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Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Before Enrolling: Before enrolling in MTI’s online Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program, it is your responsibility to determine whether this program will meet your state's requirements (if any) for SLPA certification or licensure. More information can be found below.

Admission Requirements: All students applying to the ONLINE Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program must submit to a criminal background check at the student’s expense. Please click here to begin the process.

Students are required to have good reading, writing, hearing and communication (verbal, written and articulation) skills in order to competently perform the job of a speech-language pathology assistant and to gain successful employment.  Students must possess the motor skills necessary to manage clients and manipulate therapy materials in home and school environments.  Applicants must have minimum scores on the English and Reading portions of the ACT or ACCUPLACER.
Additional requirements may have to be met before entrance to fieldwork sites.  Contact the instructor for details.

State Licensure Requirements:  The MTI SLPA program meets the requirements allowing a graduate to apply for SLPA Licensure from the South Dakota Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology. Licensure requirements in other states will vary from state to state. MTI will contact state credentialing agencies to determine whether our coursework will meet your state’s requirements. Please contact program director Jennifer Schultz to discuss your state’s requirements. MTI strongly encourages students to verify that MTI’s coursework will meet their state’s requirements. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website has information regarding state requirements on their website at

Program Graduation Requirement: It is the goal of this program to prepare competent entry-level speech-language pathology assistants. To achieve that goal, students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or higher in all technical courses as a prerequisite to SLPA 240 Clinical Fieldwork. Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or higher in their clinical fieldwork in order to graduate.

Computer Requirements: Computer and Internet access required. Your computer will have to meet our specifications to assure your operating system and software are current and compatible.

Here are the minimum specifications for a computer or iPAD for this program:

Computer/Laptop Minimum Specifications:
Processor – Intel Core i Series (i3, i5, i7) or AMD Ryzen
Operating System – Windows 10
Webcam Recommended
Memory - 4 GB or more
Internal Storage – 64 GB or more
Microsoft Office is available at no charge as long as enrolled at MTI

 iPAD Specifications:
4th Gen or newer
Internal Storage – 16 GB or more (32 recommeneded)
No iPad Minis
No Tablets

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