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  • SPEECH-LANGUAGE

    PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT PROGRAM

    STUDENT HANDBOOK

    Health Occupations Division

    11110 Alondra Boulevard

    Norwalk, California 90650

    (562)860-2451

    PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

    Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensers Licensing Board

    (916)263-2666

    www.speechandhearing.ca.gov

    http://www.speechandhearing.ca.gov/

  • CC SLPA Handbook 2 rev. 4/2018

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    I. Introduction

    Letter from the Program Director…………………………………………………………………………………3

    History of the Cerritos College SLPA Program……………………………………………………………….4

    Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program Organization…………………………….5

    II. Program Description

    Mission Statement………………………………………………………………………………………………………..6

    Program Objectives……………………………………………………………………………………………………….6

    SLPA Student Learning Outcomes………………………………………………………………………………….7

    Roles & Responsibilities of a SLPA (mandated by SLPAB Licensing Board)……………………..8

    Application to the Program………………………………………………………………………………….………..9

    Scholarship and Promotion…………………………………………………………………………………………...9

    Length of Program and Anticipated Expenses…………………………………………………….……….…9

    Course Sequence and Completion Requirements…………………………………………………………10

    Career Opportunities……………………………………………………………………………………………………12

    Academic Probation and Dismissal……………………………………………………………………………….13

    Student Grievance Procedures……………………………………………………………………………………..14

    III. Policy and Procedures for Fieldwork Placement/Clinical Experience

    SLPA Clinical Competencies………………………………………………………………………………………….15

    Enrollment and Placement Procedures………………………………………………………………………..17

    Security and Health Clearance……………………………………………………………….…………………….18

    Attendance Policy and Completion of Clinical Hours…………………………………………………….19

    Student Dress Code………………………………………………………………………………………………….…..22

    Site Facilities & Supervisor Responsibilities…………………………………………………………………..22

    Student Injury Policy…………………………………………………………………………………………………….23

    IV. Requirements of Speech-Language Pathology Assistant State Licensure…………………………….24

    V. Professional Organizations……………………………………………………………………………………………….….25

    VI. Appendices

    Appendix I: Technical Standards of the SLPA Occupation …………………………………….….…..26

    Appendix II: Pertinent Excerpts from the ASHA Code of Ethics …………………………………….27

    VII. Student Signature Page………………………………………………………………………………………………………28

  • CC SLPA Handbook 3 rev. 4/2018

    Dear SLPA student,

    It is my pleasure to welcome you to this exciting new chapter in your education and career path. You are

    embarking on a complex but rewarding field of study that will develop both your personal and

    professional skills in order to prepare you for a state licensed position as a Speech-Language Pathology

    Assistant (SLPA). By the end of this program, you will have the clinical skills to help anyone learn to

    communicate. You will experience breakthrough moments, such as when a child who has never spoken

    before says their first words in one of your therapy sessions, or when you find yourself being that one

    person to whom a bullied middle school child can confide in about their stuttering. In short, you will

    provide an invaluable service that can change people’s lives in both big and small ways.

    This significant role that you will play in your future clients’ and their families’ lives comes with

    significant responsibilities as well. As a member of the field of Speech-Language Pathology, you will

    belong to a profession that prides itself on research-based practice of assessment and intervention for

    individuals with communication disorders. You will be responsible for maintaining knowledge and

    clinical skills that are informed by rigorous evidence and clinical expertise to provide the best possible

    care of your clients and consumers. As a licensed professional, you will also adhere to a code of ethics

    that are specific to the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant occupation, as mandated by the California

    Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensers’ (SLPAHAD) Board.

    As you will discover in the first year of the program, Speech-Language Pathology is influenced by other

    health and educational disciplines, as well as federal and state policies. You will integrate concepts from

    the fields of child psychology, child development, sign language, anatomy and physiology, linguistics,

    physics, and education. Through a carefully structured curriculum, Cerritos College SLPA students learn

    about the process of communication, disorders of communication, and how to implement treatment

    plans effectively. In the second year of the program, students will experience a combination of didactic

    and clinical training courses. During the clinical experiences, you will have the opportunity to practice

    your skills in two clinical and/or educational settings under the mentorship of a credentialed Speech-

    Language Pathologist in the Los Angeles and Orange County regions. Students who successfully

    complete both the academic and clinical portions of the program will graduate with an Associate of Arts

    degree in Speech-Language Pathology Assisting and be eligible for state licensure with the SLPAHAD

    Licensing Board (www.speechandhearing.ca.gov).

    This handbook is designed to orient you to the requirements of the SLPA field and the Cerritos Program.

    Review it carefully and keep it easily accessible as you go through the different stages of the program as

    you will need to refer back to various sections as you progress. I am honored to help you on your career

    path and wish you well in this new endeavor.

    Respectfully,

    Susan McDonald, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Department Chair

    Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program

    Cerritos College

  • CC SLPA Handbook 4 rev. 4/2018

    HISTORY

    The Cerritos Community College Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

    Program was developed through the collaborative efforts of Judy

    Montgomery (Lead Consultant for the Golden SLPA Project), Ellen

    Horvath (SLP), Elsa Brizzi (LACOE Headstart) and Jenine Nolan (Health

    Occupations Dean) beginning in 1999 and coming to fruition in 2001 as

    a state-accredited SLPA program, as recognized by the Speech-

    Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board of

    California.

  • CC SLPA Handbook 5 rev. 4/2018

    Organization Chart for the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program

    Cerritos Community College District

    California State Chancellor of Education

    Cerritos Community College District

    President of Cerritos College

    Dr. Jose Fierro

    Board of Trustees

    Vice President of Academic Affairs

    Richard Miranda

    Dr.

    Dean of the Health Occupations Division

    Sandra Marks

    SLPA Department Chair & Program Director

    Susan McDonald, M.S., CCC-SLP

    SLPA Faculty:

    Susan McDonald, M.S., CCC-SLP (Full-time)

    Dr. Amanda Buchheit, ClinScD SLP (Adjunct)

    David Cho, M.A., CCC-SLP (Adjunct)

    Sharon Oh, M.S., CCC-SLP (Adjunct)

  • CC SLPA Handbook 6 rev. 4/2018

    The SLPA Program is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program which retains an

    Advisory Committee to consult on program growth and development

    PROGRAM STATEMENT

    The Cerritos College Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program is an accredited

    program by the California Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, and Hearing Aid Dispensers

    (SLPAHAD) Licensing Board. The SLPA program offers an opportunity to prepare for an entry-

    level car