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 in the communication sciences and disorders major at Elmhurst have the opportunity to experience a wide range of clinical activities. Students obtain at least 25 observation hours as part of their practicum coursework. After observation hours are completed, students work directly with clients in Elmhurst’s own Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. They participate in therapy, conferences with family members and clinical research.

Fieldwork & Research
The Chicago area provides many opportunities to observe and do fieldwork. Students often present research results at the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention and Elmhurst’s own Research and Performance Showcase. Students are able to complete observation hours at a variety of local schools, hospitals and private clinics.

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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