As an undergraduate, students will participate in a clinical internship (CD 495) and complete 25 observation hours (CD 290).
As a part of the graduation requirements for the Master's degree, each student will complete two types of clinical experiences, Internship (CD 590) and Externship (CD 591).
Required Documentation for All Internship/Externship Courses
- Criminal Background Check - must be updated yearly
- Proof of recent physical examination - must be updated yearly
- Professional Liability Insurance - must be updated yearly
- Negative TB skin test (must be updated yearly) or chest x-ray (must be updated every 2 years)
CD 290 – CLINICAL OBSERVATION
This course is designed to introduce students to the experience of clinical observation in the field of communication disorders. All aspects of observing clinician and client behaviors will be addressed. Students will obtain the required amount of hours of observation necessary for certification. Exposure to clinic policies and procedures will be highlighted.
CD 495 – CLINICAL INTERNSHIP (Undergraduate)
This course is designed to introduce students to the therapeutic process by beginning the transition from observation to clinical practice. The student will begin to experience the connection between theory and practice as well as begin to develop effective clinical skills.
Students will be assigned to three sections of CD 495, each section serving a different purpose.
CD 590 - CLINICAL INTERNSHIP (Graduate)
This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to work with clients experiencing more acute or complex communication disorders and prepare to begin the clinical externship experience.
The Clinical Internship (CD 590) is completed under the supervision of WKU faculty. Before being given a grade for CD 590, the CD Department must have written documentation that 25 observation hours have been completed at the undergraduate level. If the hours were not completed at the undergraduate level, they can be completed while enrolled in CD 590 or other coursework at WKU.
Beginning Fall 2014, all residential students must complete two semesters of CD 590 prior to being placed in CD 591 Clinical Externship while all distance learning students must complete CD 588 Clinical Methods and CD 590 Clinical Internship prior to being placed in CD 591 Clinical Externship.
Residential students in CD 590 will be expected to be available for service delivery at the WKU Communication Disorders Clinic from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.
Distance Learning - Web students click here for additional information regarding CD 588 Clinical Methods and on-campus completion of CD 590.
Distance Learning - UFT students click here for additional information regarding CD 588 Clinical Methods and site information for completion of CD 590.