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Clinical Internship

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 (SLP 590) and Externship (SLP 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)


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) Clinic Materials

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.


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 (SLP 590) is completed under the supervision of WKU faculty. Before being given a grade for SLP 590, the CSD 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, students will be required to enroll in SLP 580 Clinical Observation to complete the required observation hours during the first semester of the prorgram.

Beginning Fall 2014, all residential students must complete two semesters of SLP 590 prior to being placed in SLP 591 Clinical Externship while all distance learning students must complete SLP 588 Clinical Methods and SLP 590 Clinical Internship prior to being placed in SLP 591 Clinical Externship.

Residential students in SLP 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 SLP 588 Clinical Methods and on-campus completion of SLP 590.


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 Last Modified 4/3/15