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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 A.T. Still University 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 mission of the A.T. Still University Department of Audiology is to educate outstanding Doctors of Audiology who are critical thinkers, leaders, innovators and compassionate healthcare practitioners.

ATSU-ASHS’ audiology programs are always looking for new, highly qualified, high-quality training sites. If you know of a facility interested in providing rotation or internship positions for audiologists, please contact the clinical coordinator Patricia Dabrowski, AuD at 480.265.8057 for opportunities in Arizona or Les Schmeltz, AuD at 480.219.6121 for opportunities outside of Arizona.
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Residential Degree Programs

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. CLOSE
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Online Post-Professional Degree Programs
Transitional Doctor of Audiology Program
ATSU’s Transitional Audiology program is a post-professional program that offers the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree online 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. ATSU is accepting its last cohorts of online AuD transitional students through June 30, 2016. See accreditation. CLOSE
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Audiology Testimonials
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Doctor of Audiology Degree, ATSU | Tabitha Parent Buck, Chair
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Arizona School of Health Sciences, ATSU | Randy Danielsen, Dean
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A.T. Still University | Craig Phelps, DO
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The ATSU audiology department faculty is comprised of an extraordinary slate of audiology experts and enthusiastic educators who are dedicated to the success of the audiology students on campus, throughout clinical experiences and online.
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Interacting with the variety of faculty provides effective and comprehensive education covering the scope of practice of audiology, as well as exposure to various teaching styles, audiology practice experiences and education-related backgrounds; leading to a well-rounded education and fostering personal and professional growth. The department’s adjunct faculty and ATSU core faculty include educators and professionals with advanced degrees and expertise across a range of affiliated disciplines, including human anatomy, speech-language pathology, manual communication, medical imaging, statistics and experimental design, pharmacology, and business administration.
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Audiology Faculty & Staff

Audiology Departmental Faculty

Tabitha Parent Buck, AuD Tabitha Parent Buck, AuD
tparent@atsu.edu

Professor and Chair, Audiology

Elton L. Bordenave, MEd, CHC Elton L. Bordenave, MEd, CHC
ebordenave@atsu.edu

Associate Professor, Audiology
Director, Aging Studies Project – Mesa Campus

Tricia Dabrowski, AuD Tricia Dabrowski, AuD
pdabrowski@atsu.edu

Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator, Audiology

Troy D. Hale, AuD Troy D. Hale, AuD
thale@atsu.edu

Assistant Professor, Audiology
Director, AFA Balance and Hearing Institute

Zarin Mehta, PhD Zarin Mehta, PhD
zmehta@atsu.edu

Associate Professor, Audiology

Thomas G. Rigo, PhD Thomas G. Rigo, PhD
trigo@atsu.edu

Associate Professor, Audiology

Les R. Schmeltz, AuD Les R. Schmeltz, AuD
lschmeltz@atsu.edu

Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator, Audiology

Henry P. Trahan, AuD Henry P. Trahan, AuD
htrahan@atsu.edu

Assistant Professor, Audiology

ATSU Core Faculty (teaching in multiple programs)

R. Curtis Bay, PhD R. Curtis Bay, PhD
cbay@atsu.edu

Professor, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Lesley Gilmer, PhD Lesley Gilmer, PhD
lgilmer@atsu.edu

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Director, Anatomy Lab Safety and Compliance, ATSU-ASHS

Chelsea Lohman, PhD, ATC, CSCS Chelsea Lohman, PhD, ATC, CSCS
clohman@atsu.edu

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Director, Anatomy Curriculum and Instruction, ATSU-ASHS

Rupal S. Vora, MD, FACP Rupal S. Vora, MD, FACP
rvora@atsu.edu

Associate Professor, SOMA
Director of OMS Academic Performance

Audiology Adjunct Faculty

Gail Padish Clarin, AuD Gail Padish Clarin, AuD
gclarin@atsu.edu

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Audiology

Gloria Garner, AuD Gloria Garner, AuD
ggarner@atsu.edu

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Audiology

Feigi Halberstam, AuD Feigi Halberstam, AuD
fhalberstam@atsu.edu

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Audiology

Kelly Hernandez, AuD Kelly Hernandez, AuD
khernandez@atsu.edu

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Audiology

Allen W. Rohe, AuD Allen W. Rohe, AuD
arohe@atsu.edu

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Audiology

Sonya J. Romero, MA Sonya J. Romero, MA
sromero@atsu.edu

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Audiology

Andrea Ruotolo, AuD Andrea Ruotolo, AuD
aruotolo@atsu.edu

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Audiology

Rene Scharber, BS Rene Scharber, BS
rscharber@atsu.edu

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Audiology

Brian Taylor, AuD Brian Taylor, AuD
btaylor@atsu.edu

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Audiology

Barbara E. Weinstein, PhD Barbara E. Weinstein, PhD
bweinstein@atsu.edu

Adjunct Professor, Audiology

Carla M. Zimmerman, MNS Carla M. Zimmerman, MNS
czimmerman@atsu.edu

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Audiology

Departmental Staff

Melanie A. Gibson Melanie A. Gibson
mgibson@atsu.edu

Program Manager, Audiology

Stacy Neal Stacy Neal
sneal@atsu.edu

Patient Services Coordinator, AFA Balance & Hearing Institute

Teri Rorie Teri Rorie
trorie@atsu.edu

Administrative Assistant, Audiology

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 community Aural Rehabilitation program.
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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 and 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 15 years, the more than 3000 ATSU Audiology alumni from the post-professional online program have enhanced their patient care and professional standing. Many of these doctor of audiology alumni have taken on new leadership roles, started new practices, or added new skills to their daily clinical routine. Many also now serve as clinical preceptors for the entry level AuD students, helping the next generation of audiologists to apply and refine their clinical skills and critical thinking abilities.

A strong and supportive network of AuD alumni, the high quality AuD coursework and excellent overall clinical education, along with an unmatched dedication to business training and community service, create a challenging and rewarding AuD program experience for ATSU audiology students, ensuring that ATSU AuD graduates have the highest caliber, well-rounded preparation.
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Audiology Scholarly Showcase
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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