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SLPA Certificate Graduate Program Overview

Become a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

This certificate program is a post-baccalaureate graduate-level clinical training program designed to prepare students for a career in public schools as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA). Students who successfully complete the program will be immediately eligible for SLPA national certification and state licensure. The program is an intensive program offered over the course of 1 semester. A total of 15 credit hours are required, of which 3 are didactic and 12 are clinical experiences. For additional information, see the SLPA section of the University Catalog.

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Overview

    Program Options

    Fall Semester Section (Open Enrollment)

    Online format. Externships are offered state wide.
    Apply for 2024 Fall Semester - Portal opens on May 20th, 2024

    Spring Semester Section (Open Enrollment)

    Online format. Externships are offered state wide.

    2024 Spring Semester Portal Now Closed

    Program Outline

    A final grade of no lower than a B- in all program coursework is required for successful completion.

    • CSD 6100: Foundations of Clinical Practice for the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (3 credit hours)
    • CSD 6110: Field-Base Clinical Externship (12 credit hours)

    Admission Requirements

    • A bachelor's degree from a Speech-Language Pathology or Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) program that is part of an accredited institution/program (i.e. matriculated students) 
    • A bachelor's degree in another field of study other than CSD and have completed all University of Utah CSD and Allied Heath required coursework prior to applying to the SLPA program (i.e. non-matriculated students) 

    Application Requirements

    • Copy of undergraduate transcripts (unofficial accepted)
    • Letter of Intent/Personal Statement
    • Resume/CV 

    Tuition Support

    We offer 3 ways to help reduce the cost of program tuition by up to $5,000, outlined below.

    CSD Department Scholarships

    • All individuals accepted into the SLPA program will receive an automatic CSD department scholarship in the amount of $2,200.  

    Community Engaged Learning Funding

    • All individuals accepted into the SLPA program will receive automatic funding that is supported by the program's Community Engaged Learning (CEL) designation in the amount of $300

    Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Special Education Personnel Preparation Student Scholarship Grant

    • We are happy to announce the support of our SLPA program by USBE. This funding demonstrates the valued relationship between our program and USBE. $2,500 per student, awarded to the first 20 semester applicants (i.e., first come, first serve for each semester) who are accepted into the program and meet the additional requirements:
      • Wish to practice in Utah public schools as an SLPA/Speech-Language Technician (SLT).
      • Be able to commit to 1 full school year of full-time employment after becoming licensed through USBE. 



    C-SLPA certification eligibility from AHSA requires specific coursework and clinical experiences. Our program meets ASHA’s requirements and will qualify a student to take the SLPA certification exam offered through ASHA.

    For specific state and national certification requirements, contact the department office.

    For more questions about the SLPA program, please contact: Dr. Tyler Christopulos, Director of SLPA Certificate Graduate Program.

    Contact Us

    Dr. Tyler Christopulos, PHD, CCC-SLP

    Director of SLPA Program