Speech Language--Pathology Assistant Program ++
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Speech Language--Pathology Assistant Program ++

Associate in Applied Science

Minimum of 61 credit hours
Oklahoma City Community College offers the first and only speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) program. If you are interested in working with patients or students who are experiencing communication delays and disorders, then this field of study is for you. Speech-Language Pathology Assistants work in public schools and healthcare settings. Speech-language pathology assistants are prepared to work with licensed speech-language pathologists. Because there is a shortage of speech-language pathologists in Oklahoma, and the numbers of children and adults needing communication services are continuing to rise, the need for SLPAs is also increasing. OCCC SLPA graduates are qualified to apply for a license from OBESPA and a teaching credential for practice from the OSDE. To apply for the SLPA program you must complete a two-part process. First, you must apply to the college to be an OCCC student. Secondly, you apply to the SLPA program. Applications may be found online and are available November of each year. The deadline to submit your application is the first Friday in June. Applicants who are accepted begin program studies in August. Special application requirements and procedures must be followed, and students who are accepted into the program are selected based on a preferential point system.

Courses identified by "C" (or "B") within a program curriculum pattern must be completed with a grade of "C" or better ("B" or better) by students majoring in this program. 

  • Course Sequence
    Course ID Course name Credits Type Min Gd
    Suggested Freshman 1st Semester
    SCL 1001 SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND LIFE 1 Life Skills  
    ENGL 1113 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I 3 Gen Ed  
    SLPA 1013 Foundations of Speech Language 3 Major
    SLPA 1023 Phonetics 3 Major
    SLPA 1033 Professional Issues for Speech Language Pathology Assistants 3 Major
    Suggested Freshman 2nd Semester
    ENGL 1213 ENGLISH COMPOSITION II 3 Gen Ed  
    SLPA 1043 Introduction to Articulation Disorders 3 Major
    SLPA 1053 Language Disorders in the Exceptional Child 3 Major
    SLPA 1063 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism 3 Major
    Suggested Sophomore Summer Semester
    HIST 1483 U.S. HISTORY TO THE CIVIL WAR OR Gen Ed  
    HIST 1493 U.S. HISTORY SINCE THE CIVIL WAR 3 Gen Ed  
    SLPA 1073 School Issues for the Speech Language Pathology Assistant 3 Major
    SLPA 1083 Instructional Procedures in Communication Disorder 3 Major
    Suggested Sophomore 1st Semester
    PSY 1113 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3 Gen Ed  
    MATH 1503 CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS 3 Gen Ed  
    SLPA 2023 Autism 3 Major
    SLPA 2033 Clinical Experience I 3 Major
    SLPA 2043 Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders and Treatment 3 Major C
    Suggested Sophomore 2nd Semester
    POLSC 1113 AMERICAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 3 Gen Ed  
    SLPA 2013 Medical Issues for the Speech Language Pathology Assistant 3 Major C
    SLPA 2053 Augmentative Communication 3 Major C
    SLPA 2063 Clinical Experience II 3 Major C
  • Course Grouping

    Major Courses: (42 Credit Hours) (C) SLPA 1013; (C) SLPA 1023; (C) SLPA 1033; (C) SLPA 1043; (C) SLPA 1053; (C) SLPA 1063; (C) SLPA 1073; (C) SLPA 1083; (C) SLPA 2013; (C) SLPA 2023; (C) SLPA 2033; (C) SLPA 2043; (C) SLPA 2053; (C) SLPA 2063

    General Education Courses: (18 Credit Hours) English: ENGL 1113; ENGL 1213; History: HIST 1483 or HIST 1493; Mathematics: MATH 1503; Political Science: POLSC 1113; Social Sciences: PSY 1113

    Life Skills Courses: (1 credit hour) Life Skills: SCL 1001

    Support Courses: NONE

    All major courses require a minimum of a "C" grade.

  • Program Notes

    Notes: This Technical and Occupational program is designed to prepare students to enter the job force following completion. See Technical and Occupational Programs in the general information section of the catalog.

    All Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) courses are to be offered online only.

    Drug Testing: Drug testings is required for all students in the Division of Health Professions. Each student must have a random drug test prior to the first clinical assignment. The fee will be paid with the tuition and other fees for the semester in the program where actual clinical assignments begin. Random drug tests will be done on a predetermined date. Any break in continuous enrollment will require an additional random test. 

    Special admission procedures required. 

    Special Admissions Procedures: Background Checks: Due to clinical agency requirements, the Division of Health Professions requires an extensive nationwide Background Report which includes, but not limited to, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) background searches for sex offender, violent offender, and criminal history. The student is responsible for the cost of the Background Report, which must be paid by credit card or money order only. Clinical agency representative(s) review the reports that have any criminal history (or "hits on the designated areas of concern"). The facility alone can accept or deny clinical access to a student. If a student is denied access to clinical sites, he/she will be unable to successfully complete the course or the program. Any breaks in continuous enrollment will require another complete Backgroung Report. 

    These courses have a clinical component that requires purchase of medical liability insurance, a clinical uniform (if applicable) and a physical (with completed health packet). 

  • Course Descriptions

    English

    ENGL 1113 - ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    The student will write well-developed compositions which demonstrate the principles of unity, coherence, and organization and which contain specific details and vivid language. The students will locate library material and incorporate researched materials into compositions.

    ENGL 1213 - ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1113 taken within the last year, with strong encouragement for immediate continuation.
    3 CREDITS

    In this advanced writing course, students will create essays that explore and evaluate a variety of issues and perspectives suggested by fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and other types of cultural texts. Students will refine and augment the writing techniques they learned in ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103 to develop well- reasoned, well-structured arguments in a clear, fluid, and engaging prose style.

    History

    HIST 1483 - U.S. HISTORY TO THE CIVIL WAR
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1400 to 1870 in such areas as revolution, geographic and social mobility, political reform, government precedents and war, the student will be able to identify patterns of present day mobility, describe governmental operations in his society and help resolve conflict in society based on the students search for change, precedents, and conflict in the American past.

    HIST 1493 - U.S. HISTORY SINCE THE CIVIL WAR
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1870 to the present in such areas as political reform, industrialization, urbanization, ethnic acculturation and war, the student will be able to identify meaningful changes in his society, identify equal rights in that society, and help resolve conflict in this society based on the students search for change, equal rights and conflicts in the American past.

    Mathematics

    MATH 1503 - CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS
    Prerequisites: MATH 0403 or adequate math placement test score. Pre or Co-requisite ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103
    3 CREDITS

    A study of the mathematics needed for critical evaluation of quantitative information and arguments (including logic, critical appraisal of graphs and tables); use of simple mathematical models, and an introduction to elementary statistics.

    Political Science

    POLSC 1113 - AMERICAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    A study of the principles, structure, processes and functions of the United States federal government.

    Psychology

    PSY 1113 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3 CREDITS

    A survey of the major areas of study in psychology such as motivation, learning, physiology, personality, social psychology, abnormal behavior, perception, memory, cognition/thought, and treatment.

    Speech Language Pathology Assistant

    SLPA 1013 - Foundations of Speech Language
    Prerequisites: Satisfied through completion of the health profession application process
    3 CREDITS

    Through study, online discussion and participation, the student will examine the evolution and acquisition of language from a social/interactional perspective. The course will focus on the acquisition of speech and language by children and adults, including the development of phonological, semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic aspects of linguistic competence. Students in this class will also explore changes that can occur during the life-span, as well as diversities of accent and dialect

    SLPA 1023 - Phonetics
    Prerequisites: Satisfied through completion of the health profession application process
    3 CREDITS

    Through study, online discussion and participation, the student will explore phonetics, the scientific study of speech. Students will be introduced to the International Phonetic Alphabet and develop skills in the recognition, production and transcription of the sounds of the world’s languages. The course will train students to produce detailed phonetic transcriptions of American English. The student will also explore aspects of phonology. Finally, regional varieties of English and delays/disorders of the speech mechanism will be explored.

    SLPA 1033 - Professional Issues for Speech Language Pathology Assistants
    Prerequisites: Satisfied through completion of the health profession application process
    3 CREDITS

    Through study, online discussion and participation, the student will understand and demonstrate the application of concepts of professional ethics and issues, review regulations and requirements for professional practice for speech-language pathology assistants, and discuss cultural considerations for studying and treating communication sciences and disorders.

    SLPA 1043 - Introduction to Articulation Disorders
    Prerequisites: SLPA 1033
    3 CREDITS

    Through study, online discussion and participation, the student will understand and demonstrate concepts related to disorders of the articulatory and phonological aspects of communication. The course will provide foundational information in phonetics, phonology, and language development, and allow the student opportunities to gain understanding and knowledge of the principles used in the treatment of articulation disorders.

    SLPA 1053 - Language Disorders in the Exceptional Child
    Prerequisites: SLPA 1013, SLPA 1023
    3 CREDITS

    Through study, online discussion and participation, the student will develop an understanding of the remediation of language disorders in children and adults who demonstrate exceptionalities. The course will provide emphasis on aspects of normal language development and communication, language disorders, and language intervention. Populations that will be explored in this class include, but are not limited to toddlers and preschoolers, children with learning disabilities, adolescents with language impairment, children with Down syndrome, children with auditory impairments, and children with Autism. Along with language development this course will examine language differences and language disorders in persons from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

    SLPA 1063 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
    Prerequisites: SLPA 1013
    3 CREDITS

    Through study, online discussion and participation, the student will consider specific theory and mechanisms directly related to the speech and hearing mechanism. Students in this class will explore concepts related to the study of the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms including; terminology, structure and function of the skeletal frameworks for respiration, phonation, articulation, swallowing, and hearing. Finally, students will be introduced to concepts of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology which are related and interdependent to speech and language processing and production.

    SLPA 1073 - School Issues for the Speech Language Pathology Assistant
    Prerequisites: SLPA 1033
    3 CREDITS

    Through study, online discussion and participation, the student will demonstrate an understanding of issues and concepts specific to SLPAs in the public school. Topics of interest for this class include specific target populations, record keeping, billing, Individual Educational Programs (IEP), time management and scheduling, and roles and responsibilities.

    SLPA 1083 - Instructional Procedures in Communication Disorder
    Prerequisites: SLPA 1043, SLPA 1053, SLPA 1063
    3 CREDITS

    Through study, online discussion and participation, the student will understand and demonstrate hands-on core skills related to clinical and teaching skills development in the practice of speech-language-pathology. When you have completed this course you should be able to apply fundamental therapeutic procedures to speech-language pathology treatment sessions.

    SLPA 2013 - Medical Issues for the Speech Language Pathology Assistant
    Prerequisites: SLPA 1053, SLPA 1063, SLPA 1083
    3 CREDITS

    Through study, online discussion and participation, the student will demonstrate an understanding of issues and concepts specific to SLPAs in medical settings. Students will understand and demonstrate conceptual knowledge of dysphagia as well as implications and strategies of dysphagia management. Additional topics of interest for this class include medical terminology, specific target populations, record keeping, charting, billing, time management, scheduling, roles and responsibilities, outcome measures, ethics specific to healthcare settings, and end of life feeding issues.

    SLPA 2023 - Autism
    Prerequisites: SLPA 1053, SLPA 1083
    3 CREDITS

    Through study, online discussion and participation, the student will become familiar with current theories and scientific evidence on the nature and etiology of autism. Best practices in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) will be examined. Additionally, students will become familiar with inclusive practices, family concerns, multicultural issues, and community resources as they impact the lives of children and adults with ASD.

    SLPA 2033 - Clinical Experience I
    Prerequisites: SLPA 1043, SLPA 1053, SLPA 1063, SLPA 1073, SLPA 1083
    3 CREDITS

    Through clinical site participation, the student will engage in supervised clinical training in the provision of speech and language services for children and adults. Clinical content for this course will include guided practice in the management and treatment of speech and language delays and disorders across the lifespan. Students will be supervised by licensed SLPs approved or trained by OCCC. Placements for Clinical Experience I will be made near the student’s residence.

    SLPA 2043 - Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders and Treatment
    Prerequisites: SLPA 2013, SLPA 2023, SLPA 2033
    3 CREDITS

    Through study, online discussion and participation, the student will examine adult neurogenic communication disorders and treatment for use by speech-language pathology assistants in medical settings. Students will identify and define terminology and concepts of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology which are related and interdependent to speech and language processing and production. This course also examines aphasia, apraxia of speech, and the dysarthrias typically seen in adults. Cognitive disorders, as seen in traumatic brain injuries (TBI), as well as adult dysphagia issues will be discussed.

    SLPA 2053 - Augmentative Communication
    Prerequisites: SLPA 2013, SLPA 2023, SLPA 2033
    3 CREDITS

    Through study, online discussion and participation, the student will demonstrate understanding and knowledge of concepts, strategies, techniques, and issues surrounding augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). AAC strategies for use with children and adults will be a focus of this class. Hands-on experience with various methods of AAC strategies and devices will provide students with a foundation for therapies utilizing AAC principles for children and adult populations.

    SLPA 2063 - Clinical Experience II
    Prerequisites: SLPA 2013, SLPA 2023, SLPA 2033
    3 CREDITS

    Through clinical site participation, the student will engage in supervised clinical training in the provision of speech and language services for children and adults. Clinical content for this course will include guided practice in the management and treatment of speech and language delays and disorders across the lifespan. Students will be supervised by licensed SLPs approved or trained by OCCC. Placements for Clinical Experience II will be made near the student’s residence.

    Success in College and Life

    SCL 1001 - SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND LIFE
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0106 or adequate reading/writing assessment scores
    1 CREDIT

    Students will learn best practices for academic, career, and personal success. Students will discover their individual strengths, interests, and values to create a personalized plan; select and utilize resources that are applicable to their growth and success; and engage as active and responsible members of the academic community. This course should be taken during a student's first semester of college work at Oklahoma City Community College and is a required course in degree plans to satisfy the Life Skills requirement.

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