South Suburban College
South Suburban College

Speech Language Pathology Assistant Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


SPA 101 - Introduction to Speech Language Pathology Assisting (3, 3)

Prerequisite: Approval of the Program Coordinator

This course serves as an introduction to the field of Speech Language Pathology. This course will address professional standards, legal and ethical issues, and the scope of practice for Speech Language Pathologists, and the Speech Language Pathology Assistant in healthcare and educational settings.

SPA 121 - Anatomy and Physiology of Speech & Hearing (3, 3)

Prerequisite: Approval of the Program Coordinator

This course looks at the human anatomy and physiology and the interrelated components of speech and hearing including; the structure of the speech mechanism, muscles, and neurology involved with speech production.

SPA 131 - Language Development in Children (3, 3)

Prerequisite: Approval of the Program Coordinator

This course delves into the typical development stages of language in children through adolescence. The focus will be an overview of the social, cognitive, and physical aspects of normal language acquisition.

SPA 141 - Voice and Diction (3, 3)

Prerequisite: SPA 121, SPA 131, and Approval of the Program Coordinator

A course designed to present the student with an overview of the anatomical and physiological bases for the principles necessary for effective oral communication, as it relates to articulation, language, voice, rhythm, and listening skills. This will accompany practical exercises to assist in the modification of speech behavior. Attention is given to phonetic and phonemic awareness of various dialects of English.

SPA 151 - Communication Disorders in Children (3, 3)

Prerequisite: SPA 121, SPA 131 and Approval of the Program Coordinator

The nature of language disturbances resulting from damage to the central nervous system, auditory impairment, environment, social, and psychogenic influences. The role of the Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist in educational and medical settings.

SPA 161 - Introduction to Phonetics (3, 3)

Prerequisite: SPA 141, SPA 151 and Approval of the Program Coordinator

An introductory course in phonetics, the classification of speech sounds, which includes articulatory and perceptual analysis of speech sounds and transcription methods of American English into the International Phonetics Alphabet (IPA). Students in Speech Language Pathology Assisting are expected to apply the knowledge in the clinical setting.

SPA 171 - Clinical Observation (3, 3)

Prerequisite: SPA 141, SPA 151 and Approval of the Program Coordinator

Observation of the licensed and CCC SLP practitioner in various clinical settings. No hands on will be obtained through this experience. Prerequisite to Clinical Fieldwork I & II.

SPA 201 - Screening Processes and Intervention Procedures (3, 3)

Prerequisite: SPA 161 and Approval of the Program Coordinator

A study of screening tools, documentation, processes and intervention procedures used for children and adults with communication disorders. Administration of screening tests, hearing screenings and completion of protocols for screenings.

SPA 211 - Clinical Fieldwork I (3, 3)

Prerequisite: SPA 131, SPA 151, SPA 171 and Approval of the Program Coordinator

Application of supervised clinical practice procedures as required by the Speech Language Pathology Assistant in educational and medical settings.

SPA 221 - Communication Disorders in Adults (3, 3)

Prerequisite: SPA 171 and Approval of the Program Coordinator

An overview of communication disorders in adults, including classification, assessment and treatment of speech, language, swallowing, and voice and hearing disorders in adults. Role of the Speech Language Pathologist Assistant and Audiologist in a variety of settings.

SPA 231 - Case Studies and Management for Speech Language of Speech Language Pathology Assistants (3, 3)

Prerequisite: SPA 211 and Approval of the Program Coordinator

Organizational and functional skills required in the Speech Language Pathology workplace. Includes; interdisciplinary and supervisory relationships, client and public interaction, safety issues, technical writing, data collection, record keeping and computer applications.

SPA 241 - Clinical Fieldwork II (3, 3)

Prerequisite: Must have completed SPA 171 and SPA 211 and approval of the Program Coordinator

Application of supervised clinical practice procedures as required by the Speech Language Pathology Assistant in educational and medical settings.

For additional information, please contact Blessing Balmiro, Speech Language Pathology Assistant Coordinator, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2364 or Kathryn Melin Eberhardt, Career Advisor for Health Professions, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2306.

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