Kathy Vander Werff, Ph.D.
621 Skytop Road, Suite 1200
Academic: Karen Doherty, Beth Prieve, Kathy Vander Werff, Jamie Desjardins; Clinical: Joseph Pellegrino, Kristen Kennedy and Tammy Kordas; Adjunct instructors for specialty areas.
The clinical Doctor of Audiology (Au. D.) at Syracuse University is a nationally ranked, accredited programs with a long history of excellence. While pursuing an audiology degree, students have the opportunity to work with researchers in state-of-the-art laboratories and to learn from certified audiologists who have expertise that span all areas of hearing. In addition, the location of the University provides students opportunities to gain clinical experience in diagnosis and treatment with a wide variety of clinical populations.
The Au.D. program provides both substantive knowledge and practical experience through a carefully selected sequence of academic study, clinical practice, and research training. 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 the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 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 Au.D. program in audiology. Potential students need not have an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders, but we highly recommend completing background coursework in the areas of anatomy & physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism and basic clinical audiology prior to entering the program.
Students will have a wide variety of clinical experiences. They will begin work in the Gebbie Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, 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 large metropolitan areas and also in less populated areas that serve more rural communities.
Students are not only exposed to a variety of diagnostic and rehabilitative modalities, but also may 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 his/her academic and clinical preparation.
The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program in Audiology (residential) is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
Admission occurs once per year for fall entry. Applicants must complete a common application on the CSDCAS system for consideration. See our website for links to the online application: https://thecollege.syr.edu/department-communication-sciences-disorders/graduate-program/apply-ms-slp-and-aud/
Applicants are required to submit undergraduate transcripts, essays, and three letters of recommendation. Although the minimum GPA is generally 3.0, a 3.4 or higher is recommended to be competitive. GRE scores are optional. If submitted, strong GRE scores will enhance applications; GRE scores will not be used to deny admission or funding. Additionally, international students must score a minimum of 105 on the TOEFL exam.