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

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:

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.

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.

Tuition Fees
Breakdown of fees for Year 1
Year 1
Ancillary Fee$877.74
Student Government Fee$435.96
Health/Dental Plan$207.87

Please Note: These fees apply to the 2019-2020 academic year and are subject to change. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

Jocelyn Boucher, Program Coordinator
519-542-7751 ext 3268


Laurie Grant, Field Placement Liaison
519-542-7751 ext 3505