Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) certificate

If you are interested in becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant (SLPA) and working as support personnel to a speech-language pathologist, this program may be right for you. Many prefer the flexibility of online courses given their busy lifestyles.

The SLPA certificate meets the minimum technical coursework requirements recommended by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Students must recognize that an academic certificate awarded by NAU following completion of required academic credits is not a license to practice as an SLPA.

Students should check with the licensure or certification department for state requirements regarding additional course work, clinical experience and/or observations, and clinical supervision that may be required. For example, licensure information for Arizona is found on the Arizona Department of Health Services website at:


Each state determines their rules and regulations for licensure/certification/authorization/apprenticeship. State requirements may include completion of clinical interaction hours according to specified criteria, and NAU's academic certificate requirements may not meet the differing requirements imposed by government agencies of fifty different states.

Northern Arizona University cannot confirm whether a particular course, degree, or certificate program meets requirements for professional licensure in the student's home state. It is the student's responsibility to verify the academic and clinical interaction and/or clinical observation requirements for the particular state in which employment as an SLPA is sought and to meet those requirements.

At this time, the SLPA certificate program is not approved in California. The California Speech and Hearing licensure department does recognize our BIS degree with SLPA certificate courses taken as electives. California does require a university/college fieldwork course to obtain the needed clinical and observation hours. Students who desire to be licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant should contact the California Speech-Language Pathologyand Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board, 2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 2100, Sacramento, California 95815, Phone (916) 263-2666, Fax (916) 263-2668.

Contact for Additional Information: 

Kristan Culbertson
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Program
Speech-Language Sciences and Technology
Northern Arizona University
1100 South Beaver Street
PO Box 15095
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5095
Email: speech.assistant@nau.edu
(928) 523-8619