Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Degrees from Oklahoma City Community College

A world of opportunity could be yours when you apply for this new, in-demand degree program.

  • Overview
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    Oklahoma City Community College offers the first and only speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) program in Oklahoma. If you are interested in working with children or adults who are experiencing communication delays and disorders, then this field of study is for you.

    Speech-language pathology assistants are prepared to work with a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Because there is a shortage of speech-language pathologists in Oklahoma while the need for professionals to work with children and adults continue to grow, great job opportunities are waiting for OCCC graduates in this program.

    You must apply and be accepted for admission to OCCC and into the speech-language pathology assistant program. Applications are accepted for fall semester entry only. Special application requirements and procedures must be followed, and students who are accepted into the program are selected based on a preferential point system.

    OCCC faculty in the speech-language pathology assistant program maintain current speech-language pathologist state licensure with the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

    SLPA Program Application Steps

    Get started today! Complete your online community college admissions application.

    Learn more about the speech-language pathology assistant program.

    And don't forget to apply for admission to the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program!

  • Overview
    Girl speaking with letters coming out of her mouth

    Oklahoma City Community College offers the first and only speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) program in Oklahoma. If you are interested in working with children or adults who are experiencing communication delays and disorders, then this field of study is for you.

    Speech-language pathology assistants are prepared to work with a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. Because there is a shortage of speech-language pathologists in Oklahoma while the need for professionals to work with children and adults continue to grow, great job opportunities are waiting for OCCC graduates in this program.

    You must apply and be accepted for admission to OCCC and into the speech-language pathology assistant program. Applications are accepted for fall semester entry only. Special application requirements and procedures must be followed, and students who are accepted into the program are selected based on a preferential point system.

    OCCC faculty in the speech-language pathology assistant program maintain current speech-language pathologist state licensure with the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

    SLPA Program Application Steps

    Get started today! Complete your online community college admissions application.

    Learn more about the speech-language pathology assistant program.

    And don't forget to apply for admission to the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program!

  • Highlights
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    Speech-language pathology assistants work with children and adults who are experiencing communication delays and disorders including: articulation and language delays; listening, speaking, reading and writing delays; chewing, feeding and swallowing disorders, and cognitive impairments such as those resulting from a stroke.

    In the speech-language pathology assistant program, you will take 18 hours of general education requirements and 42 hours of speech-language curriculum – nearly all of which can be taken online. You will also complete two semesters of clinical experience near your home, totaling 100 hours.

    After graduating with your OCCC associate degree, you can apply for state licensure with the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. This is required for those who want to work in schools and healthcare settings. Graduates who wish to work exclusively in school settings can also apply for teacher certification with the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

    In the speech-language pathology assistant degree program at OCCC, you’ll study:

    • The evolution and acquisition of language from a social/interactional perspective
    • The scientific study of speech
    • The application of concepts of professional ethics and issues
    • The study of the anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing mechanisms
    • The disorders of the articulatory and phonological aspects of communication
    • The remediation of language disorders
    • The concepts, strategies, techniques and issues surrounding augmentative and alternative communication
    • Professional issues including licensure and certification standards and requirements
    • Interpersonal skills for use in therapy with students and patients
  • Degree Options
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    Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College

    OCCC offers an associate degree in applied science for the speech-language pathology assistant program. The program is designed to be almost totally online and, after graduation, students are ready to immediately enter the workforce.

  • Courses
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    Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Classes at Oklahoma City Community College

    At Oklahoma City Community College, you’ll take the following courses if you major in the speech-language pathology assistant program:

    • Foundation of Speech-Language
    • Phonetics
    • Professional Issues for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
    • Introduction to Articulation Disorders
    • Language Disorders in the Exceptional Child
    • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
    • School Issues for the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
    • Instructional Procedures in Communications Disorders
    • Medical Issues of the Speech-Language Pathologist
    • Autism
    • Clinical Experience I and II
    • Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders and Treatment
    • Augmentative Communications

    OCCC’s online course catalog includes full details on all your required college classes. Check out class availability and map out your schedule today!

  • Faculty
    Sara Baker, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Sara Baker, M.S., CCC-SLP


    Adjunct Professor of Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program

    Sarah is an adjunct professor for the OCCC SLPA program. She graduated from OUHSC with a Masters of Speech-Language Pathology in 2000. She is owner of Baker Speech Clinic, a private practice in south Oklahoma City. She is an active member of the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association having served as vice-president, president, and private practice chairperson. Specializing in pediatric communication disorders, Sarah has worked in a variety of settings including the public school system, SoonerStart early intervention, university clinics, and private practice. She specializes in Childhood Apraxia of Speech and autism spectrum disorders. Sarah teaches SLPA Autism class.

     
    Teresa Bierig, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Teresa Bierig, M.S., CCC-SLP


    Adjunct Professor of Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program

    Teresa is an adjunct professor for the OCCC SLPA program. She also is the Team Leader of Acute Care Therapy at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, supervising physical therapists and assistants, occupational therapists and assistants, speech-language pathologists, and rehab techs in addition to providing direct patient care services. She also leads the Speech-Language Pathology student program at Hillcrest. Teresa received her degrees from the University of Tulsa and has practiced as a speech-language pathologist since 1994, working in a variety of hospital, rehab, skilled nursing, home health, outpatient, and corporate settings with a focus on medical speech-language pathology and foreign accent modification. She has served OSHA as Tri-Alliance Chair, and is currently Medical Issues Chair. She also is the Oklahoma representative for the ASHA STAR and SMAC reimbursement and advocacy networks. Teresa teaches Medical Issues for SLPAs.

     
    John Campbell

    John Campbell


    Adjunct Professor of Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program

    Born in Missouri, I grew up in Kansas City and Oklahoma City. I am an Anatomist with a PhD in Anatomical Sciences from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, MS in Speech Pathology (OUHSC), MBA in Business Administration (UCO), and BS in Zoology (OSU Stillwater). I have taught in the Colleges Medicine, Denistry, and Nursing for the OU Health Sciences Center as well as the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond; my courses have included Anatomy for Communication Sciences, Medical Gross Human Anatomy, Medical Microanatomy and Organology, Human Anatomy and Dissection, Head and Neck Anatomy, and Oral Histology. I have over 25 years of experience in banking and commercial development of advanced technology, having worked for both OMRF and i2E, Inc. in Oklahoma City. I have been an Adjunct Professor at OCCC for several years teaching Anatomy and Physiology. Also I am the Section Chief for Speech Pathology at the U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Oklahoma City, seeing patients for dysphagia and communication disorders related to stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, and head and neck surgery as well as laryngectomy and augmentative/alternative communication.

     
    Jenna K. Minaschek, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Jenna K. Minaschek, M.S., CCC-SLP


    Adjunct Professor of Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program

    Jenna is an adjunct professor for the OCCC SLPA program. She received degrees from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and has practiced as an SLP since 2002. She serves as an assessment speech-language pathologist for Lawton Public Schools focusing on issues of diagnostics and eligibility. Jenna additionally serves as the Publications Chairperson for the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has been an invited speaker for ASHA Conference, November 2010 speaking on the topic, “Social Media: Revolutionizing Outreach in Business and Practice.” Jenna’s area of expertise includes informational technology skills utilized in SLP practice and online instructional methods. She teaches Foundations for Speech and Language.

     
    Nuala Murray-South, M.A., CCC-SLP

    Nuala Murray-South, M.A., CCC-SLP


    Adjunct Professor of Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program

    Nuala Murray-South received her degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist since 1981, specializing in the field of augmentative and alternative communication with children and adults with developmental disabilities and acquired disabilities. She has presented at a number of state conferences and local associations, as well as conducting workshops and trainings, all related to augmentative and alternative communication. Nuala has taught Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Oklahoma State University. Nuala is now employed as an AAC sales consultant for Tobii Dynavox for Oklahoma and Arkansas. She provides assistance with trainings, demonstrations, evaluations, and funding for communication devices for adults and children. Nuala has served as President, Vice-President and Membership Chair for the Oklahoma Speech and Hearing Association.  She has also served a three-year term on the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech Pathologists and Audiologists.  She has received the Gwen Cacy Award and Honors of the Association from the Oklahoma State Speech and Hearing Association.

     
    Mona Ryan

    Mona Ryan


    Adjunct Professor of Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program

    I worked in the public schools as a speech language pathologist from 1985-2004. I have worked with preschool, elementary, and middle school students in the Oklahoma City, Western Heights and Edmond districts. I served as the Director of Speech-Language Hearing Services for the Oklahoma State Department of Education in 2004. I am currently is a Clinical Educator and Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center – John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center. Also I supervise the clinical practicum for evaluations and treatment for graduate students and was instrumental in launching the first teletherapy project for OUHSC – CSD. I also teach some undergraduate coursework and serve as the university committee members on public school SLP residency committees for OUHSC graduates in OK schools and other SLPs in OKC area schools. I received my undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University and my masters’ degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. I was the first ASHA State Education Advocacy Leader for Oklahoma from 1999-2003 and OSHA’s Schools Committee Chairperson and currently serve as the Governmental Relations chair for OSHA. I served as an ASHA LC member in 2008 and reviewed posters for the ASHA Schools Conference several times, as well as served as a table facilitator at the Schools Forum. I served as OSHA president in 2006. I was actively involved in the pursuance of the “Student and Professional Investment Initiative” or the salary equity legislation which was funded in 2006 for full-time speech-language pathologists, audiologists and school psychologists with national certification, and funded in 2008 for part-time employees. Also I was an ASHA cadre trainer for IDEA. In 2004, I received the OSHA Honors of the Association and was selected to participate in the 2008 ASHA Leadership Development Program. I recently was named the 2009 OSU CDIS Outstanding Alumnae and was named a “Fellow of the Association” for the American Speech Language Hearing Association in 2011. Family life with her 20-year-old twins Molly and Jonathan juniors at OSU and husband Mike keep me busy. I am the MPact (girls’ program) coordinator at Oklahoma City Faith Church. Through working with multi-cultural students and attending a multi-cultural church, I have seen the challenges and rewards of becoming an advocate for multi-cultural issues. Other areas of interests include central auditory processing disorders, cochlear implants, selective mutism and autism.

     
    Suzanne Stanton

    Suzanne Stanton


    Adjunct Professor of Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program

    Dr. Stanton has been teaching in the undergraduate and graduate students in the field of speech-language pathology for eleven years in the Tulsa area. She specializes in treating adults with neurogenic communication disorders. She has been a speech-language pathologist for over twenty years, providing services to patients in rehab, outpatient, and long-term acute care settings. She received her doctorate in Higher Education/Educational leadership from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Oklahoma State University. She has completed previous research in dysphagia, aphasia, and diverse student recruitment. Dr. Stanton is the co-coordinator for the Aphasia community Support Group in Tulsa. She has also served as president and vice-president for the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

     
    Kathy Wheat

    Kathy Wheat


    Program Director for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program/Professor

    Dr. Kathy Wheat has practiced as a speech-language pathologist in various settings including schools, hospitals, skilled-nursing facilities and home-health settings.  She currently serves on the School Finance Committee for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and as State Educational Advocacy Leader (S.E.A.L.) and Schools Issues Chair for the Oklahoma Speech-Language Hearing Association.  Dr. Wheat has presented at the Oklahoma Speech-Language Hearing Association and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association on topics including Service-Delivery Models for SLPs, Negotiation and Collaboration for SLPs, The Implementation and Use of SLPAs, Supervising SLPAs, and Communication and Collaboration for SLPs.

     
  • After OCCC
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    Careers for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Majors

    Oklahoma City Community College graduates of the speech-language pathology assistant program will be ready to take on jobs in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, private practice clinics, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies.

    After graduating with your OCCC associate degree, you can apply for state licensure with the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. This is required for those who want to work in schools and healthcare settings. Graduates can also apply for teacher certification with the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

    Are you ready to begin your career as a speech-language pathology assistant? Complete your online community college admissions application today!

     

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