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Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Track

The ULM Speech-Language Pathology Program offers an online course, SPLP 4076, for individuals interested in pursuing a provisional Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) license.

Speech-Language Pathology Assistants work under the supervision of an ASHA certified and Louisiana licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. With opportunities to practice in schools, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, Head Start programs, private clinics, and other sites that treat individuals with communication disorders, the SLPA can have an economically beneficial health career.

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to apply for a provisional Speech Language Pathology Assistant license through the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (LBESPA). With a provisional license they will then be eligible to pursue full Louisiana SLPA licensure and ASHA accreditation through LBESPA and ASHA.

This course is competitively limited to ten applicants, who must meet the following requirements:

1. Earned Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology or the equivalent.

2. Overall college GPA of 2.75 from all universities attended.

3. Uncorrected GPA of 3.0 in all Speech-Language Pathology courses.

4. “A” or “B” in the following courses or their equivalents:

a) SPLP 1052 (Speech and Language Acquisition)

b) SPLP 4001 (Phonetics)

c) SPLP 4007 (Phonetics lab) if applicable

d) SPLP 4028 (Articulation Disorders)

e) SPLP 4033 (Language Pathology)

5. Has identified an individual who is currently ASHA certified, has worked full-time and held the Certificate of Clinical Competence for a year or more, and holds a valid SLP license from Louisiana or an applicable state.

6. The Speech-Language Pathologist has agreed to supervise the applicant for a total of 120 clinical hours (20 observation hours; 100 direct contact hours) within the semester of enrollment.


If accepted into the course, the student must apply to ULM as an Undeclared major. Course registration information will be provided after the instructor receives proof of admission.

Accepted applicants will be required to pay for and pass a background check and drug screening prior to December 5 (for spring semester applicants); May 5 (for fall semester applicants). Failed test and/or screening will negate the student’s eligibility to continue in the course.

Application information and documents are available here: 4076 Application PDF 

DUE DATES: October 10: spring semester enrollment; February 10: fall semester enrollment