Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Elms Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) degree or certificate is school focused, preparing you to assist speech-language pathologists with improving children’s ability to learn, read, write, and communicate with others in the classroom.
The online delivery is designed to prepare you for the job market wherever you live. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment in speech-language professions is expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average of all occupations.
Elms 20-month online SLPA programs include plans of study for earning an associate’s degree, completion of an undergraduate degree, a second bachelor’s degree, or certifications.
(Required credentials/qualifications for employment exist for states in the Northeast and other parts of the country. Please determine the requirements of the state(s) in which you plan to seek employment before beginning this program.)
You enter this program with the required associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree, satisfy Elms’ core requirements, and complete the prescribed curriculum of your specific degree program. When you finish the degree program, you will be awarded the appropriate degree or certificate.
All classes are held online* taught by Elms faculty. By completing your coursework in a 20-month period, you can save thousands of dollars by completing your degree in this uniquely affordable program.
Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion
Second Bachelor of Arts Degree
Community college graduates who have earned an associate degree or 60 earned credits from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply to the bachelor’s degree completion program. Second degree candidates must have earned a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college and/or university with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in CSD courses while in the program in order to retain major status and in order to graduate with a BA in SLPA. Should a student earn a grade below C in a CSD course, that course cannot be applied toward major credit, and the course must be retaken.
The 20-month bachelor’s degree program requires 120 credits. You can transfer in a maximum of 78 credits. A minimum of 42 credits must be earned through Elms College. All Elms College core and program requirements must be met.
Associate of Arts Degree
An introductory Psychology course (3 credits) and an English Composition course (3 credits) from an accredited college and/or university with a GPA of 3.0 or better are required. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in CSD courses while in the program in order to retain major status and in order to graduate with an AA in SLPA. Should a student earn a grade below C in a CSD course, that course cannot be applied toward major credit, and the course must be retaken.
The 20-month associate of the arts program requires 60 credits. All Elms College core and program requirements must be met.
36-credit Certificate Program in Speech Language Pathology Assistant (online*)
Students can attain the online* 36-credit SLPA certificate in three ways:
- Stand-alone certificate
- Post-associate’s certificate
- Post-baccalaureate certificate
Students must earn a GPA of 3.0 or better and a grade no lower than C in all CSD courses. The 36-credit certificate can be rolled into the SLPA degree completion program for those who already hold an Associate’s degree.
*Low Residency: There are three live interactions during the 20-month program. All will take place at the Elms College off-campus location at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA.
Requirements for SLPA vary by state. Prior to enrolling in this program, students must contract the state in which they plan to work to determine its specific SLPA requirements.
B.A.-SLPA; A.S.-SLPA; 2nd B.A.; Certificate-SLPA
- Experienced faculty with clinical backgrounds
- Graduates with 100% job placement
- Clinical practica in schools
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