech-Language Pathologist Assistance

Associate degree programs typically require two years of study and contain general education requirements in addition to speech pathologist coursework. Almost all programs, including online programs, require 20-25 hours of observation and two semesters of fieldwork.

Certificates in Speech-Language Pathologist Assistance

Students who have already earned an associate or bachelor's degree can earn a certificate as a speech-language pathologist assistant. Sometimes, these certificates are awarded jointly with associate degrees. Certificate programs rarely contain more than one or two general education courses, but do have clinical and observation requirements.

There are several colleges and universities that offer speech-language pathologist assistant certificates, diplomas, and degrees. Costs vary widely, and it is an option to complete the program online at some institutions.

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