Clinic Observations

Clinic observation instructions

Observation is one of the significant learning experiences of students. The American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) requires that students complete a minimum of 25 hours of observation before or during their graduate program. This requirement may be met in a variety of ways.  How to document your hours varies, depending on whether the clinical observation takes place inside or outside the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SPHS) department.

SPHS department observations

  • Students observing in clinic must first complete the IU HIPAA e-training module. Go to IU Expand. Search for 2019 HIPAA Privacy & Security for Students and complete the course. 
  • Students may obtain observation hours through the Robert L. Milisen Speech and Language Clinic at IU. Please note that classroom videos can no longer be used to fulfill ASHA requirements.
  • To count towards your 25 observation hours, every observation you complete within the SPHS Department must be recorded on a separate Guided Observation form (see below).
  • Also required and available below is the Guided Observation Summary Form that provides a concise outline of your observations within the Department. See the full set of observation instructions below.

Outside the department observations

  • Students may also obtain observation hours outside of the department in a variety of settings including schools, clinics, nursing homes, and hospitals, both in Bloomington and the surrounding community.
  • Observations at these outside sites should be under the direction of ASHA-certified clinicians or students supervised by ASHA-certified clinicians.
  • Students are responsible for coordinating their own outside observations and for keeping records of those observations. Given the volume of students, please do not contact Bloomington Hospital for observation opportunities.
  • Please note that IU faculty will no longer sign off on hours obtained outside the Department. However, a formal letter from the SLP at the outside site on the institution’s letterhead can be obtained and submitted to your future graduate program to count towards fulfilling ASHA requirements.
  • Master Clinician Network offers another observation option for a small fee. Follow instructions and select IU faculty who will approve observations online.