Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology-Assistant Certificate Program

Program Overview

Are you interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist assistant or audiologist assistant?

Our fully online Speech-Language Pathologist/Audiologist-Assistant (SLP/A-A) Certificate program is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge in the areas of speech, language, and hearing development in order to be eligible to become assistants in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and includes an increased amount of credit hours dedicated to clinical application and observation in the fields of SLP and Audiology. Being an SLP/A-assistant provides the opportunity to directly work with and help individuals with speech, language, and hearing disorders in schools, clinics, and hospitals, under the supervision of a certified speech-language pathologist.

The SLP/A-A Certificate program is a pathway into the speech-language pathology/audiology professions. SLP/A-Assistants are not certified as Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists as certified SLPS and audiologists are required to complete graduate training. The SLP/A-A Certificate, however, can be a stepping stone to working toward the goal of becoming a certified SLP or Audiologist in the following ways:

  •  SLP/A-A courses can be applied towards the completion of a University of Montana Communicative Sciences and Disorders Bachelors of Arts degree if students complete other UM Bachelors of Arts general education requirements.
  • Provided you already have a Bachelor's degree (in any major), the SLP/A-A courses can be applied towards the completion of our Leveling Program, which allows you to then apply to graduate school to become a speech-language pathologist.

The SLP/A-A Certificate program consists of 13 online courses for a total of 38 credits. These 13 courses can be completed within one calendar year and are offered fully online (no face-to-face sessions required). The courses have an asynchronous learning environment, which means students can work on courses at times that best fit their schedule. However, instuctors may assign deadlines for assignments, course projects, and exams.

SLP/A-A Course Requirements, Credits, & Prerequisites


Online Registration

Click HERE to fill out the SLP/A-A Certificate program's preliminary inquiry form to reserve your spot in our program with limited seats. Once the preliminary inquiry form is processed, you will be contacted by the SLP/A-A advising team who will instruct you in the next application steps and registration.

Tuition and Mandatory Fees

Cost of tuition will follow the University of Montana's tuition and fees matrix found HERE; fees are subject to change per academic year with Board of Regents' approval. The SLP/A-A Certificate Program online tuition and fees are delineated on the Online Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate matrix. For a total estimation of tuition and fees, contact Student Accounts within Business Services at UMstudentaccts@mso.umt.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about the SLP/A-A Certificate Program Online

What is the deadline to apply?

  • We accept Certificate Program preliminary inquiries for both online and campus-based students throughout the year. The link for this preliminary inquiry form is HERE.
  • However, see UM Admissions (HERE) for specific deadlines to apply to the University of Montana in order to start your coursework in either Fall or Spring semesters. We recommend that you apply a minimum of one month prior to the start date of the course in which you intend to enroll.

Am I required to begin in the Fall?

  • Most online and all on-campus students start in the Fall to finish in one year.
  • A Spring start option is available online. However, this option does not guarantee you will finish in one year.

Do I have to take all courses?

  • All courses are required to achieve the full SLP/A-A Certificate.
  • Since 10 of the 13 required courses in the SLP/A-A Certificate program are also in the CSD Leveling Certificate program Plan of Study, some students may be on-track to receive both Certificates upon completion. If you do not complete the last three courses specific to the SLP/A-A Certificate program Plan of Study, you will not be eligible to receive the SLP/A-A Certificate, but could apply for the CSD Leveling Certificate. 

Do I need to log-in at certain times to join a virtual classroom if I am taking online courses?

  •  No. Although, there are set dates when assignments and quizzes must be completed. The online program was designed for individuals who are interested in completing the coursework, but need to work at their own pace around work and family schedules. The exact format of each course may vary; please contact the course instructor about questions regarding exams, proctoring, assignments, etc.

If I have taken similar courses at a different university- can these courses count toward this SLP/A-A Certificate program, or do I need to retake them at UM?

  • It depends. If you think that you have covered the content in one of our Certificate program courses in another program (and earned a grade >C), fill out THIS Course Equivalency form and return it along with the course syllabus/syllabi to our Academic Advisor (meghann.schroeder@mso.umt.edu) for review.

If I take SLP/A-A Certificate program courses at the University of Montana, will these courses be accepted at other graduate programs?

  • Since the bulk of the SLP/A-A Certificate program coursework is the same as our CSD Leveling Certificate program coursework, this is a possibility. The content for most prerequisite course is relatively standardized nationally across CSD programs. Our courses are meant to meet the standards and requirements for admissions in speech-language pathology and audiology graduate programs across the country. The ultimate decision to accept prerequisite coursework is decided by your chosen institution. If you have concerns, we recommend that you verify with your intended graduate institution(s).

How much time should I devote to each class?

  • For every one credit hour in which you enroll in the campus-based program, you will spend approximately two to three hours outside of class studying (i.e., one 3-credit course= 6-9 hours per week studying over 15 weeks, for a total of 90-135 hours per regular university semester).
  • The same amount of content is covered in each of the courses in the online program, but the duration of each course is shorter. Keep in mind that you will still need to study for approximately 90-135 hours during the duration of the course (e.g., for an eight week course, plan to study 11-17 hours per week).

Online SLP/A-A Certificate Program Contact Information

Meghann Schroeder || Undergraduate Academic Advisor ||

Curry Health Center 032 || Missoula, MT ||

t: (406)243-6105 || e: meghann.schroeder@mso.umt.edu ||

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