One of the most exciting parts of the Speech-Language Pathology Program is clinical
practicum. Students begin in our state-of-the-art Speech & Hearing Center in the Institute
for Well Being. After the first year, students then complete clinical rotations in
some of the finest medical centers and schools in the region.
Students need to complete 400 hours of clinical practicum to graduate and apply for
certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Twenty
five of these hours are observation hours. Although ASHA allows students to complete
observation hours simultaneous with other practicum, the ASLD department requires
that all 25 hours be completed before practicum begins with clients. Students are
allowed to complete up to 75 hours at the undergraduate level, including the 25 observation
hours. The remaining 325 hours must be completed at the graduate level. Although ASHA
does not specifically require clinical practicum hours in Audiology, the department
requires all speech-language pathology students to complete 12 hours of audiology
screening, diagnosis, or rehabilitation.
During the first year of the program, students complete clinical practicum at the
Speech, Language and Hearing Center, located in the new Institute for Well-Being. Some students have previous clinical experience at the undergraduate level, but most
do not. The department realizes this and provides intensive supervision during the
first year of practicum. Students are assigned 2 to 4 different clinical experiences
Assignments include treatment of individual patients, diagnostic teams, specialized
clinics, speech and hearing screenings, group treatment programs, and the Children’s
Therapeutic Program which is run jointly with Occupational Therapy. Our facility has
numerous speech language pathology treatment rooms for small to large groups, and
two large Children’s Therapeutic Program rooms with an adjoining outside playground.
The Institute for Well-Being functions as a multidisciplinary professional teaching
center for a variety of majors within the College of Health Professions. This setting
gives our students exposure to professional practice across multiple health care disciplines.
The Institute for Well-Being is located in the heart of downtown Towson, within walking
distance of the main campus. The Towson University shuttle bus makes regular runs
between the two locations. For more information, visit the Institute for Well-Being.
In the second year of the program, students complete clinical practicum off campus.
The clinic director meets with students to determine interests, and attempts to place
students in clinical settings that match. Students need to realize that some placements
are competitive. Those agencies interview several students for the placement. Students
must complete a minimum of two off-campus placements before graduation, one in pediatrics,
the other with adults. Students who complete their pediatric placement in the schools
are eligible for teaching certification in Speech-Language Pathology after graduation.
Adult placements include nursing homes, acute care hospitals, rehabilitation agencies,
private agencies, and programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Many students
elect to complete a third off-campus practicum. Students interested in children might
elect to do two pediatric placements, one in a school, and the other in a hospital
setting. Students interested in adults might complete one practicum in an acute care
hospital and the other in a nursing home. Recent off-campus placements include the
School Settings where TU students have been placed
Hospitals where TU students have been placed
Anne Arundel County Public Schools
Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children
Baltimore City Public Schools
Anne Arundel Medical Center
Baltimore County Public Schools
Baltimore VA Medical Center
Carroll County Public Schools
Baltimore Washington Med Ctr
Forbush School at Shepherd Pratt
Forbush School at Shepherd Pratt Carroll Medical Center