Communicative Disorders Assistant
Program Code: CDAS (Full-Time) Length of Program: One Year (12 Months) Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Graduate Certificate Starts: Sep (Open)
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Term 1 CDA-1003 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Mechanism CDA-1053 Child Language Acquisition and Related Disorders I CDA-1042 Introduction to Communication Disorders In Adults I CDA-1012 Clinical and Professional Issues I CDA-1033 Introduction to Audiology CDA-1023 Articulation and Phonology CDA-1062 Principles of Therapy Programming Term 2 CDA-2073 Populations with Special Needs CDA-2053 Child Language Acquisition and Related Disorders II CDA-2042 Introduction to Communication Disorders in Adults II CDA-2083 Introduction to Augmentative Communication and Technology Field Placement 1 CDAF-2005 Field Practicum I (seven weeks) Field Placement 2 CDAF-3005 Field Practicum II (seven weeks) Term 3 CDA-3103 Fluency and Voice Disorders CDA-2013 Clinical and Professional Issues II CDA-3114 Amplification Systems and Aural Rehabilitation

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This Ontario Graduate Certificate program is designed for students who wish to work as a Communicative Disorders Assistant in a supportive capacity with a qualified speech-language pathologist and/or audiologist. This 12-month program runs from September to August and prepares graduates to design and implement programming based on the assessments and treatment plans outlined by qualified speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

Within the three, concurrent terms, and block placements, students will acquire an understanding of physiological and functional speech, language and hearing disorders. Programming skills and communication intervention techniques will be developed through a combination of in-class curriculum, hands-on training, and practical application from experienced faculty members currently working in the field. These skills are reinforced through the students' participation in two practicum placements. The placements provide students with a minimum of 490 hours to observe, learn, practice and apply practical skills and techniques in the field of speech and language and/or audiology within a community setting. 

This program is recognized by the Communicative Disorders Assistant Association of Canada (CDAAC).

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Admission Requirements

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

Employment Opportunities

Graduates will work under the auspices and direction of a qualified speech-language pathologist and/or audiologist. Our graduates find employment as communicative disorders assistants, therapy assistants, speech assistants, audiometric technicians and hearing screeners, to support individuals of all ages with a variety of communicative disorders. Employment opportunities could include positions within school boards, children's treatments centres, early years centres, hospitals, public health units, Local Health Integration Networks, or private speech or audiology clinics. Many graduates have relocated across Canada for employment opportunities in this field of study.

Tuition Fees
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Please Note: These fees apply to the 2020-2021 academic year and are subject to change. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

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