SLPA Online

Speech Language Pathology Assistant

The majority of school systems in Massachusetts typically hire only individuals as speech language pathology assistants (SLPAs) who have earned their BA in SLPA. However, other states in the Northeast and other parts of the country have different requirements for employment as an SLPA, and the Certificate in SLPA may satisfy those requirements. 

Employment of SLPs is expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average of all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since more than 52 percent of schools nationally employ one or more SLPAs for each SLP (according to ASHA), the increase in SLP jobs would indicate a corresponding increase in SLPA jobs. SLPA salaries are typically 60 to 75 percent of SLP salaries. 

The 22-month bachelor's degree program requires 120 credits. You can transfer in a maximum of 78 credits from GCC or other regionally accredited colleges. A minimum of 42 credits must be earned through Elms College.

All Elms College core and program requirements must be met.

An online 36-credit Certificate Program in Speech Language Pathology Assistant is available. The 36-credit certificate can be rolled into the SLPA degree completion program for those who already hold an Associate’s degree.

Bachelor's Degree Completion Program in Speech Language Pathology Assistant (online)

Applications are now being accepted for a 22-month online bachelor's degree completion program in Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) that begins in August 2014. These online classes will be taught by Elms faculty.

How It Works

The Elms College bachelor's degree completion program in Speech Language Pathology Assistant meets all general requirements of Elms College. You enter this program with the required associate's degree, satisfy Elms' core requirements, and complete the prescribed curriculum of your specific degree program. Essentially, you earn a degree from a private institution in a location convenient to you.

Bachelor's degree completion classes are held online*. By completing your coursework in a 22-month period, you can save thousands of dollars by completing your degree in this uniquely affordable program.

When you finish the program, you will be awarded an Elms College bachelor of arts degree.

Who Is Eligible

Community college graduates who have earned an associate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.67 are eligible to apply to the bachelor's degree program. Entry into this program is based on you having earned at least 60 credits from your associate's degree program.

The bachelor's degree program requires 120 credits. You can transfer in a maximum of 78 credits from regionally accredited colleges. A minimum of 42 credits must be earned through Elms College. All Elms College core and program requirements must be met.

*Low Residency: There are three live interactions during the 22-month program. All will take place at the Elms College off-campus location at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA.

Associate of the Arts in Speech Language Pathology Assistant (online)

Program Prerequisites

An introductory Psychology course (3 credits) and an English Composition course (3 credits) from an accredited college and/or university with a GPA of 2.67 or better are required. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in CSD courses while in the program in order to retain major status and in order to graduate with an AA 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.

A 22-month associate of the arts program requires 60 credits. All Elms College core and program requirements must be met.

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.

36-credit Certificate Program in Speech Language Pathology Assistant (online)

Program Prerequisites: Students can attain the online* 36-credit SLPA certificate in three ways:

  • Stand-alone certificate
  • Post-associate’s certificate
  • Post-baccalaureate certificate

Students must earn a GPA of 2.67 or better and a grade no lower than C in all CSD courses. The 36-credit certificate can be rolled into the SLPA degree completion program for those who already hold an Associate’s degree.

*Low Residency: There are three live interactions during the 22-month program. All will take place at the Elms College off-campus location at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA.

 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. 

 

Academic Questions about the Program

John Gould. Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator, and Academic Advisor
Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders
gouldjohn@elms.edu
413-265-2334

General Information and Admission to the Program

On-Campus
Donna J. Harvey, M.Ed,
Assistant Director of On-Campus Programs
Division of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education
harveyd@elms.edu
413-265-2445

Off-Campus at Greenfield Community College

Kristine Gomes, M.A.T.
Program Coordinator for Elms College at Greenfield Community College(GCC)
Division of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education
gomesk@elms.edu
413-835-1772