Clinical Practicums and Field Placements

On-campus clinical immersions, field placement training, and practicum/field placement seminar courses are integral to the Speech@NYU learning experience. In addition to observing and developing a strong understanding of the day-to-day work of a professional speech-language pathologist, these placements allow you to put the theories and skills you learn in the classroom into practice in real-world settings. We focus on the diversity of clinical experiences by offering you opportunities to work in a variety of settings with clients who face a wide range of disorders.

As a Speech@NYU student, you will be assigned a dedicated clinical field placement adviser who will work closely with you and NYU Steinhardt faculty to select an appropriate field placement. You will also work with an experienced supervisor, a licensed speech-language pathologist, throughout each of your field placement experiences.

At NYU, we have a solid reputation at the city, state, and national levels, resulting in the development of strong relationships with renowned field placement sites for our students. We strive to place you with clients from whom you can learn and gain the most robust, diverse experience.

Clinical Practicum and Field Placement Schedule

To be eligible for certification and licensure, you are required to complete 375 direct clinical contact hours.

Our department requires students to have a minimum of 20 hours (10 hours in assessment and treatment of speech disorders and 10 hours in assessment and treatment of language disorders) of clinical experience with adult clients; a minimum of 20 hours (10 hours in assessment and treatment of speech disorders and 10 hours in assessment and treatment of language disorders) with pediatric clients; and five hours of audiology practice.

As a student, you will complete a total of five clinical practicum and field placement experiences. Your field placement experiences will occur in at least three different settings. During Practicums I and II, you will complete two three-to-four day on-campus clinical immersions. In Field Placement III, you are required to work at your placement site a minimum of two days per week, and in Field Placements IV and V, you are required to work at your placement site a minimum of three days per week. However, the final schedule for Field Placements III, IV, and V is decided by your field supervisor.

Clinical practicums and field placements allow you to take on a professional role and familiarize yourself with the policies and procedures of your placement site as you master the clinical competencies modeled after the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Disorders.

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

Clinical Practicum and Field Placement Courses

Practicum and field placement seminar courses are coupled with all clinical practicum and field placement experiences.

In addition to course requirements, you must meet the ASHA requirement for distribution and number of clinical hours plus 25 hours of clinical observation. You will complete a minimum of two practicum and three field placement courses: two on-campus clinical immersions and three field placements at various sites.