Clinical Practicum

The clinical practicum experience at Kent State University allows graduate students to gain supervised clinical experience through application of the knowledge and theory gained in the classroom by working directly with experienced and skilled clinical instructors. Our program has a thriving on-campus speech-language clinic that serves the University and the community and averages over 4000 visits per year. The caseload is varied and gives students experience in providing diagnositc and therapeutic services to a broad clientele base. 

Clients are children and adults who present with a variety of communication needs related to speech, language (including English as Second Language), social skills, voice, fluency, hearing, and cognition, swallowing and augmentative communication. Graduate students are typically assigned to work in our on-campus clinic for their first three to four semesters in our program.  Our graduate program requires that students complete 25 hours of ASHA-compliant clinical observation prior to beginning clinical practicum, so students must be prepared to provide official documentation of those hours upon arrival to our graduate program. Observations must be within the scope of practice of speech-language pathology. 

In the last two semesters of the program, students participate in semester-long full-time culminating experiences at off-campus sites such as schools (leading to eligibility for the Ohio Department Education Pupil Personnel License), hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and skilled nursing facilities. Our program provides students with a liaison for each off-campus experience. The liaison provides suppor and works to insure that the student, the supervisor, and the site have the best experience possible. We are proud that community agencies welcome our student clinicians and that our program's reputation allows us to place students in settings that are outside our immediate geographic area. 

Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply for the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology license to practice, as well as American Speech-Language Hearing Association certification. 

 

BENEFITS OF THE PEER MENTORING PROGRAM

 

MENTEES

As a mentee, you will receive assistance from Peer Mentors during your transition to Kent State University and develop strategies for success during your time in college. Your Peer Mentor will be a supportive resource as you encounter new academic experiences.

MENTORS

Peer mentors gain self-pride in knowing that they are making a difference by helping others. The title of Peer Mentor is an excellent addition to a college resume as well. As a Peer Mentor, you will receive a comprehensive training session which is designed to introduce Peer Mentors to effective communication skills and group activities, dealing with diversity and successful conflict resolution.

EXPECTATIONS FOR PARTICIPANTS

MENTEES

While this program is designed to benefit you, it involves a few basic responsibilities on your part:

  • Seek advice and communicate with your mentor
  • Meet with your mentor outside of the UC 10097 First Year Experience course on a weekly-basis.
  • Attend all scheduled Peer Mentoring Program events with your mentor.
  • Be enthusiastic about this opportunity! Your mentor is excited to be working with you!
MENTORS

As a Peer Mentor, you are expected to help first year students by:

  • Assisting with the UC 10097 FYE course as determined by the instructor
  • Conducting one-on-one mentoring meetings with mentees
  • Attending events/activities associated with the Peer Mentor Program
  • Guiding mentees through their first year
  • Assisting with staffing College of Arts and Sciences Welcome Weekend events
  • Meeting with Peer Mentoring Program coordinators to review progress of meetings with mentees, and in-class presentations/activities/discussions for FYE course

 

If you have any additional questions, please email us at cas_mentor@kent.edu