Observation Hours - A Guide For Undergraduate
& Post-Bacc Students

Observation Hours

We design all of our programs with our students in mind and we know that observation is not only great way to learn more about your field of study, but in many cases is also a prerequisite for graduate study or professional licensing. All of our programs have been designed by professional clinicians and university professors to make sure that we are following professional guidelines, meeting the needs of student program requirements, and providing hours that really have an impact on learning. The observation hours that our students receive are not passive. All of our students are actively engaged with their clients (when appropriate) and their supervisors in an proper and professional manner. Learn more about observation hours below.

If you are participating in one of our Communication Sciences & Disorders, SLP, or AAC programs, all of your guided observation hours will be under the supervision and mentorship of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) licensed CCC-SLPs who have met the minimum experience and professional development requirements set by ASHA. Therapy Abroad follows the most up to date Standards and Implementation Procedures for these hours. In most cases these hours will count towards clinical competencies for students planning to pursue graduate education in speech-language pathology. The exact number of hours you will receive depends on the program you chose. In most cases students will receive between 20 and 30 guided observation hours. Please check with your school or department to find out more information on program specific requirements. We would also be happy to provide your undergraduate advisor or a specific professor with information. Simply provide us with their contact information or have them email us directly to request information.

Observation Hours for Pre-Physical Therapy Students

Almost most physical therapy education programs require applicants to complete observation hours prior to admission or have a certain number of volunteer experiences working with patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Therapy Abroad can provide both observation and volunteer hours in one of the most unique work environments imaginable under the direct supervision of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) licensed Physical therapists following APTA guidelines. The number of hours that universities require can vary depending on the program but what all perspective programs have in common is that they put a high value on these hours because students are able to develop knowledge about the profession, to examine their personal career goals, and to improve likelihood of success in a program. All of your Therapy Abroad hours will be under the supervision and mentorship of licensed PTs. In most cases students will receive between 20 and 30 observation hours. Please check with your school or department to find out more information on program specific requirements. We would also be happy to provide your undergraduate advisor or a specific professor with information. Simply provide us with their contact information or have them email us directly to request information.

Observation Hours for Pre-Occupational Therapy Students

Many Master’s and Doctoral programs in occupational therapy require that prospective students observe a practicing occupational therapist. Although the recommended number of hours varies, every hour you receive goes a long way in telling a story about you and improving your chances of getting into the program you want. All of your Therapy Abroad observation hours will be under the supervision and mentorship of American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) licensed occupational therapists or American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) licensed Physical therapists. Therapy Abroad supervisors are selected for their experience and dedication and we follow the AOTA Level 1 Fieldwork guidelines. In most cases students will receive between 20 and 30 observation hours. Please check with your school or department to find out more information on program specific requirements. We would also be happy to provide your undergraduate advisor or a specific professor with information. Simply provide us with their contact information or have them email us directly to request information.

Observation Hours for Sports & Exercise Sciences Students

More than ever, the Sports Science field is in need of well-rounded professionals who have a thorough understanding of their respective fields and the ability to work collaboratively across cultures. Whether you want to be a certified athletic trainer or work in a public or private school, a universities, or in professional or olympic sports, there is no better way to gain the experience you need than to observe and volunteer. Therapy Abroad follows guidelines set by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and all of our supervisors and mentors are highly qualified and experienced. In most cases students will receive between 30 and 50 volunteer/observation hours. Please check with your school or department to find out more information on program specific requirements. We would also be happy to provide your undergraduate advisor or a specific professor with information. Simply provide us with their contact information or have them email us directly to request information.

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