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Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and complete all application requirements. Before enrolling in the SLPA Certificate program, applicants must have one of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS)
  • In-progress BA (CU SLHS students can concurrnetly enroll in the last semester of senior year)
  • Bachelor's degree in another field plus 24 credits of SLHS leveling coursework

The SLPA Certificate program application includes:

  1. Transcripts (unofficial) from each college/university attended with proof of 24 credits of undergraduate SLHS coursework
  2. Logs documenting 25 hours of guided observation with an ASHA-certified SLP (up to 10 hours may be completed during SLPA internship)

SLPA Timeline

  Application Opens Application Closes* Acceptance Notices By Intent to Enroll Deadline Semester Start** Semester End**
Fall January 3 April 1 April 15 April 21 August 15 December 15
Spring August 1 October 15 November 1 November 7 January 15 May 15

*Early applications are encouraged to place students in internship sites.  
**See the CU Academic calendar for exact dates.

Certificate Award Dates

Degree seeking students will receive their certificate upon completion of their degree / semester of graduation. Non-degree seeking students will receive their certificate upon completion of the SLPA Certificate program. See the Graduation & Diplomas Calendar for specific dates.

For More Information

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Certificate Program
University of Colorado–Boulder
Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Boulder, CO 80309-0409