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 certified Speech Language Pathology Assistants.
The Chemeketa SLPA program is an approved program by the California Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant education. The Chemeketa SLPA program is also approved by the Washington Board of Examiners. 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 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 to seven 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.