Clinical Education

Clinical education is at the heart of the FIU Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) master’s program. It’s through the knowledge, competence, experience, patience, cooperation, and dedication of our clinical agency partners and supervisors that you’ll benefit from unparalleled clinical experiences.

Four (4) different clinical rotations – one clinical rotation per semester during the last four semesters of the program – introduces you to the challenges and satisfaction of treating communicative disorders of varying severity levels across the life span. Your learning opportunities cut across the age continuum, communication disorders, and intervention contexts that include cultural and linguistic diversity.

The clinical program is sequenced in such a way that most academic coursework will be completed prior to starting clinical practice. 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 the noted minimum requirements. Almost all FIU MS-SLP graduates have completed the program with significantly more than the minimum number of clinical hours.

  • 4

    Semesters of clinical rotations

  • 400

    Clinical clock hours min

About Our Clinical Placements

We also ensure as you’re gaining required clinical competencies that your experience meets requirements for national certification and state licensure. 

The FIU Communication Sciences & Disorders department has affiliations with many local agencies for clinical placements of our MS-SLP graduate students. Students receive invaluable experience in settings including, but not limited to, schools, pre-schools, community clinics, nursing facilites, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers. Certified and licensed speech-language pathologists supervise and mentor students at each site.

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.

The Coordinator of Clinical Education will work with you to select the best placement among various partner facilities across South Florida based on your interests. You may download the CSD Clinical Affiliates Directory to see a list of partners.

Refer to the FIU CSD student handbook and the college’s Clinical & Fieldwork resources to prepare you for the FIU CSD clinical education experience.

Background Checks & Screenings

All students of the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences participating in clinical work must submit to background checks, fingerprint searches, drug screenings and immunization tracking through FIU Express.