The following courses are mandatory for assistants who are applying for ASHA assistants certification.
The three 1-hour courses in ethics, universal safety precautions, and patient confidentiality are available from a variety of providers; you don’t have to take any specific course, nor does the course have to be from ASHA or an ASHA-approved provider. Many employers offer these courses as part of in-service training or professional development. Courses must have been completed no more than two years before you apply for the C-AA or C-SLPA.
Applicants may complete and submit an Assistants Verification of Attendance form [PDF] if they are not provided a certificate of completion. Certificates of completion must (1) include the name of the course, (2) include the date of completion, and (3) be at least one hour in length. Documentation may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coursework should cover one or more of the topic areas listed below.
Coursework should cover the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) definition as the approach to infection control to treat all human blood and body fluids as if they contain blood borne pathogens. Coursework may also cover COVID-19 protocols, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and masks, respiratory hygiene, handwashing, and cleaning and disinfection.
Coursework may cover patient confidentiality in administrative, physical, and technical aspects of maintaining patient/client/student records, social media, and other areas. Coursework may also cover the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
In addition to completing the three mandatory prerequisite courses above, applicants who have not had specific academic training in the roles and responsibilities of working as an assistant must also complete ASHA's online education modules for assistants, or an equivalent academic course. If necessary, verification of equivalent coursework will be confirmed by transcript and course descriptions.
The module sets are available in the ASHA Store for $49. The set for audiology assistants is made up of 10 modules and will take about 3½ hours to complete. The set for SLP assistants is made up of 6 modules and will take about 3 hours to complete.