FAQs - Class and Clinic Questions

Which classes will I take?

We have typical sequences of classes for SLP students as well as for AuD students. 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 School 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 will email you before the start of the semester (at your UofM 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. Clinical 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. Women may wear slacks, skirts, dresses, and blouses need to be of adequate length and modest neckline, no flip flops or spiked heels. Men are to wear slacks, dress shirt, shoes and socks. Some off-site facilities may require specific attire or have specific restrictions.

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 – Justine Springs/Katherine Mendez; 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.