Clinical Experience/Internships

The Speech Pathology and Audiology Programs at Lamar University offers supervised clinical experiences on-campus and off-campus that provides opportunities to integrate academic knowledge with clinical application. 


Clinical Experience/Internships-Speech Pathology

During the five semesters of the M.S. SLP program, graduate students complete clinical training in the speech-language pathology scope of practice via five consecutive supervised and hands-on clinical application opportunities.  

During semesters 1, 2 and 3, graduate students complete this applied clinical training under the supervision of Lamar University faculty in our speech-language pathology clinic or at one of our local contract sites.  

During semesters 4 and 5 graduate students complete this applied clinical training as interns at an off-campus facility such as a school or hospital. During these off-campus internships, the student receives feedback, training and guidance from a state licensed and nationally certified speech-language pathologist within the parameters of the Lamar University Speech-Language Pathology program guidelines.


Clinical Experience/Internships/Externship-Audiology

Clinical Experience/ 1st year

During the first year of the doctoral program, students are placed in-house under the supervision of Lamar University faculty and staff in our audiology clinic. The Audiology Clinic at the Lamar University Speech and Hearing Clinic offers services to individuals of all ages including infants, toddlers, school age children, young adults, middle-aged adults and geriatric patients. Individuals may be self-referred or referred by family, friends, medical practitioners or other health service providers. The primary focus of our services is to identify, describe and ameliorate the functional impact of hearing  and  balance  problems  on  our patients’ lives. The primary focus of this on-campus training is to give the student basic audiological knowledge and skills and to prepare the student to go off-site.

Internships /2nd and 3rd year

During the 2nd and 3rd year of the program, students are placed at contracted clinical sites locally, regionally, and in the Houston area. These sites include private practices, Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinics, hospitals and school districts. During summer sessions, students have the flexibility to look for clinic placements anywhere nationally or internationally as long as it is within the parameters put in place by the Lamar University Audiology program guidelines.


Externship/4th year placement

Students who have successfully completed the academic and clinical requirements for the first three years of study must complete a 12 month supervised externship consisting of full-time employment. ASHA (2012) requires that the student extern must complete 52 weeks of experience. The externship is primarily sought out by the student and with the guidance of the clinical director. The externship must be within the parameters of the Lamar University Audiology program guidelines.