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.