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 (on-campus) and/or off-campus. For on-campus and off-campus observations, please use the On and off campus Record of Clinical Clock Hours form. Off-campus observations require the clinician/supervisor at the external site to sign the forms and provide his/her ASHA number. This must happen in order to obtain credit for the observation. This documentation will form the foundation of the ASHA certification process for each student pursuing a career in speech-language pathology.

All paperwork must be handed in at the front desk during regular business hours (8am-5pm). As a courtesy, this information is recorded and the student may obtain a printout from Connie Kunkle in the SPA office upon request. We recommend that students maintain copies of all of their observation hour forms for their records.

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

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 to the supervisor and student clinician. Remember that you are there to observe and want to be careful not to intrude. 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 at the front desk a couple of weeks after the semester begins. If students have signed up for observation hours in advance and the client cancels, students will typically be notified of the cancellation, but this is not always guaranteed. The clinician 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 facility other than the KSU Speech and Hearing Clinic 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 it is appropriate to share. Please review the rules for observers here.