As a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant, you will find a rewarding career supporting Speech-Language Pathologists in their assessment and treatment of people with communication difficulties. You will have the opportunity to help people of all ages to improve their ability to communicate and interact with others. If you want a challenging and fulfilling career with a focus on helping people, the field of speech-language pathology may be ideal.
A communication disorder may be evident in a person’s ability to pronounce sounds, to understand what is spoken, to use vocabulary and grammar skills, to speak without stuttering, and to use his voice. Illnesses, accidents, strokes and delayed development may be causes of communication difficulties, which can affect every aspect of a person’s life.
Working one-on-one and in groups with children and adults in schools and clinics to improve communication skills, you will have the opportunity to make a positive difference every day in the lives of your clients. Under the supervision of a Speech-Language Pathologist, you may provide treatment based on the SLP’s goals, make and develop materials and activities, document and report results, carry out screenings, maintain equipment, and assist with clerical duties.
This program is offered both on-site (at MHC) or via distributed learning (where some courses are taken online and some via traditional paper correspondence - see Distributed Learning tab below.) The on-site option is a two-year (four-semester) diploma program, where the distributed learning option is completed over a longer period. In both options, the first nine courses are common to three different diplomas: Occupational Therapist Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant. This unique approach provides you with an excellent core upon which to build more specific skills depending on your interests. Some students continue on, gaining diplomas in a second or third area after completion of the first diploma. Your diploma will also transfer to degree programs.
Our Therapist Assistant program was the first program in Western Canada to offer formal educational preparation for Occupational Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapist Assistants and Speech-Language Pathologist Assistants and is a considered to be a leader and innovator in the field. Our faculty members continually partner with various provincial/national educators and professional groups in an effort to clarify and standardize the role of support personnel in rehabilitation service delivery. This kind of dedication, combined with a great curriculum and fieldwork opportunities, provides you with the background needed for a promising future.
Graduates of this program will find employment opportunities with:
High School diploma with a minimum mark of 60% in each of
Biology 30 and ELA 30-1, or equivalent, are required. This route is applicable if you do not meet the minimum requirements for admission but possess other post secondary and/or work experiences that create potential for success in the program. This route is available to a limited number of students.
Transfer Student Route
Academic Transition Plan (ATP)
If you do not posses all of the admission requirements, the Academic Transition Plan (ATP) may provide conditional acceptance to this program, provided space is available. ATP is individualized to meet your needs.
Once you are successful in gaining admission and have received the program package, you must
Fall / Group 1 DL
ENGL 1xx or ENGL 2xx (ENGL 252 recommended)*
IDST 100 Introductory Communications for Helping Professionals
KNES 261 Human Anatomy+
PSYC 205 Principles of Psychology*
TAPC 110 Introduction to Health Care and Rehabilitation
Winter / Group 2 DL
KNES 265 Functional Anatomy
Junior SOCI* (SOCI 203 recommended)
TAPC 111 Rehabilitation Process
TAPC 112 Human Disorders & (Dis)Abilities
TAPC 113 Growth and Development for Rehabilitation Service Providers
Spring / Group 3 DL
SLPA 212 Basics for the Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant
Fall / Group 4 DL
DBSS 160 Introduction to American Sign Language+
SLPA 215 SLPA Therapeutic Processes I
SLPA 216 SLPA Therapeutic Processes II
TAPC 210 Professional Integration for the Therapist Assistant
CHPC 124 Language and Literacy+
EDAS 101 The Education Assistant in the Classroom+
Winter / Group 5 DL
SLPA 206 Therapeutic Process III
SLPA 207 Therapeutic Process IV
SLPA 218 Career Preparation for the SLP Assistant
*ENGL 125 is also offered by distributed learning at Medicine Hat College. Other English courses are not offered by distributed learning at Medicine Hat College but are available by distributed learning format through other post-secondary institutions. Contact Academic Advising for more information.
+ This course is offered on-site and via distance delivery
You must successfully complete 19 specific courses and meet attendance, fieldwork and grade requirements as set out in the program policies.
If you are enrolled in the distributed learning component you are expected to participate in experiential learning opportunities that are group or individually based. You should be prepared to travel to pre-arranged sites for workshops.
Continuation Specific to Fieldwork
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