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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 Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorder Center.

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 typically receives 70 hours of clinical experience as a senior clinician.

Pacific is a national leader in undergraduate clinical education and one of the few speech-language pathology programs in California 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, four-month externship in medical centers across the country to obtain experience with adult clients.

  • PHS SLP Placement 

    Medical Centers where Pacific graduate students have been placed:


    Medical Center Location

    Alta Bates Hospital

    Berkeley, CA

    California Pacific Medical Center

    San Francisco, CA

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

    Los Angeles, CA

    Christus Spohn Health Systems

    Corpus Christi, TX

    Cottage Hospital

    Santa Barbara, CA

    Hoag Memorial Hospital Rehab Services

    Newport Beach, CA

    Kaiser - Sacramento

    Sacramento, CA

    Kaiser - Stockton

    Stockton, CA

    Kaiser Rehab Center

    Vallejo, CA

    Lodi Memorial Hospital

    Lodi, CA

    Long Beach Memorial Hospital

    Long Beach, CA

    Mercy Hospital

    Sacramento, CA

    Methodist Hospital

    Sacramento, CA

    Mills Peninsula Medical Center

    San Mateo, CA

    Modesto Rehabilitation Hospital

    Modesto, CA

    Newport Speech and Hearing

    Mission Viejo, CA

    San Joaquin General Hospital

    Stockton, CA

    Santa Clara Medical Center

    San Jose, CA

    Simi Valley Adventist

    Simi Valley, CA

    St. Francis Memorial Hospital

    San Francisco, CA

    St. Joseph's Hospital

    Stockton, CA

    St. Jude's Hospital

    Fullerton, CA

    Sutter-Tracy Community Hospital

    Tracy, CA

    UC Davis Medical Center

    Sacramento, CA

    USC University Hospital

    Los Angeles, CA

    Washington Hospital

    Vallejo, CA

    Rehabilitation Hospital

    Scottsdale, AZ

    Kapi'olani Medical Center at Pali Momi

    Aiea, HI

    Oahu Speech Language Pathology

    Honolulu, HI

    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Boston, MA

    Nugent and Associates

    Beaverton, OR

    Walter Reed Army Medical Center

    Washington DC

    Halton Hills Speech Center

    Georgetown, Ontario, CANADA

    London Speech and Language Ctr

    London, Ontario, CANADA