Saint Louis University

Communication Sciences and Disorders Graduate Program

Practicum Opportunities

Graduate students at SLU experience many diverse clinical opportunities that support their individual interests and career goals. These experiences can include NICUs, early intervention services, home-based care, pediatric and adult medical settings, public and private schools, and end-of-life care, in addition to our own on-campus clinics.

The Saint Louis University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has several clinics, including the Paul C. Reinert, S.J. Clinics for Family and Child Development,  the International Adoption Clinic, and the Early Childhood Language/Literacy Center, all located on the lower level of McGannon Hall. These clinics provide speech, language, and hearing evaluation and treatment for clients of all ages. Students complete a minimum of 50 hours of faculty-supervised practicum in these clinics before being assigned to an external practicum site. 

With affiliation agreements with over 60 external clinical facilities in St. Louis and the surrounding region we have a lot to offer graduate students for their clinical education.  Students will experience at least three separate off-campus clinical placements, often obtaining 50 clock hours or more at each site. During their last semester, students are ready for a full-time internship, consisting of placements in both medical and educational settings. SLU students typically obtain considerably more than the minimum clock hours required by ASHA and are well-prepared to begin their professional careers.

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