Trine University and the Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities in Fort Wayne are teaming up to help people with communication impairments. Through the collaboration, the nonprofit says students in Trine’s new Master of Science in speech-language pathology degree program will have access to a speech-language therapy clinic on the Turnstone campus.
The new graduate degree is expected to launch in the fall of 2022.
In addition to clinical experience for students, Turnstone says plans for the collaboration also includes classrooms, offices, and training and lab space in the clinic. Plans are expected to be completed by July 2022.
Chanda Lichtsinn, director of rehabilitation therapy and speech language pathologist for Turnstone, will serve as program director for Trine’s speech-language pathology program.
“Practical experiences are a key part of education at Trine University, and this partnership with Turnstone will allow students in the speech-language pathology program to gain the experience critical to career success while allowing Turnstone to enhance its speech therapy services,” said Dr. Earl Brooks, Trine University president.
In addition to the clinical experience offered at Turnstone, Trine students will complete practicums at Fort Wayne-area hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, school-based programs and other sites.
Trine also plans to launch a bachelor of science in communication disorders at its Angola main campus, which will provide direct entry to the Master of Science in speech language pathology degree.