Speech Language Pathology Paraprofessional

An Associate in Applied Science in Speech Language Pathology Assistant degree leads to a Speech-Language Pathology Paraprofessional Certificate in the state of North Dakota. Students wishing to be certified in other states will need to contact the Department of Public instruction of that particular state in order to become aware of the necessary state specific requirements.

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 Assistants (SLPA) are in very high demand. SPLAs work one-on-one and in groups with children and adults in clinics and in school settings, to enhance communication skills.

An additonal application for admission into the SLPP program is required and due by December 1st each year.

Prerequisite Courses  
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
Program Curriculum  
CD 210 Introduction to Speech Language Pathology Assistants 3
CD 220 Applied Phonetics for SPLA 3
CD 221 Language Theory and Treatment for SPLA 3
CD 222 Articulatory Phonological Disorders for SPLA 3
CD 224 Techniques for SPLA 3
CD 225 Language Disorders andIntervention for SPLA 3
CD 241 Practicum (minimum 100 hours) 4
CD 242 Introduction to Audiology for SPLA 2
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
ENGL 120 College Composition II 3
MATH 100>or higher Applied Mathematics 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) 2

A Speech Language Assistant performs the following services:
•    screen without interpretation following specified protocols
•    perform established tasks
•    document student progress
•    prepare materials
•    maintain equipment
•    and more



Application Deadline: December 1st
Students are accepted to this program, annually, after meeting LRSC admission requirements and program application guidelines.
1.    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

2.    Two letters of reference. Employers and teachers are preferred. Letters should be sent directly from the reference to program coordinator.

3.    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.

4.    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.

5.    An overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 in the required support courses:
o    ENGL 110 – College Composition I
o    BIOL 111 – Concepts of Biology OR BIOL 115* - Human Structure & Function, BIOL 115L* – Human Structure and Function Lab
o    CD 110 – Survey of Communication Disorders
o    CSCI 101 – Introduction to Computers
*NOTE: A higher level anatomy course may substitute for the BIOL 111 or BIOL 115 and BIOL 115L courses. BIOL 115/L available online from Williston State College (WSC).

Application Packet available upon request from the LRSC Admissions Office or from the program coordinator. Submit the completed application packet to:
Andy Wakeford, SLPA Program Coordinator
Lake Region State College