The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) requires that students complete 25 hours of supervised clinical observation. It is strongly recommended that these hours are completed before starting a graduate program in speech-language pathology or audiology. These may be on- or off-campus observations, but must be with an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist or audiologist. It is up to each student to keep track of his or her own observation hours. These hours must be completed while students are enrolled at a university. Many students complete the majority of these hours while enrolled in the Guided Observation course (SPHR 394).
Students may observe in the on-campus PSU Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic, following on-campus observation guidelines.
Students may also observe off-campus. It is the responsibility of the student to schedule off-campus observations and follow the guidelines for off-campus observations. Students should take the observation form with them and obtain the signature and ASHA number of the clinician they observed. The hours accrued are for the actual time observing clients.
Guided Observation Class – SPHR 394
This course is designed to acquaint students with the clinical process in speech, language, and audiology cases. Students will observe phases of clinical operation, including: diagnostics, management, parent or family conferencing, and materials preparation.