Updated: July 16, 2014 6:10AM
South Suburban College’s health professions department will host an open house June 24 for its new speech language pathology assistant program, which it will pilot during the fall, according to a press release from the college.
The speech language pathology assistant educational program prepares individuals to work in a health or educational setting under a registered speech pathologist with at least two years of professional experience, according to the release. Assistants generally work with equipment maintenance, patient assessment, paperwork and execution of speech pathologist treatment plans, it said.
Courses in the program are structured to provide students with background information, theories, principles and techniques for implementation of treatment plans and goals of speech-, language- and hearing-disordered individuals, according to the college. The program supplements classroom instruction with required supervised clinical observation and practicum experiences in speech language pathology and audiology, it said.
The program at SSC is fully accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, the Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois State Board of Education, the release said. Upon successful completion of all academic and fieldwork requirements, students receive an associate in applied science degree, it said.
Prospective students can learn more about the program and job opportunities by attending the open houses from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 10 in the Mi-Jack Room, and/or from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 24 in the Heritage Room. Both locations are on the main campus, 15800 S. State St., South Holland.
For more information about health professions programs, call (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2204, visit www.ssc.edu or stop by Room 4457 on campus.
Registration for the fall semester is underway, the release said. For enrollment information, call (708) 210-5718.