Speech Language Pathology Assistant

Elms Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) degrees or certificate are 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 and 21-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 certificate.

(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 may apply to a program with the required official high school or GED transcript (for certificate) or an 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 or certificate program, you will be awarded the appropriate degree or certificate.

All classes are held online and taught by Elms faculty. By completing your coursework in a 20 or 21-month period, you can save thousands of dollars by completing your degree in this uniquely affordable program.

Program Highlights

  • Experienced faculty with clinical backgrounds
  • Course work in neuroscience and counseling methods
  • Clinical practica in schools
  • Fully online

Applications are being accepted now for fall!
We look forward to receiving your application

Programs


Second Bachelor of Arts Degree

College graduates who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better are eligible to apply to the second bachelor’s degree program.  Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better 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 second bachelor’s degree program is 49 credits.  A minimum of 42 credits must be earned through Elms College. All Elms College core and program requirements must be met.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion

Program Prerequisites:
(course requirements may have been completed as part of an associate’s degree)

  • History 100 level (3 credits)
  • Biological Sciences (3-4 credits)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
  • Fine and Performing Arts (3 credits)
  • English (3 credits)
  • Literature (3 credits)

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 or better are eligible to apply to the bachelor’s degree completion program.

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better 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 is 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

Course must be from an accredited college and/or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in CSD courses while in the program in order to retain major status and in order to graduate with an AA in SLPA. If a student earns a grade below a C in a CSD course, those credits are not applied to the major; and, the course must be retaken.

The 21-month associate of the arts program requires 64 credits. All Elms College core and program requirements must be met.

Certificate Program

37-credit Certificate Program in Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Students can attain the online 37-credit SLPA certificate in three ways:

  • Stand-alone certificate
  • Post-associate’s certificate
  • Post-baccalaureate certificate
    Students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better. The 37-credit certificate can be rolled into the SLPA Bachelor of Arts degree completion program for those who already hold an Associate’s degree.

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.