Program Overview

Lake Region State College, with help from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, created the Associate in Applied Science in Speech Language Pathology Assistant program in order help with the shortage of SLPA paraprofessionals within the state’s schools.  All courses within the program can be completed entirely online and both the curriculum and faculty meet the requirements for school-based paraprofessional speech language pathology.  

Graduates of the program will be able to perform speech language screenings, therapeutic duties, and document student progress. The program’s courses will also cover topics such as support services, material preparation, scheduling, space management, and material supervision. Students may also advance their education to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year educational institution. Students that are interested in transferring should also obtain the Associate in Arts degree. It is recommended that students consult with an academic advisor regularly to determine the transfer program’s course requirements. 

The normal length of the program is two years and requires a minimum of 63 credit hours. There are five semesters within the program including one summer session.  The second semester courses are Introduction to Speech Language Pathology Assistants, College Composition II, Introduction to Psychology, Physical Education/Wellness Requirement and Language Theory and Treatment for the SLPA. 

The program is provided through a combined effort between Minot State University, Williston State College, and Lake Region State College. For instance, the online course delivery software will be provided by the Williston State College and many of the instructors will be from Minot State University. Lake Region State College will deliver the instructors and materials for the general education courses.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Application Requirements:
    • Application and Application Fee
    • GED scores or high school transcript 
    • College transcripts (if applicable)
    • ACT Results
    • Immunity Records
    SPLA Application Requirements:
    • Letter of application
    • Two letters of reference
    • Completed admission file
    • Completion of grade sheet
    • An minimum GPA of 2.5 in the required support courses

    School Overview

    Lake Region State College is a two-year public school located in Devils Lake, North Dakota, in an area three miles from Devils Lake, Michigan’s largest natural body of water. LRSC was established in 1941 as an extension of the public school system. The school’s name has changed several times, but Lake Region State College has remained the name since its adoption in 1999. LRSC is a part of the North Dakota University System and has four campuses: Devils Lake Campus, Grand Forks Airforce Base Campus, the Online Campus, and Outreach Campuses.

    Lake Region State College offers certificates of completion and associate’s degrees. Classes are available in a traditional format and in online format (distance learning), where courses can be taken directly from home. Online courses and degrees are available to out-of-state students based on state authorization.


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