Each student completes a minimum of 30 credits of clinical practica and upon graduation meets all of ASHA's clinical contact hour requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence.
Clinical experiences are obtained in the on-campus Center for Communication Disorders (CCD) and in off-campus sites such as public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and private practice settings under the supervision of department and on-site ASHA-certified clinicians.
Students begin their clinical training in the CCD and initially receive high levels of direct supervision. As skills develop, less intense direct supervision is provided. In all practicum experiences, students receive hands-on work with clients in a variety of evaluative and treatment modes.
All clinical hours are recorded and tracked by the program. Students are kept up to date regarding accumulation of clinical hours through computer-generated reports at the end of each semester.
Students are responsible for meeting the health and criminal record clearances established by each clinical practicum site. Practicum sites may require proof of immunization for communicable diseases such as hepatitis, rubella, and poliomyelitis, may require proof of a recent physical exam, and may require participants, at their own expense, to maintain health insurance. Professional liability insurance is provided by the University to student interns participating in external practica. Criminal background checks are completed at the student's expense through a source arranged by the university. Individual practicum sites reserve the right to refuse to accommodate any student based on the site's criteria for an acceptable background check.