Speech-Language Pathology Assistant



A Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) is a person who assists a licensed Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) in a variety of areas, including:

  • Conducting therapy in the areas of receptive and/or expressive language, articulation, fluency, augmentative/alternative communication (AAC), and oral motor skills
  • Preparing materials for speech/language therapy
  • Scheduling clients for speech/language therapy
  • Maintaining files and billing insurance
  • Maintaining equipment

The Speech Language Pathology Assistant program at CPCC will be offered beginning in Fall 2015 in collaboration with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. The program includes classroom instruction, clinical experience (fieldwork), and “hands on” laboratory experience. Required general education courses can be completed as usual at any CPCC campus, and the SLPA program-specific courses will be offered on CPCC's Central Campus via live participatory classes broadcast on either Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday mornings dependent upon the CCCTI semester schedule. During the fieldwork experience, students will have the opportunity to utilize their knowledge and refine skills while working under the supervision of a licensed Speech Language Pathologist.

Speech-Language Pathologist Assistants in the state are regulated by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Graduates from the program may be eligible for registration with the NC Board and must be supervised by a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist when employed in various work settings including schools, home health, and private practices.