Speech Pathology Schools in Arizona - AZ
Speech-Language Pathologist Education in Arizona
In Arizona, speech pathology schools must be accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).
The four general categories of the pre-requisite courses for a degree in Speech-Language Pathology are 1) biological sciences, 2) physical sciences, 3) mathematics and 4) social and behavioral sciences.
In this profession a student must demonstrate that they have acquired the level of knowledge necessary to work in this field, therefore a clinical practicum is required. There is a minimum of 400 hours of supervised experience required, with 25 hours observing a licensed speech-language pathologist and at least 375 hours working directly with clients.
To help school districts in Arizona with the shortage of qualified speech-language pathologists, a Professional Enhancement Program, funded in part by the Arizona Department of Education, gives speech-language professionals working in public schools a path to attain a master’s degree via a part-time program. Individuals must commit to working in public schools.
Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLP) in Arizona
To help meet the need for qualified practitioners, Arizona is in the process of formalizing the licensing of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLP). Meanwhile, candidates may apply for licensing, without paying a fee, if they have completed 60 credits, including 20 credits of SLPA technical coursework and 100 hours of clinical interaction.
The SLP assistant licensing application can be downloaded http://www.azdhs.gov/als/hadisp/index.htm. Complete rules will go into effect after the licensing rules are formalized.
Any person applying for a license or certification in Arizona is also required to furnish proof of that they are a citizen of the United States, a non-citizen national, or have status as a qualified alien. The paperwork can be downloaded at http://www.azdhs.gov/als/immigration/citizenship_fill.pdf.Through campus or online programs, aspiring Speech Pathologists in Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa and Glendale Arizona may be able to prepare themselves for the possibility of employment in some of the largest hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state including the Arizona Heart Hospital, Arizona Regional Hospital, Banner Desert Medical Center and St. Joseph's Hospital.