SLPA - Prospective Student Welcome Letter

Dear SLPA Candidate,

Thank you for expressing interest in our SLPA program.  The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to work under the supervision of a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist who evaluates, diagnoses, and treats individuals with various communication disorders. The program provides a concentration of speech-language courses, related courses, and supervised field experiences that will prepare students to assist speech-language pathologists in treating disorders related to articulation and phonology, language and hearing. In addition, students will be trained in the use of augmentative and assistive communication technology.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for licensure with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board. Employment opportunities exist in clinical and education settings where the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant must be supervised by the licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. Students who would like information regarding licensing requirements for SLPAs should review the board website at

Please review the program information on the SLPA Website for further details about the department and the recommended course sequence. Students who are interested in the program may attend a biannual informational meeting or contact me via phone (562) 860-2451 x3517 or email (


Susan McDonald, M.S., CCC-SLP