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Associate in Science in 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.

speech2The 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.

ENGN101 College Composition 4 0 4
General Education: Group E Elective 4 0 4
BCPN101 Computer Technology and Applications 2 2 3
SLPN114 Survey of Communication Disorders (2nd half of semester)* 3 0 3
SLPN111 Speech & Language Development (1st half of semester) 3 0 3
PSYN101 Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
EDUN206 Learning and Behavior* 3 0 3
SLPN112 Anatomy & Physiology of Speech & Hearing Mechanism (1st half-semester) 3 0 3
SLPN121 Language Disorders (2nd half of semester)* 3 0 3
General Education: Group A Elective 3 0 3
SLPN115 Phonetics (1st half of semester) 3 0 3
SLPN123 Disorders of Articulation (2nd half of semester )* 3 0 3
SLPN210 Communication Aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorders* - OR -      
XXXXxxx Open Elective 3 0 3
PYSN201 Human Growth and Development 3 0 3
General Education: Group F or G Elective 3 0 3
General Education: Group D Elective 3 0 3
SLPN220 Advanced Communication Disorders (1st half of semester)* 3 0 3
SLPN221 Clinical Procedures in Speech−Language Pathology (2nd half of semester)* 3 0 3
General Education: Group B Elective (lab Science) 3 2 4
General Education: Group A-G Elective 3 0 3
SLPN290 Capstone Seminar in Communication Disorders* 2 0 2
SLPN291 Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Practicum I (1st half semester)* 0 3 1
SLPN292 Speech-Language Pathology Assistnat Practicum II (2nd half semester)* 0 6 2
Total 68 Credits
*Please check course descriptions for prerequisites for these courses.
Program Outcomes