American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Certification Standards for Audiology
Frequently Asked Questions: Clinical Practicum 

How much practicum must be completed for ASHA certification under the audiology standards?

Applicants for certification must complete 1,820 hours of supervised clinical practicum at the graduate level. Supervision must be provided by individuals who hold the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Audiology. Hours may be counted for direct patient/client contact, consultation, record keeping, and administrative duties relevant to audiology service delivery.

How many minutes are in a clock hour or clinical practicum hour?

The Council for Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC) defines 1 clinical practicum hour as equal to 60 minutes. When counting clinical practicum hours for purposes of ASHA certification, experiences/sessions that total less than 60 minutes (e.g., 45 minutes or 50 minutes) cannot be rounded up to count as 1 hour.

What are the supervision requirements?

As stated in the implementation language for Standard III, supervision must be sufficient to ensure the welfare of the patient and the student in accordance with the ASHA Code of Ethics. The amount of supervision must also be appropriate to the student's level of training, education, experience, and competence.

Who can supervise the clinical practicum?

Only individuals holding current ASHA certification in audiology may supervise the hours required for ASHA certification. Other appropriate individuals, as determined by the graduate program, may supervise hours that are acquired beyond the ASHA certification requirements. The graduate program may use the input of all of these individuals in assessing the student's acquisition of knowledge and skills in particular areas.

What must be included in supervision?

Supervision must include direct observations, guidance, and feedback, to permit the student to monitor, evaluate, improve performance, and develop clinical competence.

Does ASHA have a policy on pay for practicum?

ASHA policy allows students to receive pay for services they provide within the clinical practicum setting. However, some academic programs or state licensure laws may have policies that prohibit students from being paid for their practicum work. In such cases, ASHA defers to the university's or state's decision about such payment.

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