Student Resources and Program Information

Student Resources and Program Information


REACH provides FREE academic services and specific support programs to enable students to better prepare and adapt to college life and to enhance their academic skills and performance in college courses. We encourage and support students in developing successful college careers.

Research Resources

Financial Assistance

  • Julia McGee Lamberth Scholarship

We are pleased to again announce the award of the Julia McGee Lamberth Scholarship, available for Speech Pathology Core Students.  Julia M. Lamberth, who received her degree at Southern Methodist University, was a practicing speech pathologist in Dallas, Texas, at the time of her untimely death on January 29, 1978.  Her family has designated this fund as a memorial for the purposes of recognizing outstanding students majoring in speech-language pathology at the University of Louisville.

These funds shall be granted to student(s) based on character, scholarship and financial need as demonstrated by the student’s FAFSA application and a personal statement. The Program Director will make recommendations of the applicants to the Donor.

Contact Angela Smith for additional information.

  • Student Assistantships

The Speech-Language Pathology program offers a limited number of student assistantships each year.  Students are assigned to a faculty or staff member for an academic year. The awards are applied to the student's tuition account and are in exchange for approximately five hours of work per week.

Contact Angela Smith for additional information.

  • National AMBUCS™, Inc.

National AMBUCS™, Inc. is a non-profit service organization consisting of a diverse group of men and women who are dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. They offer scholarships to Speech Pathology students. For more information visit their website at

  • Other Financial Aid Opportunities

American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

University of Louisville Financial Aid Office.

Important Links

Campus Health Services

Campus Health Services provide both preventive and acute care for students, plus:

  • Women's health services
  • Psychiatric services, including medication management
  • Travel medicine
  • Free flu shots
  • Immunizations
  • Allergy shots
  • Specialist referrals & coordination of care with off-site specialists
  • Student health insurance program
  • Health insurance billing and advocacy
  • Health promotion events and activities
  • Sexual assault and violence prevention, intervention and assistance

Click HERE to access Campus Health Services.

Practicum Sites

The program has affiliation agreements with more than fifty practicum sites, located in the Louisville Metro area and Southern Indiana. Our students rotate sites every eight to sixteen weeks. By the time they graduate, students will have experienced the rigors and responsibilities of the profession within the context of several different facilities with populations of various ages and communication and swallowing challenges. Some of our practicum sites are maintained by or have departmental faculty on their staff. In other sites however, practicing speech-language pathologists have agreed to mentor our students in the role of clinical supervisors or preceptors.

  • Faculty in Private Practice

Faculty-based private practices and practicum sites with faculty on staff provide students with a broad spectrum of pediatric and adult experiences, including voice, swallowing, fluency, cognitive, and language evaluations as well as therapy.

  • Hospitals

Students gain hands on experience in a number of Kentucky and Indiana hospitals, such as University of Louisville Hospital, Norton Hospital Downtown, Norton Suburban HospitalFloyd Memorial HospitalJewish HospitalNorton Children's HospitalBaptist Health Louisville,  Baptist Health LaGrange and its satellites. Students gain hands on experience in either the rehabilitative units or in bedside care.

  • Habilitation/Rehabilitation

Several large habilitation/rehabilitation centers also host our students: Frazier Rehabilitation Institute, the KIDS Center, Frazier NeuroRehab, Norton Neuroscience, Kaleidoscope Services, Mattingly Center, Parkway Medical Center, Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital: Bridgepointe Clinic, The Chatter Box, Associates in Pediatric Therapy, NeuroRestorative, Episcopal Church Home, Pathways Brain Injury Program at Christopher East and Christopher East Nursing Home and Home of the Innocents. Some of these centers receive patients as extensions of their hospitals stays or on an as-needed basis. Some are residential facilities for long-term care of adults or children with severe disorders such as brain injury, cognitive impairment, or neuromuscular impairment. Centers range in size and patient population from large to intimate.

  • Other Community Agencies

The Louisville area has outstanding community agencies that provide diagnostic and treatment services specifically to children. Entech Enabling Technologies offers technology-based services and therapy and Weisskopf Child Evaluation Center services children and adolescents with autism and feeding disorders.  The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs provides services to children with a variety of needs, including craniofacial anomalies and cleft lip and palate. Students have access to the highly trained medical and therapy staff at these facilities while obtaining valuable experience in diagnosing and treating related disorders.

  • Local Private Practices

In additional to the private practices run by the faculty, other speech language pathologists in the private sector offer practicum sites to our students. Our graduate students work directly with these professionals while gaining experience under their supervision.

  • Schools

In addition to medical and rehabilitative facilities, students will initially rotate into the Kentucky public schools. Since the introduction of legislation that mandates free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for all children, regardless of disability, therapy within the public school necessitates that clinicians work in concert with teachers and support personnel to plan a child’s therapy program for maximal benefit. Students interested in teacher certification will do an additional school rotation to fulfill the student teaching requirement in the public schools. Students may also have a practicum placement at the Heuser Hearing and Language Academy. The school has a Parent Infant Program, Preschool and Kindergarten, as well as, a pilot program for grades 1-3. Specialized speech and language services are provided on-site. The Bluegrass Center for Autism has two campuses serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorders through the age of 21. Students may also participate in full-time practicum in the Greater Clark County Indiana schools.

  • Home Visits

First Steps, Kentucky's Early Intervention System, serves children from birth to three years of age. Under the supervision of qualified professional speech-language pathologists, student clinicians provide treatment to infants and children in their home.

Constructive Program Comments (Anonymous)

The program maintains an open door policy regarding any/all concerns related to academic/clinical matters. Students are encouraged to discuss any such issues  face-to-face with the appropriate faculty/staff member. Students are encouraged to adhere to the grievance/complaint processes identified in the program's policy manuals. Anonymous constructive comments may be emailed to the program by clicking HERE . Students may elect to include his/her name and email address for follow-up; however, neither are required in order to send the email.