The Chemeketa Community College Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program is an online 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 certified Speech Language Pathology Assistants. It is offered entirely online and is one of our distance learning programs.
The Chemeketa SLPA Program is an approved program by the Oregon Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology. The SLPA program is also approved by the Washington Board of Health. Completion of the AAS degree in Speech-Language Pathology Assistant meets the equivalency requirements for the California Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology. The program may be compatible with other state requirements, students are encouraged to contact their state licensing entities.
Chemeketa's program is the only program of its kind in the western United States and possibly in the United States as a whole.
The program takes approximately five terms to complete on a part time basis with an option of receiving a certificate in Speech-Language Pathology Assisting or completing an additional 45 credits to receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology Assisting. An SLPA is then eligible to work with a speech-language pathologist providing therapy services to clients.
SLPAs work closely with others in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, rehabilitative centers, or in private practice.