Audiology Practicum Information

Practicum refers to the development of skills through: the application of academic concepts to the clinical setting, observation of clinical activities, participation in simulated activities, and participation in client care through practicum placements. Students move through these activities in incremental steps, eventually achieving greater responsibility for the care of clients.

First-year audiology students observe clinical activities at the school's in-house audiology clinic.  They also participate in a speech-language and hearing screening program of pre-school children at community pre-schools and other facilities.

During second year, audiology students participate in the school’s in-house clinic, known as Sheltered Practicum. Also during this year, students participate in an Observation Practicum, which involves a series of observations of activities such as pediatric assessments, evaluations of clients with auditory processing disorders, ENT surgery, evoked potential testing, hearing aid fitting and others.

During the summer of the second year, students are assigned to facilities on a full-time basis for 12 weeks within the Atlantic Provinces.

In the final externship placement, in the winter term of third year, students are often placed outside of the Halifax area. Students may be placed in sites across Canada and within the United States. Placements outside of Canada will be considered if appropriate clinical supervision is available.