Clinical Practicum

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.

 Practicum Requirements

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.

On-Campus Practicum

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 each semester.

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.

Off-Campus Practicum

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 following programs.

 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
 Frederick County Development Center  Franklin Square Hospital (Medstar)
 Frederick County Public Schools  Frederick Health Care Center
 Harford County Public Schools  Frederick Memorial Hospital
Howard County Public Schools Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Kennedy Krieger Institute School Good Samaritan Hospital (Medstar)
Maryland School for the Blind Harford Memorial Hospital
Maryland School for the Deaf Hershey Medical Center
Montgomery County School System Johns Hopkins Hospital
Odyssey School Kennedy Krieger Institute Hospital
Prince George's County Public Schools Kernan Hospital
Villa Maria School Maryland General Hospital
Washington County Public Schools Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital
Rehabilitation Centers National Institutes of Health
Bel Air Nursing & Rehab National Rehabilitation Hospital
 Forest Hill Nursing & Rehab  Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
Future Care Sinai Hospital
Genesis Rehab St. Agnes Hospital
Kennedy Krieger Inst Center for Autism St. Josephs Hospital
Manor Care Rehab Services Union Memorial Hospital
Hearing and Speech Agencies University of Maryland-Shock Trauma
Associated Speech & Language Services University Specialty Hospital
Hearing & Speech Agency of Baltimore Upper Chesapeake Med Ctr
National Speech & Language Center VA Hospital
Scottish Rite Center Walter Reed Army Medical Center
The Treatment & Learning Centers Washington Adventist Hospital
  Washington County Hospital