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Clinical Experience

National accreditation standards require that all graduate students complete

  • A minimum of 400 clock hours of supervised clinical experience in the practice of speech-language pathology. At least twenty-five hours must have been spent in clinical observation and at least 375 clock hours must have been spent in direct client/patient contact.
  • At least 325 of the 400 clock hours must be completed while the applicant is engaged in graduate study in a program accredited in speech-language pathology by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Supervised practicum must include experience with client/patient populations across the life span and from culturally/linguistically diverse backgrounds. Practicum must include experience with client/patient populations with various types and severities of communication and/or related disorders, differences, and disabilities.

Pacific students obtain these hours in a variety of clinical placements. They begin their clinical experience in the on-campus Pacific Speech, Hearing and Language Center and the nearby RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Stockton a program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation. Each of these centers is housed in state-of-the art, professional health care facilities.

Undergraduate Clinical Experience

Starting in the junior year, students obtain their observation hours in our Stockton centers. During the senior year, students participate in clinic in both diagnostic and therapy sessions to supplement their academic preparation. A Pacific student obtains 70 hours of clinical experience as an undergraduate clinician. Pacific is a national leader in undergraduate clinical education and one of the few speech-language pathology programs in the nation to offer undergraduate clinical experience.

Graduate Clinical Experience

At the graduate level, students are assigned both child and adult clients in our Stockton centers. Graduate students also complete a fieldwork experience with children in local Northern California public school districts. During their final semester, graduate students participate in a full-time, semester-long externship in medical centers across the country to obtain experience with adult clients.

  • Speech-Language Pathology Externship Placements 
    Medical centers where Pacific SLP graduate have recently been placed include the following:
    Adventist Health Lodi Memorial Lodi, CA   Mercy General Hospital Sacramento, CA
    Adventist Health St. Helena St. Helena, CA Mercy Medical Center Merced Merced, CA
    Arbor Nursing Center Lodi, CA Mercy San Juan Medical Center Carmichael, CA
    Bright Star Home Health Lubbock, TX Mission Hospital Mission Viejo, CA
    CA School for the Deaf Riverside Riverside, CA North Bay Medical Center Fairfield, CA
    California Pacific Medical Center San Francisco, CA Park View Post Acute Santa Rosa, CA
    Casa Colina Hospital Pomona, CA Providence Speech and Hearing Center Orange, CA
    Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula Monterey, CA Regional Medical Center of San Jose San Jose, CA
    Compassionate Care Home Health Agency Fresno, CA Royal Palms Post Acute Glendale, CA
    Dameron Hospital Stockton, CA Saint Francis Memorial Hospital San Francisco, CA
    Dominican Hospital Santa Cruz, CA San Joaquin General Hospital French Camp, CA
    El Camino Hospital Mountain View, CA San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital Fresno, CA
    Emanuel Medical Center Turlock, CA Santa Clara Valley Medical Center San Jose, CA
    Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital Modesto, CA Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, CA
    English Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Modesto, CA Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Chula Vista, CA
    Enloe Medical Center Chico, CA Sharp Coronado Hospital San Diego, CA
    Fairmont Hospital San Leandro, CA Sharp Grossmont Hospital San Diego, CA
    Fairmont Rehabilitation Hospital Lodi, CA Sonoma Valley Hospital Sonoma, CA
    Hearts & Hands Post Acute Care & Rehab Center Santa Cruz, CA St. Joseph's Medical Center Stockton, CA
    John Muir Health - Outpatient Rehabilitation Bay Area, CA Stanford Hospital Stanford, CA
    Kaiser Central Valley Central Valley, CA Sutter Roseville Medical Center Roseville, CA
    Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center Vallejo, CA Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Tracy, CA
    Kentfield Hospital San Francisco, CA UC Davis Medical Center Sacramento, CA
    Kindred Hospital Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA University Post-Acute Rehab Sacramento, CA
    Kindred Hospital Westminster Westminster, CA Wagner Heights Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Stockton, CA
    Long Beach Memorial Medical Center Long Beach, CA Windsor Elmhaven Care Center Stockton, CA
    Marysville Post-Acute Marysville, CA