Communicative Disorders Assistant holding earphones over a young child's ears in a hearing clinic setting

Turn your passion for helping others into a career in speech therapy

Communicative Disorders Assistant Ontario College Graduate Certificate program

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

Program code CODA
Duration 1 Year
Credential Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery Full-time

Program information

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.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2022 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

This program includes a field placement component where you will gain practical, hands-on work experience in a setting relevant to your program.

What are the admission requirements for the Communicative Disorders Assistant program?

Communicative Disorders Assistant 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.

Selection Process

Applicants are required to submit a resume, a letter of intent, two letters of reference, and academic grades/transcriptions of all postsecondary diploma and/or degree studies.

Admission details

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.

What career paths can I take as a communicative disorders assistant?

Your Communicative Disorders Assistant graduate certificate gives you many 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.

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.

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.

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

What courses are included in the Communicative Disorders Assistant graduate certificate program?

Course overview

13 Program Courses
2 Field Placements

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Communicative Disorders Assistant program outline.

  • CODA 1000 – Articulation, Phonology and Motor Speech Disorders
  • CODA 1001 – Introduction to Audiology and Amplification Systems
  • CODA 1002 – Language Disorders In Children
  • CODA 1003 – Introduction to The Profession
  • CODA 1004 – Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • CODA 1006 – Introduction to Communication Disorders in Adults
  • CODA 1020 – Introduction to Theory and Practice

Do you have questions about Communicative Disorders Assistant? Contact us!

Thinking about applying to Georgian?

Contact our student recruitment team to explore your study options.

Already applied to Georgian?

Connect with the Office of the Registrar for admissions-related questions.

Are you an international student?

Contact our international recruitment team to learn more about studying at Georgian. 

Ways to connect

blue circle that says Virtual Open House in white font

Join us for Virtual Open House!
Saturday, Nov. 13 | 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Learn more and RSVP

Get to Know Georgian text overlaying a teal circle

Attend a virtual Get to Know Georgian session in November or December.
View the schedule and RSVP

One-on-one appointments text overlaying a green circle

Book a phone appointment
with a recruitment specialist.
Learn more

Join our mailing list text overlaying a navy blue circle

Join our email list for event updates, contest information and more.
Sign up for Georgian updates