Clinical Field Practicums
Clinical field training and education 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 practicums allow you to put the theories and skills you learn in the classroom into practice in real-world settings. We focus on diversity in clinical experience 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 externship placement near your community. You will also work with an experienced supervisor, a licensed speech-language pathologist, throughout each of your clinical practicum experiences.
At NYU, we have a solid reputation at the city, state, and national levels, resulting in the development of strong relationships with renowned externship 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 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 practicum experiences in at least three different settings. During Practicums I and II, you will complete two three-to-four day on-campus clinical immersions. In Practicum III, you are required to work at your externship site a minimum of two days per week. In Practicums IV and V, you are required to work at your externship site a minimum of three days per week.
Externships allow you to take on a professional role and familiarize yourself with the policies and procedures of your externship site as you master the clinical competencies modeled after the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Disorders.
Possible placement locations include hospitals, private practices, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation clinics, schools for children with special needs, and public schools.
Clinical Practicum Courses
Practicum seminar courses are coupled with all clinical practicum 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 five practicum courses: two on-campus clinical immersions and three clinical externships at various sites.