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Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Department

Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Department

The department houses two residential programs: the Entry Level Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program and the developing Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS) program. There are two online programs: the Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program for current audiology practitioners, and the Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Non-Degree option, which provides professional continuing education. The mission of A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology is to educate outstanding doctors of audiology and speech-language pathologists who are critical thinkers, leaders, innovators, and compassionate healthcare practitioners.

Audiology is a dynamic and rapidly growing healthcare profession founded on the science of hearing and the study of auditory and vestibular processes. The department of audiology at ATSU was established in 1999 as an independent department of audiology within a medical school and leading health sciences university to provide comprehensive audiology education and clinical training with a unique focus on whole-person healthcare, inter-professional collaborative practice, and lifelong learning.

Graduates are knowledgeable and skilled in the scientific foundations of anatomy, neuroanatomy, embryology, pharmacology, auditory science, and evidence-based practice; the application of screening, diagnostic, and treatment procedures pertaining to hearing and balance disorders for patients across the lifespan; and business management practices for a sustainable and rewarding career.

The developing speech-language pathology program is set within a leading health sciences university to provide comprehensive education and clinical training with a unique focus on whole-person healthcare, inter-professional collaborative practice, and lifelong learning. Speech-language pathology is a vibrant and growing healthcare profession with an increased need for a culturally diverse workforce to address the needs of individuals with communication disorders from culturally and linguistically diverse populations, including the use of interpreters to provide ethical services to these populations.

Speech-language pathology professionals are committed to excellence in the delivery of services (assessment, diagnosis, and treatment) to individuals with speech, language, and swallowing disorders and to the advancement of the scientific foundations of the profession using evidence-based clinical practices. They are scholars and leaders who make a global impact. Speech-language pathologists have careers in many different education, healthcare, and research settings. Preparation for licensure and clinical practice in speech-language pathology requires a master’s degree with academic and clinical preparation.

ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences residential audiology and speech-language pathology programs consistently seek new, culturally and linguistically diverse, high-quality training sites. If you know of a facility interested in providing clinical rotations for doctor of audiology students, please contact Director of Clinical Education Patricia Dabrowski, AuD, at pdabrowski@atsu.edu.

If you know of a facility interested in providing clinical rotations for speech-language pathology students, please contact Director of Clinical Education Christine Vining, PhD, at christinevining@atsu.edu.

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Residential degree programs

Doctor of Audiology program

Doctor of Audiology program

The Doctor of Audiology (AuD) entry level program at ATSU is a four-year post baccalaureate program that includes three years of didactic and laboratory course work with essential clinical experiences beginning in the first term and culminating in full-time clinical rotations in the fourth year. The curriculum is designed to prepare exceptional professionals through creating a solid scientific foundation and immersing students in extensive classroom and laboratory activities to promote mastery of the competencies necessary to provide effective patient-centered care for the diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. Graduates will be prepared to handle the broad scope of audiologic care, including the diagnosis and management of auditory and/or vestibular system deficits for all ages, tinnitus management, hearing conservation, and neuro-audiologic examination, as well as the management and business aspects of audiology. See accreditation.

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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS) at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) in Mesa, Arizona, will prepare students to become engaged as whole person healthcare providers in alignment with the mission of the university and its osteopathic heritage. The pedagogy of multicultural education will be a cornerstone of this program with a significant emphasis toward training of bilingual speech-language pathologists and delivery of bilingual services. The program is a unique 66-credit-hour, full time, two-year program.

NOTE: The Master of Science (MS) education program in speech-language pathology at A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences is an Applicant for Candidacy by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, Md., 20850, 800.498.2071 or 301.296.5700. If approved, the program plans to admit its first cohort of students in Fall 2022.

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Online options

Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program

Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program

ATSU’s online Doctor of Audiology program is a post-professional program that offers the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree for practicing audiologists who have already earned a master’s degree in audiology. The curriculum offers customized academic plans to meet individual learners’ needs and the flexibility to allow audiologists to continue to practice while completing the degree. Graduates are able to immediately apply the relevant advanced knowledge and skills to their practices to enhance their patient care and professional satisfaction. See accreditation.

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Post-professional non-degree audiology courses

Post-professional non-degree audiology courses

The Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Non-Degree option is designed for practicing audiologists, holding a master’s or doctoral degree in audiology (e.g. MA, MS, AuD or PhD) with a minimum of one year of full-time practice as a licensed/certified/registered audiologist.

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Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology leadership

Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD | Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Department Chair

Andrea Ruotolo, AuD | Program Director

María Centeno-Vazquez, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S | Program Director

Christine Vining, PhD, CCC-SLP | Director of Clinical Education

Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD | Dean

Craig Phelps, DO, FAOASM President

Clinton Normore, MBA VP of Diversity & Inclusion

Audiology in action

The residential AuD program incorporates basic science education with clinical education through a combination of on-campus classes and labs, unique clinical rotations throughout the local area and in the ATSU Matter of Balance Falls Prevention program and the ATSU department of audiology School and Senior Screening program. These activities strengthen students’ communication skills, confidence in patient interactions and interprofessional collaboration skills, while instilling in them a sense of social responsibility. In addition, the ATSU department of audiology established its own university clinic, the AFA Balance & Hearing Institute in 2013 in Mesa, Arizona as a center of excellence for comprehensive hearing and balance care for patients and clinical education of students. The Institute functions as a model private practice, providing students with valuable opportunities to investigate and apply critical business management concepts, in addition to clinical skills.

In the post-professional AuD program, the highly focused coursework taught by expert faculty from across the nation provides the most relevant and up-to-date education. Over the past 22 years, more than 3,500 ATSU Audiology alumni have enhanced their patient care and professional standing. Many of these doctor of audiology alumni have taken on leadership roles, started clinical practices, or added new skills to their daily clinical routine. Many also now serve as clinical preceptors for AuD students, helping the next generation of audiologists to apply and refine their clinical skills and critical thinking abilities.

Through a strong and supportive network of AuD alumni and high-quality AuD coursework, the audiology degrees at ATSU offer excellent clinical education with an unmatched dedication to business training and community service. The AuD program is challenging and rewarding, ensuring that ATSU AuD graduates have the highest caliber, well-rounded preparation.

AuD Life Moments

Audiologists make a difference through a whole person clinical approach, high professional standards, a passion for learning, and serving unmet community health needs. Browse stories from seasoned audiologists across the globe and become inspired with examples of how doctors of audiology implement practical solutions to improve the delivery of whole person-centered hearing and balance care. Learn from audiologists who are committed to lifelong learning and advancing the profession through enhanced patient care, health education, and industry leadership. Find out why audiologists love ATSU's AuD program for their graduate education. Browse AuD Life Moments.

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Audiology scholarly showcase

Audiology faculty and students are engaged in service and research activities that promote health and wellness in the community, educational opportunities for students and dissemination of scholarly works.

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Audiology continuing education

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A.T. Still University’s Continuing Education department provides support for the University’s schools, graduates and the professional community to fulfill their potential throughout their careers and ultimately impact patient care and well-being. The Continuing Education department serves to improve professional knowledge and skills; fosters a positive impact on patient outcomes; exposes clinicians to new information; and develops an interdisciplinary, healthcare team approach to treating patients and improving community/population health through the development and implementation of cost-effective, evidence-based education programs.

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