SLPAs assist speech pathologists in providing therapy and monitoring for individuals with speech and language problems. SLPAs work most commonly in school settings with children and in clinical or rehabilitation facilities with adults to help them gain or restore their ability to speak and communicate. Do you see yourself helping others in this way? The OCC Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program can prepare you for a career in this specialized field. The Associate in Science degree can be completed in two years, and graduates of the program are eligible for state licensure through the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board. Read on to learn more about our associate degree program and how OCC can help you enter and succeed in this field.

A sampling of courses for these careers

  • Medical Terminology
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Development
  • Introduction to Phonetics
  • Observing and Recording Behavior
  • Patient Care
  • Adult and Geriatric Disorders


Did you know?

Employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the
average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

Complete our associate-degree program, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career as a speech-language pathology assistant.

View program detail in course catalog. 

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Prepare for a career as a speech-language pathology assistant in an educational institute, hospital, private office or rehabilitation center. Learn how to assist a speech pathologist in this specialized field and provide services in multiple settings. State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board approved for licensure. 

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