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.
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 the Department of Communication Disorders. Letters of recommendation must be mailed to the program coordinator directly. For computation of ranking formula for selection, applicants must submit one set each of transcripts (for GPA) and GRE scores to both the Graduate School and the Department of Communication Disorders.
The Graduate School web application requires the following:
- Application fee
- Official General Test GRE scores sent directly from ETS
- Official transcripts from each college or university attended sent directly from the issuing institution
The application sent to the program coordinator in the Department of Communication Disorders requires the following:
- 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
- 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.
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:
|CMDS 8100 Hearing Science||3||CMDS 8200 Diagnostic Audiology||3||CMDS 8300 Central Auditiory Processing||3|
|CMDS 8110 Auditory Physiology||3||CMDS 8210 Medical Aspects of Hearing Disorders||3||CMDS 8310 Aural Rehabilitation||3|
|CMDS 8120 Audiology Clinical Methods||3||CMDS 8220 Amplification I||3||CMDS 8570 Evaluation of Research in Audiology||3|
|CMDS 8800 The Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders||3||CMDS 8230 Clinical Level I||2||CMDS 8910 Clinical Problems In Hearing||2|
|CMDS 8910 Clinical Problems In Hearing||2||CMDS 8910 Clinical Problems In Hearing||2|
|CMDS 8320 Clinical Level II||2||CMDS 8400 Pediatric Audiology||3||CMDS 8520 Hearing Conservation||3|
|CMDS 8410 Aural Habilitation||3||CMDS 8430 Clinical Level III||2||CMDS 8610 Implant Technology||3|
|CMDS 8420 Amplification II||3||CMDS 8500 Electrophysiological Procedures in Audiology||3||CMDS 8620 Outcome Measures In Audiology||3|
|CMDS 8600 Balance Disorders||3||CMDS 8810 Private Practice||3||CMDS 8910 Clinical Problems In Hearing||2|
|CMDS 8910 Clinical Problems In Hearing||2||CMDS 8910 Clinical Problems In Hearing||2||Comprehensive Exams|
|CMDS 8510 Clinical Level IV||2||CMDS 8630 Counseling In Audiology||3||CMDS 8920 Clinical Internship||5|
|CMDS 8920 Clinical Internship||5||CMDS 8920 Clinical Internship||5||CMDS 8950 Audiology Grand Rounds||3|
|CMDS 8700 Professional Issues||3||CMDS 8950 Audiology Grand Rounds||3||CMDS 8980 Capstone Project||1|
|CMDS 8950 Audiology Grand Rounds||3||CMDS 8980 Capstone Project||1|
|CMDS 8980 Capstone Project||1|
|CMDS 8940 Clinical Residency||6||CMDS 8940 Clinical Residency||6|
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.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for meritorious students to assist in teaching, research, or clinical roles.