Communicative Disorders Assistant

Program: CODA
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 2 Field Placements
Length: 3 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


The Communicative Disorders Assistant Program prepares graduates to work in an adjunctive capacity as supportive personnel to qualified Speech-Language Pathologists and/or Audiologists in a variety of treatment settings. Emphasis is placed on preparing graduates to conduct remediation programming after the Speech-Language Pathologist or the Audiologist has completed the assessment and determined the treatment plan.

Based on a thorough understanding of physiological and functional speech/language and hearing disorders, students develop programming skills and learn intervention techniques to evoke and sustain communication behaviours. In addition students become aware of vital behaviour and environmental factors that can potentially support or erode the efficacy of treatment.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the program find employment as supportive personnel (speech and learning technicians, speech aides, and therapy assistants) serving children and adults with communicative disorders and delays. They work in a variety of settings including children's treatment centres, school boards, public health units, Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), Community Care Access Centres (CCACs), hospitals, early years centres and private speech and/or audiology clinics. They work under the supervision and direction of qualified Speech-Language Pathologists and/or Audiologists.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • implement remedial speech/language/hearing programs under the supervision of a speech and language pathologist or audiologist;
  • collect, compute and display therapy data based on observational training;
  • perform routinely required maintenance procedures on therapy materials and equipment;
  • prepare written and oral progress reports;
  • describe and illustrate sensitivity to underlying behaviour which contributes to client dysfunction;
  • identify ancillary resources available to the communicatively disordered;
  • participate as a team member and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills;
  • perform activities in a professional and ethical manner;
  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to realize social, environmental and/or financial rewards.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Summer 2018

Admission Requirements:

  • Post-secondary diploma or degree with emphasis in communication disorders, linguistics, human anatomy and physiology, social sciences, or human services curricula.

Selection Process:

Applicants will be asked to submit and decisions will be based on a resume, academic grades/transcripts of all post-secondary diploma and/or degree studies, a letter of intent and two letters of reference.

Additional Information:

In addition to these requirements, applicants must also provide proof of a current standard First Aid, C.P.R. Level "C" or "HCP" certification, and verification of immunization prior to the commencement of the preclinical course, "Introduction to Theory and Practice," in semester 1.

Certain clinical placements will require students to have updated flu shots, TB testing and Hepatitis B vaccination as well as a Vulnerable Sector Screening Police Record Check including a check of the Pardoned Sex Offender Database. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure he or she is eligible to participate in clinical placements. The College assumes no responsibility for these matters and students should be aware that tuition will not be refunded in the event that access to a placement is denied.

Graduation Requirements

13 Mandatory Courses
2 Field Placements

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.


Mandatory Courses
CODA 1000Articulation and Phonology
CODA 1001Introduction to Audiology and Amplification Systems
CODA 1002Language Disorders In Children
CODA 1003Introduction to The Profession
CODA 1004Augmentative and Alternative Communication
CODA 1006Introduction to Communication Disorders in Adults
CODA 1010Stuttering, Fluency, and Voice
CODA 1011Language, Learning and Literacy
CODA 1012Augmentative and Alternative Communication: High Tech and Software
CODA 1014Communication Disorders in Adults
CODA 1017Introduction to Theory and Practice
CODA 1018Advanced Theory and Practice
CODA 1019Amplification Systems and Aural Rehabilitation
Field Placements
CODA 1015Field Practicum 1
CODA 1016Field Practicum 2

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