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Part 4: Undergraduate Clinical Education: Practicum Requirements
Undergraduate CSD Majors are required to take CSD 4197: Clinic Practicum (3 cr) toward their degree. As a part of CSD 4197, students participate in direct service provision under an ASHA certified and state licensed speech-pathologist or audiologist.
As supervision and client availability permit, the Department offers CSD 4097: Introduction to Clinic Practicum. This elective course typically is offered during Summer Session, with limited spaces for students entering their senior year in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
The undergraduate B.A.S. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders is designed to accomplish two goals:
Clinical practicum provides the undergraduate with a capstone experience in which to apply the knowledge and skills accrued during their undergraduate education. Students also earn up to 50 undergraduate clock hours that may be applied toward ASHA Certification.
Practicum is different.
Practicum is different from other courses students may have taken. When students enroll in a practicum, they become interns of a working clinic.The RFP Clinic serves a vital role in the Duluth community, offering quality services to individuals with communication disorders and differences. People who come to the clinic look to their interns for help, and interns have the opportunity to expand and refine the skills they have studied and researched in the CSD Program. All interns work and learn under the guidance of clinic Instructors who hold the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence and are licensed by the state of Minnesota.
Students enrolled in CSD 4197 should expect to have 1-2 client assignments within the Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. The number of clients assigned to each student is determined by the clinic director and is based on factors such as client need, student experience, and clinic operational factors. Students also should expect to have additional practicum responsibilities such as participation in health fairs, and clinic maintenance duties.
Prerequisites for Practicum
Objectives of Clinic Practicum
With specific direction from the clinic instructors, students in undergraduate practicum are expected to demonstrate the following:
Clock Hours Documentation
Students are responsible for documenting clock hours accrued in practicum. Students enter time accrued into CALIPSO.
Communication Disorders Knowledge Reports:
When developing client care plans, all students will research their client's communication disorder, gather information on their client's needs and values, and consider expert opinion and personal experience. This is part of a lifelong professional practice, and reflects consideration of all evidence in creating a plan that best meets the needs and desires of the indivdual client.
Beyond the research typically expected to plan for any client, some students must complete additional studies if they have not taken the academic coursework which addresses the assigned client's communication or swallowing disorder. In these instances, students will be asked to submit a report at the start of the semester which outlines the research they have completed on a given communication or swallowing disorder. The student also will work closely with the assigned clinic instructor for support in working with the client.