Helping others communicate
The Chemeketa Community College Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program is a comprehensive training program offering students the option of earning a Certificate of Completion or an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Speech-Language Pathology Assisting. The program includes both theory and practical experience designed to prepare students to become eligible to apply to be licensed/certified Speech Language Pathology Assistants.
The Chemeketa SLPA program is an approved program by a number of Board of Examiners in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology including:
The Oregon Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology, the California Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers, and the Washington Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology. The program may (and has been) be compatible with other state requirements, students are encouraged to contact their state licensing entities.
Chemeketa's program is an online program that incorporates online learning through coursework, hands-on practical demonstrations of competencies and local practicum arragements for students to earn required clincial clock hours.
The program takes approximately five to seven terms to complete on a part time basis with an option of earning a Certificate of Completion in Speech-Language Pathology Assisting or an Associate of Applied Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology Assisting. An SLPA must meet their state licensing requirements and hold a valid, current license to practice as an SLPA.
SLPAs work under the supervision and direction of a Speech-Language Pathologist to provide theraputic services to clients/patients/students.SLPAs work closely with others in a variety of settings including early interventon programs, schools, hospitals, rehabilitative centers, or within a private practice of a Speech-Language Pathologist.