Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology-Assistant Certificate Program
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 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, instructors may assign deadlines for assignments, course projects, and exams.
Requirements for Certificate Completion
To receive the SLP/A-A Certificate from the University of Montana, a student must fulfill the following criteria:
- 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.
- 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.
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UM Technology Requirements for Online Education
Moodle is the Learning Management System that the University of Montana uses for online coursework. To be successful in the asynchronous online learning environment within the SLP/A-A Certificate Online 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 & Observation in SLP & Audiology||2|
|CSD 210||Speech & Language Development||3|
|CSD 222||Intro to Audiology||3|
|CSD 320||Phonological Development & Phonetics||3|
|CSD 330||Antatomy & 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|
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 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 (email@example.com) 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).
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