Communicative Disorders Assistant
Study physiological and functional speech/language and hearing disorders. Learn techniques to help others communicate. On-site clinic for hands-on learning.

General information

Program code
3 Semesters (1 Year)
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Work integrated learning
2 Field Placements

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie

Program description

Students gain knowledge and hands-on experience to work in an adjunctive capacity as supportive personnel to qualified Speech-Language Pathologists and/or Audiologists in a variety of treatment settings. Students focus on conducting programming after the Speech-Language Pathologist or the Audiologist has completed the assessment and determined the therapy plan, as well as practicing the variety of other types of duties within this profession.

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 identify the behaviour and environmental factors that can potentially support or erode the efficacy of therapy.

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 56 hours of clinic placements and 490 hours in two separate seven-week field practicum placements.

Communicative Disorders Assistant using an otoscope while looking into the ear of another student

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.

Career opportunities

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

Admission information

Admission requirements

Postsecondary diploma or degree with a specialty in communication disorders, linguistics, human anatomy and physiology, social sciences, or human services curricula is preferred.  Applicants whose postsecondary credentials do not meet this preference will be considered if they have completed communicative disorders profession-specific volunteer experience.


Program-specific Courses

  • CODA 1000 - Articulation, Phonology and Motor Speech Disorders
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • CODA 1001 - Introduction to Audiology and Amplification Systems
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • CODA 1002 - Language Disorders In Children
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • CODA 1003 - Introduction to The Profession
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • CODA 1004 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • CODA 1006 - Introduction to Communication Disorders in Adults
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • CODA 1020 - Introduction to Theory and Practice
    (Semester 1 / 56 hours)
  • CODA 1015 - Field Practicum 1
    (Semester 2 / 245 hours)
  • CODA 1016 - Field Practicum 2
    (Semester 2 / 245 hours)
  • CODA 1010 - Fluency and Voice
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • CODA 1011 - Language, Learning and Literacy
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • CODA 1012 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication: High Tech and Software
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • CODA 1014 - Communication Disorders in Adults
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • CODA 1018 - Advanced Theory and Practice
    (Semester 3 / 56 hours)
  • CODA 1019 - Amplification Systems and Aural Rehabilitation
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)