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Doctor of Audiology

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Au.D. Degree Requirements

The Au.D. program prepares students to meet the academic and clinical requirements for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence; it is fully accredited by the ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation. The degree is designed to be completed in 4 years (including summers, with a common entry point in fall semester). A minimum of 110 credit hours including academic course work, independent research, and clinical practicum is required for completion of the Au.D.


A baccalaureate degree is a prerequisite. Students are expected to have obtained a broad general education as a background to graduate study. Undergraduate course work in mathematics and basic and applied sciences is strongly encouraged. If the baccalaureate degree is not in communication sciences and disorders, courses in the following content areas, or equivalents, may be required for admission: Survey/Overview of Communication Disorders, Language Science/Development, Research Methods, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Phonetics/Phonological Development, Audiology (introductory level). Specific undergraduate course requirements are determined on an individual basis. Students with baccalaureate degrees in other areas who wish to apply are urged to contact the Au.D. admissions committee chair as early as possible.

Degree Requirements

Audiology Didactic Courses

AUD 805 Introduction to Clinical Research 1
AUD 810 Diagnostic Audiology 4
AUD 811 Hearing Disorders 3
AUD 813 Psychoacoustics and Theories of Hearing 3
AUD 814 Hearing Conservation 3
AUD 815 Counseling for Audiology 2
AUD 816 Speech Perception 2
AUD 817 Pediatric Audiology 3
AUD 818 Vestibular Systems and Disorders 3
AUD 819 Hearing Aids I 3
AUD 820 Rehabilitative Audiology 3
AUD 821 Hearing Aids II 3
AUD 822 Electro-Acoustics and Instrumentation 3
AUD 823 Cochlear Implants and Hearing Assistance Technologies 2
AUD 829 Anatomy and Physiology of the Hearing and Vestibular Mechanisms 3
AUD 851 Auditory Evoked Potentials 3
AUD 940 Seminar in Audiology: Auditory Processing Disorders (2 hours), Business Audiology (1 hour), Grand Rounds (8 hours, 1 hour/semester every fall and spring semester), Genetics of Hearing Loss (2 hours), Imaging (1 hour), Pharmacology in Audiology (1 hour), Professional Issues (1 hour)  

Audiology Clinical Courses

A minimum of 29 credit hours is required:

  • During Years 1 and 2: AUD 843 Clinic Practice in Audiology (minimum of 12 credit hours; 1 credit hour equals one-half day a week in clinic during fall and spring, one day a week in summer)
  • During Year 3: AUD 944 Clinical Rotation (minimum of 17 credit hours; 1 credit hour equals one day a week in clinic during fall and spring, two days a week in summer).
  • During Year 4: AUD 945 Clinical Externship (minimum of 15 credit hours; five days a week in clinic equals 6 credit hours during fall and spring, 3 credit hours in summer).

Elective Courses

Students must enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours of elective course work. At least 6 of these hours must be research courses selected in consultation with an adviser.

PRAXIS Examination and Research Project

In addition to didactic, clinical, and elective courses, students must successfully complete the PRAXIS examination at the end of 2 full years of graduate study and a research project completed through enrollment in a minimum of 4 hours of AUD 846 Independent Study in Problems in Audiology. Projects are to be completed and presented to a faculty-student forum in the spring of Year 3.

Note: Responsible scholarship requirements were approved after this catalog was finalized. Contact your department or program for more information about this requirement for doctoral students.

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