Undergraduate Observation Hours | Kent State University

Undergraduate Observation Hours

Clinical Observation Hours

Undergraduate students are required to have 25 clinical observation hours (clock hours) prior to beginning a graduate program in speech-language pathology. Other than those required in major coursework, observation hours are not required of students seeking a graduate degree in audiology. The observation hours must be within the ASHA Scope of Practice of Speech-Language Pathology and must be under the supervision of a qualified professional who holds current ASHA certification in the appropriate practice area. These hours may be completed in our clinic and off-campus. The form for on-campus observations can be found here. This same form, along with a second formis to be used for off-campus observations.

Rules for observations

See the rules for observers of clinical sessions here. You also need to let the supervisor and student clinician know that you are observing at the time of the observation. It is important to remember that this is a professional activity. So, dress neatly and professionally. Introduce yourself in a professional manner to the family once you talk with the supervisor and student clinician. Remember that you are there to observe. The supervisor will let you know when it is time for you to ask questions, share thoughts, or make comments.

How to obtain observation hours in and outside the Kent State University Speech and Hearing Clinic

Students must sign up for the observation times in the KSU Clinic. This sign-up sheet can be found on the materials door a couple of weeks after the semester begins. Whomever you observe must be certified by ASHA (the person would have a CCC after his/her name) or be supervised by someone with ASHA certification.

Observations conducted at a different facility are also considered a professional activity. Students must arrange the time of the observation with the therapist, contact the clinician to cancel the observation, dress neatly and professionally, and use professional manners and language during the interaction. Remember you are observing  - save any questions and comments you might have for a time when the supervisor indicates you can share your thoughts. Please review the rules for observers here.

Documentation of Observations

Regardless of how you obtain your observation hours, there is paperwork that needs to be completed. For the KSU clinic, there is a form that you’ll have the certified supervisor or clinician sign. For outside agencies, you’ll need this form as well as another form wherein you describe your observation. The clinician/supervisor at this external site  must sign the forms and provide his/her ASHA number. This must happen in order to obtain credit for the observation.

All paperwork is then placed in Mrs. Kunkle's mailbox. She records these and will provide students with a printout upon request. This documentation would form the foundation of the ASHA certification process for each student pursuing a career in speech-language pathology.

Students need to complete all observation hours before beginning their clinical experiences in graduate school for speech-language pathology.