Q: How do I become a speech therapist assistant?
A: There are three pathways a person can take to become a speech therapist assistant.
- Option One: Complete a two-year SLPA program
- Option Two: Have a Bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders and complete the ASHA’s Online SLPA course.
- Option Three: Have an associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, complete an SLPA certificate program, and complete the ASHA’s Online SLPA course.
Q: How much do speech pathologists make?
A: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a speech-language pathologist is $80,480 per year or $38.69 per hour. However, this can differ depending on which state you work in, how much you work, and who you work for.
Q: What degree do you need to be a speech pathologist?
A: A speech pathologist needs to complete two degrees: an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree. The undergraduate degree includes prerequisite courses to qualify for the graduate program. These courses are usually linguistics, phonetics, semantics, psychology, and human development. The graduate degree is in Speech-Language Pathology or Communicative Sciences and Disorders.
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