Our facilities include The University of Vermont Medical Center; the Eleanor M. Luse Center for Communication: Speech, Language and Hearing; and the Clinical Simulation Laboratory, an accredited Comprehensive Education Institute. Additional specialized facilities include physical activity and exercise behavior laboratories and a child language laboratory.
College of Nursing and Health Sciences clinical experiences prepare students to provide professional health care services that make a difference in patients' and clients' lives.
Communication Sciences and Disorders
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders includes the Eleanor M. Luse Center for Communication: Speech, Language, and Hearing, an active clinic providing speech-language and audiology services to the community and opportunities for students to observe professional practice.
Undergraduate students may take three internship credits per semester, for a maximum of six internship during their time as undergraduates. Internships are available during the academic year on a limited basis; some summer internships may also be available. Internships require 10-15 contact hours per week and the completion of a culminating paper or project. The department will provide students with the names of possible internship supervisors (some of whom may not be certified speech-language pathologists); students are responsible for making their own internship arrangements.
Interested senior students may participate in a semester-long audiology internship at the Eleanor M. Luse Center to learn about hearing testing, hearing aid fitting, and aural rehabilitation.
Graduate students complete an on-campus practicum supervised by a licensed speech-language pathologist in the Eleanor M. Luse Center in their first semester. In subsequent semesters, students are assigned to practica in diverse settings that include hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, preschools, home health agencies, and other sites. Clinical experiences in the Eleanor M. Luse Center are required throughout the graduate program. In total, 400 clock hours, of which 25 can be clinical observation and 375 must be direct client contact, are required for graduate from the master's degree program.
Health and Biomedical Sciences
In addition to seven semesters of didactic courses held on campus at the University of Vermont or clinical courses held at The University of Vermont Medical Center, the Medical Laboratory Science and Medical Radiation Sciences programs involve a one-semester practicum at one of our affiliated institutions, located throughout New England and eastern New York, in the spring of the fourth year. Participation and successful completion of the practicum is a requirement for graduation. Students are responsible for travel and lodging during the off-campus experience. Assignment of affiliate sites is completed through a lottery system.
Medical Laboratory Science Clinical and Public Health Concentrations
- Medical laboratory science students complete an intensive laboratory experience at an off-campus affiliate site during their final semester. They work one-on-one with a staff technologist concentrating in clinical laboratory or public health laboratory science to apply theoretical knowledge, recognize and solve problems, and perform laboratory procedures using state-of-the-art computer instrumentation and the most current methods and technologies. All students are required to complete the off-campus clinical rotation. Students are responsible for travel and lodging during the off-campus experience. Assignment of affiliate sites is completed through a lottery system.
- Clinical Laboratory Science Affiliates
- Public Health Laboratory Science Affiliates
Medical Radiation Sciences Radiation Therapy Concentration
- Radiation therapy students spend a full semester at an off-campus affiliate site to acquire clinical competency prior to taking the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national certification and state licensure examinations. Our students work one-on-one and with a team of oncology professionals in a hospital setting, where they solidify knowledge of accurately treating patients, designing treatment plans, and interacting with patients of all ages. All students preparing for national certification exams are required to complete the off-campus clinical rotation. Students are responsible for travel and lodging during the off-campus experience. Assignment of affiliate sites is completed through a lottery system.
- Radiation Therapy Clinical Affiliates
Nursing students are provided with clinical experiences in diverse settings, including The University of Vermont Medical Center and area hospitals, schools, home health, community health, and state and local agencies throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.
Undergraduate clinical experience begins in the second semester of the sophomore year and continues throughout the program, culminating in approximately 600 hours of clinical instruction with experienced health care professionals in acute care settings and the on-campus Clinical Simulation Laboratory, including 126 hours of practice in a preferred area of interest during the senior practicum.
Appletree Bay Primary Care provides additional clinical opportunities for graduate nursing students.
Rehabilitation and Movement Science
Students have access to a range of clinical, research, and community experiences in exercise and movement science and athletic training in association with UVM’s varsity and club sports teams, the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in The Larner College of Medicine, and local high schools, colleges, and outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation clinics.
Students complete a senior capstone experience under the supervision of health and wellness professionals on campus or at off-campus affiliate sites. Students intern in a variety of settings, including community health and fitness facilities, clinical or rehabilitative programs, wellness organizations, athletic programs, specific activity organizations and the private fitness industry.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum includes four clinical internship courses that comprise 36 weeks of full-time clinical education experience. Students practice in a variety of settings under the supervision of clinical instructors who are licensed physical therapists.