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About Clinical Placements


Students in FIU’s SLP Masters' program in the Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) department are provided with the opportunity to gain required clinical competences, clock hours and experiences at various facilities throughout South Florida. These facilities can include, but are not limited to: schools, preschools, hospitals, nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers and community clinics.

The Coordinator of Clinical Education and the student work together to establish a clinical plan for placement that meets requirements for national certification and state licensure as well as fulfills the student’s professional clinical interests. In all clinical education rotations, students are supervised by a certified (Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology) and/or licensed (licensure in State of Florida) speech-language pathologist.

Through four (4) different clinical rotations (12 credit hours), students are required to minimally complete 400 clinical clock hours through the various clinical placements. It is strongly recommended that students obtain more clinical hours than noted minimum requirements; almost all graduate students have completed the Masters' Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) program with significantly more than the minimum number of clinical hours.

The majority of clinical rotations are between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, students are expected to show flexibility in their time to fulfill responsibilities of individual placement sites.

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Clinical Education


Students enrolled in the MS-SLP program must take four (4) clinical practicum courses, one per semester, in the last four semesters of this 6-semester masters' program. Each practicum provides the student with clinical experiences in a wide range of communicative disorders of varying severity levels across the life span.

Students will be placed in a variety of settings including schools, clinics, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers, where they will work under the supervision of certified and licensed speech-language pathologists. Students will benefit from the cultural and linguistic diversity represented in all these settings.

The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at FIU has affiliations with many local agencies as clinical placements for our MS-SLP graduate students. A listing of all clinical sites affiliated with the CSD department can be found on the first two pages of the CSD Clinical Affiliates Handbook.

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The clinical program is sequenced in such a way that most academic coursework will be completed prior to starting clinical practice. All student clinicians must familiarize themselves and abide by the CSD Manual of Academic and Clinical Procedures. The manual provides:

  • An overview of the CSD program at FIU;
  • Specific information about clinical education;
  • Guidelines for supervisors and students;
  • Explanations of relevant professional issues; and
  • Details for all clinical forms needed for the program

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The FIU CSD department extends its sincere appreciation to our off-site clinical supervisors, without whom it would be impossible to clinically educate our Masters' level SLP students. Clinical education is at the heart of any SLP master’s program. It is through the knowledge, competence, experience, patience, cooperation, and dedication of our clinical supervisors that our students receive extensive, varied, and cutting-edge clinical experiences across the age continuum, communication disorders, and intervention contexts which include cultural and linguistic diversity.

The CSD department also welcomes our FIU Student Clinicians. As many supervisors have expressed to the faculty, FIU students are a special and talented group of individuals. Our students are representative of diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds; their life experiences enhance their ability to interact with multicultural populations in clinical settings.

 

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