The Speech Pathology Internship follows the curriculum from the certification handbook for Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Your clinical experience includes:

  • 25 observation hours in adult speech and language diagnosis and treatment
  • Clinical experience in diagnosis and treatment with supervision
  • Closely supervised and mentored clinical experiences
  • Advancement of skills learned in the classroom through practical application
  • Appropriate clinical documentation and professional responsibility
  • Preparation for integration into a practice or other professional setting

As part of this internship, you:

  • Diagnose and treat speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders and provide patient and family education in the rehabilitation and acute units in the hospital setting.
  • Attend and participate in patient and family team care conferences.
  • Gain experience in:
    • Oral-motor examination.
    • Clinical evaluation of swallowing mechanism at the bedside.
    • Instrumental evaluation of swallowing mechanism.
    • Evaluation of cognitive, speech and language skills using appropriate standardized assessment tools.
  • Develop and implement treatment plans to include setting specific time-bound measurable goals and objectives.
  • Provide education and information to patients, caregivers and family members regarding various disorders, treatment techniques and compensatory strategies, including development of a home program for independent practice.
  • Provide an in-service to the speech pathology department (may include rehabilitation department). A topic related to and based upon current research and literature will be mutually agreed upon by the student and supervising speech-language pathologist by midterm of internship and presented during week prior to final week of internship.

Additional internship time may be added to include presenting an in-service, participation in journal studies, and ongoing education or research opportunities.

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses evaluative tools that include:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are assessed constantly and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

Jan. 02, 2015