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Communicative Disorders Assistant

Available at: Kingston


This program prepares students to work in a supporting capacity with  registered Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists in a variety of service settings and populations. The program is based on develop­ing a firm understanding of anatomical and physiological aspects of speech, language, and hearing disorders along with the necessary skills for intervention and programming. Empha­sis is placed on preparing the graduate to carry out screening and  remediation programs under the direction of the Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist. The comprehensive, competency-based field placements provide students with opportunities to develop and practice these skills.

*Program outline and course sequencing is under review and subject to change for 2016-17


Learn more about the Communicative Disorders Assistant program by reading the answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Check out the opportunities for students to be involved with our Centre for Education, Behavioural Research and Intervention in the Community (CEBRIC)

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment as assistants or technicians, in facilities/agencies serving clients/patients with communicative disorders such as schools, day care centres, residential institutions, hospitals, nursing homes and clinics. Many graduates have the opportunity to relocate across Ontario for many of the employment options available. The graduate will work under the direction of a qualified Speech-Language Pathologist and/or Audiologist.

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Program Name

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Program Code



Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

1 Year

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2016-17 tuition fees are $5,008.32. Compulsory fees are $1,112.15. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

International Fees

2016-17 International tuition fees are $21,975.00. Compulsory fees are $1,790.15. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2017-18

Semester 1
CDAP 100 Articulation and Phonology
CDAP 101 Child Language Acquisition and Related Disorders I
CDAP 102 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
CDAP 110 Audiology I: Introduction to Audiology
CDAP 120 Principles of Therapy and Programming and Special Populations
CDAP 130 Augmentative and Alternative Communication I
PROF 100 Clinical and Professional Issues I
REHA 100 Adult Neurogenic Disorders and Rehabilitation I

Semester 2
INTN 100 Field Placement I
INTN 200 Field Placement II

Semester 3
CDAP 301 Child Language Acquisition and Related Disorders II
CDAP 310 Augmentative and Alternative Communication II
CDAP 330 Language, Learning and Literacy
CDAP 340 Fluency and Voice Disorders
CDAP 350 Audiology II: Amplification Systems and Aural Rehabilitation
PROF 300 Clinical and Professional Issues II
REHA 300 Adult Neurogenic Disorders and Rehabilitation II

Admission Requirements

Minimum of a two-year post-secondary diploma or degree, with a specialty in health, community services or social services including Psychology, Linguistics or related disciplines. 

Please note: For applications to the CDA program, there is no requirement to submit a letter of intent, references or curriculum vitae.


Health Requirements


for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:

Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


    As a graduate of the CDA program I can honestly say, it has been one of the most rewarding educational endeavors I have ever pursued. Coming from a University background I was not sure what to expect in college and assumed it would be another one of those “you are just another number, not an individual” scenarios. I am completely shocked by the lasting friendships I have made with everyone in the program and the relationships I have created with the professors. I have always had a passion for the field of Speech Therapy, and the CDA program has taken my passion for this field to a new level. I learned more in one year than I could have ever taken away from my 5 years in University, and have been given the ability to network with professionals in the field during my 2 clinical placements. Communicative Disorders Assistants are slowly starting to have a new place in the world of rehabilitation as we move forward, and the CDA Program at St. Lawrence College prepares you above and beyond anything you could possibly expect. I remember applying for jobs after finishing University, before taking this program and thinking “ya I got this in the bag!”…until the interview, when I realized how little University had prepared me for a career. After completing the CDA program I go into interviews confident in my abilities because of the hands on, friendly and heartwarming experiences I have had the opportunity to experience in the CDA program.


    -Danielle Mills

    Danielle Mills

    Program Contact

    Christiane Haberl, B.Sc. SLP, M.A.D.S.

    Recruiting Contact

    Recruitment Office

    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

    Conditions of Enrolment in Field Placement:
    • Required valid certification in Standard First Aid with CPR Level HCP with AED, at the student’s expense.

    Criminal Background Check: Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for programs with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective school prior to applying.

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