24 Mar 2015

Professional Titles: CCC-SLP

Professional Titles: CCC-SLP

Author: Zach Gouldsmith  /  Categories: Meanings of Professional Titles   /  Rate this article:

AAPC authors are qualified professionals in various disciplines, certified in their respective fields.

But what do these certifications mean?

The term “CCC-SLP” as a part of somebody’s professional title means that he or she holds a certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology. An SLP is highly trained professional who evaluates and treats children and adults who have difficulty with speech as well as other voice-related disorders and impairments. There is a focus on things such as the coordination of the muscles and movements necessary to produce speech and how to find the right words and organize those words in a meaningful message or conversation.

SLPs work in a variety of settings. Most schools and school districts employ SLPs to observe or test for speech and language difficulties in students. In children’s hospitals, SLPs typically work with patients in the Department of Hearing and Speech, Clinics for Communication Disorders, or Developmental Clinics.

SLPs do an initial evaluation on patients, typically consisting of two or more standardized tests, to help determine where the student is compared to others of the same age. Based on the results of this evaluation, the SLP determines which areas to focus on for treatment and intervention.

Becoming a CCC-SLP requires completing the necessary coursework and a practicum, plus a graduate degree from a CAA-accredited academic program or a program admitted to CAA candidacy (Loraine, n.d.). In short, a master's degree is the minimum requirement for clinical certification as a speech pathologist. A clinical fellowship year is also required. During the fellowship year the aspiring SLP works under the supervision of a practicing SLP, who is ASHA-certified. Fellowship hours provide hands-on, practical field work experience beyond the classroom and the coursework of the program. Finally, the national examination on speech language pathology must be taken and completed with a passing score.

AAPC authors who have gained this status include:

Colleen Hanigan Zillich, MS, CCC-SLP, co-author of …

Elizabeth E. Sautter, MA, CCC-SLP, author of …

Alice Womer, MS, CCC-SLP, co-author of …

Aileen Collucci, MA, CCC-SLP, author of …

Teresa Cardon, PhD, CCC-SLP, author of …

Kathy Oehler, MS, CCC-SLP, co-author of …

Susan Kabot, EdD, CCC-SLP, co-author of …

Lauren Franke, PsyD, CCC-SLP, and Christine Durbin, MA, CCC-SLP, co-authors of …

Maureen Flanagan, MA, CCC-SLP, co-author of …

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Loraine, S. (n.d.). What Is a Speech-Language Pathologist? Retrieved from http://www.superduperinc.com/handouts/pdf/162 SLPs.pdf


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