10 N2006P15014CAs the diagnosis of childhood communication disorders increases, the demand for speech-language pathology assistants is on the rise. A speech language pathology assistant is a person who assists a licensed speech language pathologist in a variety of areas including conducting screenings, implementing therapy in the areas of receptive and expressive language, articulation, fluency, augmentative and alternative communication, and oral motor skills. Other responsibilities include preparing materials for therapy, scheduling patients for therapy and maintaining files and equipment, to name a few. Fayetteville Technical Community College is helping to fill the gap in the community by continuing its two-year associate degree program in speech-language pathology assisting.

The SLPA program is an allied health profession that offers a great balance between healthcare professional and educator. Students who complete the two-year competitive health program graduate with an associate degree in applied science in speech-language pathology assisting and are equipped with the tools necessary to engage in evidence-based practices necessary to meet the needs of people with communication disorders and other exceptionalities. Graduates must take and pass the N.C. Registration Exam for speech-language pathology assistants to practice in the state of North Carolina. FTCC is proud to have maintained such a robust program since its inception in 1997.

Effective late 2020, for the first time in history, graduates will have the opportunity to gain national recognition through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Certification Program. National recognition will offer a special distinction that will set graduates apart and inform employers that they are highly qualified and committed to professional excellence.

It is the aspiration of professionals in the field of speech-language pathology to positively influence the most powerful tool offered to mankind — communication. If you are ready to take this journey, we invite you to join us.Fayetteville Technical Community College offers over 280 academic programs of study leading to the award of associate degree, certificate or diploma. These programs fall under the major subject areas of arts and humanities, business, computer technology, engineering/applied technology, health, math and sciences, and public service. For information about health programs of study, contact an admissions professional specializing in health programs at healthproadmissions@faytechcc.edu. For information about other program areas, contact admissions@faytechcc.edu, visit our website at www.faytechcc.edu, or call us at 910-678-8400. Registration is under way for summer I, summer II and fall classes. If you’ve been thinking of pursuing the career you’ve dreamed about, now is the time to take that first step. Fayetteville Technical Community College — the smart choice for education — can help you get there.

 For more information on Fayetteville Technical Community College’s speech-language pathology assistant program, please contact me, Charisse Gainey, department chairperson, at
910-678-8492 or gaineyc@faytechcc.edu.

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