Audiology Program - AuD

The Department of Communication Disorders offers the professional clinical degree: the Doctor of Audiology (AuD). As opposed to the PhD research degree, the AuD is a clinical practice degree. The degree program is offered in cooperation with the Auburn University at Montgomery Speech and Hearing Clinic. The AuD degree program spans four years (11 semesters including summers). Details are provided at the Department of Communication Disorders website: http://www.cla.auburn.edu/communicationdisorders/.

Most graduates of the AuD program work in clinical settings, such as major hospitals, ENT practice clinics, and private practice facilities. A few graduates teach in the clinical programs in academic institutions.

To complete the program, students must have transportation for courses and clinics in both Auburn and Montgomery as well as for other clinical experiences and internships.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree from an accredited university is necessary. Students with bachelor’s degrees in communication sciences and disorders, or equivalent, receive preference. However, highly qualified students from any discipline are considered. Foundation courses in language development, phonetics, and speech anatomy will be added to the curriculum. At least one undergraduate course each of math, life sciences, statistics, physical sciences, and behavioral sciences is an accreditation expectation, and applicants lacking any of these must comply before conferral of the AuD degree.

Potential students apply both to the Graduate School and to Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSDCAS). Letters of recommendation must be uploaded to CSDCAS. For computation of ranking formula for selection, applicants must submit one set each of transcripts (for GPA) and GRE scores to CSDCAS, and official GRE scores to the Graduate school.

The Graduate School web application requires the following:

  • Application fee
  • Official General Test GRE scores sent directly from ETS

The application sent to CSDCAS:

  • The department’s application form available on the website
  • Three letters of recommendation from former teachers or mentors
  • A letter of interest, which will serve as a writing sample
  • Transcripts
  • Scores from the General Test of the GRE

Those applicants clearing the initial screening will be invited to campus for an interview.

The application deadline is February 1 of each year, with the AuD program starting each fall semester.

Graduation Requirements

The curricular plan of study is a static sequence of academic and clinical coursework. The academic and clinical components of the AuD program interact in a logical progression over a four-year period. A total of 121 semester hours are required for the degree.

The early portion of training is largely academic, and the later portions involve mostly applied clinical work. As the program progresses, the balance of academic and clinical work changes substantially. During the first two years of the program, the emphasis is on academic preparation for clinical work. Students must pass comprehensive exams to enter the third year of the program. In the third year of the program, academic courses are combined with advanced seminars on current issues in clinical practice and the completion of an applied clinical research project referred to as a capstone experience. During this third year of the program, students are engaged in a series of intensive clinical internships at local off-campus clinical settings. Students must successfully complete internships at three different clinical settings during the third year, and they return to campus to participate in seminar course work. In the final year of the program, students participate in a clinical residency during which they work full time for a period of nine months. Clinical residencies may be done at any facility in the United States where a certified audiologist agrees to supervise the student within ASHA guidelines.

Plan of Study

The four-year sequence of academic and clinical course work, including the semester hours, is as follows:

First Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
CMDS 8100 Hearing Science3CMDS 8200 Diagnostic Audiology3CMDS 8300 Central Auditiory Processing3
CMDS 8110 Auditory Physiology3CMDS 8210 Medical Aspects of Hearing Disorders3CMDS 8310 Aural Rehabilitation3
CMDS 8120 Audiology Clinical Methods3CMDS 8220 Amplification I3CMDS 8570 Evaluation of Research in Audiology3
CMDS 8800 The Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders3CMDS 8230 Clinical Level I2CMDS 8910 Clinical Problems In Hearing2
CMDS 8910 Clinical Problems In Hearing2CMDS 8910 Clinical Problems In Hearing2 
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
CMDS 8320 Clinical Level II2CMDS 8400 Pediatric Audiology3CMDS 8520 Hearing Conservation3
CMDS 8410 Aural Habilitation3CMDS 8430 Clinical Level III2CMDS 8610 Implant Technology3
CMDS 8420 Amplification II3CMDS 8500 Electrophysiological Procedures in Audiology3CMDS 8620 Outcome Measures In Audiology3
CMDS 8600 Balance Disorders3CMDS 8810 Private Practice3CMDS 8910 Clinical Problems In Hearing2
CMDS 8910 Clinical Problems In Hearing2CMDS 8910 Clinical Problems In Hearing2Comprehensive Exams 
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
CMDS 8510 Clinical Level IV2CMDS 8630 Counseling In Audiology3CMDS 8920 Clinical Internship5
CMDS 8920 Clinical Internship5CMDS 8920 Clinical Internship5CMDS 8950 Audiology Grand Rounds3
CMDS 8700 Professional Issues3CMDS 8950 Audiology Grand Rounds3CMDS 8980 Capstone Project1
CMDS 8950 Audiology Grand Rounds3CMDS 8980 Capstone Project1 
CMDS 8980 Capstone Project1  
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CMDS 8940 Clinical Residency6CMDS 8940 Clinical Residency6

Internships and Clinical Residency

As previously stated, students are required to complete several off-campus internships. During their third year, they complete internships in three different locations, and in the final year, they work full-time under the supervision of a certified audiologist.

Other Requirements for the AuD

Along with their course work and internships, students are required to pass comprehensive written exams in order to advance to candidacy. Oral examinations will be conducted if written responses lack detail or clarity. To graduate, students must also successfully complete a capstone project, which can be a planned audiology-related research or clinical project designed to explore a research hypothesis or meet a clinical outcome.

Financial Aid

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for meritorious students to assist in teaching, research, or clinical roles.