An Associate in Applied Science in Speech-Language Pathology Paraprofessional was launched in 2004 to address the critical shortage of SLPP in school settings. The curriculum was designed with assistance from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, and the faculty of the Communication Disorder Department of Minot State University.
This career choice is for people who possess good communication skills, are patient, can follow directions, have good observation skills, and like working with children in a school setting. A growing, exciting profession, Speech-Language Pathology Paraprofessionals (SLPP) are in very high demand. SPLPs work one-on-one and in groups with children and adults in clinics and in school settings, to enhance communication skills.
An additional application for admission into the SLPP program is required and due by December 1st of each year.
A Speech-Language Paraprofessional performs the following services:
- screen without interpretation following specified protocols
- perform established tasks
- document student progress
- prepare materials
- maintain equipment and more
|BIOL 111||Concepts of Biology OR|
|BIOL 115||Human Structure and Function with Lab||4|
|CD 110||Survey of Communication Disorders||3|
|CSCI 101||Introduction to Computers||3|
|ENGL 110||College Composition I||3|
|CD 210||Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology Paraprofessionals||3|
|CD 220||Applied Phonetics for the SLPP||3|
|CD 221||Language Theory and Treatment for the SLPP||3|
|CD 222||Articulatory Phonological Disorders for the SLPP||3|
|CD 224||Techniques for the SLPP||3|
|CD 225||Language Disorders and Intervention for SLPP||3|
|CD 241||Practicum (minimum 100 hours)||4|
|COMM 110||Fundamentals of Public Speaking||3|
|ENGL 120||College Composition II||3|
|PSYC 111||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PSYC 250||Developmental Psychology||3|
|SOC 110||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|SPED 110||Introduction to Exceptional Children**||3|
|SPED 120||Introduction to Behavior Management**||3|
|General Education||Physical Education (HPER/University 101)||2|
|MATH||MATH 100 or higher||3|
|TOTAL AAS CREDITS||61|
Apply for SLPP
Application Deadline: November 1st
- Students are accepted to this program, annually, after meeting LRSC admission requirements and program application guidelines.
- Letter of application (typed, double-spaced, one to two pages) including the following:
- Reason(s) for applying to the program
- Work experience
- Brief biographical sketch
- Two letters of reference. Employers and teachers are preferred. Letters should be sent directly from the reference to the program coordinator.
- Completed Admission File. This includes: copies of your high school and/or college transcripts and assessment scores. Transcripts must be on file in the Admissions Office at Lake Region State College by the application deadline. See your “To-Do List” in the Student Center of Campus Connection for details.
- Completion of the grade sheet indicating the grade earned. Current grades (midterm or later) are acceptable if currently enrolled in courses. An email from the instructor to the program coordinator is acceptable.
- An overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 in the required support courses:
- ENGL 110 – College Composition I
- BIOL 111 – Concepts of Biology OR BIOL 115* - Human Structure & Function, BIOL 115L* – Human Structure and Function Lab
- CD 110 – Survey of Communication Disorders
- CSCI 101 – Introduction to Computers
*NOTE: A higher level anatomy course may substitute for the BIOL 111 or BIOL 115 and BIOL 115L courses.
Application Packet available upon request from the LRSC Admissions Office or from the program coordinator.
Andy Wakeford, SLPP Program Coordinator