Cochlear Implant Program

Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants

The Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants (PPCI) Training Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides a variety of training opportunities. Within the departments of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, graduate student interns and trainees in their American Speech Language Hearing Association Clinical Fellowship Year gain experience with our team. In the department of Pediatric Otolaryngology, residents and fellows work with the implanting surgeons.

The team lectures to a wide range of professions through an annual conference and numerous intra- and extra-mural presentations.

The program offers regular educational workshops for families to assist them in obtaining the most appropriate educational services for their children. In addition, educators from around the tri-state area meet each month in a study group at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to discuss the best practices for educating children with cochlear implants.

The Professional Preparation in Cochlear Implants (PPCI) Training Program is a credit-granting collaborative effort between The Center for Childhood Communication at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Smith College and The Clarke School for the Deaf, provides specialized graduate-level training for teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students.

Outside clinicians and educators may arrange meetings and observations by contacting the director of the program, Mary Ellen Nevins, at 267-426-5084.

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