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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this program fully-online?
    Yes, the CSUSM SLPA program is offered completely online. You must live in and complete your fieldwork experience in the state of California. The program consists of a 4 unit online course and 12 units of clinical fieldwork experience, in which you obtain your 145 hours of fieldwork experience. 
  • What if I do not have a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology or communication disorders and sciences?
    The California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology & Hearing Aid Dispensers Board provides state licensing that is required to practice and they state that the only acceptable academic course work is either: 

    a) an associate’s degree from a speech-language pathology assistant program accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
    b) a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology or communication disorders from an institution listed in the "Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education" handbook issued by the American Council on Education
  • What if I completed the post-baccalaureate prep program in speech-language pathology at CSUSM or another institution? Can I apply?
    No, the post-baccalaureate coursework does not meet with requirements for SLPA licensure. The post-baccalaureate prep program is specifically designed for students applying to the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program at CSUSM.
    The California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology & Hearing Aid Dispensers Board provides state licensing to practice and they state that the only acceptable academic course work is either:


    a) an associate’s degree from a speech-language pathology assistant program accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
    b) bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology or communication disorders from an institution listed in the "Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education" handbook issued by the American Council on Education
  • Is the SLP Prep program considered a SLPA program?
    The CSUSM SLP Prep program is not approved as a SLPA program. Our Prep program is not designed to provide the clinical hours necessary to apply for SLPA licensure.
  • What is the cost of the program?
    The total cost of the speech-language pathology assistant program at CSUSM is
    $200/unit for 16 units, which is $3,200. Note there are additional fees required by the university that vary depending on the semester.
  • What is the difference between the degree program at a community college and the program for SLPA fieldwork experience at CSUSM?

    The program at CSUSM is offered specifically for individuals:

    a) possess a bachelor’s degree in speech-language pathology or communication disorders and sciences
    b) lack the supervised fieldwork experience that is required to apply for a California state license and ASHA SLPA certification

  • How do I find a supervisor for the SLPA Fieldwork Experience?
    We have posted a “Guide to Finding a Clinical Supervisor” that can be found HERE
  • What if I am accepted to the program and my supervisor backs out? Will you find me a replacement?

    No, you are required to find a replacement supervisor, who then must be approved by our department prior to the first day of the program. If you cannot find another approved supervisor by the time the program begins, you will be dropped from the program.

  • Do you guarantee that I will be licensed in California and certified by ASHA at the end of the program?
    Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. California State University programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student to meet California licensure and certification requirements. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the California State University and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time. The California State University has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students enrolled in a California State University program who are planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).
  • Do you provide the mandatory course/training requirements in the areas of ethics, universal safety precautions, and patient/client/student confidentiality?

    Yes, our program meets the ASHA requirements and provides students with certificates as follows: 1-hour course in ethics, 1-hour course in universal safety precautions, 1-hour course in patient/client/student confidentiality training course (i.e., HIPAA, FERPA)

    ASHA requires verification of course completion and these certificates must be received by ASHA before an applicant can take the assistants certification examination.

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