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Speech Language Pathology Assistant (AAS)

The SLPA program prepares students to be able to work in a school setting under the supervision of a qualified Speech-Language Pathologist. The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Paraprofessional provides speech-language screenings without interpretation, following specified screening protocols developed by the supervising Speech-Language Pathologist; performs documented tasks developed by the supervising Speech-Language Pathologist; documents students' progress toward meeting objectives and reports this information to the supervising Speech-Language Pathologist; prepares materials, performs scheduling and maintains space or equipment. Employment is found in school settings.

The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Paraprofessional Program is an online two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree program. The program is offered through collaboration between colleges in North Dakota: Lake Region State College, Minot State University, and Williston State College. This program leads to a Speech-Language Pathology Paraprofessional Certificate in the state of North Dakota. Students wishing to be certified in other states will need to contact the Department of Public Instruction of that particular state in order to become aware of the necessary state specific requirements.

School districts may require criminal background checks before entering a school setting.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES:

The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant-Paraprofessional Program will:

1. Produce competent Speech-Language Pathology Paraprofessionals.

2. Serve as the foundation for further professional advancement and lifelong learning.

3. Assist in meeting the needs of the community and greater surrounding area for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant-Paraprofessionals.

CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION:

Admission to the program is on a competitive basis. Applicants must meet the code of ethical conduct for Support Personnel established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The facts and circumstances surrounding a matter of concern will determine whether the activity is ethical. The following criteria must be met to be considered for admission to the SLPA program:

1. Admission to Williston State College

2. Submission of high school transcript (or equivalent) and all college transcripts

3. Submission of completed application to the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Paraprofessional Program

4. Application letter (typed)

5. Two letters of reference

6. Completion (or in the process of completing) the following courses with a minimum GPA of 2.50:

    • ENGL 110 College Composition I
    • CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers
    • BIOL 115/115L Human Structure & Function L/L
    • CD 110 Survey of Communication Disorders

7. Overall college GPA of 2.25

8. School districts may require criminal background checks before entering a school setting.

Contact the SLPA Program Coordinator at Williston State College for application forms for admission to the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant-Paraprofessional Program. The admissions committee will review the applications and qualifications of each individual. Each student who has completed the application process will be notified in writing of her/his acceptance into the program. A maximum of 10 students will be admitted to each class at Lake Region State College and 10 students will be admitted to each class at Williston State College.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

BIOL 115 Human Structure & Function - 3 CREDITS
BIOL 115L Human Structure & Function Lab - 1 CREDIT
CD 110 Survey of Communication Disorders - 3 CREDITS
CD 210 Intro to Speech Language Pathology - 3 CREDITS
CD 220 App. Phonetics for Speech-Lang. Path. Assist. - 3 CREDITS
CD 221 Language Development for Speech-Language Assist. - 3 CREDITS
CD 222 Articulatory/Phonological Disorders for Speech Language Pathology Assistant - 3 CREDITS
CD 224 Techniques for Speech-Lang. Path. Assist. - 3 CREDITS
CD 225 Language Disorders and Treatment for the SLPA - 3 CREDITS
CD 241 Practicum - 4 CREDITS
CD 242 Audiology for Speech Lang Path Assistants - 2 CREDITS
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking - 3 CREDITS
CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers - 3 CREDITS
ENGL 110 College Composition I - 3 CREDITS
ENGL 120 College Composition II - 3 CREDITS
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology - 3 CREDITS
PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology - 3 CREDITS
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology - 3 CREDITS
SPED 110 Introduction to Exceptional Children - 3 CREDITS
*SPED 110 and 120 are required for graduation for the SLPA program. These courses must be taken collaboratively through Minot State University

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