University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Communication Sciences and Disorders Clinical Opportunities

B.S. Clinical Information

Policy Guidelines for Clinical Internships
  • Students can do 3 credits per semester and 6 total during their time at UVM
  • Internships are available during the regular academic year on a limited basis; some in-house internships may be available in the summer on a limited basis
  • Number of contact hours per week should be about 10-15 hours
  • Culminating paper/project

Students will be given a list of possible internship supervisors (some of whom may not be clinically certified in speech-language pathology) and then find a person who is willing to take them on as an undergraduate clinical intern.

Audiology Internship

Senior students who are interested in the field of audiology and wish to obtain practical experience can work with patients at the Eleanor M. Luse Center for a semester. Students learn about the testing of hearing, the fitting of hearing aids and the follow-up process, and aural rehabilitation. The purpose of this internship is to increase students’ confidence and knowledge in the areas of hearing assessment and habilitation prior to beginning graduate school in audiology.

Contact: Elizabeth Adams, Au.D., CCC-A

M.S. Clinical Information

The clinical practicum provides students an opportunity to apply their knowledge while engaging in clinical training under the supervision of licensed speech-language pathologists. Students are assigned clinical practicum every semester. Initially they are assigned a placement in the Eleanor M. Luse Center. In subsequent semesters students are assigned to practica in diverse settings (e.g., hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, preschools, home health agencies, etc).

Pre-Practicum Requirements - Speech-Language and Audiology

Background Checks: Criminal background checks are a part of becoming a speech-language pathologist in many settings. Although the Department does not require students to complete a background check prior to admission into the program, practicum placements and final employment and/or licensure in many locations typically require that applicants submit to a background check. Applicants are advised of potential barriers to participation in the program and to future employability within the profession as a result of problems revealed in a background check.

Practicum Clock Hour Requirements to meet ASHA certification eligibility & UVM requirements

All students will complete an on-campus practicum in the first semester, prior to an off-campus placement typically in the second semester. Clinical experiences in the Eleanor M. Luse Center will be required throughout the graduate program.

For graduation 400 clock hours are required, of which 25 can be clinical observation. The remaining 375 must be direct client contact.

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