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SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE OFFERING SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT DEGREE

7/12/2017, noon | Updated on 7/12/2017, noon
South Suburban College prepares graduates of the SPA program to become eligible for licensure with the State of Illinois
South Suburban College is now oering an A.A.S. degree in the the field of Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SPA). The Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant field is predicted to grow 21% 2014-2024 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

SOUTH SUBURBAN COLLEGE OFFERING SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANT DEGREE

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL–The Speech-Language Pathologist

Assistant field is predicted to grow 21% 2014-2024 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and now South Suburban College is o›ering an A.A.S. degree in the the field of Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SPA).

According to U.S. News rankings, the Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant field is listed as #20 in Best Health Care jobs with salary ranges between $28,000-$63,000.

An SPA works as a paraprofessional support person

who has completed the academic requirements of an accredited

two-year program. They assist a certified Speech-Language

Pathologist in treating people who have speech-language and

communication disorders.

As a clinician, SPAs can work in various settings: schools, private practice, healthcare settings and in Illinois, primarily in early intervention, according to a SSC new release. An SPA may conduct the following tasks under the supervision of a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP):

• Assist the SLP with Speech-Language hearing screenings and assessments (without interpretation).

• Follow documented treatment or intervention plans developed by the supervising SLP.

• Document student performance and report information to the SLP.

• Assist with clerical duties, research projects, and collect data for quality improvement.

South Suburban College prepares graduates of the SPA program to become eligible for licensure with the State of Illinois. This license is required in order to work in any setting in the state. After completing the necessary requirements for the AAS degree, one

may obtain licensure from the state of Illinois by successfully passing the licensure test and paying the application fee.

For more information regarding this program, please call David Frazier, Coordinator for the SPA Program at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2204 or email DFrazier@ssc.edu, or visit the Allied Health

Department Office in room 4457.

For more information about all of SSC ’s programs, admissions

and registration, please visit www.ssc.edu or contact the Admissions Office at (708) 210-5718.