[sticky post] Before You Post About Grad Schools...

Before making a "Will I get in?" post about graduate schools, please do the following:

1.  Check out this entry found here.
2.  Read past entries for ideas - Graduate School tag is a good starting place.
3.  Check the program website for the school you are applying to, many times they have information about average GPA/GRE scores, employment rate post grad, etc.

The reason we're asking this of you is because we tend to get a huge influx of graduate school posts around this time of year and many of your questions have been answered before.  If you truly cannot find your answer, feel free to post your graduate school question. =)

From School to Hospital

I have only been out of grad school for about two years and am currently starting my third year in a school district. While I love what I do, I'm looking to move to a medical setting to gain new clinical experiences. I worry that since I don't have any experience (besides my 12 week externship in a rehab hospital in 2012) in a medical setting that I will be an undesirable candidate. But how do I get experience if no one will hire someone without it?!
While I remember some things from grad school, I am sure there is a lot I don't remember since I haven't been using it.
I am wondering what are some things I can do to increase my chances of gaining employment in a medical setting. What are some areas I should definitely get familiarized with again? What are some qualities I should accentuate? I really would love a new position, but not sure if my desire to learn will be enough!
Thanks for any help!

Consonant Clusters- 4 y.o

Can anyone help clarify....

If a child (4 1/2 years old) is reducing all clusters (ie. "tar" for "star"), is there a certain sound cluster you start with (ie. s-blends vs. "p-blends)?

I have heard the most about s-blends, although I am not sure the research behind it. If s-blends are the best place to start, do you work on all types (ie. st, sn, sp-)- or do you start with just one cluster at a time?


Poll: Recent experiences searching for CFY

Hi everyone!

As a soon-to-be graduate of a Speech Pathology program, I'm curious about what the job search picture is like for recent grads looking for a CFY position. So I figured you all might be a good resource for this very unscientific but hopefully informative poll. If you've recently (let's say in the last 3 years) graduated from a SLP grad program and had the pleasure of looking for a CFY position, please share your experiences! Here are the general things that I'm curious about (but please feel free to add anything you would like; anything helps!):

I'd love to know where you were located when you graduated & where you searched for positions (locations as well as how you searched -- e.g. job search sites, through professional contacts, staffing companies, etc).
How did location influence your CFY job search? If you ended up relocating, did your CFY position offer any assistance with the relocation?
What setting(s) were you looking for & how difficult was it to find a job in your preferred setting? (e.g. schools, hospitals, SNFs, outpatient clinics, etc.)
How early did you start your CFY job search before graduating?
Roughly how many places/settings/companies did you contact during your CFY job search? Roughly what percentage or amount of those places that you contacted ended up interviewing you?
How many offers did you end up with? If you had more than one offer, how did you decide between your options?
Did you negotiate your starting salary? If you successfully negotiated your starting salary, what was your strategy/ what do you think "worked" in your negotiation?
After accepting & starting a CFY position, is there anything you wish you would have done differently during the CFY job search?

I think that about covers the bases. I'm looking forward to reading your replies & looking forward to entering this wonderful field. :)

Thank you!

Rural vs. City

Good Afternoon SLPs!
  I am currently researching potential graduate programs and was looking for some insight on if the location of your attended University affected anyone's education. Ideally, I would like to be located in a farely remote location surrounded by nature with limited distractions (not particularly a city girl). However, it appears that clinics and field practicums consume the majority of the second year of graduate school. Have any of you attended a graduate program in a farely rural location? If so, do you believe it limited your clinic and field practicum options?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

From Florida to New York, CF


I am a bilingual male SLP graduate student going into my second year. This second year I will be working at a elementary school, VA hospital and finally an aural rehab clinic as part of my externship practicums.

I am considering going to NY for my CF, I always liked it there, and was wondering if anyone has any experience as far as state licenses/extra training or any required to transfer from FL to NY. I will be graduating August 2016 with about 450 contact hours. I know licenses can take some time, and I might have to work at a public school, due to a grant I just acquired to work with children in aural rehab.

Also, I know CF does not pay as much and I am aware the cost of living in NY is higher, would a move like this be worth it? Any suggestions help!

Thank you.


Hello everyone,

I am currently in the process of searching for a CF position in PA. I definitely want a medically based position (rehab/SNF/hospital) and am having an EXRLTREMELY difficult time finding one. I do have an interview with a SNF tomorrow, but after weeks of searching, this seems like my only hope. I am worried that if I do not secure the job tomorrow, I may never find what I am looking for. Is anyone else having such trouble? Thanks! I'm just curious to see if I am the only one struggling!


Hello everyone. I am a fairly new therapist (Received my CCCs a week ago). I decided to relocate and have started a new position in a nice SNF. Though it's very nice, their materials are limited. In my speech office, they have the RIPA-G but I know the RIPA G 2 exists. Since they "lack" funding to buy me new materials, is it ok to use the RIPA G instead?


CFY: Does your CFY setting limit your career possibilities after completion?

I am wondering if I should be selective about the setting of my CFY.

I really enjoyed working with adults in a Rehab Hospital during 5 weeks of my externship, and have now done the first 3 months of my CFY in a school setting. I would like the opportunity to work with adults again in the future, however I am finding that many of the job positions in my area that outright offer a CFY are for schools.

If I take a school CFY to get my C's, am I limiting myself?

Thanks for any input!