About the Speech-Language Pathology Profession

The Columbia College Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program, housed in the Division of Education (Ariail-Peele Building), offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in speech-language pathology.

Therapist candidates will earn sufficient client contact hours to be eligible for an SLP Assistant license must pursue a Master’s degree to work in a professional SLP setting.

Click here to find out more about Credential Options for SLPs in South Carolina.
The Columbia College program follows South Carolina Division of Education standards and has received NCATE accreditation. Columbia College is also recognized as a Teaching Fellows institution by the South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement. Students awarded Teaching Fellowships may use their awards to attend Columbia College.

Therapist candidates in the SLP program at Columbia College complete coursework related to the development of speech, language, and hearing skills. Professional coursework also focuses on the nature, prevention, evaluation, and treatment of communication disorders. Unlike most undergraduate SLP programs, Columbia College provides a variety of field experience opportunities for therapist candidates. Off-campus field experiences are completed in the public schools, clinics, private practice offices.

SLP candidates are responsible for keeping and filing with Columbia College, documentation of observation and therapy hours completed in the SLP program. These are important documents candidates will want to have in hand for documentation of hours in graduate school, certification and licensure. Although we make every effort to assist in tracking hours and filing copies of these forms in alumnae files, if a candidate has not filed these in our office as requested, they will not be on file in the future.

Speech-language pathologists are master’s level professionals who evaluate, treat, and conduct research about human communication and its disorders. They work in schools, hospitals, businesses, in private practice, in universities, research laboratories, and government agencies, with infants and children, with adolescents and adults, and with older people (ASHA, 2002).

To find out more about speech-language pathology as a career, go to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) website at www.asha.org.

If the SLP candidate has filed the documentation and wishes to have a copy from Columbia College files, a handling fee of $10.00 is required to have these mailed. Please send a written request with your name, year of graduation, and where you completed your field experiences while at Columbia College. Please include a check for $10.00 made payable to Columbia College. A copy of your observation and/or therapy contact hour sheets will be sent or faxed to you as you indicate.

Credential Options for SLPs in S.C.

 

Credential SC SLP Assistant License ASHA CCC-Certificate of Clinical Competence SC Professional License
Required for Employment In: Private Practice
Medical Settings
Long Term Care Facilities
Private Practice
Medical Settings
Long Term Care Facilities
Private Practice
Medical Settings
Long Term Care Facilities
Issued By: SC State Board of Examiners in SLP & Audiology ASHA SC State Board of Examiners in SLP & Audiology
To obtain, the SLP must complete application & provide evidence of: BA/BS Degree

Official academic transcripts

*100 Earned clock hours

 

MA/MS Degree from ASHA accredited Program

Passing scores on Praxis

Official academic transcripts

Completion of CFY year

MA/MS Degree from ASHA accredited Program

Passing scores on Praxis

Official academic transcript

Completion of CFY year

To renew, the SLP must complete application & provide evidence of:

1.6 CEUs (16 hours)

Payment of renewal fee

Renewable annually

Payment of annual certification fee

Three CEUs (30 hours) will be required every 3 years

Renewable every 2 years

1.6 CEUs (16 hours)

Payment of renewal fee

For More Information

If you would like more information on or have questions about the speech-language pathology program at Columbia College, visit the program page at http://columbiasc.edu/programs/speech-language-pathology-b-degree/ or please contact:

Dr. Regina Lemmon
803.786.3090
803.786.3034 (fx)
rlemmon@nullcolumbiasc.edu