Speech Language Pathology

The clinical education of future speech-language pathologists (SLPs) is at the heart of our program with active clinical experiences each semester. During the first semester, students are introduced to MUSC hospitals and clinics, providing orientation, observation prior to hands-on experiences, and early supervised clinical experiences as appropriate.  The large variety of patients cared for at MUSC hospitals and clinics gives students the chance to be immersed in all aspects of patient care. Each student’s participation in clinical activities is carefully coordinated with the program’s Director of Clinical Education and the supervising clinical educator. Each clinical experience is paired with didactic coursework. The didactic coursework allows program faculty to define the optimal clinical learning experiences for each student depending on their interests and progression with knowledge and skills.

Benefits of being a clinical educator include:

  • Free clinical supervision CEUs through CAPCSD
  • Opportunity for adult medical CEUs through our bi-weekly rounds
  • Consultation with faculty on complex patient problems or involvement with research projects in the division

If you are interested in becoming an SLP clinical educator, please contact Lori-Ann Ferraro, Ph.D., CCC-SLP at ferrarlo@musc.edu | 843-792-6946

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CARES Therapy Clinic

The Community Aid Relief, Education, and Support (CARES) Therapy Clinic is a student-run, pro-bono clinic offering physical, occupational, and speech therapy services to uninsured and underinsured individuals in the Charleston, SC community. Under the supervision of licensed speech-language pathologists, students will work with clients on deficits in receptive and expressive language, motor speech, cognitive communication, and swallowing disorders. Clients visiting the clinic may have had a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, a cleft palate, or cerebral palsy.

For Clinical Educators

You can help prepare future speech-language pathologists and make a difference in our profession. The Division of Speech-Language Pathology at MUSC is always looking for new opportunities to provide clinical education for our students. We are currently seeking clinical educators for all settings including adult and pediatric medical placements in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, hospital outpatient centers, skilled nursing facilities, as well as private practices and schools.

Learn how you can get involved.

Meet our Team

Lori-Ann Ferraro

Lenzee Newman

  • Role: Administrative support for student compliance

Melissa Greene

  • Role: Administrative support for affiliation agreements

Clinical Educator of the Year

Jenny Alderson, MS, CCC-SLP | John's Island Post Acute (Johns Island, SC)