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Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Part 1: Welcome!

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at the University of Minnesota Duluth welcomes you! We hope your education at UMD is invigorating and challenging.

The CSD Clinical Education Handbook is designed to acquaint you with the clinical education missions, policies, and procedures of the CSD Department and the Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic (RFP Clinic). The Clinical Education Handbook includes a number of links to additional resources, including state and national organizations and credentialing agencies, which will be important for your education and your future employment.

Give us your opinion!

The manual is available through the CSD Web Site so that it may be expanded and updated on a regular basis. We appreciate feedback regarding handbook content and we encourage you to make suggestions regarding revisions. Please direct your suggestions to the Clinic Director.

The Department is indebted to many colleagues and students who have contributed to the preparation and revision of this guide.


Clinical Education Mission Statement

Preparation for a career in speech-language pathology and audiology is founded upon a balance of knowledge and skills in three primary areas:

  • Academic
  • Research
  • Clinical experience

Clinical practicum is vital to preparing speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and other health care specialists who anticipate employment as providers of clinical services. The CSD Department endeavors to provide high quality clinical education to prepare students to work as ASHA-certified professionals in a variety of work settings with a variety of individuals with communication and swallowing disorders.

Student interns work with ASHA-certified clinic instructors to develop their clinical skills throughout practicum. Clinical practicum helps students accrue the breadth and depth of experience required by the CSD Department for a graduate degree in speech-language pathology, and by ASHA in working toward the Certificate of Clinical Competence.

The CSD Program clinical experience requirements either meet or exceed ASHA requirements, as outlined in the Handbook and in your course syllabi.


Handbook approved by the CSD Department in 1980:

Revised and updated:

  • March 1982
  • May 1984
  • August 1987
  • October 1988
  • August 1991
  • August 1992
  • August 1993
  • June 1995
  • July 1999
  • July 2000
  • July 2006
  • August 2009
  • February 2010
  • February 2011
  • August 2011
  • July 2012
  • May 2013
  • August 2013
  • July 2014
  • January 2015
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