Graduate Program - Clinical Education

Master of Science Degree

This is the clinical education for the graduate program. The clinical education program reflects Standard IV (CFCC, 2005) and includes:

  • Standard IV-A: Curriculum of academic and clinical education that follows an appropriate sequence of learning sufficient to achieve the skills outcomes
  • Standard IV-B: Possess skill in oral and written or other forms of communication sufficient for entry into professional practice
  • Standard IV-C: Complete a minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in the practice of speech-language pathology
  • Standard IV-D: Complete at least 325 of the 400 clock hours while engaged in graduate study in a program accredited in speech-language pathology
  • Standard IV-E: Supervision provided by individuals who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in the appropriate area of practice
  • Standard IV-F: Supervised practicum must include experience with client/patient populations across the life span and from culturally/linguistically diverse backgrounds and with various types and severities of communication and/or related disorders, differences, and disabilities
  • Standard IV-G: Complete a program of study that includes supervised clinical experiences in breadth and depth to achieve various skills outcomes in both evaluation and intervention
Category B: Practicum (Minimum) Campus* Total: 9-13
Credit Hours
SLP 811: Advanced Practicum: (intervention - varied)
SLP 811: Advanced Practicum: Healthcare 
SLP 811: Advanced Practicum: Evaluation
SLP 816: Clinical Practicum in Audiology
SLP 857L: Aural Rehab Practicum  

*The on-campus clinical education includes a variety of settings.  These settings may include the following:  Herndon Clinic, Head Start classes,  school settings, Hays Children's Center, Hays Medical Center, and various long term care facilities.

Externship* Total: 12
Credit Hours
SLP 811: Advanced Practicum: School Externship  
SLP 811: Advanced Practicum: Medical Externship  

*The externship is usually a full semester of clinical work with approximately half of a semester within a school setting and half within a hospital setting.

  • Actual number of weeks vary from site-to-site.
  • Taken during last semester of graduate program although variations of this scheduling does occur at times.
The graduate program in speech-language pathology in the Department of Communication Disorders at Fort Hays State University is nationally accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The Department prepares students for clinical certification by ASHA and professional Licensure by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
 Contact Information: - 785-628-5366