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Doctor of Audiology Degree

Doctor of Audiology Degree

The Doctor of Audiology program only accepts applications through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). Application instructions.

Audiology is the science of hearing and the study of auditory vestibular processes. The audiologist is concerned with the development, anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the auditory and vestibular systems, as well as the evaluation, habilitation/rehabilitation, and psychology of hearing and/or balance impairment. In addition, audiologists provide counseling and training in the use of amplification devices and the remediation of hearing and vestibular disorders.

The Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) is designed to prepare professionals to become skilled in a wide variety of diagnostic, rehabilitative, habilitative, and related areas of the profession and practice of audiology. The AuD program incorporates basic science education with clinical education through a combination of on-campus classes, clinical rotations, and computer-based education. Graduates will be prepared to handle the extensive scope of audiologic care, including the diagnosis and management of auditory and/or vestibular system deficits for all ages, tinnitus management, hearing conservation, and neuroaudiologic examination, as well as the management and business aspects of audiology.

For general inquiries, please contact the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at 480.219.6124 or email

23-24 and 24-25 Doctor of Audiology Academic Calendar

Entry Level Doctor of Audiology Program Strategic Plan Executive Summary (pdf)

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Doctor of audiology students and alumni

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  • Accreditation +

    • A.T. Still University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

      230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500,
      Chicago, IL 60604

      Phone: 800.621.7440 | Fax: 312.263.7462

      Council on Academic Accreditation The Doctor of Audiology (AuD) education program in audiology (residential) at the A.T. Still University – Arizona School of Health Sciences 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, Phone 800.498.2071 or 301.296.5700.

      The accreditation from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association pertains to the residential, entry level Doctor of Audiology Program at A.T. Still University.

      Degree-granting authority for the Arizona School of Health Sciences has been given by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, 1400 West Washington Rd., Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Phone 602.542.5709.

  • Student Outcome Data+

    • Doctor of Audiology On-time Program Completion Rate (4-Year Time Frame)

      Period # Completed within Expected Time Frame # Completed Later Than Expected Time Frame # Not Completed % Completed within Expected Time Frame
      Recent Year(2022-23) 10 0 0 100%
      1 Year Prior(2021-22) 11 0 0 100%
      2 Years Prior(2020-21) 8 0 0 100%
      3 Year Average*


      * Calculated as Total # Completed within Expected Time Frame ÷ Total Number of Students

      Doctor of Audiology Praxis Examination Pass Rates of Test-takers*

      Reporting Period #Taking Exam #Passed Exam % Passed Exam Rate
      Recent Year(2022-23) 19 15 78.94%
      1 Year Prior (2021-22) 12 10 83.33%
      2 Years Prior(2020-21) 9 8 88.89%
      3 Year Average* 82.50%

      *The Praxis is the national examination administered by ETS and required by most states for audiology licensure. The data above reflect the highest scores of test takers.
      Note: The Praxis examination reporting period is the testing year of examination cycle, not the year of graduation for the test-takers. The data for each reporting period may include test-takers who graduated from the program within the prior 3 years.

      Doctor of Audiology Employment Rates of Graduates*

      Reporting Period Employment Rate in Profession
      # of Graduates from prior year % of Graduates from prior year
      Recent Year(2022-23) 11 100%
      1 Year Prior(2021-22) 8 100%
      2 Year Prior(2020-21) 14 100%
      3 Year Average* 100%

      *The employment rate reporting period is not the year of graduation. The data for each reporting period should represent the individuals who graduated from the program one year prior.

      Graduating class of 2027 data

      Class size 16
      Average age 23
      Undergraduatecumulative GPA 3.53
      Undergraduatescience GPA 3.28
      Student to facultyratio 8:1
      Length of program 4 years

      Revised 09/20/2023

Audiology Faculty

The Audiology Department has a strong and cohesive group of full-time faculty with areas of expertise covering a wide variety of the topics within the scope of practice of audiology. The faculty have a long history of developing and refining the AuD curriculum at ATSU and supporting students throughout their academic and clinical experiences.

The department is committed to the interdisciplinary model and recognizes its significance in maintaining the quality of graduate education for healthcare professionals. Although the majority of the program’s course offerings are discipline-specific and will be taught by the department’s full-time faculty, students also will receive substantial instruction from experts and qualified practitioners in affiliated disciplines. 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.

  • Dean +

      • Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD, Dean, Arizona School of Health Sciences Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD, Dean, Arizona School of Health Sciences
        Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD, Dean, Arizona School of Health Sciences LinkedIn

        Phone: 480.219.6061


        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.  

  • Vice Dean +

      • Marlene Salas-Provance, PhD, MHA, CCC-SLP Marlene Salas-Provance, PhD, MHA, CCC-SLP

        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.

  • Chair and Program Director +

      • Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD <br>Professor and Department Chair Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD
        Professor and Department Chair

        Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD <br>Professor and Department Chair LinkedIn

        Courses taught: 
        AUDE 5160 Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory-Vestibular System
        AUDE 5260 Human Anatomy and Neuroanatomy
        AUDE 5460 Otoacoustic Emissions (co-instructor)
        AUDE 6420 Occupational and Environmental Hearing Conservation (co-instructor)
        AUDE 9110, 9120, 9130, 9210, 9220, 9230, 9310, 9320 Audiology Grand Rounds
        AUDP 7100 Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

        Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD, is a tenured full professor and chair of the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences. Dr. Parent-Buck is founding chair of the Department of Audiology and currently serves as program director for the Doctor of Audiology program. She also provides oversight and guidance for the Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program, AFA Balance & Hearing Institute, and Speech-Language Pathology program.

        After obtaining her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in audiology from Purdue University, Dr. Parent-Buck received her doctor of audiology degree (AuD) 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 on 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 and former board member of the Audiology Foundation of America. She has been 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.

  • Audiology Full-Time Faculty and Staff +

      • Shelley Baltodano, AuD Shelley Baltodano, AuD
        Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator
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      • Elton L. Bordenave, PhD, MEd Elton L. Bordenave, PhD, MEd
        Associate Professor and Director, A.T. Still University Center for Resilience in Aging
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      • Tricia Dabrowski, AuD Tricia Dabrowski, AuD
        Associate Professor and Director, Clinical Education
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      • Soha Garadat, PhD Soha Garadat, PhD
        Associate Professor
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      • Melanie A. Gibson, MA Melanie A. Gibson, MA
        Instructional Designer and Program Manager
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      • Troy D. Hale, AuD Troy D. Hale, AuD
        Associate Professor
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      • Zarin Mehta, PhD Zarin Mehta, PhD
        Associate Professor
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      • Stacy Neal Stacy Neal
        Patient Services Coordinator/Administrative and Operations Support, AFA Balance & Hearing Institute
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      • Elizabeth Palmer, AuD Elizabeth Palmer, AuD
        Assistant Professor and Interim Director,
        AFA Balance & Hearing Institute
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      • Teri Rorie Teri Rorie
        Program Manager
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      • Andrea Ruotolo, AuD Andrea Ruotolo, AuD
        Associate Professor and Director, Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Program
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      • Kimberly Skinner, AuD, PhD Kimberly Skinner, AuD, PhD
        Associate Professor
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  • Audiology Adjunct Faculty +

      • R. Curtis Bay, PhD R. Curtis Bay, PhD
        Professor, Biostatistics

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      • Erica Bodie, AuD Erica Bodie, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor

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      • Janina Carter, AuD Janina Carter, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor

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      • Rebekah Cunningham, PhD Rebekah Cunningham, PhD
        Adjunct Associate Professor

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      • Brianne Fink, AuD Brianne Fink, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor

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      • Gloria Garner, AuD Gloria Garner, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor

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      • Feigi Halberstam, AuD Feigi Halberstam, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor

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      • Sara Jagger, AuD Sara Jagger, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor

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      • Kenny Lam, ScD, ATC, FNATA Kenny Lam, ScD, ATC, FNATA
        Professor, Clinical Research

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      • Sarah Sparks, AuD Sarah Sparks, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor

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      • Larry Andrew Wise, AuD, MBA Larry Andrew Wise, AuD, MBA
        Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Audiology Admissions

  • Prerequisite Courses & Transfer of Credit +

    • Prerequisite Courses

      • Biology (e.g., biology, microbiology, anatomy, neuroscience/neuroanatomy, physiology, histology, cell biology, genetics): 3 semester/4 quarter hours
      • English (e.g., writing/composition, grammar, literature): 3 semester/4 quarter hours
      • Humanities - (e.g., philosophy, religion, literature, fine arts, logic, ethics, foreign language, history, music, theater) Minimum of 3 semester/4 quarter hours
      • Statistics/College Algebra or higher: 3 semester/4 quarter hours
      • Social Sciences (e.g., psychology, cognitive science, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science): 6 semester/8 quarter hours
      • Physical Sciences (e.g. chemistry, physics, electronics, geology, acoustics): 3 semester/4 quarter hours

      * At this time, the Audiology Department will accept pass/fail prerequisite courses for which a passing grade was received from the Spring of 2019-2020 through the 2020-2021 academic year.

      Transfer of Graduate Credit

      The Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology will consider a transfer of credit toward the Entry Level Doctor of Audiology Program for applicants in good standing from an accredited U.S. graduate school. Students may transfer up to 3 courses (9 quarter credit hours), unless otherwise specified in future articulation agreements. The applicant must be interviewed, accepted for admission, pay all appropriate fees, and submit the institution’s Application to Transfer Academic Credit form prior to receiving transfer credit.

      The decision whether or not to grant a transfer of credits is dependent on:

      • the content of the course
      • the credit hours awarded for the course
      • when the course was taken (no more than 7 years prior to the request to transfer)
      • what the course will replace within the program’s curriculum, and
      • the grade received (letter grade “B” or better required)

      Clinical clock hours are not transferable. Due to the program’s prescribed and sequential nature, the transfer of course work credits will not result in an accelerated completion of the degree.

      The Department Chair will review the Application to Transfer Academic Credit and make a determination within 30 days of receiving the completed application packet. If you have questions concerning this process, please contact the Department Chair.

  • Requirements +

      2. Applicants accepted for admission into the Doctor of Audiology Program will have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution.  All degree requirements must be completed and the undergraduate degree must be posted by July 1st. Applicants who do not meet this requirement, will not be reviewed.
      4. Applicants must have achieved an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.70 or an overall grade point of 3.00 in the final 60 semester hours of undergraduate study (on a 4.0 scale).
      6. Applicants must have achieved a grade point average of 2.50 in undergraduate science courses (on a 4.0 scale).
      8. Applicants are expected to be computer literate and experienced in word processing. All curricula require extensive computer usage.
      10. ​​For the upcoming application cycle, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required.
      12. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation through CSDCAS.
      14. Applicants must submit a personal resume under “Other Documents” in CSDCAS or enter data in the Experiences, Achievements and Conferences Attended sections under “Supporting Information” in CSDCAS in place of a personal resume.
      16. Applicants must complete all prerequisite courses by the end of the quarter prior to matriculation.
      18. Applicants who are considered potential candidates will be required to participate in an interview. Personal interviews conducted on-site are preferred; however, interviews also may be conducted by telephone or video conferencing.
      20. All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the ATSU-ASHS. You can find information on the methods by which you can demonstrate your English Proficiency in the General Admissions section. International admissions requirements
      22. Applicants who wish to be considered for more than one program must submit a separate application fee, official test scores required by each program, transcripts, and references for each health science program. Acceptance to ASHS is to a specific program and is not transferable to any other program. Application materials are not transferable from one application year to another.
      24. Applicants are required to submit all official college or academic transcripts through CSDCAS.
      26. Accepted students are required to submit to a criminal background check at their own expense prior to starting the program.

      Review minimal technical standards for admission and matriculation under ATSU-ASHS general admission requirements section in the University catalog.

      Review minimum technology specifications to see computer requirements.

      Initial offers of acceptance will be made to applicants by March 31st. Applicants will be required to accept their offers by April 15th, or they will forfeit their seat in the program.

      Students are required to attend the in-person Student Affairs Orientation and the Audiology Program Orientation in Arizona, the week prior to the first day of classes.

      All students admitted to the Audiology program at A. T. Still University are responsible for their own transportation to and from assigned clinical rotations. Clinical sites are established across the valley and can be more than 40 miles away from campus. The Phoenix metro area has an extremely limited public transit system that is not conducive to getting to and from clinical placements in a timely or efficient manner. Clinical rotations begin in the second week of the program.

  • Application +

    • Ready to apply?

      Apply through CSDCAS and select A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences.  Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received.

      Applications should be submitted 2 to 3 weeks before the application deadline on CSDCAS so that the audiology program receives all documents prior to the initial screening and selection process.

      • The application cycle will open in mid-July.​
      • ​The ATSU-ASHS Audiology priority review deadline is February 15 to be included in the initial screening and selection process.
      • See prerequisite courses and more application requirements under Admissions

      **All subsequent applications submitted by the final deadline of July 1 will be considered on a rolling basis until the remaining openings are filled.

      For additional information contact Admissions at 480.219.6000 or

  • Financial Aid+

    • The Entry Level and Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program applicants should contact Enrollment Services for information regarding loans and other financial assistance. Learn more about the financial aid process and resources.

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Doctor of Audiology Degree

The 2023-2024 Doctor of Audiology curriculum has a total of 162 semester credit hours for the four-year program. The course sequence and course descriptions can be viewed in the Doctor of Audiology Curriculum Guide (pdf).

You can also view the current curriculum and archives in the ATSU Catalog.