South Suburban College
South Suburban College

Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program

This full time Speech Language Pathology Assistant educational program prepares individuals to work in a health or educational setting under a registered speech pathologist with at least two years of professional experience. Assistants generally work with equipment maintenance, patient assessment, paperwork and execution of speech pathologist treatment plans. Courses in this program are structured to provide students with background information, theories, principles and techniques for implementation of treatment plans and goals of speech, language, and hearing disordered individuals. The program supplements classroom instruction with required supervised clinical observation and practicum experiences in speech language pathology and audiology. Students will be assigned to off campus practicum sites for observation of clinical experiences and involvement in interdisciplinary team approaches to case management.

Accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission, the Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois State Board of Education.

Upon successful completion of all academic and fieldwork requirements, students receive an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree.

Prior to enrolling in the Speech Language Pathology program, students are advised to review the applicable licensure/certification procedures and requirements and state laws of the professions to ensure that they are eligible to receive a license/certification following completion of the Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program at South Suburban College. Eligibility for licensure may be limited by the results of a criminal background investigation. Eligibility for licensure may be limited by the results of a criminal background investigation and drug screening.

NOTE: Criminal background checks are required for all admitted students for fieldwork. Additionally, students may be subjected to fingerprinting and/or drug screening for specific fieldwork sites.

Admission Process Placement

By admission process, all students must complete all SPA program and general education course requirements with a grade of “C” or better before entering the program.

  1. Prospective students should submit an SSC Application form and forward all high school (or High School Equivalency (HSE)) transcripts, as well as official college transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Records no later than May 31 for credit evaluation. General education course transcripts must be submitted prior to the start of the summer semester.
  2. Students that have completed the necessary prerequisite courses can submit the Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program Application form by mail or in person to The Health Professions Office in Room 4453. The deadline for prerequisite course completion and application to be considered for the summer class each year is February 1st. Late applications will not be accepted.
  3. Students are required to pass a health professions entrance examination with a minimum score of 75%. Information, scheduling and payment for the examination will be made available after January 1st.

Admission to the Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program will be determined on a ranking of the grade point average (GPA) determined on the program prerequisites.

Priority for admission will be given to applicants who meet the application deadline. Program prerequisites must also be completed before the deadline to be considered for admissions. Be advised that Biology must be completed within the last 5 years to satisfy the program requirements. All students must be certified in CPR and hold a current card throughout the entire program.

Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program Links

General Education Links

For More Information

Blessing Balmiro, Director of Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program at (708) 596-2000 ext. 2634.

Kathryn Merlin Eberhardt, Career Advisor for Health Professions at (708) 596-2000 ext. 2306

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