Clinical Fellowship Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

The Clinical Fellowship (CF) is the transition period between being a student enrolled in a CSD program and being an independent provider of SLP clinical services. It’s a mentored professional experience that meets specific requirements for gaining ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).

You probably have a lot of questions about completing your CF experience. We hope this helps answer some of the most common questions we receive!

Can I Change Mentors or Have Multiple Mentors During My CF?

Yes—as long as you meet the minimum 1,260-hour and 36-week requirements for your experience, and each mentor provides the minimum of 6 direct and 6 indirect hours of observations per segment!

Can I Use Tele-Supervision?

If your CF mentor will not physically be in the room with you during observation activities, you must submit a request in writing for approval of tele-supervision to the Council on Clinical Certification in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CFCC). Submission of a request does not guarantee approval.

Can I Work Part-Time, As-Needed (PRN)?

It depends—the ability to work PRN is regulated by your state license. Check with your state licensing boards for their requirements.

Can I Work 60 Hours Per Week to Shorten My CF from 36 to 21 Weeks?

No—All CF experiences must be a minimum of 36 weeks, even if you work more than 40 hours per week.

How Do I Document Changing My CF from Part-Time to Full-Time?

Whenever you have a change in the number of hours you work, location, or mentor, you must complete a new Clinical Fellowship Report and Rating Form.

How Do I Complete Section 5 [Hours Per Week Worked in Direct Clinical Contact] of the Clinical Fellowship Report and Rating Form?

We recommend filling out the total number of hours you worked per week first. Then, chat with your mentor to figure out how many hours you spent doing each activity.

When Do I Submit My CF Paperwork?

You and your mentor(s) must sign your Clinical Fellowship Report and Rating Form(s) on or after the last day of your CF. Any forms signed before the last day will be returned. Once your CF experience ends, you have 90 days to submit your documentation.

Completing your CF experience is part of an exciting journey toward ASHA Certification, and we’re here to help get you through the process! If you have further questions, feel free to email us at certification@asha.org.

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