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Graduate Clinical Placements

Direct clinical experience begins at the graduate level. Students first participate in a pre-clinical experience (CMD 465, then CMD 565), followed by completion of both on- and off-campus internships throughout their graduate training. Note that the faculty of the Department of Communicative Disorders requires its students to supercede the clinical hour requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). For example, although the ASHA allows students to graduate without specific hours of experience with fluency disorders, CMD does not. This was a collective decision made by the faculty because of our belief that beginning professionals need to have experience with a truly representative sampling of clients and communication disorders prior to graduation. That is one reason why many of our graduate students complete their M.S. program with significantly more than the 375 direct clinical hours required.

Below are listed selected off-campus placement sites for graduate student interns. This is just a small sampling, however; the department is fortunate to work with over 40 facilities in the clinical training of graduate students. In addition to local sites, out of state students are routinely able to participate in practicum experiences in their home state during the summer months.

Speech Pathology Placements


Clinical Population

Jamestown Schools

Pre-K to 6th
Various Speech/Language Disorders

Kent Hospital

Aphasia; Motor Speech Disorders;
Voice; Dysphagia

Meeting Street Center

Ages 3-21
Multiply Handicapped

MHRH Facilities (Slater and Zambarano Hospitals)

Dysphagia; Aphasia; Motor Speech Disorders; Voice; TBI

South County Early Intervention

0-3 years
Various Speech/Language Disorders

South Kingstown Schools

Elementary, Middle School,
High School, Pre-school PDD Class

The graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.



Amber D. Franklin, Assistant Professor at Miami University (Ohio), will be giving a talk titled, "Pronunciation Proficiency in Adult English Language Learners: What do we measure and how do we measure it?" on Thursday, October 23rd from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in CBLS 100. All students and faculty are invited to attend. Attendance is mandatory for graduate students in CMD.


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