CMSD 367 – Speech Language Pathology Assistant Fieldwork Course

The Speech Language Pathologist Assistant (SLPA) Fieldwork Experience Course is designed for non-Loma Linda University students who have obtained an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (or equivalent) and would like to complete the required fieldwork hours necessary to apply for licensure as a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant.

This course has been approved by the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board (SLPAHADB) which mandates laws, regulations, and issues of professional licensure within the state of California. It is a four unit course that requires 100 fieldwork training hours and online coursework for completion.  Upon completion of the course, students will receive the required documentation to complete the application process to apply for their license as a SLPA.   The SLPA Fieldwork course is completed in one academic quarter.

Course Requirements

This course is available to students that are not currently enrolled in any Communication Sciences and Disorders programs here at Loma Linda University.  Students will register as a Non-Degree Student (upon approval from the SLPA Coordinator).

  • Fieldwork Experience
    • Under the supervision of a licensed Speech Language Pathologist, which has been approved by the SLPA Coordinator, a minimum of 100 hours of fieldwork experience (divided into the following categories) are required over a total of 9 weeks.
      • Observation ………………………………………………... 10 hours minimum
      • Direct Client Contact / Treatment/ Screening ……………... 80 hours minimum
      • Administrative Tasks/ Clinical Support …………………… 10 hours minimum
        • Unfortunately, any hours completed before the start of the quarter that you are registered for will not be accepted.
  • Online Course
    • An online course to focus on the Scope of Practice and Ethical standards of the Speech Language Pathologist Assistant. 
      • 10 hours of Online Lecture/Presentation/Discussion
      • 10 hours of Independent Learning Activities 

Effective Fall 2017, this course is offered each of the four quarters.  The specific dates of the course will correspond with the University’s academic calendar.


Students must meet the following academic criteria to be eligible to enroll in CMSD 367: SLPA – Fieldwork Course. 

  • Completion of a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) OR Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CMSD) or other degree title for Speech Language Pathology. 

Effective Fall 2017, students must be within 5 years of completion of a Bachelor’s degree to be eligible to enroll in CMSD 367: SLPA - Fieldwork Course. 

  • Therefore, using the example of Fall 2017, student must have completed his/her academic coursework in Speech-Language Pathology in the year of 2012 or later.  Students completing their coursework prior to Fall 2012 would be ineligible to apply for this course.   

Enrollment Preparation

If you meet the above criteria, the following is required to prepare for registration:

  • You are responsible for securing a placement with an SLP who has a current California license, or Credential.  The SLP must provide you with a verbal or written agreement to serve as your supervisor.  You may choose to complete your fieldwork experience at a private office, school district, or medical facility. 
  • Once the Approval Request Forms are available, you will submit the document listing the site and the SLP that has agreed to supervise you for the course. 

Dates of Submission

Approval Request Forms are utilized to request placement into this course.  Approval Request Forms are available to submit for one full week, opening at 12:00am on day one (Monday), and closing at 11:59pm on the final day (Sunday).    The specific dates of each quarter will correspond with the University’s academic calendar.

2019 - 2020 Academic Year Submission Dates

  • ​Fall Quarter:  June 24, 2019  - June 30, 2019
  • Winter Quarter:  September 23, 2019 - September 29, 2019
  • Spring Quarter:  January 6, 2020 - January 12, 2020

2020 - 2021 Academic Year Submission Dates

  • Summer Quarter:  March 30, 2020 - April 5, 2020

Incomplete forms will be discarded and will not be reviewed.  

  • You will receive an email with a status of the approval request and further steps within two weeks of the closing date of the application period. 
  • There is a maximum capacity of 35 students accepted into the course each quarter. A submission form does not guarantee placement. 

Registration Overview

  • Once it has been determined that you are approved to register for this course, you will receive an email of approval with information regarding orientation/registration.
  • An orientation is required prior to registering.  Orientation involves coming to the campus of LLU; at which time, requirements for the course will be reviewed with you.  You will then go to student services to submit the required registration documents and pay registration fees.  This will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete.  You will receive the specific dates for orientation/registration when you receive final approval for registration. 
  • This course is available to any student within the state of California that meets criteria.  However, distance registration is not available.  You must attend the orientation/registration meeting on Loma Linda University’s campus when offered.  This is mandatory and no exceptions are made.

For More Detailed Information

  • Thoroughly review the FAQs document.  You may click on the link located at the top of this page to access it.

Contact Information

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
School of Allied Health Professions

Loma Linda University
Burden Hall
11041 Anderson St
Loma Linda Ca 92350
Department phone: 909-558-4998  X 55954


Aieshea Banks, M.A. CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor/SLPA Coordinator

Natalia Milosavljevic

Natalia Milosavljevic
Clinical & SLPA Administrative Secretary