Clinical programs of study are developed so that each student has the opportunity to acquire the academic knowledge and clinical skills needed for ASHA certification. In the Radford University COSD program, students acquire a minimum of 375 clinical clock hours of supervised practicum during their graduate studies. Most students actually complete more than the minimum number of hours required for ASHA certification.
Typically, students complete their first three semesters of clinical practicum in the RU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. During these first three semesters, clinical training is provided by the RU COSD faculty at the on campus clinic as well as various sites in the New River Valley. For the last two semesters of the graduate program, students are assigned to external practicum sites and receive their clinical training from ASHA certified speech-language pathologists in the community.
Students can learn more about the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, including requirements for professional certification, by visiting the website of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.