Clinic group session with clients, student and faculty member

The Clinical Education Program

Students integrate classroom education with clinical education during the Professional Phase of the program.  The first three semesters of clinical experience take place in Duquesne University’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.  The Clinic provides speech-language pathology and limited audiology services to the greater Pittsburgh area.  Students have the opportunity to work with a diverse population and a wide range of communication disorders, across a spectrum of age groups.  Clinical experiences are supervised by Department faculty in accordance with certification standards set by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Grad Year I

  • Fall Semester - SLP 540W  Clinic I Faculty members provide extensive  guidance. Clinical experiences are structured to lay the foundations of clinical practice through the development of clinical skills and competencies.
  • Spring Semester - SLP 541W Clinic II Students assume larger clinical caseloads and are given greater responsibilities for planning and implementing assessment and treatment sessions.
  • Summer Semester - SLP 542 Clinic II:  Students continue gaining experience with different clinical populations, ages, and at varied levels of severity.

Grad Year 2

  • Fall Semester - SLP 543 Clinic IV The first community-based externship experience is usually in a school setting or medical setting.  Students electing to be eligible to apply for teacher certification do their student teaching experience in Fall or Spring semester.  Fall placements are four full work days per week.
  • Spring Semester - SLP 544 Clinic V Students participate in a second four full work day per week off-campus clinical education experience.  This second experience may be in a school or medical setting and can serve as the student teaching experience for students who did not do this in the Fall semester.  These experiences provide students with long-term, comprehensive, and in-depth clinical education.
  • Summer Semester - SLP 545 Clinic VI The third externship placement is three full days per week over the duration of the semester.  The setting type varies based on many student factors.

Graduates of our program typically greatly exceed the minimum experience standards for clinical practice established by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Our Educational Model

The Clinical Education Program