Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

SLPAs assist speech pathologists in providing therapy and monitoring for individuals with speech and language problems. SLPAs work most commonly in school settings with children and in clinical or rehabilitation facilities with adults to help them gain or restore their ability to speak and communicate. Do you see yourself helping others in this way? The OCC Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program can prepare you for a career in this specialized field. The Associate in Science degree can be completed in two years, and graduates of the program are eligible for state licensure through the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board. Read on to learn more about our associate degree program and how OCC can help you enter and succeed in this field.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Medical Terminology
Speech, Language, and Hearing Development
Introduction to Phonetics
Observing and Recording Behavior
Patient Care
Adult and Geriatric Disorders

Did you know?

Employment of speech-language pathologists is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

Complete our associate-degree program, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career as a speech-language pathology assistant.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years

Prepare for a career as a speech-language pathology assistant in an educational institute, hospital, private office or rehabilitation center. Learn how to assist a speech pathologist in this specialized field and provide services in multiple settings. State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board approved for licensure. View program detail in course catalog. 


To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information for admissions. Select the type of student you are and follow the steps listed to get started.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program does not offer courses online, evenings or weekends. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online, evenings and weekend classes. For tips on how to navigate this tool click here.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone.  Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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