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Questions

Questions about class and clinic:

Which classes will I take and when are they scheduled?

Where do I buy textbooks?

When will I start clinic?

What can I expect for my first clinical assignment?

Is there a dress code?

How do I show proof of my observation or clinical clock hours?

Are there computers available for student use at the School?

Which classes will I take?

The typical sequence of classes for SLP students who have an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) can be found here; SLP students without a background (WOB) in CSD will take the courses listed here.  AuD students can find their class sequence here.  You will attend classes year round to include the full summer session and some courses will be evening classes to accommodate the clinic schedule.

Because our department is small and there are rarely students from main campus taking our classes, there should never be any fear that a student won’t be able to register for a course.


Where do I buy textbooks?

Textbooks may be ordered online. Some professors order books through the UT Medical School bookstore, 910 Madison Avenue, which is near the Memphis Speech and Hearing Center downtown. A list of textbooks required for courses can be found on the CSD website: http://www.memphis.edu/csd/incoming/textbooks.htm. Some professors will email you before the start of the semester (at your U of M account) with a list of required books for their courses.

When will I start clinic?

Speech-language pathology students without a background in Communication Disorders, will do observations in the clinic their first semester.  Students coming to the program with a background in the field will begin clinic during their first semester. Certain clinical placements (e.g., hospitals) require prerequisite coursework and therefore will come later in a student’s program.

Audiology students will begin clinic during their second semester, although they are required to complete 25 hours of observation in the Memphis Speech and Hearing Center during their first semester.

Clinic begins the first day of class.

What can I expect for my first clinical assignment?

SLP students with a background in communication disorders will be assigned approximately 6 hours of client contact a week for the first semester. The clinical assignments are typically with children who have speech and language disorders or adults who are in a Standard English training program. Students meet with their supervisors weekly to plan and discuss the therapy and progress of the clients. No prior experience in the clinic is necessary. The faculty are prepared to work with students who have not had previous clinical experience.

Is there a dress code?

For class there is no dress code. For clinic, however, students are to dress business casual. The dress code can be found here.

How do I show proof of my observation or clinical clock hours?

If you have clinic observation and/or clock hours from your undergrad program, please bring a signed copy of your hours to the orientation meeting and give them to the appropriate clinic director (SLP – Marilyn Wark; AuD – Dr. Jennifer Taylor). The supervisor who supervised these hours must provide the following: date, signature, ASHA account number, and area of certification.

If you are entering the program without a background in communication disorders and have observed a certified professional, you may submit a letter on the facility’s letterhead with the date and number of hours observed and the professional’s signature and ASHA certification number.

Are there computers available?

Yes. There is a student computer lab in both MSHC locations for student use.

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Last Updated: 6/22/12