The Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Preparation Program is designed for individuals seeking to meet the requirements for registration as a California licensed SLPA.  Potential students must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (or equivalent degree title) from an institution other than Loma Linda University.   

This program has been approved by the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board (SLPAHADB) which mandates laws and regulations, as well as issue professional licensure within the state of California.  It entails the completion of two non-degree courses totaling 4 units.  CMSD 368 – SLPA Scope of Practice is a one unit, online, didactic course that focuses on the laws, regulations, ethics, and clinical practice of the SLPA.  CMSD 369 – SLPA Fieldwork Experience is a three unit course that involves the completion of clinical experience under the supervision of a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist at an approved clinical site.  Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive the required documentation to complete the application process to apply for their license as an SLPA.  The SLPA Preparation Program is completed in one academic quarter.


To enroll in this program, students must meet specific criteria that will prepare them for successful completion of the course.

  1. 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.
  2. Students must be within 5 years of completion of Bachelor’s degree to be eligible to enroll in the required courses.
    • Ex:  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.

Program Description

The SLPA Preparation Program is available to students within the state of California who hold a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology (or equivalent title) and who are not enrolled in any Communication Sciences and Disorders programs at Loma Linda University. Students will register as a Non-Degree Student (upon approval from the SLPA Coordinator).

The following required courses must be taken concurrently.

  1. CMSD 368 – SLPA Scope of Practice
    • 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
      • 20 hours of Independent Learning Activities
  2. CMSD 369 - SLPA 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 …………………………………………………… 15 hours minimum
      • Direct Client Contact / Treatment/ Screening ……………... 80 hours minimum
      • Administrative Tasks/ Clinical Support ……………………… 5 hours minimum
        • Unfortunately, any hours completed before the start of the quarter that you are registered for will not be accepted. 

Tuition and Fees

The SLPA Preparation Program requires the completion of two courses, CMSD 368 and CMSD 369, in one academic quarter. View our tuition and fees.

Enrollment Preparation

To apply for enrollment in this course, applicants will need to secure a supervising Speech-Language Pathologist who has a current California license or credential.  The SLP must provide a verbal or written agreement to serve as the student’s supervisor.  Applicants may choose to complete fieldwork experience at a private office, school district, or medical facility.  Once the Approval Request Forms are available, applicants will submit the online form listing the proposed site and supervising SLP.

Applying for Program


The SLPA Preparation Program is offered to non-degree students and utilizes a different method for applying than typical Loma Linda University programs. An online Approval Request Form is utilized to request placement into this course. Approval Request Forms are available for one full week. Opening at 12:00am on day one (Monday), the online link will close at 11:59pm on the final day (Sunday).  Incomplete forms will be discarded and will not be reviewed.

  • Approximately two weeks after the closing date of the application period, applicants will receive an email with the status of their placement in the program and direction on additional steps.
  • There is a maximum capacity of 35 students accepted into the course each quarter. A submission form does not guarantee placement.
  • The specific dates of each quarter will correspond with the Term dates of LLU academic calendar. Click here for the specific dates of the quarter.

Submission Dates

2019-2020 Academic Year Submission Dates

  • Spring Quarter:      January 6, 2020 – January 12, 2020

2020-2021 Academic Year Submission Dates

COVID-19 Update:

Due to COVID-19 and its uncertainty on clinical placements, the Summer 2020 cohort for the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Preparation Program has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment that this may cause. We anticipate both required courses to be available for the Fall 2020 quarter (9/21/2020 – 12/11/2020). Students who are interested in applying will need to submit an Approval Request Form, via our website, during the week of June 22, 2020 – June 28, 2020. Changes are occurring rapidly as new information regarding COVID-19 is released. Therefore, we recommend monitoring Loma Linda University’s webpage for updates regarding this course. We pray that you remain healthy and safe.

  • Summer Quarter:    March 30, 2020 – April 5, 2020
  • Fall Quarter:    June 22, 2020 – June 28, 2020
  • Winter Quarter:    September 21, 2020 – September 27, 2020
  • Spring Quarter:    January 4, 2021 – January 10, 2021


Registration Overview

Once it has been determined that an applicant is approved to register for this program, an email of approval will be sent with information regarding orientation/registration. There is a mandatory orientation that is held on the campus of LLU.

  • An orientation is required prior to registering.  The orientation involves providing an overview of the requirements for the course for the students.  After the orientation meeting, applicants will then go to student services to complete the registration process.  This will take approximately 3-4 hours to complete.  Applicants will receive the specific dates for orientation/registration after receiving 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.  Applicants 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 our Frequently Asked Questions.

** Information may be updated and subject to change without notice

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