History of the SLPA Program at College of DuPage
The SLPA program at COD was developed in response to a needs-assessment survey of speech language pathology service providers in DuPage County conducted in 1999. The results of this survey indicated an increased need for speech language pathology assistants to meet the growing request for speech and language services in this area. In light of constant changes within the health care and educational arenas, the utilization of SLPAs under the supervision of certified SLPs allows for the extension of quality services to children and adults in need. The first class of College of DuPage SLPAs graduated in June 2002.
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 Financial and Professional Regulations.
The following files provided detailed program requirements and planning information for this degree:
The SLPA program is designed to be completed in two years.
The two-year SLPA program sequence assume that general education requirements have been completed. Additionally, the sequence do not take into account the potential need for elective credits. Students may apply for and be accepted to the SLPA program prior to completion of general education requirements; in such cases, their course sequence must be adjusted accordingly and the program may require additional time to complete.
Students cannot 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 are prepared for graduation upon completion of all SLPA program courses.