Communicative Disorders Assistant Gain hands-on experience in fully functional, on-campus community speech, hearing and language clinic.

General information

Program code
3 Semesters (1 Year)
Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2018 Barrie

Program description

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.

Why study Communicative Disorders Assistant at Georgian?

Experiential learning
One of the key features of our program is that our students complete clinic rotations in both fall and summer semesters in the Harmonize for Speech, Hearing and Language Clinic. This clinic offers state-of-the-art equipment and training that enables students to observe and participate in speech-language and audiological treatment sessions and programming involving community clients. In total, students complete 48 hours of clinic placements and 495 hours in two separate seven-week field practicum placements.

Experienced faculty
Our highly qualified faculty members are well known for their experience, and their ability to work with students to put theory into practice.

Admission information

Admission requirements

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

Admission details

Applicants must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to this program:

  • 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.


View the Communicative Disorders Assist articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

  • CODA1000 Articulation and Phonology
  • CODA1001 Introduction to Audiology and Amplification Systems
  • CODA1002 Language Disorders In Children
  • CODA1003 Introduction to The Profession
  • CODA1004 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • CODA1006 Introduction to Communication Disorders in Adults
  • CODA1010 Stuttering, Fluency, and Voice
  • CODA1011 Language, Learning and Literacy
  • CODA1012 Augmentative and Alternative Communication: High Tech and Software
  • CODA1014 Communication Disorders in Adults
  • CODA1017 Introduction to Theory and Practice
  • CODA1018 Advanced Theory and Practice
  • CODA1019 Amplification Systems and Aural Rehabilitation

Field Placements

  • CODA1015 Field Practicum 1
  • CODA1016 Field Practicum 2