Speech Language Pathology Assistant

The Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) curriculum prepares individuals to assist a licensed Speech Language Pathologist in conducting therapy in receptive and expressive language including augmentative/alternative communication and oral motor skills.

Coursework includes instruction in protocols designed to remediate individual communication problems and in assistive technology. Supervised field work experience includes working with persons of various ages with communication problems.

The Speech Language Pathology Assistant program at Central Piedmont is offered in collaboration with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. Required general education courses can be completed as usual at any Central Piedmont campus. SLPA program-specific courses are offered on Central Campus via live participatory classes broadcast to Central Piedmont. During fieldwork experience, students have the opportunity to utilize their knowledge and refine skills while working under the supervision of a licensed Speech Language Pathologist.

Graduates of this program may be eligible for registration with the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Employment opportunities, under the supervision of a licensed Speech Language Pathologist, include a wide range of settings in schools, private practice and home health settings.

For specific information about potential positions and wages in Speech Language Pathology Assistant employment, visit the Central Piedmont Career Coach website.

 Degree Awarded
The Associate in Applied Science Degree-Speech Language Pathology Assistant is awarded by Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute.

Admissions Steps
Students participating in the SLPA program must enroll in both Central PIedmont and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. Both schools have online applications.

  1. Complete an application to Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute.
  2. Complete an application to Central Piedmont.
  3. Complete an application to Central Piedmont Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program.                                            

Program Accreditation
The Speech Language Pathology Assistant program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute is accredited by the North Carolina Board of Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

Contact Information
The Speech Language Pathology Assistant program is in the Health Sciences Division at Central Piedmont. Additional information is available on the following websites:

For further assistance, email the Central Piedmont Heath Programs Admissions Specialist at healthsciences@cpcc.edu or call 704.330.6958.

No diplomas are offered in Speech Language Pathology.

No certificates are offered in Speech Language Pathology.