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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY:

The CDA program allowed me to gain the fundamental knowledge necessary for understanding speech, language and hearing disorders.  The program prov [...]

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Thanks to the CDA program at Durham College, not only did I get into my Masters for Speech-Language Pathology in Toronto but it also proved to be a [...]

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The CDA program at Durham College has a reputation for providing students with an exceptional education and hands on skills that are valued by emp [...]

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Communicative Disorders Assistant (graduate certificate)

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Communicative Disorders Assistant (graduate certificate)

Communicative Disorders Assistant (graduate certificate)

For individuals struggling with communication disorders, it takes a good listener equipped with effective skills and training to help them achieve their communication goals. Communicative disorders assistants, under the guidance of speech-language pathologists and audiologists, help implement effective treatment plans that will assist people of all ages to communicate more effectively.

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Program Description

This graduate certificate program is designed for students with previous education and/or relevant experience (please see the entrance requirements section of this page for more detail).

Communicative disorders assistants (CDAs), under the guidance of qualified speech-language pathologists and/ or audiologists, provide speech and language therapy to children and adults in addition to carrying out speech, language and hearing screenings including infant hearing screenings.

Durham College’s program, which is recognized by the Communicative Disorders Assistant Association of Canada, will enable you to obtain the knowledge, skills, confidence and credentials needed to deliver a wide range of communication services to clients of all ages.

A thorough understanding of physiological and functional speech/language and hearing disorders and the development of essential programming skills is fundamental as we prepare you for a rewarding career in the field of communicative disorders and teach you the most current and effective therapy techniques.

Our faculty members are dedicated speech-language pathologists, audiologists and CDAs with many years of clinical experience in communicative disorders. They foster student learning through:

  • Classroom-based learning
  • Clinical observations before placement begins
  • Technology-assisted learning
  • Dynamic guest speakers
  • Practical lab activities
  • Specialized workshops
  • Field trips

You will practice your skills in our dedicated CDA classroom, clinical resource library and speech/language AAC and audiology lab, which is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and clinical resources.

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Admission Requirements

  • College diploma or university degree with emphasis on communication disorders; linguistics; psychology; social sciences; health sciences; and/or human/social services curriculum
  • Additional applicant requirements – Resumé, letter of intent and maximum three letters of reference listing related volunteer/work experience in communication disorders
  • Additional applicant requirements

You will receive specific information for the required additional documentation listed above after you apply to the CDA program. 

This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For information, contact recruitment@durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.3126. Please refer to page 9 for more details regarding highly competitive programs.

PRE-PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for the field placement component of this program you must (at your expense) provide:

  • A clear and current Criminal Reference Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). If you cannot provide a clear CRC with VSS, you may not be accepted for placement by a field placement agency. CRCs with VSS must be obtained from your local police station. You may be required to obtain additional CRCs with VSS to meet field placement agency requirements
  • Current Level C CPR certification from a recognized provider
  • Entry immunization form completed by a health-care provider
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Career Options

WHAT YOU COULD BE:

  • Applied behavioural therapist
  • Audiometric technician
  • Communicative disorders assistant
  • Infant hearing co-ordinator
  • Infant hearing technician
  • Rehabilitation facilitator
  • Research officer
  • Speech language therapy assistant

WHERE YOU COULD WORK:

  • Audiology and hearing aid clinics
  • Community living associations
  • Hospitals and rehabilitation centres
  • Preschool speech and language programs
  • Public health departments
  • School boards or private schools
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Private speech and language clinics
  • Infant hearing screening programs
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Tuition$5,264$15,036
Compulsory Ancillary

$1,261

$1,661
Program Incidental$20$20
Total Fees:$6,545$16,716

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by two clinical field placements in the second semester, totalling 500 hours, under the supervision of qualified clinicians. This opportunity will provide you with hands-on experience and a chance to practice your skills.

Please note: there are pre-placement requirements for the field placement component of this program.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
  • ontariocolleges.ca code: CDA
  • Program length: Three consecutive semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Health & Community Services (HCS)
  • Domestic tuition: $5,264 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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