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Jaime Purnot '19

Jaime Purnot ’19 is one step closer to becoming a speech language pathologist after completing her bachelor’s degree online through Elms.

Speech Language Pathology Assistant

The Elms Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) degrees and 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.

Our program’s online delivery method 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.

The 20- and 21-month online SLPA programs include plans of study for earning an associate’s degree, second bachelor’s degree, or certificate, or completing a bachelor’s degree.

(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
  • Clinical practicum in schools
  • Fully online

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.

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Click to view course requirements for the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant online B.A.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion

Program Prerequisites

Community college graduates who have earned an associate degree or 60 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.

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Prerequisite Courses

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
History 100 level3
Biological Sciences3-4
Social/Behavioral Sciences3
Fine and Performing Arts3
English3
Literature3

Course Requirements (42 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
CSD 2001CSD 201Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders3
CSD 2002CSD 202Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism I 3
SWK 2004SWK 204Human Behavior in the Social Environment3
CSD 2004CSD 204Phonetics and Phonology3
CSD 2003CSD 203Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism II3
CSD 3005CSD 305Normal Language Development3
ASD 3001ASD 301Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders3
CSD 3007ACSD 307AObservation Methods and Techniques2
CSD 3007BCSD 307AObservation Methods and Techniques2
MAT 1008MAT 108College Math3
PHI 2408PHI 248Healthcare Ethics3
REL 2105REL 215World Religions3
CSD 4003CSD 403Bases of Intervention3
CSD 4008ACSD 408AClinical Practicum in Schools I2
CSD 4008LCSD 408LClinical Practicum in Schools Lab1
CSD 4008BCSD 408BClinical Practicum in Schools II2
CSD 4008LCSD 408LClinical Practicum in Schools Lab1
CSD 4102CSD 412Rehabilitation of Articulation Disorders in Children and Adults3
CSD 4105ACSD 415AClinical Practicum in Schools II2
CSD 4105LCSD 415LClinical Practicum in Schools Lab1
CSD 4103CSD 413Rehabilitation of Language Disorders in Children and Adults3
CSD 4100CSD 410Seminar in Communication Sciences Disorders3
CSD 4105BCSD 415BClinical Practicum in Schools II2
CSD 4105LCSD 415LClinical Practicum in Schools Lab1

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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 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.

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Course Requirements (49 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
CSD 2001CSD 201Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders3
CSD 2002CSD 202Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism I3
CSD 2004CSD 204Phonetics and Phonology3
CSD 2003CSD 203Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism II3
CSD 3005CSD 305 Normal Language Development3
ASD 3001ASD 301Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders3
CSD 3007ACSD 307AObservation Methods and Techniques2
CSD 3007BCSD 307BObservation Methods and Techniques2
REL 2105REL 215World Religions3
CSD 4003CSD 403Bases of Intervention3
CSD 4008ACSD 408AClinical Practicum in Schools I2
CSD 4008LCSD 408LClinical Practicum in Schools Lab1
CSD 4008BCSD 408BClinical Practicum in Schools II2
CSD 4008LCSD 408LClinical Practicum in Schools Lab1
CSD 4102CSD 412Rehabilitation of Articulation Disorders in Children and Adults3
CSD 4105ACSD 415AClinical Practicum in Schools II2
CSD 4105LCSD 415LClinical Practicum in Schools Lab1
CSD 4103CSD 413Rehabilitation of Language Disorders in Children and Adults3
CSD 4100CSD 410Seminar in Communication Sciences Disorders3
CSD 4105BCSD 415BClinical Practicum in Schools II2
CSD 4105LCSD 415LClinical Practicum in Schools Lab1

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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.

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Course Requirements (64 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
CSD 2001CSD 201Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders3
CSD 2002CSD 202Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism I3
SWK 2004SWK 204Human Behavior in the Social Environment3
CSD 2004CSD 204Phonetics and Phonology3
CSD 2003CSD 203Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism II3
CSD 3005CSD 305Normal Language Development3
ASD 3001ASD 301Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders3
CSD 3007ACSD 307AObservation Methods and Techniques2
CSD 3007BCSD 307BObservation Methods and Techniques2
MAT 1008MAT 108College Math3
PHI 2408PHI 248Healthcare Ethics3
REL 2105REL 215World Religions3
CSD 4003CSD 403Bases of Intervention3
CSD 4008ACSD 408AClinical Practicum in Schools I2
CSD 4008LCSD 408LClinical Practicum in Schools Lab1
CSD 4008BCSD 408BClinical Practicum in Schools II2
CSD 4008LCSD 408LClinical Practicum in Schools Lab1
CSD 4102CSD 412Rehabilitation of Articulation Disorders in Children and Adults3
CSD 4105ACSD 415AClinical Practicum in Schools II2
CSD 4105LCSD 415LClinical Practicum in Schools Lab1
CSD 4103CSD 413Rehabilitation of Language Disorders in Children and Adults3
ENG 1001ENG 101Rhetoric3
CSD 4105BCSD 415BClinical Practicum in Schools II2
CSD 4105LCSD 415LClinical Practicum in Schools Lab1
HIS 1005 (formerly HIS 105) Early American History or HIS 1006 (formerly HIS 106) Modern American History3
PSY 1001PSY 101General Psychology3

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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.

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Course Requirements (37 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
CSD 2001CSD 201Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders3
CSD 2002CSD 202Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism I3
CSD 2004CSD 204Phonetics and Phonology3
CSD 2003CSD 203Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism II3
CSD 3005CSD 305Normal Language Development3
CSD 3007ACSD 307AObservation Methods and Techniques2
CSD 3007BCSD 307BObservation Methods and Techniques2
CSD 4008ACSD 408AClinical Practicum in Schools I2
CSD 4008LCSD 408LClinical Practicum in Schools Lab1
CSD 4008BCSD 408BClinical Practicum in Schools I2
CSD 4008LCSD 408LClinical Practicum in Schools Lab1
CSD 4102CSD 412Rehabilitation of Articulation Disorders in Children and Adults3
CSD 4105ACSD 415AClinical Practicum in Schools II2
CSD 4105LCSD 415LClinical Practicum in Schools Lab1
CSD 4103CSD 413Rehabilitation of Language Disorders in Children and Adults3
CSD 4105BCSD 415BClinical Practicum in Schools II2
CSD 4105LCSD 415LClinical Practicum in Schools Lab1