Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Admissions Packet

Thank you for your interest in the Speech Language Pathology Assistant program. This packet provides important information regarding the SLPA program. 

For additional questions or more information on the SLPA program at College of DuPage, please do not hesitate to contact:

 

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Spring 2018 Application Deadline:
November 15, 2017 at 5 p.m.

 

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Thank you for your interest in the Speech Language Pathology Assistant program. Speech Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) are emerging professionals who, under the supervision of licensed Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs), provide treatment and screening services related to communication problems. SLPAs work in a multitude of settings, including schools, clinics, early intervention programs and rehabilitation facilities. SLPAs provide services for a wide variety of individuals, from infants to the elderly, with a variety of issues and disorders. Working under the supervision of an SLP, an SLPA can enhance the quality of life of the individuals served by:

    • Eliminating or minimizing the impact of communication disorders and enhancing functional communication, thereby allowing individuals to communicate wants and needs effectively and comprehend linguistic input.
    • Enhancing cognitive skills, thereby allowing individuals to effectively function in their activities of daily living and increase their independence.

Without such intervention, individuals with communication disorders may experience social isolation and limitations in educational and professional opportunities.

This packet provides basic information regarding the SLPA program. Information is also available on the SLPA program web site: http://www.cod.edu/slpa. Additional information about the fields of speech language pathology and audiology is also available at the American Speech Language Hearing Association web site www.asha.org. For additional questions or more information on the SLPA program at College of DuPage, please do not hesitate to contact the SLPA Program Coordinator Faye Campagna, M.A., CCC-SLP at (630) 942-4331 or campagnaf@cod.edu, the Office of Admissions & Outreach at (630) 942-2626, a Health Sciences Program Advisor at (630) 942-2259 or the Health and Sciences Division at (630) 942-8331.

Applications submitted by students who are not currently enrolled and participating in SLPA 1101 or have not previously completed SLPA 1101 will NOT be considered for admission. In this circumstance, the student will forfeit his/her application fee.

 

Program Profile

The Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) program at College of DuPage is an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program consisting of 25 hours of general education courses and 39 hours of SLPA program courses and electives for a total of 64 credits. Graduates of the SLPA program at COD are eligible to apply for state licensure through the Illinois Department of Professional Regulations. 

SLPA program courses are offered in the evening, spread sequentially over the course of five consecutive semesters. While the program is designed to be completed in two years (five semesters), a student may opt, with the approval of the program coordinator, to complete his/her program on a three-year (eight-semester) track. 

Please note that College of DuPage and the Speech Language Pathology Assistant program reserve the right to revise curricula without notice. 

 

Classes

With the exception of the practicum experience, all classes meet one time per week on the main COD campus in Glen Ellyn. Classes meet from 6 to 9 or 9:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. No classes are held Friday evenings. Students expecting to complete the program in two years must enroll in two courses per semester. Therefore, students will be on campus for class an average of two times per week each semester. Some program courses may be hybrid or blended courses, whereby a component of the course is held online; this reduces on campus seat time by up to 40%. All SLPA courses are offered one time per year.

Possible Course Sequences:
SLPA Program Sequences:
Two-Year Recommended Sequence and Optional Three-Year Sequence

The following program sequence assumes that general education requirements have been completed. Additionally, these sequences do not take into account the potential need for elective credits. Students may apply to and be accepted in the SLPA program prior to completion of general education requirements; in such cases, their course sequences must be adjusted accordingly and the program may require additional time to complete. Students will not be allowed to enroll in Clinical Methods and Documentation (SLPA 2101) and Clinical Practicum (SLPA 2112) until all general education classes have been completed. It is expected that students will be prepared to graduate upon completion of all SLPA program courses.

Two-Year Sequence
First Year
Fall:
SLPA 1101: Introduction to Speech Language Pathology (4 credit hours)
Offered: Tuesday afternoons, Thursday evenings and Friday mornings

SLPA 1105: Phonetics (3 credit hours)
Offered: Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons

Spring:
SLPA 1106: Speech Disorders and Intervention across the Lifespan I (4 credit hours)
Offered: Wednesday evenings

SLPA 1109: Language Development (3 credit hours)
Offered: Monday evenings

Summer:
SLPA 1107: Speech Disorders and Intervention across the Lifespan II (2 credit hours)
Offered: Tuesday evenings

SLPA 1112: Introduction to Audiology (2 credit hours)
Offered: Thursday evenings


Second Year

Fall:
SLPA 1110: Language Disorders and Intervention across the Lifespan (4 credit hours)
Offered: Wednesday evenings

SLPA 2101: Clinical Methods and Documentation (4 credit hours)
Offered: Monday evenings

Spring:
SLPA 2102: Professional Issues and the SLPA (4 credit hours)
Offered: Thursday afternoons

SLPA 2104: Augmentative Communication (3 credit hours)
Offered: Thursday evenings

SLPA 2112: Clinical Practicum (6 credit hours)
Three days per week


Optional Three-Year Sequence

First Year
Fall:
SLPA 1101: Introduction to Speech Language Pathology (4 credit hours)
Offered: Tuesday afternoons, Thursday evenings and Friday mornings

Spring:
SLPA 1106: Speech Disorders and Intervention across the Lifespan I (4 credit hours)
Offered: Wednesday evenings

Summer:
SLPA 1112: Introduction to Audiology (2 credit hours)
Offered: Thursday evenings


Second Year

Fall:
SLPA 1105: Phonetics (3 credit hours)
Offered: Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons

Spring:
SLPA 1109: Language Development (3 credit hours)
Offered: Monday evenings

Summer:
SLPA 1107: Speech Disorders and Intervention across the Lifespan II (2 credit hours)
Offered: Tuesday evenings


Third Year

Fall:
SLPA 1110: Language Disorders and Intervention across the Lifespan (4 credit hours)
Offered: Wednesday evenings

SLPA 2101: Clinical Methods and Documentation (4 credit hours)
Offered: Monday evenings

Spring:
SLPA 2102: Professional Issues and the SLPA (4 credit hours)
Offered: Thursday evenings

SLPA 2104: Augmentative Communication (3 credit hours)
Offered: Thursday evenings

SLPA 2112: Clinical Practicum (6 credit hours)
Three days per week

 

Clinical Education

The purpose of clinical education is to allow the student to apply the theoretical principles of the didactic portion of the SLPA program. Students will enroll in practicum during the final (spring) semester of the program. Practicum placement will consist of experience in a clinical setting three days per week (Monday to Friday), eight hours per day, for the entire semester. A fee for professional liability insurance is charged to the student at the beginning of the clinical practicum and must be paid prior to beginning the practicum assignment. This fee is approximately $90 (subject to change)

Students working daytime hours will have the opportunity to continue their employment without disruption during the first four semesters of the program. However, arrangements must be made by students to be available three full days per week during their final semester in the program. These three days will be determined at the coordinator’s discretion, based on clinical site availability and need. Weekend and evening placements are not available. Students typically will not be assigned to a site where they have been or presently are an employee or volunteer. Students may not be supervised by personal acquaintances. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical sites, which are located throughout the greater Chicago metropolitan area. Students must attend the sites to which they are assigned. 

 

Progress on General Education Requirements

It is not necessary for students to complete general education requirements in full prior to beginning SLPA program courses. However, it is strongly recommended that substantial progress be made toward completion of these requirements prior to beginning the program coursework. 

It is expected that students will be prepared to graduate upon completion of all SLPA program courses. Students must have all general education requirements and electives completed by the end of their fourth semester in the program. A student who has not successfully completed all general education coursework and electives by the end of his/her fourth semester may not complete his/her clinical practicum placements and may be dismissed from the program. 

 

Technical Standards of Acceptance

This section is not applicable to this program; see Admission Requirements.

 

Rubric / Rank Score

See SLPA Merit Evaluation.

 

Determination of Acceptance

Evaluation of Applicants
The number of students admitted to the SLPA program is limited by the availability of clinical sites. Selection for admission is determined using a numerical point system based on the following categories:

    1. Final percent grade earned (not letter grade) in SLPA 1101 (or other course if student has taken the equivalent of SLPA 1101 at another institution)
    2. Quality of written essays submitted on application form
    3. Progress toward fulfilling general education requirements

See Merit Evaluation Rubric with specific categories and possible points.

Applicants will be notified of their admission status via letter by the College of DuPage Office of Admissions & Outreach, SSC 2207. Applicants are notified of their admission status by late December. Individuals offered admission must respond via letter (as directed in the acceptance letter sent by the Office of Admissions & Outreach) by deadline date stated in the Acceptance Letter, or the offer is withdrawn. Candidates who decline an offer of admission, or accept but fail to register for classes, are not guaranteed admission at a later date. Requests for admission are not automatically carried over to the following year. Applicants not accepted to the program may apply the following year; it is strongly recommended that individuals considering reapplying speak with the program coordinator regarding possible methods for improving their chances of admission.

Following acceptance to the SLPA program, students receive a copy of the College of DuPage SLPA Program Handbook at the onset of Spring semester. Students are expected to comply with the rules, regulations and procedures of College of DuPage, the SLPA program and the affiliating clinical sites as outlined in the handbook. Students are expected to sign an acknowledgment of the Discipline Procedure, Informed Consent and Verification of Receipt, Review and Comprehension of the SLPA Program Handbook (following a review of the handbook). Noncompliance is grounds for dismissal from the SLPA program.

 

Requirements after Acceptance

Once admitted to the program, students receiving less than 80% in any SLPA course are placed on academic probation for a period no shorter than one semester, although this duration may be substantially longer. Students receiving a 69% or below in any SLPA course or practicum are dismissed from the program. A dismissed student may apply for readmission to the program in the fall semester of the following school year, however the student is not guaranteed readmission. If the student is readmitted, the failed course must be repeated. Additional information regarding grade requirements, probation and dismissal is contained within the COD SLPA Program Handbook.

In order to ensure students acquire knowledge relevant to their clinical practice, students may be required to make up portions of failed exams or projects regardless of earning a passing grade in class.

Prior to being admitted into clinicals which take place during the students' final spring term, students must complete and pass a pre-clinical examination. Students must sit for this examination on the first Thursday of January of the students' final spring semester. Students who do not pass the exam will not be allowed to enter clinicals and will have the choice of either (1) exiting the program and reapplying at a later date if desired or (2) completing coursework and or self-study to remediate deficit areas and, pending successful performance on the exam the following January, enrolling in clinicals the following spring term.

Please note: Acceptance into the SLPA program does not guarantee successful program completion.

Statement of Health
Once accepted, the health requirements must be completed prior to the first day of class for the Clinical Practicum Course, SLPA 2112. Please see the health requirement packet.

If applicants do not submit the necessary paperwork, do not obtain the required examinations and vaccinations, and/or are unable to obtain clearance to participate in all the program's clinical activities, without restrictions and/or precautions, they may be considered ineligible for the program and can be withdrawn from the program courses in which they are registered.

Mandatory Drug Testing: Policy and Procedures

    • Health Career students with direct patient contact must be drug tested annually prior to clinical experience in every program.
    • New admissions to Health Career Programs that test positive to the drug screen will be considered ineligible for admissions into the program and will be withdrawn from program classes.
    • Continuing Health Career Program students who test positive may not seek readmission to the same program or initiate admission to another program for a minimum of one year.

Physical Requirements
To participate in the clinical education component of the SLPA program, students must possess additional non-academic, physical skills. These skills are consistent with the duties of what is required of an SLPA in a variety of settings. Students in the SLPA program should have the ability to:

    • Lift and carry 30 pounds of weight.
    • Move at a reasonable speed by foot and negotiate stairs safely and in a timely manner.
    • Maintain pace with a toddler or active child, including but not limited to activities such as moving from a seated position in a chair or on the floor to standing and moving around the therapy room.
    • Sit on the ground and/or in child-sized chairs for a prolonged period of time.
    • Perform for a prolonged period without breaks in a typical eight-hour workday.
    • Respond appropriately to sounds such as the client's voice at normal conversational volume levels.
    • Visually differentiate various gestures, signs and oral movements.
    • Manipulate objects, such as a tongue blade, with dexterity.
    • Respond appropriately to equipment signals such as sound and light.
    • Communicate orally and in writing with clients, clients' families, supervisors, and other personnel clearly and effectively, and follow verbal and written directions
    • See note below regarding speech production

Speech Production: In addition to the above listed requirements, it is preferable that students be able to model Standard American English as delineated in the guidelines set forth by ASHA in the 1997 position statement entitled "Students and Professionals Who Speak English with Accents and Nonstandard Dialects: Issues and Recommendations." While this position paper addresses accents and nonstandard dialects, for the purposes of the SLPA program the concepts extend to speech and language differences and disorders as well. Please note that while accents, dialects, and speech and language differences and disorders would not preclude admittance to the program and completion of the clinical practicum, they may have an impact on employment after graduation. Students with any questions regarding this are encouraged to speak with the program coordinator.

 

Licensure / Credentialing

While the SLPA program at COD meets and exceeds the minimum requirements set forth within section 1465.20b.4 of the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Act. Graduates are eligible to apply for a license, successful completion of the SLPA program does not guarantee licensure in the State of Illinois.

Individuals in any of the following categories may have difficulty obtaining a license or may be denied licensure:

    • Individuals who have been convicted of a criminal offense in state or federal court.
    • Individuals who have been convicted of a felony.
    • Individuals who had or have any disease that interferes with one's ability to perform the essential functions of the profession.
    • Individuals who have been denied a professional license or privilege to sit for a licensing exam, or had a license or permit disciplined by the State of Illinois or elsewhere.
    • Individuals who have been discharged other than honorably by the armed services or a city, county, state or federal position.

Additionally, applicants who do not have a social security number may have difficulty obtaining a license. Potential applicants may refer questions to the Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation, Springfield, IL.

 

Admission Requirements

NOTE: Admission Committees for all Health Science programs has the right to deny admission to any applicant that they feel is unable to fulfill these essential functions as described.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all material listed below have been completed and received by the Office of Admissions & Outreach, SSC 2207, by 5 p.m. on November 15, 2017.

An applicant to the SLPA program must:

    1. Attend a mandatory Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program Advising Session. View upcoming session dates and times and please make sure to RSVP for your session to secure your spot using the directions provided. It is required that an applicant attend an advising session within a 12 month period prior to the application deadline.

    2. Complete the College of DuPage General Admissions Application online or in person at the College of DuPage Office of Admissions and Outreach, SSC 2207. There is a $20 general admissions fee due upon submission. If you have previously attended College of DuPage, you can omit this step. This application is for general admissions to College of DuPage only; it is not an application to the Speech Language Pathology Assistant program.

    3. To ensure that all of your eligible credits are evaluated towards the admission requirements turn in all official Transcripts from any schools that you have attended. Please follow the steps listed below:
      Submit your official transcript(s). Contact your previous institution(s) to order an official copy of your transcript to be sent to the College of DuPage, Office of Student Records, 425 Fawell Blvd, SRC 2150, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599. If College of DuPage is the only institution you have attended you do not need to request official transcripts.
      Verify receipt of your transcript(s). Login to your myACCESS account, click on 'myACCESS for Students', then select 'My Profile'. The receipt status of your transcript will be listed under 'Transcript Institutions'.
      NOTE: If you have an international transcript from high school or college, it must be evaluated by EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIAL EVALUATORS, Inc. Forms may be obtained from www.ece.org

    4. Please have your 7-digit Student ID # ready and complete the online Health Sciences Application. Select Speech Language Pathology Assistant when asked "which Health Sciences program are you applying to?" and Spring 2018 as your "anticipated entry term".

      NOTE: You can only submit the application online and must pay a $50 non-refundable application fee by credit card. If you do not have a credit card, you can purchase a prepaid credit card from your local retailer. Be sure you have selected the correct entry term and program. Once your term is selected and application submitted, you may not change this without submitting a new application and paying another $50 non-refundable application fee. If you previously applied to the Speech Language Pathology Assistant program, you will need to complete this step again and pay another $50 non-refundable fee to be considered for this admissions cycle.

    5. Complete the College of DuPage Residency Verification form by providing 2 proofs of residency to the Office of Student Registration Services, Student Services Center (SSC) Room 2221 by the program application deadline date. Note: If 2 proofs of residency have not been submitted to Registration by the program application deadline date the applicant will not be considered for admission.

    6. Complete the college's placement tests in Reading and Writing and score in Category One. The Reading & Writing placement test is required of ALL applicants.

      Placement test taken prior to April 2016: (E-write test is NOT accepted)
      You must complete the COMPASS Reading and Writing placement test and score Category One on both.

      Placement test taken after April 2016:
      You must complete the ACCUPLACER placement tests. You must complete the ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension and ACCUPLACER Writing Sentence Skills and score Category One on both.

      For ESL students:
      Placement test taken prior to April 2016:
      You must complete the ESL COMPASS Reading and Writing placement test and score Category One on both. Students will also need to complete the ESL ACCUPLACER Listening test and score 102 or higher.

      Placement test taken after April 2016:
      You must achieve a score of 102 or higher on each of the following in order to be eligible for admission:
      ESL ACCUPLACER Reading Skills
      ESL ACCUPLACER Sentence Meaning
      ESL ACCUPLACER Language Use
      ESL ACCUPLACER Listening

    7. Submit the College of DuPage Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program Written Essay Questions & Applicant Responses to the Office of Admissions & Outreach, SSC 2207. Essay questions are supplemental application material distributed during your SLPA 1101 course. See SLPA Support Document (form is subject to change).

    8. Complete the following prerequisite:
      Enrollment in and completion of Introduction to Speech Language Pathology (SLPA 1101) at College of DuPage with at least a final grade of "B" or better. Students who complete SLPA 1101 with a grade of "C" may be provisionally admitted to the program, with full admission to the program pending successful completion (grade of "B" or better) of additional SLPA classes. Students earning a "D" or "F" in SLPA 1101 are not eligible to apply; they are welcome to retake the course and apply to the program after earning a grade of "B" or better. Prospective students who have completed an introductory course in the field at a different institution must submit a copy of their grade report or transcript including the grade received. The SLPA coordinator reserves the right to request additional information, including but not limited to, the course description from the course catalog and a copy of the course syllabus.

"All application documents delivered to the College of DuPage pertaining to a health sciences admissions file become the property of the College of DuPage and will not be returned to applicants. This includes but is not limited to transcripts, letters of recommendation, clinical evaluation forms or outside test reports."

 

Requests for admission are not automatically carried over to the following cycle. Applicants who were not accepted for the cycle in which they originally applied are asked to pay the $50 non-refundable Health Science application fee and submit any/all supporting documents as listed on the Admissions Checklist of the Application Packet requirements (if applicable).

 

Contact Information


If you are interested in learning more about this program, please

    1. Attend an advising session
                   and/or
    2. Visit a Health Career Program Advisor by calling (630) 942-2259 to make an appointment.
    3. For information or general inquiries, please send an email to healthcareadvising@cod.edu. (Please use above phone number only to schedule an appointment. Do not send an appointment request to this email).

Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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