Undergraduate majors or post-baccalauareate students planning to pursue clinical careers in speech-language pathology are strongly encouraged to complete and document a minimum of 25 observation hours in the delivery of clinical services, while working toward their bachelor’s degree. These clinical observations will occur in the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic and some select community sites.
It is recommended that students begin clinical observations early in their program of study. Survey results indicate that students find observations to be useful in better understanding coursework, identifying specific interests within the field of speech and hearing sciences, and deciding whether or not to pursue a professional/clinical career in speech-language pathology or audiology.
These observations serve as an important preparatory experience to participating in graduate level clinical work, and most speech-language pathology graduate programs in the U.S. require students to complete these observations prior to enrolling in a graduate program.