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

    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.

    How Do I Apply?

    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

    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.

    How Do I Apply?

    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 with locations in south Oklahoma City and Yukon. 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 (CAS) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Sarah teaches SLPA Autism class.

     
    Teresa Bierig, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Teresa Bierig, M.S., CCC-SLP


    Adjunct Professor in SLPA 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 StAMP reimbursement and advocacy networks. Teresa teaches Medical Issues for SLPAs.

     
    John W. Campbell, Ph.D., M.S., and CCC-SLP

    John W. Campbell, Ph.D., M.S., and CCC-SLP


    Adjunct Professor of Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program

    Dr. Campbell has been an Adjunct Professor at OCCC for several years. His full-time position is Section Chief for Speech Pathology in Audiology-Speech Pathology Services at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Oklahoma City. He sees inpatients and outpatients in all areas of the hospital including intensive care units, extended care and geriatric medicine, medical wards, and psychiatric ward as well as the outpatient clinics of Speech Pathology. Dr. Campbell is an anatomist with a PhD from the OU College of Medicine, MS in Speech Pathology from OU College of Allied Health, and holds an MBA in business administration. He has practiced as a speech language pathologist since 1997 and has previous experience in technology transfer and commercial development of advanced technology. Dr. Campbell holds Oklahoma state licensure for secondary school speech pathology practice and is a member of the federal Association of VA Speech Language Pathologists. John teaches Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism for SLPAs. He also teaches on-line courses in other program areas and at other educational institutions.

     
    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 served 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 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, Membership Chair and Honors and Awards Chair for the Oklahoma Speech-Language- Hearing Association. She has also served a three-year term on the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. She has received the Gwen Cacy Award and Honors of the Association from the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

     
    Mona R. Ryan, M.S., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

    Mona R. Ryan, M.S., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow


    Adjunct Professor of Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program

    Mona is an adjunct professor for the OCCC SLPA program teaching coursework for the first three semesters in the program. She teaches Phonetics, Language Disorders in the Exceptional Child and Instructional Procedures in Communication Disorders. She also is employed full-time as a clinical associate professor and clinical educator at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in the training program for speech-language pathologists. She teaches two undergraduate courses and supervises second year graduate interns in their diagnostics rotation. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist since 1985. She worked primarily in the public school setting until 2004 when she came to OUHSC. She previously served on the Continuing Education Board for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and as the Governmental Regulations Chairperson for the Oklahoma Speech Language Hearing Association (OSHA).  She currently serves on the Oklahoma Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (OBESPA) and as a site visitor for the Council for Academic Accreditation.

     
    Suzanne Janine Thompson-Stanton, Ed.D, CCC-SLP

    Suzanne Janine Thompson-Stanton, Ed.D, CCC-SLP


    Adjunct Professor of Speech Language Pathology Assistant Program

    Dr. Stanton has been teaching in the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Tulsa for eleven years.  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 currently advises the department student group, TUSSLHA, and is the co-coordinator for the Aphasia Community Support Group. She has also served as president and vice-president for the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

     
    Kathy J. Wheat, PhD., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

    Kathy J. Wheat, PhD., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow


    Program Director for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program/Professor

    Dr. Wheat is the OCCC SLPA Program Director and professor. She received degrees from the University of Norman, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. She has practiced as a speech-language pathologist since 1991 in schools, outpatient clinics, hospitals, private practice, and home health care settings. Dr. Wheat is active in ASHA, having served as Chair of the School Finance Committee in 2015 and on the committee from 2012 to 2015.  She serves OSHA as Schools Issues Chair and the Oklahoma State Education Advocate (S.E.A.L.). She consults with Oklahoma school districts on SLP and SLPA concerns. She has taught hybrid and online courses beginning 2008 which include Fundamentals of Speech, Communication for Teachers, Foundations of Speech and Language, Introduction to Articulation, Professional Issues for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants and School Issues for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants. Dr. Wheat routinely presents at OSHA, ASHA and educational conferences on topics including; Supervision of SLPAs, Negotiation, Service- Delivery Models for SLPs, Communication Styles, School Finance for SLPs and various educational research topics of interest.

     
  • 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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