BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

First Nations Speech and Language Assistant Certificate


Department: CAREER TRAINING (EDUCATION)
Program Delivery Location: Merritt, Vancouver
Credential: Certificate
Format: Full-Time
Start Dates: September

First Nations Speech and Language Assistant Certificate

The First Nations Speech and Language Assistant Program (FNSL) is a certificate program. The FNSL program in a 10-course, 33 credit program offered through community-based delivery. The program will prepare students to work at the paraprofessional level in the speech and language field under the direction of a speech language pathologist. Due to the unique challenges of many remote and semi-remote First Nations communities, participants will also receive training in the use of technology as a way of delivering speech language services.

This program is specifically designed for people working in First Nations communities: schools, head start programs, preschools, etc.

Admission Requirements
  • English 060 or English 12 or equivalent assessment

  • Math 050 or Math 11 or equivalent assessment

  • Minimum of 19 years of age on or before the first day of classes


  • For more information,cvaughan@nvit.bc.ca or toll free at 1-877-682-3300.
    ontact Chelsea Vaughan 250.378.3378 or cvaughan@nvit.bc.ca





    FNSL Certificate Completion Plan
    Students are required to successfully complete the 30 credits as prescribed below:
  • ENGL-110 - English Composition
  • FNSL-110 - Intro to Speech and Language
  • FNSL-130 - Language & Literacy Development
  • FNSL-140 - Language Delays & Disorders I
  • FNSL-150 - Language Delays/Disorders II
  • FNSL-160 - Articulation and Phonology
  • FNSL-170 - Principles of FNSL Intervention
  • FNSL-180 - Technology and FNSL
  • FNSL-190 - Practicum
  • PSYC-213 - Lifespan Human Development I
  • STSC-101 - Strategies for Success 101
  • Course Listing for this program

    ENGL-110 - Credits: 3.000
    English Composition
    English 110 prepares students to write successful college essays. This course focuses on the writing process. Students will learn how to develop, organize, write, revise, document, and edit essays. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples or permission of instructor.
    FNSL-110 - Credits: 3.000
    Intro to Speech and Language
    This course is designed to introduce the student to the certificate program and the Canadian Association for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists guidelines for Speech Language Pathologists and Speech Language Assistants. The students will become familiar with the responsibilities of several agencies and professionals that may interact with the speech language profession and the differences of practice in First Nations communities. The ethical concerns regarding: research, release of information and working as a team member will be included. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program admission.
    FNSL-130 - Credits: 3.000
    Language & Literacy Development
    This course will look at language, pre literacy and literacy development in children. Theories of language development and different literacy programs will be explored. The affects of language and literacy on academic development will be discussed. Cultural and second language learning issues will also be included in this course. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program admission.
    FNSL-140 - Credits: 3.000
    Language Delays & Disorders I
    This course will explore the types and causes of specific language disorders and language delays that are possible. The affects of the disorder or delay in the social, emotional, cognitive and educational domains of the individual's development will be discussed. The affects on the immediate and extended family and environments will also be included. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program Admission.
    FNSL-150 - Credits: 3.000
    Language Delays/Disorders II
    This course will concentrate on teaching the student to be able to use both indirect and direct methods of language intervention to support individuals in their environment with delays or disorders in language acquisition. Understanding of and programming for augmentative and/ or alternative forms of communication will also be discussed. Preschool and school age prepared programs for language support will be introduced with adaptations for First Nation culture. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program Admission
    FNSL-160 - Credits: 3.000
    Articulation and Phonology
    This course concentrates on providing the student with introductory skills and the theoretical background related to the methodology and treatment of articulation and phonological differences. Normal developmental milestones for sound and oral motor development including First Nations dialects will be covered. Activities and strategies reflective of various treatment approaches will also be discussed. The role of the speech language assistant in implementing program recommendations will be emphasized throughout. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program Admission.
    FNSL-170 - Credits: 3.000
    Principles of FNSL Intervention
    This course will concentrate on the principles of speech and language therapy intervention. Language intervention approaches will be explored addressing the appropriate role for the speech and language assistant in carrying out program recommendations with both preschool and school age populations. Students will be introduced to augmentative forms of communication and how to make these systems functional for the client's environment as well as adapting the program to reduce barriers for First Nation populations. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program Admission
    FNSL-180 - Credits: 3.000
    Technology and FNSL
    This course will concentrate on giving the student the understanding of and experience with technology that is used in assessing, intervention and communicating in the area of speech and language services. Hearing screening and support for the hearing impaired will be covered. The use of the Internet and forms of technology used to communicate with other professionals will be introduced. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: Program Admission
    FNSL-190 - Credits: 3.000
    Practicum
    This practicum is designed to provide the students with experience as an assistant under the direction of a qualified Speech Language Pathologist. Behavioral competencies will be provided as a guideline to assist the supervising Speech Language Pathologist to facilitate the understanding of the student's objectives. In cooperation with the Speech Language Pathologist NVIT will provide support in practicum monitoring and evaluation guidelines. All admitted students will be required to obtain a current clear Criminal Record Check from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Refer to the Ministry website for details on this process: http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/criminal-records-review. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: FNSL 110 / FNSL 180 / FNSL 170 / FNSL 160 / FNSL 150 / FNSL 140 / FNSL 130
    PSYC-213 - Credits: 3.000
    Lifespan Human Development I
    This course covers human development from conception to adolescence. A variety of theoretical perspectives and research data will be examined, including the study of the physical, cognitive, psychosocial development from infancy to middle and late childhood. Theories will be considered in a multi-cultural framework. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: or permission of instructor. / PSYC 111 / PSYC 121
    STSC-101 - Credits: 3.000
    Strategies for Success 101
    This course is a hybrid incorporating both online and classroom teaching. It introduces the students to college academic culture and connects them to the resources that will aid in their success. The course covers a variety of topics including: test-taking strategies, note-taking, time management, online research, student responsibilities and ethics, learning styles, and setting educational goals. More Details on this course

    Current Course Offerings

    01 = Merritt Campus
    V1 = Burnaby Campus

    Spring 2018 (January - April)


  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1
  • STSC-101-01
  • Fall 2018 (September - December)


  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1
  • PSYC-213-01
  • PSYC-213-V1
  • STSC-101-01
  • STSC-101-V1
  • Spring 2019 (January - April)


  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1
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