Worcester State University
Communication Sciences & Disorders Department

Student Availability

Most courses are taught in the afternoon and/or evening so there may be a choice of class time. However, students need to be flexible when planning their semester schedules. For example, many professors assign group projects, meetings, or observations that may require time during a day/time other than the planned class day. In addition, department members have office hours that may not conform to a narrow student schedule. Although department members are aware that many graduate students have work and/or family commitments, flexibility is required. If students must work, it is suggested that they inform their employers of their commitment to the SLP Graduate Program so that they can work together to assure students’ success in the Program.


Graduate classes generally meet once per week. Some classes and/or meetings are held on Saturdays. Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and meetings. Grades will be affected through absences.


Once initiated, practicum must be completed in consecutive semesters until the minimum of 375 live hours is completed. During all semesters of practicum, student availability must be flexible. For example, while completing the minimum of two semesters in the WSU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, students must have some availability during working hours (i.e., 8:30-5:30) throughout the semester and for two weeks before and after the semester. In addition, the minimum of 2 semesters of placements that occur off-campus will require a minimum of 3 full days during regular working hours (various schedules between 7:00 am – 6:00 pm).  In fact, many placements require or prefer 4-5 full days per week.

Related Links
  Massachusetts Board of Registration in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  HIPAA training and exams

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