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On-campus clinical immersions, on-site field placement experiences, and practicum/field placement courses are integral to the Speech@NYU clinical learning experience. This emphasis on experiential learning will help you put theory into practice and develop a strong understanding of the day-to-day work of a professional speech-language pathologist (SLP).

As a Speech@NYU student, you will be assigned a dedicated placement specialist who will work closely with you and the NYU Steinhardt Clinical Field Placement Team to match you to an appropriate site. You will have a variety of clinical experiences and work with individuals across the life span at three different settings where you will be placed with an experienced, licensed, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified SLP.

The NYU Steinhardt Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD) has a solid reputation in New York City and State, as well as at the national level, resulting in the development of strong relationships with renowned field placement sites for our students.

The Speech@NYU program is accredited by the ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA).

Clinical practicum and field placement courses allow you to experience firsthand the role of the speech-language pathologist in a variety of unique settings. You will take on both clinical and nonclinical responsibilities while mastering the clinical and professional competencies set forth by the Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC).

Required Direct Contact Hours

As part of Speech@NYU, you will complete 375 direct contact hours, the minimum number of hours that ASHA requires for aspiring speech-language pathologists to be eligible for certification and licensure.

As part of these 375 direct contact hours and in order to gain a life-span perspective, the Department of CSD requires students to complete a minimum of 100 treatment direct contact hours (50 adult treatment and 50 pediatric treatment) and 30 diagnostic direct contact hours (15 adult diagnostic and 15 pediatric diagnostic).

Clinical Practicum and Field Placement Sequence Schedule

Your field placements will occur in at least three different settings. During these experiences, you will aim to understand, assess, and treat individuals across the life span and ASHA’s Big Nine.

Possible settings include hospitals, private practices, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient facilities, and educational institutions.

The clinical practicum and field placement sequence consists of five in-person experiences.

Practicum I (Pre-Clinic and On-Campus Immersion) and Practicum II (Diagnostic Assessment and On-Campus Immersion)

Complete two 3–4-day clinical immersions on NYU’s campus in New York City: one in Practicum I and one in Practicum II.

Clinical Field Placement III (Treatment)

Work on site a maximum of two days per week for 15 weeks, earning a total of 75 direct contact hours.

Clinical Field Placement IV (Pediatrics) and Clinical Field Placement V (Adults)

Attend field placements three to five days per week for 12–16 weeks. One setting will focus on the pediatric population and the other on the adult population.

All field placement schedules are determined by the field placement supervisor. Students are encouraged to be proactive and evaluate their personal commitments to meet the scheduling needs of their field placements. Student clinicians should be mindful of their pre-field-placement schedule and make arrangements to be available based on the supervisor’s scheduling requests and the requirements of the clinical practicum and field placement sequence.

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Receive the knowledge base and clinical training you need to become a licensed speech-language pathologist. Learn more about the online master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from NYU Steinhardt.

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