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Nursing Program

Experience in a clinical setting is a vital part of the comprehensive learning process for all students of the FIU Nursing Department. The College of Nursing & Health Sciences (CNHS) has cultivated strong partnerships and affiliations with many local medical facilities representing a variety of health care delivery settings so that our students can become accustomed to real workplace environments; enhance their knowledge base by working alongside top healthcare professionals; and benefit from the hands-on learning that is possible when they can apply theoretical skills into practice.

Clinical placement opportunities differ between the Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Divisions. Undergraduate nursing students are assigned in groups for clinical placement with an instructor at a particular facility. Graduate nursing students are assigned individual clinical placements under the supervision of a nurse preceptor. In all cases, FIU nursing students are expected to understand and follow the appropriate clinical education policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines set forth by the CNHS Nursing Department as well as the partner facilities.

Elizabeth Olafson MSN, MSEd, RN-BC

Director of Clinical Education

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Florida International University


Communication sciences and disorders program

Students enrolled in the speech-language pathology program must take four clinical practicum courses, one per semester, which will provide them with clinical experiences in a wide range of communicative disorders of varying severity levels across the life span. Students will be placed in a variety of settings, including schools, clinics, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers, where they will work under the supervision of certified and licensed speech-language pathologists. Students will benefit from the cultural and linguistic diversity represented in all these settings. A listing of all clinical sites affiliated with the CSD department can be found in the Clinical Affiliates Handbook.

The clinical program is sequenced in such a way that most academic coursework will be completed prior to starting clinical practica. All student clinicians must familiarize themselves and abide by the CSD Manual of Academic and Clinical Procedures. The manual provides: an overview of the CSD program at FIU, specific information about clinical education, guidelines for supervisors, guidelines for students, and explanations of relevant professional issues. Finally, the manual details all clinical forms needed for the program.

We want to extend our sincere appreciation to our off-site clinical supervisors, without whom it would be impossible to clinically educate our Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) students at FIU. Clinical education is the heart of any healthy SLP Masters program. It is through your knowledge, competence, experience, patience, cooperation, and dedication that our students receive extensive, varied, and cutting-edge clinical experiences across the age continuum, communication disorders, and intervention contexts. Your contributions are priceless!

We want to also welcome our FIU Student Clinicians. As many supervisors have expressed to the faculty, FIU students are a special talented group of individuals. Our students are representative of diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds; their life experiences enhance their ability to interact with multicultural populations in clinical settings.

Welcome to this exciting journey in which we will all endeavor to benefit our communities and profession!

Jean Mead, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

Coordinator of Clinical Education

(305) 348-6831


Mariateresa H. Muñoz, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Instructor

(305) 348-0361


Gilda Patane

Department Secretary

(305) 348-2710


Athletic Training Education Program

The purpose of the clinical experiences as utilized in the Florida International University Athletic Training Education Program is to promote, reinforce, and transfer the athletic training knowledge that is gained in the didactic component into the clinical setting to enhance student learning. A clinical education experience provides an opportunity for integration of psychomotor, cognitive and affective skills; and clinical proficiencies within the context of direct patient care. The Athletic Training Education Program utilizes clinical sites throughout Miami-Dade County, including FIU athletics, other universities, high schools, orthopedic physician’s offices, and sports medicine clinics. Clinical experiences for Athletic Training students must comply with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) standards.

Michelle L. Odai, PhD, ATC, LAT, CSCS

BOC Certification # 060002247/Florida Licensure # AL 1927

Clinical Education Coordinator/Clinical Assistant Professor

Athletic Training Education Program

Occupational Therapy Department

Fieldwork education is an important part of the professional preparation for the occupational therapy students and it is integrated as a component of the OT department curriculum design. The fieldwork experiences provide the occupational therapy students with the opportunity to carry out professional responsibilities under supervision. It also allow the students with the opportunities to experience occupational therapy in the clinical settings, thus preparing them for the transition from an occupational therapy student to an occupational therapy practitioner.

The Occupational Therapy Department enrolls a class cohort of 50 students each fall term for the duration of seven semesters. Each student completes five fieldwork experiences (three Level I and two Level II). Fieldwork experiences for the occupational therapy students must comply with the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) requirements.

At the present time we have over 200 fieldwork contracts in different facilities such as, but not limited to: hospitals, clinics, community programs, home health companies, pediatric centers, and private practice. Students are assigned to various facilities throughout the USA but the majority of our students complete their fieldwork experiences in the Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Alma R. Abdel-Moty, Dr.OT, MS, OTR/L

Clinical Associate Professor

Academic Fieldwork Coordinator & Graduate Coordinator

Florida International University

Occupational Therapy Department

Modesto A. Maidique Campus

11200 SW 8th Street - AHC 3, Room 421 A

Miami, FL 33199

305-348-3092 phone

305-348-1240 fax

Physical Therapy

The mission of Florida International University’s Physical Therapy clinical education component is to prepare students in applying knowledge and skills in real-life clinical environment. These varied experiences will prepare graduates to be evidenced based practitioners, culturally diverse, professionally engaged and collaborative with the local and global communities.

Martha H. Bloyer, PT, DPT, PCS

Florida International University

Department of Physical Therapy

Director of Clinical Education

11200 SW 8 Street AHC 3 - 425A

Miami, Florida 33199

Phone: 305-348-1978

Fax: 305-348-1979

Health Services Administration program

The Bachelors of Health Services Administration program (BHSA) offers students the opportunity to enroll in an administrative internship for one semester within local health care organizations. These organizations vary from direct provider to specialty healthcare consulting firms and provide BHSA students with direct hands-on experience applying academic concepts and theories learned in the classroom to real world situations. Each intern will be assigned to a preceptor along with a BHSA faculty member that will guide and involve students with various projects and assignments that are commonplace in the existing healthcare environment. All student interns will be responsible for satisfying learning objectives and will complete an internship portfolio that will summarize achieved objectives and accomplished projects and assignments. This student internship opportunity is designed to enhance learning through real hands-on experience that will prepare the student for academic advancement and employment options.

Salvatore A. Barbera, FACHE

Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Education Coordinator