Clinical Practicums and Field Placements

On-campus clinical immersions, field placement training, and practicum/field placement seminar courses are integral to the Speech@NYU clinical learning experience. Practicums and field placements are designed to help you put theory into practice and develop a strong understanding of the day-to-day work of a professional speech-language pathologist (SLP).

As a Speech@NYU student, you will be assigned a dedicated Placement Specialist, who will work closely with you and the NYU Steinhardt Clinical Field Placement Team to match you to an appropriate site. You will have a variety of clinical experiences and work with individuals across the life span at three different settings, where you will be placed with an experienced, licensed, ASHA-certified SLP.

NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) has a solid reputation in New York City and State as well as at a national level, resulting in the development of strong relationships with renowned field placement sites for our students.

The Speech@NYU program is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA).

The clinical practicums and field placements allow you to experience firsthand the role of the speech-language pathologist in a variety of unique settings. You will take on both clinical and non-clinical responsibilities while mastering the clinical and professional competencies set forth by the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC).

Required Clinical Contact Hours

As part of the online SLP program, you will complete 375 direct clinical contact hours, which is the number of hours that ASHA requires for aspiring SLPs to be eligible for certification and licensure.

The CSD department requires students to complete a minimum of 50 treatment hours with adult clients and 50 with pediatric clients. Additionally, students must complete a minimum of 15 hours in diagnostics for both adults and pediatrics.

Clinical Practicum and Field Placement Schedule

Your field placement experiences will occur in at least three different settings, and clinical experience will be spent aiming to understand, assess, and treat individuals across the life span, targeting the nine communication disorders.

Possible settings include hospitals, private practices, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation clinics, schools for children with special needs, and public schools.

As a student, you will complete a five-part sequence of clinical practicums and field placement experiences.

Practicum I (Pre-Clinic and On-Campus Immersion)

Practicum II (Diagnostic Assessment and On-Campus Immersion)


Complete two 3–4-day clinical immersions on the NYU campus in NYC.

Clinical Field Placement III (Treatment)


Work on-site a minimum of two days per week for 15 weeks, earning a total of 75 direct contact hours.

Clinical Field Placement IV (Pediatrics)

Clinical Field Placement V (Adults)


Work in the field between three and five days per week for 12–16 weeks. One setting will focus on pediatrics, and the other will focus on adults.

All practicum and field placement schedules are determined by the site supervisor. However, Placement Specialists make every effort to find sites that will work with the student clinician’s preferences and existing scheduling needs.

Graduation Requirements

Seminar courses are paired with all clinical practicum and field placement experiences. Attendance is mandatory for all seminars.

In addition to course requirements, you must meet the ASHA requirements of 375 direct clinical clock hours and 25 observation hours for a total of 400 hours.

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Receive the clinical training you need to become a licensed speech-language pathologist. Learn more about the online master’s in speech-language pathology from NYU Steinhardt.