MVNU Speech Therapy Clinic Opens to Community This Fall
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University will open a speech therapy clinic in Hunter Hall that will provide students in the new Communication Sciences and Disorders program an opportunity to apply what they are learning while providing underserved groups in the local community with communication disorders services at no cost.
The clinic houses five therapy rooms and will provide services by appointment during the academic school year only. The Hunter Hall Clinic for Communication Sciences and Disorders, 221 S. Main St., will hold an open house on Sept. 1, 2017, during Mount Vernon’s First Friday celebration downtown.
The goal of the Hunter Hall Clinic for Communication Sciences and Disorders is to provide clinical experience in speech and language therapy for students early in their academic career, and, in the process, to provide needed services for children and adults who may otherwise have limited or no access to speech-language pathology services. Through MVNU’s pre-professional degree program in Communication Sciences and Disorders, the university hopes to fill the gap for those in need of such services. MVNU is the only Nazarene university in the U.S. and the only member of the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities in the state of Ohio to offer this degree program.
“Clinical experience is a vital part of training as a communication disorders professional. Our goal is for MVNU students to begin that experience early in their academic program so they can reap greater benefits from their coursework, and know for certain that this is the field for them. To provide that opportunity while at the same time meeting a community need is a tremendous privilege,” said Teresa Farnham, CSD Program Coordinator.
The clinic is a facility where students who will be pursuing advanced degrees in speech/language pathology or audiology can gain early experience in the professions. Students working in the clinic will always be under direct supervision by a speech-language pathologist who holds certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed by the Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. This clinic/university partnership provides students with an opportunity to work in clinical settings. Through this unique undergraduate experience, the university hopes to provide the students with an edge in the graduate school admission process, as well as an opportunity to experience their chosen profession first-hand.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 28 states and 17 countries/U.S. territories.
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