Guided Clinical Observation

Guided clinical observation provides students who are interested in audiology and/or speech-language pathology with a chance to witness the interactions between professionals and patients firsthand.

About Guided Clinical Observation

While guided observation hours are not required for students earning a BA in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) from UConn, many graduate schools require observation hours prior to enrollment. We encourage students to look at graduate degree programs to determine their requirements for observation hours.

Guided observation hours are offered and approved for enrolled UConn students only. Any hours submitted or obtained post-graduation will not be approved by UConn.

How to Earn Guided Observation Hours

Guided clinical observation hours are available to UConn students through the following mechanisms.  Please note, if you completed hours under our previous procedure, we will continue to honor those documents.  Please follow the same steps below for submitting your documentation.

Guided Clinical Observation Earned In-Person

Students may contact a clinical site directly to determine if they offer the opportunity for Guided Observation.  Hours may be earned if they are obtained under the direction of a professional certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  The following form must be completed for each Speech Language Pathologist or Audiologist observed.

Guided Clinical Observation Through Master Clinician Network

Students can use the Master Clinician Network to earn guided observation hours. Please select Lucinda Soares Gonzales as the approver. Once you have completed all intended observation hours through the Master Clinician Network, please email Ms Gonzales at so that she can approve your hours.  Once all the hours have been approved, download a PDF of the approved hours.

Guided Clinical Observation Through Simucase Guided Observation Program

Students can use the Simucase Guided Observation Program to earn guided observation hours. Upon completing your hours, you will receive a PDF of your Video Activity Record.  This record should be submitted as part of your final approval of all hours earned at UConn.  Follow the instructions below on How to Submit Observation Hours for approval.

Submitting Guided Observation Hours

Below are the steps for submitting completed guided observation hours to your graduate program for final review:

  1. Do not submit any documents until you have completed all your intended hours.
  2. Make a single PDF of all of your completed Guided Observation Logs including any hours earned through the Master Clinician Network or the Simucase Guided Observation Program.
  3. Navigate to the Final Submission of Observation Hours form. You will be prompted to log in with your netID and password.
  4. Complete the form in full and upload the single PDF document of your hours.
  5. Upon completing the form, it will initiate a workflow that will route to departmental approvals.
  6. Once approved, you will receive a letter indicating your total hours earned in our program.  Please allow up to two weeks for the approval process to complete.

If you have any questions, please email