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Online Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Non-Degree Courses

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Online Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology
Non-Degree Courses


The Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Non-Degree program courses are 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 interested in the following:

  • Expanding current knowledge and skill set into another aspect of the profession
  • Collaborating with global peers on a topic of interest
  • Obtaining continuing education hours through online education (all individuals interested in obtaining CEU credits are encouraged to obtain prior course approval from their professional licensure/registration/certification organization)
  • Relocating and in need of additional credits to obtain licensure/certification/registration in a different country (documentation required from credentialing agency)
  • Considering the AuD program and enrolling in the single course option to explore online education
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Non-degree seeking students may complete a maximum of three courses. Non-degree seeking credit hours may be transferred to the Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Program.

For enrollment in non-degree seeking online courses, A.T. Still University (ATSU) employees, legally recognized spouses and children of ATSU employees, residential students and legally recognized spouses, ATSU preceptors, ATSU alumni and members of audiology professional state associations or ATSU Audiology partner organizations MAY be eligible for a tuition discount. For questions regarding eligibility, please contact Enrollment Services at (toll-free) 866-626-2878 Ext. 2019 or (direct) 660-626-2019 or via email to enrollmentservices@atsu.edu.

For information, please contact Dr. Andrea Ruotolo, program director at aruotolo@atsu.edu.

For more information on the online post-professional AuD programs or non-degree seeking course options, visit our booth at these upcoming events.

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Discover from our students and alumni how the Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program is empowering practicing audiologists. Explore more with Audiology Life Moments.

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Audiology continuing education courses

Continuing education courses in the doctor of audiology curriculum will provide students with the advanced knowledge, skills, insights, and techniques consistent with what makes A.T. Still University a preeminent learning-centered institution. Course descriptions and credit hours can be found below:

Curriculum guide

Requirements

     
  1. A master’s or doctoral degree in audiology from a regionally-accredited college or institution, or the equivalent based on evaluation of foreign transcripts for U.S. degree/course equivalency. Master’s degree equivalency as demonstrated through state licensure in audiology or verification of the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) is also accepted.
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  3. Submission of all official college or academic transcripts from the institutions where master’s and/or doctoral degree/s were earned. Applicants who have graduated from a university outside the United States must submit acceptable evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency. Canadian transcripts which are in English and on a 4.0 grading scale do not require evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency.
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  5. Applicants must submit official documentation of current audiology licensure/certification/registration. If licensure/certification/registration were held in the past, but not currently active, applicants must submit official documentation of previous licensure, certification, or registration. If the licensure or certification agency does not send paper verification forms, the applicant must provide a website URL for verification of previous licensure or certification. For applicants who practice outside of the United States or Canada, the applicant must provide official documentation of regulatory certification or registration to practice audiology that is held by the applicant, and the applicant’s credentials will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Individuals are not eligible to enroll in the program if their license, certification or registration is currently revoked or suspended.
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  7. Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to A.T. Still University Arizona School of Health Sciences. Written and spoken proficiency in the English language may be demonstrated by one of the following options:
       
    • Option 1 - English is your first language.
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    • Option 2 - Graduated from a regionally accredited four year university or college in the United States (minimum BA or BS).
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    • Option 3 - You are demonstrating your English proficiency by submitting acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing Service (IELTS).
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    • Acceptable minimal scores for ASHS applications are:

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    • TOEFL: Internet based total score = 80
               
      • Minimum of 21 on Reading Section
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      • Minimum of 24 on Writing Section
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    • TOEFL: Essentials overall score = 8.5

               
      • Minimum of 8.5 on Reading Section
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      • Minimum of 10 on Writing Section
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    • IELTS overall band score of 6.5

     

The TOEFL is administered by TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA 609.771.7100. Information is available at TOEFL. A.T. Still University’s institutional code is 0339. Please be sure to include this information when you submit your application packet. TOEFL Educational Testing Services P.O. Box 6151 Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 609.771.7100.

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Technology requirements

All ATSU students are required to own a computer system. Minimum system technology specifications vary depending on program.

Foreign credential evaluation

Applicants who have graduated from a foreign college or university must submit acceptable evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency. All coursework taken at the foreign institution must be evaluated for American institution equivalence by one of the following services:

World Education Services
P.O. Box 5087 Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
Phone: 212. 966.6311
Fax: 212.739.6139
info@wes.org
www.wes.org

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami FL 33173
Phone: 305.273.1616
Fax: 305.273.1338
info@jsilny.com
www.jsilny.com

  • AUDP 7000 - Ethics, Leadership, and Professionalism +

  • AUDP 7100 - Neuroscience and Neuroimaging +

  • AUDP 7200 - Pathologies of the Auditory and Vestibular System +

  • AUDP 7300 - Pharmacology and Ototoxicity +

  • AUDP 7500 - Genetics and Hearing Loss +

  • AUDP 8100 - Vestibular Evaluation and Management +

  • AUDP 8110 - Advanced Vestibular Evaluation and Management +

  • AUDP 8200 - Amplification: Assessment, Fitting and Verification +

  • AUDP 8210 - Implantable Devices +

  • AUDP 8220 - Counseling, Aural Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices +

  • AUDP 8300 - Electrophysiology: Scientific Foundations and Clinical Applications +

  • AUDP 8310 - Tinnitus and Hyperacusis: Theories, Evaluation and Treatment +

    • 10 weeks/4 credits
      This course is designed to provide a detailed exploration of tinnitus and hyperacusis and the clinical tools required to treat this patient population. The topics of musical hallucinations, misophonia, and hidden hearing loss will also be examined. Course topics include etiology, epidemiology, comorbidity, impact on quality of life, and exacerbating factors. The course will also explore pathophysiological mechanisms underlying tinnitus and hyperacusis. Detailed case histories; tinnitus self-assessment questionnaires/inventories; hyperacusis visual analog scales; psychoacoustic measurements and self-report measures of stress, anxiety and depression will be explored. Students will learn evidenced-based audiological interventions related to tinnitus and hyperacusis treatment and management including counseling, amplification, and comprehensive management programs through the review of case studies.
  • AUDP 8400 - Global Healthcare and Audiology +

  • AUDP 8410 - Advanced Acoustic Immittance +

  • AUDP 8440 - Occupational and Environmental Hearing Conservation +

  • AUDP 8450 - Infection Control in Audiology Practice +

    • 4 weeks/1.5 credits
      This course is designed to increase student knowledge of current, evidence-based information on preventing and controlling the spread of disease. Infection control in the audiology workplace is a priority as new diseases emerge in our global society. Topics include pathogenic microorganisms and how they are transmitted, understanding of universal precautions and the development of infection control protocols that can be implemented in the workplace. Global infection control practices and regulatory bodies will be explored.
  • AUDP 8460 - Telehealth in Audiology +

    • 4 weeks/1.5 credits
      This course presents the advantages and challenges of telehealth as it relates to clinical practice in audiology. Focus is placed on how communication, innovative technology, safety, and efficiency of patient care are addressed through telehealth. Students explore the feasibility of various telehealth/telepractice models applicable ac cross clinical environments. Global regulatory, legislative and political considerations will be discussed.
  • AUDP 8470 - Age-Related Hearing Loss, Cognitive Decline and Dementia: Theories, Evaluation and Treatment +

    • 4 weeks/1.5 credits
      This course is designed to provide students with in-depth coverage of the association between age-related hearing loss, normal cognitive aging and dementia and clinical tools used to evaluate and treat this population. Age-associated changes in hearing and cognitive abilities are one of the most commonly reported health issues by older adults. Recent research suggests that age-related hearing loss may be an indication of cognitive decline. Course material will present information about age-related hearing loss and cognitive decline such as definitions, classification systems for dementia, etiology, epidemiology, clinical presentations, impacts on quality of life, and pathophysiological mechanisms underlying their development. The use of detailed case histories, validated measures of cognitive abilities along with self-administered computerized assessment tools will be explored. Students will learn evidence-based audiological interventions related to age-related hearing loss and cognitive decline treatment and management options such as counseling and amplification.
  • AUDP 8500 - Pediatric Audiology: Identification through Rehabilitation +

  • AUDP 8600 - Assessment and Management of (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders +

  • AUDP 8700 - Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging +

  • AUDP 8800 - Practice Development and Marketing +

  • AUDP 8810 - Personnel Management +

  • AUDP 9422 - Culminating Case Experience I for 2-Year Program (CCE-I-2)+

  • AUDP 9423 - Culminating Case Experience I for 3-Year Program (CCE-I-3) +

  • AUDP 9433 - Culminating Case Experience II for 3-Year Program (CCE-II-3) +

Tuition

Application fee: $70 (nonrefundable)

Tuition for non-degree seeking courses is $450 per semester hour credit.

There is a $32 student technology fee per credit hour.

For enrollment in non-degree seeking online courses, A.T. Still University (ATSU) employees, legally recognized spouses and children of ATSU employees, residential students and legally recognized spouses, ATSU preceptors, ATSU alumni and members of audiology professional state associations or ATSU Audiology partner organizations MAY be eligible for a tuition discount. For questions regarding eligibility, please contact Enrollment Services at (toll-free) 866-626-2878 Ext. 2019 or (direct) 660-626-2019 or via email to enrollmentservices@atsu.edu.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change, application fee and tuition are in US Dollars.

Tuition Refund Policy

See the University Catalog for tuition refund policies.

Financial Aid

Federal financial aid is available for qualifying students. For more information visit Enrollment Services or contact them at 866.626.2878 ext. 2019 or by email at enrollmentservices@atsu.edu.

Financial Services:

If you have questions regarding specific financial assistance topics, you may contact Enrollment Services at (toll-free) 866.626.2878 Ext. 2019 or (direct) 660.626.2019 or via email to enrollmentservices@atsu.edu. You may also fax materials to 888-676-6701.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available at FAFSA.ed.gov for U.S. residents applying to this program.

Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Dean
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Dr. Ann Lee Burch is the dean of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Burch received her doctor of education from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her masters of public health from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her masters of physical therapy from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the Research Group on Health Disparities at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her BA is in psychology from the University of Rochester.

Prior to her appointment as dean, Dr. Burch served as vice dean for ATSU-ASHS. She served as the chair of the Physical Therapy Department from 2008-January 2012. Prior to ATSU, Dr. Burch was the director of physical therapy at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has held administrative and/or faculty positions at the International Center for the Disabled in NY, NY, Mercy College in NY, and Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Burch’s area of scholarly interest and application of that interest is in knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy of health care providers and healthcare professional students towards underrepresented patient/client groups.

Dr. Burch is the author of a Guide to Physical Therapy (Vault Publishers) which was written to increase information access about physical therapy to both high school graduates and re-entry adults. She was a co-investigator on an NIH grant at the University of Puerto Rico exploring the feasibility of an exercise program for breast cancer survivors living in San Juan.  Dr. Burch has lived in Symi, Greece, Taipei, Taiwan, Ahmdebad, India and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is committed to research, teaching and service that further the understanding of the impact of socioeconomic and cultural variables on health.

She was a member of the class of 2014 cohort of Women in Educational Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2017 she was the co-PI on a Centers for Disease Control, Association for Prevention and Teaching grant exploring a population health case study format for teaching and communicating the impact of social determinants of health on health disparities. She was recently appointed a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.  

Marlene Salas-Provance, PhD, MHA, CCC-SLP
Marlene Salas-Provance, PhD, MHA, CCC-SLP
Vice Dean
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Dr. Salas-Provance, is professor and vice dean of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Salas-Provance received her doctorate in speech science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She received her masters of health administration from the University of Missouri School of Medicine-Columbia. She holds both a bachelors and masters in Speech Pathology from New Mexico State University.

Prior to her appointment as vice dean, Dr. Salas-Provance served as associate dean of academic and student affairs for the School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston. She served as assistant dean and chair in the College of Education, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico and department chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Montevallo (AL). She held faculty positions at Fontbonne College and St. Louis University, in St. Louis, MO.

She has made extensive professional contributions to the American, Speech, Language & Hearing Association (ASHA), serving on the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council, member of the Financial Planning Board, and the Multicultural Issues Board. She served as coordinator of ASHA’s Special Interest Group (SIG) 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse populations and was a founding member and coordinator of SIG 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is an ASHA Fellow and received ASHA’s highest awards for “Special Recognition in Multicultural Affairs” and “Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement.”

Dr.Salas-Provance has served as a clinical educator throughout her academic career, especially related to children with cleft lip and palate. She is a member of an international medical team with Rotaplast International and has traveled worldwide for over 15 years to provide clinical services to children with cleft palate. She implemented a program for graduate students in speech pathology to provide clinical services in Spanish to children with cleft palate in Lima, Peru. In addition to Lima, Peru she has provided clinical services in China, Bangladesh, Philippines, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Venezuela.

Dr. Salas-Provance is coauthor of the textbook Culturally Responsive Practices in Speech-Language and Hearing Science (Plural Publishing, 2019) which meets the needs for training students in healthcare professions regarding practice with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Her research is focused on attitudes towards disability by diverse populations and addressing the use of language interpreters during healthcare and educational encounters.

Over the past ten years she has lectured extensively to international audiences, both in English and Spanish, including as invited speaker for the Congreso Internacional en Trastornos de la Comunicacion at Escuela de Fonoaudiologia (Speech Language Pathology / Audiology) de la Universidad de Talca, Chile and for the Department of Otolaryngology, Hospital Nacional Arzobispo Loayza, Lima, Peru, Endoscopic Evaluation of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction. She was invited keynote speaker for the First International Congress in Speech-Language Pathology and Orthodontics in the area of cleft lip and palate in Lima, Peru.

Dr. Salas-Provance was selected for the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Leadership Program and attended the National Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington DC (2017) for advancing female executives in higher education.

Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD
Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD
Professor and Department Chair
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tparent@atsu.edu

Courses taught: 
AUDE 5110 Human Anatomy and Neuroanatomy
AUDP 7100 Neuroscience and Neuroimaging 
AUDE 9110, 9120, 9130, 9210, 9220, 9230, 9310, 9320 Audiology Grand Rounds

Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD, is a tenured, full professor at A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS), and she is chair of the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and program director for the Entry-level Doctor of Audiology program.

Dr. Parent-Buck was the founding chair of ATSU-ASHS’ Audiology program in July 1999. In 2021, the department was renamed the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology with the addition of the inaugural Speech-Language Pathology program. The new program is awaiting candidacy review in January 2022.

Dr. Parent-Buck obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in audiology from Purdue University and doctor of audiology degree from Baylor College of Medicine. She has practiced in a variety of clinical settings and worked as a sales representative and trainer in the hearing aid industry. She provided academic and clinical instruction as an assistant professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of New Mexico, where she was recognized for teaching excellence.

Dr. Parent-Buck has published and presented in the areas of hearing aid technology, otoacoustic emissions, vestibular evaluation, pharmacology, neuroanatomy, genetics, and the AuD movement. Dr. Parent-Buck is a past-president of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. She served on the board of the Audiology Foundation of America from 1996-2003. She is also a member of the American Academy of Audiology (since 1991) and has served on the Convention Special Events Subcommittee and Task Force on Licensure and Payment Issues of Audiology Externship Students.

Andrea Ruotolo, AuD
Andrea Ruotolo, AuD
Director, Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Program
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aruotolo@atsu.edu

Courses taught: 
Audiology Grand Rounds
AUDP 8220 Counseling, Aural Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices
AUDP 9400 Culminating Case Experience I (CCE-I)
AUDP 9410 Culminating Case Experience II (CCE-II)

 

Andrea Ruotolo, AuD, is an associate professor and program director of the Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Ruotolo received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Indiana University and her doctor of audiology degree from ATSU-ASHS. She has provided academic and clinical instruction at Portland State University and ATSU, where she has been recognized for teaching excellence. She has an extensive background in adult and pediatric assessment, amplification, and aural rehabilitation. Her professional experience includes hospital and medical settings, school settings, and private non-profit facilities. She has participated as an off-campus preceptor supporting local programs throughout her career and has frequently in-serviced nurses, physicians, and support staff on audiology-related issues. Dr. Ruotolo has presented courses on hearing science, amplification, pediatric audiology, vestibular disorders, educational audiology, professional issues, counseling, adult amplification, adult aural rehabilitation, and embryology and genetic conditions. She currently serves as a board member and Educational Committee chair for the Oregon Academy of Audiology.

Melanie A. Gibson, MA
Melanie A. Gibson, MA
Instructional Designer and Program Manager
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mgibson@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 7000 Ethics, Leadership and Professionalism (Co-instructor)

Melanie Gibson, MA, is the instructional designer and program manager for the Department of Audiology at ATSU-ASHS. Mrs. Gibson received her bachelor’s degree from Ashford University in March of 2017 and her master’s degree from Ashford University in teaching and learning with technology in April of 2018. She provides support to the Audiology department faculty, adjunct faculty, director, chair, and students. Mrs. Gibson serves in a leadership role in developing creative strategies to teach faculty and students to use the University’s online learning management systems and chat platform as well as implementing best practices for teaching and learning in the online environment. She efficiently manages the creation and updating of online courses.

During her time as a student at Ashford University, Gibson designed content for adjunct instructors and content experts to improve how content is delivered in an online environment. She obtained knowledge of learning styles, best practices in online education, instructional design, using technology tools to support various learning styles, and strategies for increasing student engagement and retention of content.

As the program manager at ATSU-ASHS, Mrs. Gibson co-designed the orientation/training course for the content experts and course facilitators for the online Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program and the template for all courses in the Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program. She has experience working with multiple learning management systems, including Blackboard and Canvas. She is a lifelong learner and continually researches and learns about other technologies to enhance teaching and learning.

Teri Rorie
Teri Rorie
Administrative Assistant
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trorie@atsu.edu

Teri Rorie is the administrative assistant in the Department of Audiology at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Mrs. Rorie assists the department chair and faculty with administrative needs for the entry-level and online post-professional Doctor of Audiology programs. She works closely with the audiology admissions committee to process student applications and acceptance paperwork and with the audiology clinical coordinators to ensure clinical requirements are met. Mrs. Rorie helps with the ATSU Student Academy of Audiology chapter during fundraising activities and other events. In addition, she completed her Audiologist Assistant Training in April 2019 with the Audiology Academy, and utilizes her newly acquired skills at the AFA Balance & Hearing Institute and to assist in hands-on labs during some clinical courses.

Rex Banks, AuD
Rex Banks, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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RBanks@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 8800 Practice Development and Marketing

Rex Banks, AuD, MA, an audiologist since 1989, is the director of Hearing Healthcare at the Canadian Hearing Services in Toronto. He has more than 20 years of management experience in running audiology clinics and in leading hearing healthcare teams. His background includes the nonprofit sector, ENT physician offices, private practice, and hospitals. Dr. Banks’ previous teaching experience includes being an adjunct faculty member at Western Kentucky University where he taught Introduction to Audiology and Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation and at Nova Southeastern University where he created and taught a course in manual communications for audiologists. He is also a periodic guest lecturer for the Audiology department at Western University in Ontario, Canada.

 

Dr. Banks received his doctor of audiology degree from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences where he was the recipient of the Professional Leadership Award. He obtained his master’s in audiology from the University of Tennessee and bachelor’s in communication disorders from the University of Mississippi. Dr. Banks has been an active advocate for the profession, serving as president of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Academy of Audiology, the Ontario Association of Speech Language Pathologists, and Audiologists and the Acoustic Neuroma Association of Canada. He is frequently called upon by the media to comment on a range of hearing healthcare topics that are of interest to Canadians.

Erica Bodie, AuD
Erica Bodie, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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ericabodie@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 8420 Otoacoustic Emissions: Scientific Foundations and Clinical Applications

 

Erica Bodie, AuD, is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Audiology at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Bodie received a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science and a doctor of audiology degree from Arizona State University. Her professional experience includes working in outpatient clinics, hospitals, and schools. Dr. Bodie has spent a majority of her career working as a federal government audiologist. She spent five years traveling to the Native American reservations with Phoenix Indian Medical Center and more recently serving our nation’s veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Bodie has worked with all age groups, diagnosing and treating hearing loss with the use of hearing instruments, assistive technologies, and communication strategies. Throughout her career, Dr. Bodie has enjoyed serving as an off-campus preceptor to residential audiology students from all over the country. She joined the adjunct faculty of ATSU-ASHS in spring 2017.

Greg Borgmeyer, AuD
Greg Borgmeyer, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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gregoryborgmeyer@atsu.edu

Courses taught: 
AUDP 8440 Occupational and Environmental Hearing Conservation

Gregory Borgmeyer, AuD, ’10, currently works in a hospital setting in Portland, Oregon, as the lead audiologist in the Rehabilitation Services department. He has managed the hospital’s Industrial Hearing Services program through scheduling client jobs and providing mobile on-site testing for corporate clients in the Portland metro area since 2002. He also leads a staff of audiologists providing diagnostic auditory and vestibular services. He has taught a master’s-level course in vestibular anatomy and physiology at Portland State University and a doctoral-level course in industrial audiology at Pacific University. In addition, he performs disability exams for veterans at the local Veterans Affairs hospital.

Dr. Borgmeyer received his master’s in audiology from Kent State University in 1993 and his doctor of audiology degree from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2010. He lives in a quiet suburb of Vancouver, Washington, with his wife and two teenage boys. He enjoys watching his sons’ sporting events, working in the yard, and attending to his 20-plus rose bush garden.

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Bettie Borton, AuD
Bettie Borton, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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bettieborton@atsu.edu

Courses taught: 
AUDP 8810 Personnel Management

Bettie Borton, AuD, is an American Board of Audiology-certified, licensed audiologist in Alabama and Tennessee. Dr. Borton holds a bachelor’s degree with certification in education of the deaf from the University of Texas, master’s degree in audiology from the Louisiana State University Medical Center, and doctor of audiology degree from the University of Florida. She was a clinical audiologist in the Department of Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1990-95 and provided patient care services at the Kirklin Clinic, where she was named to the “Circle of Excellence” and nominated for Employee of the Year.

 

Dr. Borton has served on numerous national committees, working groups, and task forces for the profession of audiology and served as NAP Audiology Academy chair from 2017-18. She is currently employed by Audigy Group and serves as its national director of university and student outreach.

Carolyn Bower, AuD
Carolyn Bower, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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carolynbower@atsu.edu

Courses taught: 
AUDP 8300 Electrophysiology: Scientific Foundations and Clinical Applications

 

Carolyn Bower, AuD, CNIM, BCS-IOM, graduated with her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2003. She obtained her clinical doctor of audiology degree from Auburn University in 2008. In February 2016, Dr. Bower became co-owner and CEO of Neurodynamics Inc., a company that exclusively provides neurophysiological intraoperative monitoring services (NIOM) to hospitals in the San Diego, California, area. Dr. Bower was the first audiologist in the country to obtain board certification in NIOM from the American Audiology Board of Intraoperative Monitoring (AABIOM). While Dr. Bower has extensive experience with spinal, peripheral, cardiovascular, neurosurgical, and pediatric procedures, her specialty is monitoring challenging pediatric scoliosis correction procedures. Dr. Bower currently sits on the AABIOM and California Academy of Audiology boards. She has also been a guest lecturer at A.T. Still University and has made several presentations at AudiologyNow!/AAA conferences.

Natalie Buttress, AuD
Natalie Buttress, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Courses taught:

AUDP 7000: Ethics, Leadership, and Professionalism

Natalie Buttress, AuD is a 28-year veteran of audiology private practice with a deep-seated commitment to her evolution as a practitioner, and the evolution of her beloved profession. She has a master’s in audiology from Wits University and her doctor of audiology degree from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences, both obtained with distinction. She has been recognized for her academic work, clinical contributions, business (Sage small business award finalist), and leadership, with the A.T. Still University Professional Leadership Award bestowed during her degree. Dr. Buttress was most recently awarded the healthcare leadership award from the Alliance of South Africa Independent Practitioners Association in 2021. 

 

Dr. Buttress’ passion for audiology has led her to lecture and supervise audiology undergraduate students at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She has also developed postgraduate national lectures in the science and art of audiology. She served as the South African Speech Language Hearing Association’s president and as the chairperson of the Ethics and Standards Committee of South African Association of Audiologists. Dr. Buttress has also served on the board of Decibels of Love, a nonprofit organization committed to the support of families managing hearing loss. In addition, Dr. Buttress and three colleagues formed the Reconnect Audiology Network – a collegiate collective that supports independent audiologists facing global challenges in the field and stands for patient-centric, beneficent, transparent, and ethical hearing and balance care. Dr. Buttress is also a partner in the Reconnect-Ed education platform, which assists clinicians toward inhabiting their entire scope of practice. 

 

Dr. Buttress remains an ardent clinical audiologist, heading up a team of five practitioners in vestibular diagnostics and rehabilitation, hearing diagnostics and rehabilitation, auditory processing evaluation and therapy, and management of tinnitus, hyperacusis, and misophonia, at her NB Hearing & Balance practices in Sea Point, Durbanville, Wynberg, Hout Bay and Noordhoek, Cape Town, South Africa.

Andrew Bzowyckyj, PharmD, BCPS, CDCES
Andrew Bzowyckyj, PharmD, BCPS, CDCES
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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andrewbzowyckyj@atsu.edu

Courses taught: 
AUDP 7300 Pharmacology and Ototoxicity

 

Andrew Bzowyckyj, PharmD, BCPS, CDCES, is a scientific director, kidney learning solutions, with the National Kidney Foundation. Dr. Bzowyckyj obtained his doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy and subsequently completed a two-year residency program at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy with a specialty focus in primary care. After completing residency training, he became engaged in clinical practice, precepting, and clinical research in the outpatient endocrinology and primary care settings. He also provides diabetes self-management education and support and comprehensive medication management services as a pharmacy practice faculty member with the University of Missouri-Kansas City/University Health and Pacific University/Legacy Medical Group. Dr. Bzowyckyj’s work with the National Kidney Foundation focuses on educating clinicians and patients about all aspects of chronic kidney disease and its associated complications and comorbidities, including treatment and prevention strategies.

Janina Carter, AuD
Janina Carter, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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janinacarter@atsu.edu

Courses taught:

AUDP 8220 Counseling, Aural Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices

 

Janina Carter, AuD, received her bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana, master of science degree in forensic science from University of Central Oklahoma, and doctor of audiology degree from A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences. Upon receiving her doctorate, she worked in private practice. Later, Dr. Carter decided to pursue her passion of working in an educational setting. She is currently working as an educational audiologist at Mesa Public Schools and serves as a clinical preceptor.

Krista Fritzgerald, AuD
Krista Fritzgerald, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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kristafitzgerald@atsu.edu

Courses taught: 
AUDP 7200 Pathologies of the Auditory and Vestibular System

Krista Fitzgerald, AuD, received her doctor of audiology degree from the University of Connecticut in 2013. Her graduate clinical rotations and research focused heavily on auditory evoked potentials, vestibular testing, peripheral and central hearing pathology, and central auditory processing disorder testing and evaluations. After graduation, she accepted a job offer as a surgical neurophysiologist, primarily working with otolaryngologists, neurotologists, and neurosurgeons. She has dedicated seven years of her career to neurosurgery and neurotology. Recently, she accepted a position as an assistant clinical professor and director of clinical education at the University of Florida for its Doctor of Audiology program. In this role, she is able to share her passion and enthusiasm for medical audiology, intraoperative neuromonitoring, and electrophysiology with her students.

 

Dr. Fitzgerald currently resides in Alachua, Florida, with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. She is an author of two publications titled “Lateralized auditory symptoms in central neuroaudiology disorder” in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology and “Characteristics of pediatric performance on a test battery commonly used in the diagnosis of central auditory processing disorder.” She is involved in research at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, Connecticut, and plans to sit for the Board Certified Surgical Intraoperative Neuromonitoring exam, a specialized certification for audiologists in intraoperative monitoring.

Ilia Fong, Aud
Ilia Fong, Aud
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Courses taught:
AUDP 8500 - Pediatric Audiology: Identification through Rehabilitation

Ilia Fong, AuD, graduated from Gallaudet University in 2013 and began her career as a pediatric audiologist at the Children’s Hospital and Research Center of Oakland, California. Her work primarily involved diagnostics and amplification from birth to 21 years of age. She moved to Portland, Oregon, to continue serving as a pediatric audiologist at the Providence Children’s Development Institute for two years before accepting a position at the Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU). Dr. Fong has been at OHSU for the last four years serving as a full-time clinician and assistant professor in the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC). Patients of CDRC are primarily those who are medically complex and/or those with developmental disabilities who come for comprehensive, interdisciplinary assessment. She continues to focus on pediatric diagnostics, amplification with traditional hearing aids as well as bone conduction hearing aids, and cortical auditory evoked potentials. Dr. Fong also has experience in research, studying the effects of gentamycin in the neonatal intensive care unit population. Her work also entails precepting and supervising the audiology interns and externs who join the clinic every year. 

Sara Jagger, AuD
Sara Jagger, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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sarajagger@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 8110 Advanced Vestibular Evaluation and Management

 

Sara Jagger, AuD, is a clinical audiologist at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, specializing in vestibular diagnostics and treatment, as well as tinnitus and otologic disorders. She coordinates patient care within an interdisciplinary continuum of care with neurotology, otolaryngology, neurology, physical therapy, and rehabilitation medicine. Prior to Mayo Clinic, Dr. Jagger was the chief medical officer for the American Institute of Balance (AIB) clinics and a faculty member for AIB education workshops. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University with coursework in communication sciences and disorders, physical therapy, and neurology and received her doctor of audiology degree from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Kristy Knight, MS
Kristy Knight, MS
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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kristinknight@atsu.edu

Courses taught: 
AUDP 7300 Pharmacology and Ototoxicity

 

Kristin Knight, MS, CCC-A, FAAA, is a pediatric audiologist and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Oregon Health and Science University. Her clinical research has focused on pediatric ototoxicity monitoring and identifying treatment- and patient-related risk factors for platinum-induced hearing loss. A member of the Children’s Oncology Group Auditory Late Effects Committee since 2008, she is the study audiologist for two Children’s Oncology Group pediatric clinical trials.

Kelly Malcolm, AuD, MPH
Kelly Malcolm, AuD, MPH
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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kellymalcolm@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 8400 Global Healthcare and Audiology

Kelly Malcolm, AuD, MPH, is a clinically certified audiologist and currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She received her doctor of audiology degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2020 and her master of public health degree with a concentration in global health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2021. Throughout her training and public health research, Dr. Malcolm has focused on increasing access to audiology services in the United States and in low- and middle-income countries. She has delivered audiology services in Nicaragua and assisted in creating a teleaudiology program in western Nebraska to provide auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing for infants in a rural area with a lack of pediatric audiologists. During her time as a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Malcolm has focused her research on generating evidence that highlights disparities in hearing healthcare for individuals of low socioeconomic status, racial/ethnic minorities, and vulnerable populations, with a special focus on community-based hearing interventions. 

Mary Ormson, AuD
Mary Ormson, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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maryormson@atsu.edu

Courses taught: 
AUDP 7500 Genetics and Hearing Loss

 

Mary Ormson, AuD, joined A.T. Still University’s Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program adjunct faculty in 2019. She completed her bachelor’s degree in audiology at Arizona State University and subsequently earned her doctor of audiology degree from Salus University. During the first 25 years of her professional career, Dr. Ormson focused on clinical practice, primarily in a hospital setting and a multidisciplinary pediatric outpatient rehabilitation clinic. Her professional focus was divided between (primarily adult) vestibular assessment/treatment and pediatric electrophysiology. Dr. Ormson’s passion for teaching arose through her experience as a preceptor with residential audiology doctoral candidates. This led to her current full-time role as medical education manager with a prominent medical device manufacturer. This position has expanded Dr. Ormson’s experience globally; over the last 12 years, Dr. Ormson has participated in many conferences and symposiums all over the world with a focus on educating clinical industry leaders on hot topics in hearing and balance to help improve patient outcomes. Dr. Ormson currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.

Stacy Payne, AuD
Stacy Payne, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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SLPayne@atsu.edu

Courses taught:
AUDP 8210 Implantables

 

Stacy Payne, AuD, is currently the coordinator of the Cochlear Implant program at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care in Jacksonville, Florida. She has been working with cochlear implants since 1995. Dr. Payne was formerly an instructor at the University of Miami and the clinical coordinator of the Cochlear Implant program. She has presented at national and international conferences and worked on numerous clinical trials. Dr. Payne is a two-time graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In October 2003, Dr. Payne married a cochlear implant recipient and acquired a nephew who also uses a cochlear implant. In 2016, she completed her doctor of audiology degree at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences.

Mia Pendergrass, AuD
Mia Pendergrass, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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miapendergrass@atsu.edu

Courses taught: 
AUDP 8410 Advanced Acoustic Immittance
AUDP 8600 Assessment and Management of (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders
AUDP 9400 and 9410 Culminating Case Experience (CCE I & CCE II)

Mia Pendergrass, AuD, is a clinical audiologist in an outpatient ENT office at Shannon Clinic in San Angelo, Texas. She works with patients of all ages, performing diagnostic assessments and hearing aid fittings. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware with coursework in biology and journalism and received her doctor of audiology degree from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences. Dr. Pendergrass completed her fourth-year clinical externship at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Virginia. Prior to moving to Texas, she worked as a pediatric audiologist at EVMS. She currently holds the American Board of Audiology Pediatric Audiology Specialty Certification.

Dany Pineault, AuD, Msc
Dany Pineault, AuD, Msc
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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dpineault@atsu.edu

Courses taught: 
AUDP 8431 Tinnitus and Hyperacusis: Theories, Evaluation and Treatment

AUDP 8470 Age-Related Hearing Loss, Cognitive Decline and Dementia: Theories, Evaluation and Treatment

Dany Pineault, AuD, Msc, is an adjunct assistant professor in the Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program at A.T Still University’s Arizona School of Heath Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Pineault earned his bachelor of applied science degree in speech and hearing sciences and master of science degree in audiology from the Université de Montréal. He earned his doctor of audiology degree from ATSU-ASHS.

Dr. Pineault recently published an article in the Hearing Journal titled “Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health and People with Hearing Problems.” He also co-authored several papers on tinnitus and hearing health problems among the adult population in Canada with research analysts at Statistics Canada.

Dr. Pineault has extensive clinical experience in the assessment and management of bothersome tinnitus and decreased sound tolerance (hyperacusis and misophonia). He regularly lectures hearing healthcare professionals on tinnitus and hyperacusis treatment protocols such as amplification, sound therapy, tinnitus retraining therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

In addition, Dr. Pineault has also served as an off-campus preceptor supporting Canadian university audiology programs, including University of British Columbia, Western University, Dalhousie University, l’Université d’Ottawa, and l’Université de Montréal.

Bettina Turnbull, AuD
Bettina Turnbull, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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bettinaturnbull@atsu.edu

Courses taught: 
AUDP 8460 Telehealth in Audiology

Bettina Turnbull, AuD, received her bachelor of arts degree in linguistics from the University of New England (Australia), postgraduate certificate and master’s degree in audiology from Macquarie University (Australia), and her doctor of audiology degree from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences where she received the Professional Leadership Award. She has an extensive background in teaching and practicing adult assessment, amplification, counseling, and aural rehabilitation. Her professional experience includes research, diagnostics, curriculum and course development, teaching, clinical operations, government and policy advice, and development of audiology practice in low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Turnbull is currently the director of audiology knowledge management and education at Sonova and is an employee consultant to the Hear the World Foundation. During her time at Sonova, she has worked at Phonak Australia, Connect Hearing Australia, and Asia-Pacific Regional Management and currently works for HQ (Zurich) Research and Development where she is responsible for audiology knowledge management and audiology education for Sonova employees, as well as external partner businesses and partnerships with academic institutions. She is also a senior expert in the health service delivery expert team, which is, among other things, developing best practices in teleaudiology.

Michael Vekasi, AuD
Michael Vekasi, AuD
Independent Contractor
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Courses taught: 
AUDP 8100 Vestibular Evaluation and Management 
AUDP 9400 Culminating Case Experiences

Michael Vekasi, AuD, is an independent contractor in the Department of Audiology at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences and is an audiologist with Alberta Health Services (AHS). Currently, he is working as a clinical informatics education lead for a province wide implementation of a clinical information system within AHS. Prior to his roles at AHS, he worked at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with a caseload that primarily focused on vestibular diagnostics, including involvement with a multidisciplinary vestibular clinic (through Syncrude Centre for Motion and Balance). In addition to vestibular, he saw adult inpatients and outpatients through the Adult Brain Injury Clinic. Outside of his roles with AHS, Dr. Vekasi is a sessional instructor with MacEwan University’s Hearing Aid Practitioner program, teaching hearing testing and professional practice courses.

Melanie Venne, AuD
Melanie Venne, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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melanievenne@atsu.edu

Courses taught: 
AUDP 8300 Electrophysiology: Scientific Foundations and Clinical Applications

 

Melanie Venne, AuD, CNIM, BCS-IOM, graduated with her clinical doctor of audiology degree in August 2010 from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Shortly after graduation, she relocated to San Diego, California, to join Neurodynamics Inc. where she began her training in neurophysiological intraoperative monitoring (NIOM). In February 2016, Dr. Venne became co-owner and chief operating officer of Neurodynamics Inc. Dr. Venne is board certified in NIOM by the American Audiology Board of Intraoperative Monitoring (AABIOM). She has significant experience in monitoring a variety of surgical procedures for all patient populations. Dr. Venne has also been a guest lecturer at A.T. Still University and has made several presentations at AudiologyNow!/American Academy of Audiology conferences.

Amanda Zappler, AuD
Amanda Zappler, AuD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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amandazappler@atsu.edu

Courses taught: 
AUDP 8700 Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging

Amanda Zappler, AuD, is a clinical professor with 15 years of experience teaching graduate and undergraduate communication sciences and disorders and audiology students. She received her doctor of audiology degree from A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2006 and her master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998.

Dr. Zappler has written several articles relating to tele-audiology, cochlear implantation in geriatric populations, and a curriculum guide for training tele-practice facilitators in the nursing professional population. She specializes in diagnostic audiology, amplifying systems, aural rehabilitation, aging auditory systems, teleaudiology, specialty products for hearing conservation, and hearing loss related to noise exposure.

 

A practicing audiologist for 20 years, Dr. Zappler has worked as an educator, private practice clinical audiologist, hospital audiologist, as well as a manufacturer’s technical audiologist and trainer.

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Doctor of Audiology Program Administration and Faculty

Audiology department faculty members are dedicated to your success in your online AuD program. Interaction with a variety of faculty with extensive expertise within the scope of practice of audiology offers students exposure to various teaching styles, audiology practice experiences, and education-related backgrounds; leading to a well-rounded education and fostering personal and professional growth.
Tabitha Parent-Buck, Aud
Department Chair
Andrea Ruotolo, Aud
Program Director, Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Degree
Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Dean, ATSU-ASHS
Craig Phelps, DO, FAOASM
President, ATSU
Clinton Normore, MBA
VP of Diversity & Inclusion
Dany Pineault, AuD '10
AuD Faculty
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    • This prestigious doctor of audiology post-professional degree is designed to enhance your expertise as a practicing audiologist for continued growth in your clinical practice. By improving and expanding your diverse skills in providing audiologic care, in professional issues and in practice management, you can propel your career forward and perhaps in new directions, opening doors to new professional opportunities and leadership positions related to audiology.

      Students enrolled in the elite ATSU-ASHS Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology online degree and ATSU alumni from the AuD program practice in a wide variety of clinical and management positions with a variety of titles, including:

      • Clinical Audiologist
      • Doctor of Audiology
      • Audiology Director
      • Audiology Practice Owner
      • Educational Audiologist
      • Pediatric Audiologist
      • Licensed Audiologist
      • Clinical Director
      • Chief of Audiology
      • Audiology Faculty