Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology-Assistant Certificate Program

Program Overview

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

Our 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.

Requirements Overview

Requirements for Certificate Completion

To receive the SLP/A-A Certificate from the University of Montana, a student must fulfill the following criteria:  

  1. Complete a minimum of 38 credits, of which at least 51% of the required number of credits are earned from the University of Montana-Missoula.  
  1. Possess a minimum grade average of 2.7 in all work attempted at the University of Montana-Missoula and a minimum grade of C or better in all courses that count toward program requirements.  

Transcripts are subject to review, and student must be enrolled in the SLP/A-A Certificate program. 

UM Technology Requirements for Online Education

Moodle is the Learning Management System that the University of Montana uses for coursework. To be successful in the asynchronous online learning environment within the SLP/A-A Certificate program, it is recommended students follow the ICT Guide-Basic Minimum System Requirements for Moodle 

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

Course # Course name Credits Prerequisites
CSD 110 Introduction to Speech, Language, and Audiology 3
CSD 205 Clinical Application & Observations in SLP & Audiology 2
CSD 210 Speech & Language Development 3
CSD 222 Intro to Audiology 3
CSD 320 Phonological Development & Phonetics 3
CSD 330 Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech & Swallowing Mechanisms 3
CSD 331 Neurological Bases of Communication & Swallowing Disorders 3 CSD 330
CSD 361 Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology Assistants 3 CSD 210
CSD 365 Acquired Communication and Swallowing Disorders 3 CSD 210, CSD 320
CSD 420 Speech and Hearing Science 3 CSD 222, CSD 320, CSD 330
CSD 450 Intro to Aural (Ear) Rehabilitation 3
CSD 460 Birth to Five Language Assessment and Treatment 3 CSD 210, CSD 320
CSD 461 Advanced Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology Assistants 3 CSD 361
Total: 38

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. 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

What is the deadline to apply?

  • We accept Certificate Program preliminary inquiries for both campus-based and online 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. 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?

  • All on-campus students start in the Fall to 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. 

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).

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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