Office Location
Advanced Technology Center, Room 154F, 2201 Hull Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone Number
Office Hours Monday - Friday
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Department Chair: Charisse Gainey


Fayetteville Technical Community College’s Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program is approved by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
PO Box 16885
Greensboro, NC 27416-0885
Telephone: 336-272-1828 | Fax: 336-272-4353 | Website: NCBOESLPA

Competitive Admissions

  • A student must complete all pre-requisites and gain competitive points in order to apply for approval to the Speech Language Pathology Assistant program.
  • Once approved for a Health program, students will be provided with information regarding books, uniforms, supplies, and equipment, and any additional program requirements.

Competitive Points

As part of the competitive admissions process, each student is evaluated based on a point system. The Competitive Points Worksheet outlines the additional 15 departmental points a prospective student can earn.

Estimated Program Costs

Please note that all costs are estimates and subject to change. Tuition is established by the State Board of Community Colleges and North Carolina General Assembly and is subject to change without notice.

Advisee Manual

The advising manual provides a guide for student, faulty, and consumer understanding of the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program philosophy, mission, policies, and procedures. FTCC pre-entry students are provided this manual for use prior to acceptance into the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program.

SLPA Mission Statement

The faculty of the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Program are committed to the philosophy and goals of the Fayetteville Technical Community College mission statement. The faculty concurs with the open-door admission policy. However, considering the complexity of current health care systems and the rising educational standards for the North Carolina public school system, we endorse the need for selective and competitive admission to the SLPA program.
A graduate from the Fayetteville Technical Community College Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program is prepared to work under the supervision of a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist to serve as an ethical and highly skilled speech-language pathology assistant through evidence-based practices in diverse practice settings.


  1. Students will demonstrate mastery of the principles and methods necessary to practice as an entry-level speech-language pathology assistant.
  2. Students will effectively execute therapeutic and evidenced-based practices, under the direction of a licensed speech-language pathologist.
  3. Students will evaluate professional standards and engage in ethical practices.
  4. Students will engage in professional discourse (oral and written) to effectively communicate and collaborate with other professionals and the families they serve.
  5. Students will enrich the FTCC service area by increasing therapeutic resources.

What to Expect:

Course Work

The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant curriculum prepares graduates to work under the supervision of a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, who evaluates, diagnosis, and treats individuals with various communication disorders.
Courses provide instruction in methods of screening for speech, language, and hearing disorders and in following written protocols designed to remediate individual communication disorders. Supervised field experience includes working with patients of various ages and various disorders.

Career Paths

Graduates are eligible to take the NC Registration Exam for SLP-Assistants. Upon receiving a passing score, graduates are eligible for registration as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant with the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Registered SLP-Assistants may work under a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and are employed in healthcare, private, and educational settings.


Associate Degree

Speech Language Pathology Assistant (A45730)

Program Length: 5 Semesters
Prerequisite: 1 Unit of Algebra, 1 Unit of Biology, & Placement Test Equivalent
Award: Associate in Applied Science

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Fast Track Program

The Fayetteville Technical Community College Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Fast Track Program prepares the student to receive clearance to take the North Carolina Registration Exam for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants. Eligible students must provide evidence of successful completion of a bachelor’s degree (in Speech-Language Pathology) form an accredited institution (within the past 5 years) and they must complete the following courses or equivalent:
SLP 111: Ethics and Standards for SLPAs
SLP 120: Administrative Procedures and Office Management for SLPAs
SLP 211: Developmental Disorders
SLP 212: Acquired Disorders
SLP 220: Assistive Technology
SLP 230: SLPA Fieldwork
SLP 231: SLPA Fieldwork Seminar
*Summer and Spring entry, only
* Other courses may be required.
If interested, please complete the following tasks:
  1. Complete the FTCC Student Application
  2. Submit official transcripts (high school and college)
  3. Contact the Department Chairperson to schedule a meeting