Outpatient Clinical Practicums
Outpatient 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
- Head/neck cancer
- Augmentative/alternative communication (AAC)
- Swallowing disorders
- Group therapy opportunities, including therapeutic reading group, conversation group, work reintegration group
- Intensive day program
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 outpatient practicum.
A unique characteristic of the SLP Outpatient Service at MNRN includes its vast staff and its availability to student clinicians. Ten 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 outpatient practicum experience apart from other SLP placements.
Another unique component of the MNRN outpatient SLP placement is the option of completing the placement at one of MNRN SLP’s various outpatient locations. Placements are located throughout the metropolitan region, including Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. Placements locations are integrated into the community, as they are located proximal to patients’ home and community.
Community-based clinic locations provide student clinicians with a rare perspective, seeing firsthand where outpatient services fit into the larger picture of rehabilitation. Students gain experience in how to integrate community-offered services and the critical need to maximize a patient’s functional abilities within real-life contexts, ultimately being part of enhancing the patient’s rehabilitation outcome and quality of life.
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)
- 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 write up), treatment (12-20 hours/week), presentation of a patient or topic lecture to the SLP Staff, and other tasks as assigned/appropriate
- We require students to be able to spend 5 half days or 3 full days (approximately 20-25 hours) per week. We have accommodated requests for full time placements as well
- 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
- 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