Speech Language Pathology Assistant

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Communication is one of the most critical elements of human existence. The Associate in Science Degree program for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants prepares students to work with individuals who have communication disorders under the supervision of an ASHA-certified, state-licensed speech-language pathologist. Graduates from this program are eligible for certification through the NH Office of Licensed Allied Health Professions.

The role of the speech-language pathologist has expanded beyond service provision to include administrative, managerial, and supervisory responsibilities. The appropriate use of speech- language pathology assistants is one means to meet the demands and to extend service delivery to persons with communication disorders in a cost-efficient fashion. Job opportunities for speech- language pathology assistants (SLPAs) are growing with the increased demand for speech-language pathologists. Most current positions in New Hampshire are within school districts, although the opportunity for employment in health care settings is growing.

The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program at NCC has been designed following the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association’s Guidelines for the Training, Use, and Supervision of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants.

Students are advised that public schools, nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities require a criminal background check before allowing students to participate in learning experiences at their locations. Students are responsible for any fees that may be incurred in meeting this requirement.

The College must ensure that students in the program do not put themselves or anyone else in jeopardy during classroom observations, participation in fieldwork activities, or Service Learning experiences. Therefore, students must demonstrate sufficient emotional and physical ability to respond quickly and appropriately to unexpected events. In addition, speech-language pathology assistant students need to have excellent communication skills (verbal and non-verbal), empathy, tolerance, patience and creativity. Furthermore, students are expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with students/patients/clients, their families, agency staff, faculty, and classmates.

Attendance at classes and clinical experiences is expected.

An interview with the Speech-Language Pathology Program Coordinator is required for admission into the program. Applicants to the program must meet the general requirements for admission to the College as well.

The mission of the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program is:

  • To prepare post-secondary students to ethically and competently assist in the practice of speech-language pathology under the direction and supervision of a state-licensed, ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologist.
  • To provide a base in scientific and cultural foundations of a liberal education.
  • To help students be productive and contributing members of society.
  • To promote life-long learning through the acquisition of values, skills, and attitudes beneficial to both themselves and others.

Applicants to the program must meet the general requirements for admission to the College and maintain a C or above in all Speech-Language Pathology Assistant courses in order to enroll in SLPN291 SLPA Practicum I, SLPN292 SLPA Practicum II or SLPN290 Seminar.

 Technical Standards: Please refer to Technical Standards Section 10 for details regarding this program.

ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE in SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT

FIRST YEAR
FALL SEMESTERCLLABCR
ENGL101N College Composition 4 0 4
BCPT101N Computer Technology and Applications 2 2 3
SLPN111N Speech & Language Development (1st half of semester) 3 0 3
SLPN114N* Survey of Communication Disorders (2nd half of semester) 3 0 3
General Education Core Requirement: Quantitative Literacy** 4 0 3/4
16/17
SPRING SEMESTERCLLABCR
PSYC101N Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
PYSC201N Human Growth and Development 3 0 3
SLPN112N Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Hearing Mechanism (1st half-semester) 3 0 3
SLPN121N* Language Disorders (2nd half of semester) 3 0 3
General Education Core: English/Communications 3 0 3
15
SUMMER SEMESTERCLLABCR
SLPN115N* Phonetics (1st half of semester) 3 0 3
SLPN123N* Articulation and Phonological Disorders (2nd half of semester ) 3 0 3
General Education: Open Elective 3 0 3
9
SECOND YEAR
FALL SEMESTERCLLABCR
EDU206N* Learning and Behavior  3 0 3
SLPN220N* Advanced Communication Disorders (1st half of semester) 3 0 3
SLPN221N* Clinical Procedures in Speech−Language Pathology (2nd half of semester) 3 0 3
General Education Core Requirement: Humanities/Fine Arts -OR- Global Awareness 3 0 3
12
SPRING SEMESTERCLLABCR
SLPN290N* Capstone Seminar in Communication Disorders 2 0 2
SLPN291N* Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Practicum I (1st half semester) 0 3 1
SLPN292N* Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Practicum II (2nd half semester) 0 6 2
General Education Elective 3 0 3
General Education Core Requirement: Science (must have a lab) 3 2 4
12
Total 64/65 Credits

*Please check course descriptions for prerequisites for these courses.

** MATH106N, or MATH103N 'Topics in Applied College Math' Suggested.

Program Outcomes

Upon the completion of the degree in Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, graduates will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing, with children or adults and their families, as well as colleagues, supervisors, and other professionals, while always directing inquiries for clinical information to the supervising speech-language pathologist.

  2. Demonstrate comprehension of and skill utilizing a variety of research methods and scientific inquiry in order to evaluate information critically.

  3. Apply the logic of mathematical reasoning and demonstrate proficiency in computational methods and mathematical concepts and applications.

  4.  Apply critical thinking skills to solve problems, to evaluate arguments and chains of reasoning, and to interpret information.

  5. Demonstrate the ability to use contemporary information technology to gather information resources for personal and professional obligations.

  6. Demonstrate an understanding of and reasoning ability about contemporary ethical issues and values.

  7. Describe developmental patterns of the acquisition of sounds, words, grammatical and syntactical forms, semantics, the receptive and expressive use of language and pragmatic skills.

  8. Demonstrate understanding of the basic etiology and symptomology of communication disorders, including developmental delays, voice, language, articulation, phonology, fluency, neurological impairment and hearing impairment.

  9. Identify various language and cultural diversities and demonstrate awareness and understanding of student/patient/client needs and cultural values.

  10. Describe the general principles of therapeutic intervention and identify the scope, the roles, and major issues of therapy in a variety of settings, age/grade levels, types of treatment, and supervision models used as related to speech and language therapy.

  11. Follow documented individual education plans or protocols (IEPs, IFSPs) developed by the supervising speech-language pathologist as well as plan and implement therapy for specific, common problems under the direct supervision of a speech-language pathologist.

  12. Document student/patient/client performance (e.g., tallying data for the speech-language pathologist to use; preparing charts, records, and graphs) and report this information to the supervising speech-language pathologist.

  13. Write clear and concise reports of treatment sessions.

  14. Exhibit compliance with regulations, reimbursement requirements, and the speech-language pathology assistant’s job responsibilities.

In addition, the graduate will be able to demonstrate competency in the general education outcomes.