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Frequently Asked Questions


Who can enroll in a TVR internship?
TVR internships are reserved for currently registered PCC students nearing completion of a TVR Certificate of Achievement. If you are not a registered PCC student or an advanced TVR student, you are not eligible for a TVR internship.

Speech Language Pathology Assistant

1. How do I get started in the SLPA Program?
Students begin in the SLPA Program by making application to Pasadena City College. If space is available, students should register for one of the 7 classes of general education that are a part of the 62 unit SLPA program. To be successful, students must earn a “C” or better in all classes, have no prior record of criminal conviction, and have a sincere desire to assist those with communication disorders and work in a pragmatic, ethical and collegial manner in a team environment.
2. What if I have taken college courses at other colleges?
Students should carefully study the PCC SLPA Curriculum and all course descriptions and compare those to course descriptions of classes taken at another institution with an earned grade of "C" or better. Transcripts may be also reviewed by the Coordinator and/or one of her designees. The Counseling Office in the L building will not review any student transcripts until a student has been in residence at PCC for at least 1 semester/session. The PCC SLPA Program is a Speech Pathology and Audiology Licensing Board-approved program through the Department of Consumer Affairs. It is very important that coursework taken elsewhere by a student is determined as equivalent to the Board-approved PCC SLPA Program. Determination can never be made by review of the title of the class alone. In some instances, students must furnish course descriptions and even syllabi for classes which might be equivalent.
4. What are the Technical Core Content courses?
These courses are grouped by semester and students should follow the recommended course sequence. Please note that some courses require prerequisites; others are only offered once a year. The courses are Speech 3, SLPA 18 and Linguistics/English 12 in semester 1; SET 100, SLPA 119 and ASL 10A in semester 2; SLPA 123A, SET 105 and SET 122 in semester 3 and SLPA 123B, CHDV 15 and SLPA 126 in semester 4. Course descriptions are below: Semester 1: Speech 3: Voice and Diction: Prerequisite(s): None. Physiological and anatomical basis of voice production and articulation. Instruction in articulation, pronunciation and vocal quality. Recommended proficiency in reading aloud. For broadcasting, drama and communication majors, but open to all qualified students. Total of 54 hours lecture. SLPA 18: Speech Language Pathology and Audiology: Prerequisite(s): None. Introduction to the field of communication disorders. Guidelines for determining the development of normal and pathological speech. Observation in various clinical sites. Recommended enrollment in Speech 3. Total of 54 hours lecture and 18 hours laboratory. Formerly Speech 18.Transfer Credit: CSU Grading: Letter Grade Only. Linguistics 12/English 12: Intercultural Communication: Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for Engl 1A. Interdisciplinary course: English, Languages Linguistic and cultural patterns; how and what people communicate. Designed to aid both Americans and foreign students in the development of intercultural understanding and communication skills. No credit if taken after Engl 12. Total of 54 hours lecture. Semester 2: SET 100: Infants and Children with Special Needs: Prerequisite(s): None. Impact of exceptional needs on physical, mental and functional abilities of infants, preschool and school-age children, adolescents and their families; how these affect the childs emotional, social and educational development; specific techniques for the paraprofessional working in educational, clinical and recreational settings. Recommended enrollment in or completion of Psych 21. Total of 54 hours lecture. SLPA 119: Speech-Language Pathology: Professional Issues: Prerequisite(s): SLPA 18. Principles and procedures for management of individuals with communicative disorders with consideration for cultural and linguistic variations. Legal and ethical considerations as well as requirements for employment in various work settings, including interdisciplinary and supervisory relationships, and scope of responsibilities of a Speech-Language Assistant. Total of 54 hours lecture. Formerly Speech 119. Grading: Letter Grade Only. ASL 10A: American Sign Language: Prerequisite(s): None. A basic study of American Sign Language as used by deaf individuals; development of receptive and expressive skills. Total of 72 hours lecture Semester 3: SLPA 123A: Communication Disorders: Assessment and Remediation: Prerequisite(s): SLPA 18, SLPA 119. Examination of specific disorders of communication, including their characteristics, causes and the anatomical structures and physiological muscle functions related to normal speech and language development. Assessment and screening techniques; scope of practice and role of the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. Data collection, clinical documentation and record-keeping. Required for all Speech-Language Pathology Assistant majors. No credit if taken after SPEECH 123. Total of 54 hours lecture and 18 hours laboratory. Formerly Speech 123A. Grading: Letter Grade Only. SET 105: Behavioral Management in Special Education: Prerequisite(s): None. Basic concepts of behavior management and their application in special education, residential and home settings for children and adults with disabilities. Recommended Psych 21 or 22. Total of 54 hours lecture. SET 122: Special Education Field Practice: Prerequisite(s): Maintain enrollment in 7 or more units, including field practice; concurrent enrollment in other special education courses. Supervised field practice in approved special education or relevant community agency settings, working directly with children or adults with disabilities. Maximum credit 6 units, 2 units per semester. Pass/no pass grading. Total of 18 hours lecture and 90 hours field practice. Grading: Pass/No Pass Only. Semester 4: SLPA 123B: Communication Disorders: Remediation: Prerequisite(s): SLPA 123A. Remediation techniques, rationale for commonly used therapeutic approaches, including assistive and computer technology. Scope of practice and role of Speech-Language Pathology Assistant in intervention procedures including clinical documentation and appropriate use of therapeutic materials. Required for all Speech-Language Pathology Assistant majors. Total of 54 hours lecture and 18 hours laboratory. Formerly Speech 123B. Grading: Letter Grade Only. CHILD DEVELOPMENT 15: Principles of Home, School and Community: Prerequisite(s): None. Corequisite(s): None. Recommended Preparation: CHDV 10 and Psych 21 or 121. Introduction to individual development and socialization processes for children with emphasis on the interaction among the child, the family and community in a multi-cultural environment. Total of 54 hours lecture. SLPA 126: Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Fieldwork: Prerequisite(s): Enrollment in or completion of SLPA 123B. Supervised fieldwork experience assisting with the clinical management of persons with communicative disorders. Opportunities to interact with clients/patients while implementing a prescribed remedial plan, assisting with screening or evaluation under the direction of a speech-language pathologist, record keeping and managing of clinical data, setting up clinical equipment and materials, and performing various clerical duties as needed. Maximum credit 4 units, 2 units each semester. Pass/no pass grading. Total of 180 hours field practice. Formerly Speech 126. Grading: Pass/No Pass Only.
3. What are the General Education courses?
These requirements are 4 units of natural science with a lab (such as Biology 11); Psychology 24; Linguistics/English 10; English 1A; Speech 10; Math 131; American Institutions 125; Health Education and PE. Please note course descriptions below: BIOLOGY 11 (4 units): Prerequisite(s): None. Basic concepts of biology, the cell, nutrition, a survey of physiological systems, reproduction, heredity, development, diversity of organisms, evolution and environmental biology. Recommended a 1-99 lab science course. No credit if taken after Biol 1A, 2, 3, 4 or 5. For non-biology majors, but open to all qualified students. Total of 54 hours lecture and 54 hours laboratory. PSYCHOLOGY 24: Lifespan Developmental Psychology: Prerequisite(s): None. Process and dynamics of human development from conception through adult maturity, old age, and death; biological, cognitive, personality, sociocultural, and existential factors influencing the course of psychological development across the lifespan. Total of 54 hours lecture. LINGUISTICS 10/ENGLISH 10: Introduction to Linguistics: Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for Engl 1A. Interdisciplinary course: English, Languages Survey of sounds, structure and development of language in connection with its social and cultural function. Differences and relationships among languages. Recommended for English and foreign language majors, but open to all qualified students. No credit if taken after Engl 10. Total of 54 hours lecture. ENGLISH 1A: Reading and Composition: Prerequisite(s): One of the following: (1) Engl 100; (2) ESL 33B; (3) placement based on the English assessment process. Corequisite(s): Engl 900. Development of expository and argumentative essays. Instruction in writing annotated papers. Analysis of various forms of writing with emphasis on expository and argumentative essays. Required concurrent enrollment in Engl 900. Recommended enrollment in Engl 14. Total of 72 hours lecture. SPEECH 10: Interpersonal Communication: Prerequisite(s): None. Principles and practices in communication and communication theories. Intrapersonal, interpersonal and small group communication. Non-verbal communication, perception-information processing, attitude change and semantics. Recommended proficiency in spoken English. Total of 54 hours lecture. MATH 131: Intermediate Algebra: Prerequisite(s): Math 125 or Math 126C or Math 127B or Math 128B or placement based on the Math assessment process. Fundamental algebraic operations; linear, quadratic, exponential and logarithmic functions; inequalities and systems of equations; determinants. Maximum credit for Math 131 and 132A-C is 4 units. No credit if taken after Math 133B. Total of 90 hours lecture. AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS 125: American Institutions: Prerequisite(s): None. Constitution of United States; American history, including American institutions and ideals; principles of state and local government established under California constitution; present-day applications and interpretation. No credit if taken after AmerI 5 or PolSc 1. Total of 54 hours lecture. HED 2A or HED 44 PE class
5. Why can’t I take any courses that are offered and in any order I want?
The SLPA Program trains students to become Speech-Language Pathology Assistants who will assist the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in service delivery in public schools, non-public agencies, rehabilitation settings and private practices. Students must demonstrate core competencies as required by the Licensing Board in Sacramento with guidance by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). To demonstrate competencies, SLPA students must have a solid academic background in oral and written English competency; critical thinking, understanding of diversity and interpersonal communication; and all technical SLPA competencies required to be a licensed paraprofessional.
6. How long will it take me to complete my SLPA Program training at PCC?
Students who attend PCC full-time should finish the SLPA Program within a 2 year period, including intersessions. Students who attend PCC part-time will take a longer period of time.
7. How expensive is the PCC SLPA Program?
With tuition hikes at all community colleges, a student attending will pay $26.00 per unit. With 62 units, that would be a cost of $1612.00, not including Associated Student Body and Health Center fees, parking or cost for required textbooks. Students will also have expenses related to the fieldwork practicum experience including one if not two, live scan fingerprintings for off-campus practicum, NSSLHA membership and malpractice insurance when enrolled in SLPA 126, fieldwork. Students should plan on approximate costs of $3,600.00 to finance their SLPA Program.
8. What happens when I complete my PCC SLPA Program?
With a “C” or better in all classes and Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate, students have their PCC transcripts mailed directly to the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Licensing Board in Sacramento. Students complete the application process and are registered by the Licensing Board. If a student has completed curriculum at another college, that transcript also must be mailed directly to the Licensing Board from the institution. When the graduated student receives his/her Speech Pathology Assistant (SPA) registration number, he/she may now be gainfully and legally employed as a SLPA. During SLPA 126, the Coordinator and/or her designees will assist each and every SLPA student completing his/her program with preparation and organization of forms for the Licensing Board.
9. Is there a formal application for the PCC SLPA Program at this time?
Not yet. PCC was the 1st SLPA Program to open in southern California. Its graduates have been highly successful as employed SLPAs and some transferring on to complete Bachelor and Master degrees to become a Speech Pathologist. (SLP). Please understand that very few of the courses that you take at PCC will transfer to a baccalaureate SLP program at the university. PCC trains students to become Assistants. To become a Speech Pathologist, one needs to complete a Bachelor's degree -- or its equivalent -- in Speech Pathology or Communicative Disorders and a Master's degree in the same. If you are a student interested in becoming a Speech Pathologist, please visit the California Speech-Language Hearing Assocation website link regarding all available university training programs in the state of California:
Why can't I get into the class I want to take right now at PCC?
Your ability to secure a seat in a desired class is directly related to how long you have been an existing student on the PCC campus. All classes have limits that have been designed for optimum learning and physical limitations of the classroom. With the current budget cuts in California, especially, fewer sections of classes are offered. Please understand that this is a situation that is affecting all campuses and all universities, statewide and not just PCC. Complete your General Education requirements. If needed, sign up for any available class just to get into the PCC system. Please realize that due to the extraordinary fiscal crisis in California and the nation, that it may take you longer to complete your SLPA Program than you might have originally intended. To understand this better, please go to "California Budget Woes Hurt University System" at National Public Radio website.

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