Communication Sciences & Disorders

Special Opportunities

A great education doesn’t stop at the classroom door. At Elmhurst, students of communication sciences and disorders find plenty of opportunities to learn and grow—in and out of class.

Clinical Experience
Students of communication sciences and disorders at Elmhurst have extraordinary access to clinical opportunities. While students at many schools have as few as five hours of treatment experience, communication sciences and disorders majors at Elmhurst graduate with up to 60 hours of observation and clinical practicum. Working directly with clients in Elmhurst’s own Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, they participate in therapy, speech and language screenings, conferences with parents and clinical research.

Fieldwork & Research
The Chicago area is rich in places to observe and do fieldwork. Students may even present research results at the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention. Many communication sciences and disorders majors at Elmhurst complete observations at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Children’s Memorial Specialty Pediatric Center in Westchester, and a myriad of public schools and special education centers.

The Center for the Health Professions
As a communication sciences and disorders major at Elmhurst, you can be a key player in Elmhurst’s ground-breaking Dr. Dennis J. Patterson Center for the Health Professions. The Center brings together students from across the health care spectrum for workshops, internships, mentoring opportunities, seminars, focused advising and collaborative research. It’s an innovative approach that leads to strong teamwork skills and a clear understanding of each component of health care.

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