Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program- Summer 2017

General Information

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology) at Sacramento State 2017 Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program will be held in the summer semester. 

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. CSAD 140 Clinical Methods Course (classroom portion), meets three times a week (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday) for six weeks on the CSUS campus. Class dates and times are TBD, but are generally held from May to July. 3 units.
  2. CSAD 140L. SLPA Practicum, Ethical and Legal Parameters. Fieldwork experience. Times and dates will be arranged and will occur at an off-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 coordinator. 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). 3 units.

To meet California registration/licensing requirements, the SLPA student must obtain a minimum of 100 fieldwork hours (CSAD 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

Prerequisites

All prospective students must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Speech Pathology no older than 5 years (May 2012) from California State University, Sacramento and meet University and Department standards. Students who are planning on graduating in May 2017 are eligible to apply for the Summer SLPA program.

Prior to enrolling in the first course involving direct client contact (CSAD 140L) the student must meet or demonstrate the criteria listed below. 

  1. Pass all medical requirements including:
    1. TB (PPD) Test (available through The Well, see: http://www.csus.edu/cec/tb.html)
    2. Begin the Hepatitis B Immunization (available through The Well, see: https://shcssacstate.org/health-services/immunizations
  2. Complete the Department’s authorized background check. http://www.csus.edu/hhs/csad/resources/background-checks.html
  3. Contact my assigned SLP master clinician via email to arrange an initial meeting date/time
  4. Review the policies and procedures outlined in the 2017 SLPA Clinical Handbook

Application Process

To apply to the 2017 Speech Pathology Assistant Program, complete the application packet Summer 2017 SLPA Application Packet .docx .

Incomplete applications, applications failing to adhere to the required format, or applications received outside of the application submission window will not be reviewed

  1. The application packet must be submitted VIA EMAIL between the dates of Tuesday April 11, 2017  12:00 am (midnight) and Tuesday April 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm PST as a single .pdf attachment.
  2. Applications must be sent to: Heather Thompson PhD CCC-SLP at heather.thompson@csus.edu.

Licensing

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements is available from:

Heather L. Thompson, PhD CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor, Speech-Language Pathologist 
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology)
heather.thompson@csus.edu

Questions?

Please contact:

Heather L. Thompson, PhD CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor, Speech-Language Pathologist 
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology)
heather.thompson@csus.edu