Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program- Summer 2014

General Information

The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) 2014 Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program will begin May 27, 2014. 

The SLPA Program is comprised of two 3-unit courses, SPHP 140 and SPHP 140L. Together these courses are designed to meet the State of California’s registration and licensing requirements for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Code of Ethics.   

1) SPHP 140 Clinical Methods Course (classroom portion), meets four times a week on the CSUS campus. 

2) SPHP 140L. SLPA Practicum, Ethical and Legal Parameters. (Fieldwork experience).  Times and Dates will be arranged and will occur at an on-site location, either in a public school or private clinic setting within the greater Sacramento area.  The SLPA student is expected to be at their assigned practicum site as arranged by the program director.  For public school placements, the start/end date of the clinical practicum is based on the length of the school district’s Regular Academic and Extend School Year Program (summer, special educational program).

To meet California registration/licensing requirements, the SLPA student must obtain a minimum of 100 fieldwork hours (SPHP 140L) at their practicum site; these hours are not inclusive of observation hours done during their undergraduate work.  Upon completing the SLPA program at CSUS, the goal is to provide the enrolled SLPA student with the following:

  • To build knowledge, fieldwork experience, and core technical skills needed to practice within the field of Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
  • To fulfill educational requirements for registration and licensing provisions in the State of California for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
  • To train students for employment as Speech-Language Pathology Assistants by meeting the state of California registration requirements for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
  • To promote and support professional standards of the individual to meet the requirements of the State of California and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Code of Ethics


All prospective students must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Speech Pathology no older than 5 years (May 2009) from California State University, Sacramento and meet university and department standards.

Prior to enrolling in the first course involving direct client contact (SPHP 140L) the student must meet or demonstrate the criteria listed below.  Items 1, 3, 4, and 5 must be maintained throughout the semester. 


Application Packet:

Incomplete packages will not be reviewed.

  1. Application Cover Sheet, download here: Application Cover
  2. One recommendation form completed by a Speech Pathology & Audiology Faculty member. Download here: Recommendation Form   
  3. Personal Statement (single space, 1 page).
    1. State: Why are you interested in being a SLPA?
    2. State:What skills do you possess to support your interest?
    3. Essays should demonstrate the following criteria:
      1. Representation of skills
      2. Adequate sentence structure/form (no typos, proper grammar, etc.)
      3. Relevant clinical experiences
  4. Three Relevant Work & Volunteer Experience with K-12 population, Download form here: Relevant Work & Volunteer Experience

Application packet should be submitted to:

Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology

Attention SLPA Program Coordinator

Important Dates:

Application due by 4:30pm April 25, 2014.
Orientation for admitted students: Friday May 16, 2014
Course (SPHP 140) and Fieldwork (SPHP 140L) will begin Tuesday May, 27, 2014

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