Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

School of Health and Human Sciences

Before beginning practicum, students must complete 20 supervised hours of observation of speech-language pathology and 5 supervised hours of observation of audiology. With this accomplished, as well as completion of the prerequisite courses, graduate students are ready to begin clinical practicum at the university under the close supervision of ASHA certified faculty.

Audiology: The UNCG Audiology Clinic is part of the University Speech and Hearing Center and provides CSD graduate and fourth year Au.D. students from other universities with opportunities to work with adult and pediatric clients with hearing loss and auditory processing disorders. The Audiology Clinic is open to the public throughout most of the calendar year and offers a wide range of diagnostic and aural rehabilitation services. Assistant Professor, Dr. Lisa Fox-Thomas, and Associate Professor, Dr. Denise A. Tucker, provide clinical instruction and supervision.

Speech-Language Pathology: The initial registration for practicum is CSD 571: Beginning Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, followed by CSD 678: Advanced Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, which usually occurs in the second semester of the first year of graduate school. Graduate clinicians are assigned clients at either the UNCG Speech and Hearing Center or an off-campus site that we serve on a contractual basis. In addition, students must enroll in CSD 672: Minor Area Clinical Practice to complete their 5 clinical training hours in Audiology.
After finishing approximately 100 hours of clinical training during the first year, second year students in speech-language pathology and audiology register for CSD 677: Internship in Communication Disorders and are placed at two different sites, one per semester, under the supervision of a licensed, ASHA certified speech-language pathologist at that site. The CSD program at UNCG has contractual arrangements with many school systems, hospitals, and agencies in the region, including Guilford county Health Department, the Developmental Evaluation Center, The Guilford County School System, Moses Cone Hospital, Forsyth Memorial Hospital, North Carolina Memorial Hospital, and others. Students usually spend one semester in an educational setting and one semester in a medical/rehab setting, resulting in the completion of at least 400 clinical training hours upon graduation.

Sites of Clinical Practicum

Common Clients we serve at the UNCG Speech and Hearing Center

  • Primary progressive aphasia
  • Other aphasias
  • Developmental fluency disorders
  • Spasmodic dysphonia
  • Dyslexia
  • Cochlear implant
  • Agraphia
  • Foreign accent and dialect modification
  • Stroke patients
  • TBI patients