BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

First Nations Speech and Language Assistant Certificate

Program Delivery Location: Community 
Credential: Certificate
Format: Full-Time, Part-Time
Start Dates: September, January, May

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, contact 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
  • PSYC-213 - Lifespan Human Development I
  • STSC-101 - Strategies for Success
  • 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 or English Studies 12 and/or English First Peoples 12 or permission of instructor.
    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
    This course introduces students to higher learning and academic culture. Students will explore a variety of topics that will help them connect to resources that will aid in their student success, including test-taking strategies, note-taking, time management, research, student responsibilities and ethics, learning styles, and setting educational goals that will contribute to lifelong learning. In addition, students will connect with other academic supports like the Librarian and Student Success Centre and have access to Elders who will introduce learners to some Indigenous cultural traditions to help students maintain a healthy balance during their studies. More Details on this course

    Current Course Offerings

    01 = Merritt Campus
    V1 = Burnaby Campus

    Spring 2024 (January - April)

  • ENGL-110-01
  • STSC-101-V1
  • Fall 2024 (September - December)

  • ENGL-110-V1
  • STSC-101-01
  • STSC-101-V1

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