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The best way to develop your craft as a service provider is through hands-on experience. In each of our degree programs, field experience is a vital part of your education, helping you learn in ways that cannot be replicated in the classroom. For our undergraduate students, that means hours spent observing professionals in a variety of settings. You’ll see the theories and ideas you learn in the classroom put to use helping clients with a wide variety of communication challenges. 

For graduate students, we put heavy emphasis on clinical work throughout your education. It begins immediately, with an intensive orientation in your first summer term outlining clinical requirements, your professional roles and responsibilities, and training on core competencies.

You’ll begin your clinical work in the first fall term and continue until graduation. In the second summer of your program, you will have experiences that are directed at what we call “special” populations, meaning we’ll identify or create experiences that you won’t find in normal clinical rotations.

During the fall and spring of your second year, your clinical hours will increase to a full-time placement, and some of your coursework may be completed online. Our accreditation body requires 400 hours of clinical experience to graduate, but we have structured our program to include more than 500 hours.

We have a system in place to help you individualize your final placements to ensure requirements are met. These placements can be secured in various regions of the country. Guided by our director of clinical education and contracts manager,  we can help you design these placements around your career objectives. 

And finally, our faculty bring a diverse level of experience to your education, not only clinically but academically. They are prepared to guide you through the process of becoming an exceptional speech-language pathologist.