Many of us have this dilemma after finishing our undergrad studies in communication disorders or speech language pathology, to whether get our SLPA license first or go straight to grad school. There is no right or wrong answer, however, there are pros and cons to both decisions, based on which, one might be the better choice for you.
After talking to plenty of SLPA’s and SLP’s about the pros of getting the SLPA license first, here is what I found out.
This might sound repetitive, but one of the cons of going straight to grad school is the pay. Grad school is expensive and not taking the break can be hard financially. There is also a lot of competition for getting into grad school, so it would be hard to get accepted if you don’t have the work experience. Grad school can also be harder for you if you don’t have the experience to relate to.
Depending on your career goals and how soon you want to get there, you can choose whether to go straight to grad school or become a SLPA first. Based on the people I spoke with, majority of them suggested becoming a SLPA first. You might even change your mind and decide not to go to grad school. However, at the end, it always comes down to your goals and plans for your career.
If you are interested in getting your SLPA license, here is how you can get it in California:
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