Clinical Practicums and Field Placements

MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Clinical Practicums and Field Placements

Students are required to complete 375 direct contact hours to be eligible for certification and licensure. As a part of the 375 direct contact hours, the department requires students to graduate with a minimum of 50 direct contact hours for adults and a minimum of 50 direct contact hours in pediatrics with exposure across the nine disorders.  Students must graduate with a separate minimum of 15 hours in diagnostics for the pediatric population and a separate minimum of 15 hours for the adult population. Of course, students do surpass this requirement by the end of their practicum sequence experience whereby meeting all state and ASHA standards.  Graduate student clinicians in the department participate in a wide variety of on-campus and off-campus field placement experiences to prepare them to be well-rounded professionals.

During the on-campus experience (Practicum III), our clinic allows student clinicians to apply their knowledge from coursework to a variety of cases. The clinic provides exposure to individuals and groups with aphasia, articulation/phonological disorders, traumatic brain injuries, motor speech and voice disorders, etc. On average, students spend about 50-60 clinical hours working with clients during their on-campus practicum.  

In addition to working in our on-campus clinic, our students also have the unique opportunity to work under the supervision of NYU adjunct and clinical faculty at a variety of satellite on-campus settings. At the Terence Cardinal Cooke Center, students gain experience working with adults with Huntington’s disease in an inpatient hospital setting.  In addition, at University Settlement’s Creative Steps, students work with toddler and preschool language enhancement groups.  

The time our students spend mastering clinical skills in their on-campus practicum effectively prepares them for a variety of off-campus field placements. All of our students are required to participate in a minimum of two off-campus field placements. Students are required to attend their field placement anywhere from 12-16 weeks at 3-5 days each week.   The purpose of the field placement experience is for our students to take on a professional role and familiarize themselves with the policies and procedures of the field placement while mastering their clinical competencies modeled after the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Disorders. Our partner sites include hospitals, private practices, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation clinics, schools for children with special needs and public schools.

All on-campus and field placement experiences are coupled with practicum seminar courses. 

In addition to course requirements (see Curriculum), students must meet the ASHA requirement for distribution and number of clinical hours plus 25 hours of clinical observation.  Students are required to complete their supervised clinical practicum experience in three different types of clinical settings with sufficient exposure across the nine disorders.  Please refer to the ASHA website for more information.

Background Checks: Coverage

In accordance with applicable law and department guidelines, the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders (“CSD”) at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development will require background checks for all students enrolled in the M.S. degree in communicative sciences and disorders who will be participating in an NYU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic or other related on-campus initiatives, including immersions (hereinafter, “clinical training program”).

A student may not begin to participate in a clinical training program unless and until the CSD has determined that the student has successfully completed the background check in accordance with applicable law and department guidelines.  Please take note that a criminal history does not automatically disqualify a student from participating in a clinical training program.  The CSD will conduct a full analysis consistent with applicable law before any final decision is made with respect to participation in the program. If the CSD determines that the student may not participate in the clinical training program based on the results of the background check, the student may not be eligible to satisfy the requirements for the M.S. degree in communicative sciences and disorders.

In accordance with applicable law, the results of the background check will be kept confidential and shall not be used, distributed, or disseminated to any persons other than those involved in making a decision about the student’s participation in the clinical training program.

Background Checks: Field Placements

Please be advised that students may also be required to undergo a background check before participating in a field placement program with a non-NYU site.  The scope and review of the background check will depend on the process and procedures of the non-NYU site.  If the non-NYU site determines that the student may not participate in the placement, while CSD will make every effort to help the student find alternative placement, if not possible, the student may not be eligible to satisfy the requirements for the M.S. degree in communicative sciences and disorders.

Background Checks: Licensing Requirements

Please also be advised that a criminal history may render a student ineligible to receive a state license or clinical certification.  Students who are planning on working in the state of New York should address questions about licensing eligibility to the New York State Board of Regents’ Office of the Professions (http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/slpa/). Students who are planning on working in a state other than New York should consult with the licensing board of that particular state.  Contacts for the licensing boards of each state, as well as applicable licensing laws and regulations, may be accessed through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.