Communicative Disorders Assistant


Program Information

This one-year, three-term program is designed for students who have completed a diploma, degree or equivalent program, and who wish to work in a supporting capacity with a qualified Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist.

This program will prepare graduates to carry out therapy and programming with clients who have speech language, feeding, swallowing, literacy and hearing disorders under the supervision of a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist after assessments are complete. In-class curriculum is supported through hands-on training in the newly-developed audiology lab including practical experience working in the sound booth and with audiology testing equipment.

Students in this program participate in second and third term practicum placements for a minimum of 245 hours. These experiential learning opportunities are designed to provide students with opportunity to learn, apply and practice practical skills and techniques within the community setting. Placements could be Canada-wide and students should expect to relocate during their placement at their own expense.

The Communicative Disorders Assistant program does not follow the traditional term schedule of most programs. Below is the program schedule:

  • Term 1: September - December
  • Term 2: January - February (Compressed Class Schedule)
  • Field Placement: March - April
  • Field Placement: May - June
  • Term 3: July - August (Compressed Class Schedule)

Device Requirements

This program requires a laptop (Windows preferred).

Students entering this program are entering a Mobile Learning - Class+ Experience program. The Class+ Experience is exclusive to Lambton College, where technology inspires learning. Mobile devices allow students to experience learning both inside and outside the classroom, integrating educational apps and tools into class activities. See device requirements.


Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed, at minimum, a post-secondary diploma or degree with emphasis on communication disorders, linguistics, human anatomy and physiology, social sciences, or human services curricula. Applicants are required to submit a transcript of their post-secondary diploma and/or degree.

The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates find employment as assistants or technicians, in facilities/agencies serving clients/patients with communicative disorders such as schools, daycare centres, residential institutions, hospitals, nursing homes and clinics. Many graduates have relocated across Ontario for many of the employment options available. Graduates will work under the auspices and direction of a qualified Speech-Language Pathologist and/or Audiologist.

For more information about post-graduate work eligibility for international students, please review the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program information.


This program is recognized by the Communicative Disorders Assistant Association of Canada (CDAAC). Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for full CDAAC membership. Graduates are also eligible for membership in the Ontario Association of Speech Language-Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA), as well as Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC).

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