Clinical Practicum

Graduate students in Speech-Language Pathology participate in providing direct services to the clients of the University of Texas Speech and Hearing Center, as well as at two or more off-campus sites. The mission of the Speech and Hearing Center is to provide state-of-the-art, client-focused services to individuals with communication disorders in the local and regional community. Students participate in evaluation, treatment, parent training, and consultation as appropriate to meet client needs. Services at the Center are provided by graduate students who are supervised by licensed and certified speech language pathologist. Graduate students progress through a variety of clinical rotations, gaining clinical experience with clients having a variety of communication disorders and ages across the lifespan.

Though students seeking the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence as Speech-Language Pathologists are expected to successfully complete 400 hours of supervised clinical practicum (see breakdown below), these are considered minimum levels. Most students engaged in practicum at the Speech and Hearing Center can expect to go beyond the minimum required. Hours earned will include, but are not limited to:

Clinical Observation: 25 hours

Clinical Practicum: 375 hours

At least 10 hours of direct client service in each of the following:

  • Evaluation of speech disorders in children
  • Evaluation of speech disorders in adults
  • Evaluation of language disorders in children
  • Evaluation of language disorders in adults
At least 15 hours of direct client service in each of the following:
  • Treatment of speech disorders in children
  • Treatment of speech disorders in adults
  • Treatment of language disorders in children
  • Treatment of language disorders in adults

At least 15 hours in the evaluation and screening of hearing and/or habilitation or rehabilitation of individuals with hearing loss

SLP Practicum at External Sites

Off-site clinical practicum is designed to continue the fulfillment of speech pathology competencies and clinical hours that began in the on-site practicum course.

The off-campus practicum provides students with an opportunity to gain a variety of experiences in a professional environment. The number and type of clinical hours accrued will vary and achieving clinical competencies should be considered an important component of the experience.

Students will enroll in two semesters of off-campus practicum or “externship”. Typically, one semester is an adult medical setting and one semester is a pediatric setting.

Placement and Monitoring Procedures

Off-Campus Experience Feedback Form

Other Requirements

At least 325 of the 375 minimum hours must be completed at the graduate level.

Successful completion of a KASA competency review is required before the student may participate in an off-campus practicum.

Professional liability insurance, at the student's expense, is required of each student enrolled in clinic. Students will be provided with instructions at orientation.

A maximum of 50 clinical practicum hours earned as an undergraduate may be counted, provided the hours are properly documented and certified by the institution at which they were earned.

During off-campus practicum, graduate students are placed in local hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practice, school settings, or early childhood intervention settings throughout the community.