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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 15 are clinical experiences. For additional information, see the SLPA section of the University Catalog.

Program Options

Fall Semesters Section

In-person attendance required. Externships are typically offered in the following counties: Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Wasatch, Tooele, and Utah. If you can attend in-person and would like to pursue an externship in a county not listed, please contact the program director to assess feasibility.
Application portal for 2023 cohort to open on May 1st, 2023

Spring Semesters Section

Online format. This section is geared towards prospective students who are not able to attend the program in person. Specifically, it aims to support applicants from rural areas, live outside of the Wasatch Front, or live out-of-state. Externships are NOT offered in counties listed in the Fall Semester Section.
Apply Now – Application portal closes October 31st, 2022

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) 
  • A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 for matriculated students and 2.5 for non-matriculated students 
  • No lower than a B- in Major coursework 
  • 25 observation hours of a school-based speech-language pathologist

Application Requirements

  • Copy of undergraduate transcripts (unofficial accepted)
  • 2 letters of recommendation (academic preferred)
  • Letter of Intent/Personal Statement
  • Resume/CV 


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 at