Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)
The department offers a clinical doctorate program in audiology culminating in the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree. The four-year program requires a student to complete 67 credits of academic coursework and 25 clinical practicum credits. The general educational objectives of the Au.D. program of study are to: (1) prepare audiology practitioners who are well-grounded in the basic sciences; (2) provide didactic coursework and supervised clinical practicum experiences necessary to enable students to develop competencies in the areas outlined by ASHA (Foundations of Practice, Prevention and Identification, and Evaluation and Treatment), and (3) expose students to research in an effort to develop skills that will allow them to use evidence-based approaches to clinical practice.
Any student holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in this country, or its equivalent in a foreign institution, will be eligible for the AuD program in audiology. Potential students need not have an undergraduate degree in the field of speech and/or hearing sciences. However, in order to comply with ASHA standards, all students will need to take or show evidence of having taken coursework in math, science, social science, basic human communication processes, and speech/language disorders. If a student has not taken any of these courses as an undergraduate and needs to take them as part of the graduate program, then it may add to the length of the student’s program
Students will have a wide variety of clinical experiences. They will begin work in the Gebbie Speech-Language-Hearing Clinics, where they will receive maximum supervision. Later in the program they will be placed at one of our local extern sites, which include clinical rotations in hospitals, private-practices, rehabilitation centers, and schools in the Syracuse area. We have extern sites located in less populated areas that serve more rural communities and other sites that are based in large metropolitan areas.
Students are not only exposed to a variety of diagnostic and rehabilitative modalities, but also have opportunities to observe procedures such as otologic surgeries and neuroimaging. In the fourth year, students will be engaged in a full-time clinical externship. At the conclusion of their academic and local clinic work, each student must pass an examination designed to comprehensively and intensively assess Au.D. students’ academic and clinical preparation.
The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree program in audiology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech Language Hearing Association.