ASHA’s Clinical Fellowship Experience for Speech-Language Pathology

ASHA’s Clinical Fellowship Experience for Speech-Language Pathology

Congrats! You’ve earned your master’s or doctoral
degree in speech-language pathology from a CAA Accredited program! Now it’s time to complete the next step toward Certification—the Clinical Fellowship Experience! The Clinical Fellowship experience is the transition period between being a student enrolled in a CSD
program and being an independent provider of speech-language pathology services. It
includes a mentored professional experience after the completion of academic course work
and clinical practicum. Upon successful completion of the Clinical Fellowship and Certification
application process, you’ll become a certified member of ASHA, and hold the Certificate of
Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. There are 10 steps to keep in mind while going through your Clinical Fellowship Experience. And we have some tips to get you through the process. Apply for Certification any
time before, during, or after your Clinical Fellowship experience. Applying gives
you access to amazing benefits, like ASHA’s Gift to the Grad program, and the NSSLHA to
ASHA Conversion Discount. Choose where you want to work as a clinical fellow.  From schools, hospitals, private clinics, and more, the choices are endless! Once you’ve found
a facility, confirm that you’ll be evaluating and treating individuals with speech and language
disorders, and that a Clinical Fellowship Mentor will be assigned to you. Be sure to verify online that your mentor holds an active CCC-SLP certification. Make sure you have enough direct patient contact covering all segments outlined on the Clinical Fellowship Report and Ratings form. Many states require provisional or temporary licensure
in order to practice. Familiarize yourself with your state’s requirements to obtain
the necessary license. Discuss expectations of your Clinical Fellowship experience with your mentor and identify your goals. Confirm that your mentor will complete 18 direct and
18 indirect hours of observation. Familiarize yourself with ASHA’s Code of Ethics and
understand the responsibilities of you and your mentor. You and your mentor are required
to complete the Clinical Fellowship Report and Rating form throughout your clinical fellowship. Confirm with your mentor that all core skills will be addressed and evaluated. You can change mentors and settings during your Clinical Fellowship, as well as select multiple settings to meet the maximum 35 hours per week. Document any changes in mentor, setting, or average hours worked per week on a separate form. Meet your mentor
at least once during each segment for feedback and review. Take notes and focus on areas
that need improvement. Ask questions! Use your mentor as a resource—after all, they
were once a clinical fellow too. During feedback sessions, you and your mentor must both sign each segment. Assess your scores. You must earn a rating of 3 or better in the final
segment for each of the core skills to qualify for Certification. Complete a minimum of
36 weeks worked, totaling no less than 1,260 hours. Review the Clinical Fellowship Report
and Rating form to make sure no areas are left blank, all information is accurate, and
you and your mentor have signed each required area. Make a copy of the form for your records. Mail your form to ASHA, which will be reviewed once all other components of your Certification
application are received. Evaluation and processing of your Certification application (including the Clinical Fellowship Report and Rating form) will take approximately 6 weeks. Any missing pieces will delay processing. ASHA will inform you when
you have been awarded Certification. Once you receive written confirmation, you may
begin signing your name with your CCC-SLP designation. If you have any questions, please contact
ASHA’s Action Center.

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