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

Accreditation

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 116 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 Fayetteville Technical Community College Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program offers a comprehensive curriculum designed with a high-quality academic and clinical experience. Faculty and staff are committed to practices that develop professional and ethical speech-language pathology assistants that are well-equipped to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse individuals with communication disorders, the profession of speech-language pathology, and the community at large. We strive to improve human communication by:
1) educating students on the principles and methods necessary to practice as an entry-level speech-language pathology assistant,
2) instructing students on effectively executing therapeutic and evidenced-based practices, under the direction of a licensed speech-language pathologist,
3) coaching students on evaluating professional standards and engaging in ethical practices,
4) engaging students in professional discourse (oral and written) to effectively communicate and collaborate with other professionals and the families they serve.
Aligned with the college’s mission to serve as a core learning centered organization with rich educational opportunities, the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program offers an inclusive program of study designed with diverse academic and clinical learning experiences. To further the mission of the college to improve economic mobility in Cumberland County and the region, the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program collaborates with stakeholders to ensure graduates enrich the FTCC service area by increasing therapeutic resources while providing ethical and evidence-based practices.

Outcomes

  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: High School Diploma/GED, 1 Unit of Biology, ENG-002 Tier 2, MAT-003 Tier 1, or 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) from 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 215: Intervention
SLP 220: Assistive Technology
SLP 230: SLPA Fieldwork
SLP 231: SLPA Fieldwork Seminar
*Fall entry, only
* Other courses may be required.
If interested, please complete the following tasks:
1. Complete the FTCC Student Application.
2. Submit official transcripts.
3. Contact the Department Chairperson to schedule a meeting.

The Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program is designed to meet the educational requirements for the SLP-Assistant certification in North Carolina. Please see the disclosure chart for information regarding Speech-Language Pathology Assisting certification in other states.