Inpatient Speech-Language Pathology Practicum

Inpatient Clinical Practicums

Inpatient Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) student placements offer graduate-level students in SLP exposure to a wide range of communication and swallowing disorders, including

  • Diverse patient caseloads – challenging medical diagnoses and patient ages across the lifespan
  • Brain Injury Recovery Program
  • Stroke Recovery Program
  • Consult services provided for Cardiac, Spinal Cord, General Medicine and Pediatric Services
  • Dysphagia Evaluation and Management / Modified Barium Swallow Studies
  • Evaluation of Communication, Cognitive-Communication and Motor Speech Function
  • Group Therapy

On-site supervision, provided by a highly skilled, licensed and certified supervisor, is provided during part-time and/or full-time practicums.  Supervisors versed in the integration of evidenced-based practice mentor students throughout their placement.  Opportunity for growth in evaluation, treatment and counseling skills is a focus of the MNRN inpatient practicum.  After an initial period of observation, graduate students take on direct clinical case management responsibilities, under the mentorship of their supervisor.  Ongoing verbal and written supervisory feedback is provided throughout the practicum and the MNRN supervisor completes all University-required paperwork as part of the practicum experience.   

A unique characteristic of the SLP Inpatient Service at MNRN includes its vast staff and its availability to student clinicians.  Twelve full time inpatient (and nine PRN) speech-language pathologists with varied backgrounds, training and interests are available for networking opportunities.  The ability to ask these medical speech-language pathologists questions regarding medical SLP careers, to garner their input regarding patients, therapy materials, to ask their guidance regarding research literature, sets the MNRN inpatient practicum experience apart from other SLP placements.

To apply for an outpatient SLP practicum at MNRN, please complete the MNRN Student practicum application and email to [email protected], inpatient student practicum liaison.   

Deadlines for applying include:

  • Fall Semester placements - Deadline:  May 15th (spring prior to semester)
  • Spring Semester placements - Deadline:  September 15th (fall prior to semester)
  • Summer Semester placements - Deadline:  March 31st (spring prior to semester)

Practicum Requirements

  • A certified supervisor is on site at all times when students are engaged in patient care
  • Number of trainees per supervisor per semester:

o One primary supervisor per student plus additional secondary supervisors

o Trainees are selected only after an interview is conducted.  Contact person is Lauren Taylor (202)877-1455

  • Academic and clinical pre-requisites for clinical practice at MNRN: 
    • Students must be currently enrolled in a Master's degree program
    • Maintain a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average
    • Completed at least one adult neurogenics course
    • Have a strong interest in the area of adult neurogenics 


  • Students engage in patient evaluations (test administration and documentation), treatment, provide team conference reports, presentation of a patient or topic lecture to the SLP Staff and other tasks as assigned/appropriate

  • We require students to commit to a minimum of 3 full days or 5 half days (approximately 20-25 hours minimum) per week. Full time placements are welcome    

  • Inter-professional experiences include SLP Continuing Education Colloquium Lecture Series, Graduate Student Lecture Series designed each semester to meet students needs, weekly primary supervisor meetings, informal contact with secondary supervisory SLP
  • Students are required to provide all salient documentation as outlined in the University Education Affiliation (including, but not limited to, background check, drug screen, evidence of a negative PPD, flu shot and documentation of other various vaccinations)

  • MNRN is not ASHA PSB accredited; however, graduate student clinicians are directly supervised for approximately 80% of clinical work at MNRN which meets recommended guidelines