Our program does not have a traditional university Speech & Hearing Clinic. Instead student clinicians participate in clinical education in the CSD Department Clinical Network, a collection of community-based sites where students work with department faculty to acquire Basic Clinical Competencies and Core Clinical Skills. The CSD Network includes a variety of different adult sites including UPMC Passavant Hospital, UPMC Eye & Ear Institute, VA Medical Center of Pittsburgh and the UPMC Center for Assistive Technology. Pediatric sites in the Network include Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Public Schools, as well as early intervention agencies providing services to infants and toddlers.
In their second year students transition to Outplacement Practicum for more advanced practicum experiences. We are affiliated with an extensive number of agencies throughout western Pennsylvania where our students are placed. Over 40 sites provide clinical education to AuD students, with more than 85 sites providing clinical education to speech/language student clinicians. Students have opportunities to acquire clinical competencies with patients who have varying types of communication disorders across the life span of ages. They work in a wide range of settings including hospitals (acute and rehabilitation centers), skilled nursing facilities, schools, private practice agencies, home-based services, and specialty clinics.
Our students learn to provide speech/language pathology and audiology services in real-world settings from day one of their graduate program. They are prepared to meet the challenges of service delivery in the 21st century, moving smoothly into employment at the end of their graduate program.