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Doctor of Audiology Degree

Doctor of Audiology Degree

Doctor of Audiology Degree

Entry Level Doctor of Audiology Degree Program

The Doctor of Audiology entry level program is transitioning from a quarter-based system to a semester-based system for the 2017-2018 academic year. The academic coursework in the new Fall semester will begin July 17, 2017. Although most of the course content and course sequence is unchanged, course prefixes and course numbers are being modified. Additionally, there will be substantial changes in the academic calendar. Review the 2016-2017 Curriculum Guide (pdf), 2017-2018 Curriculum Guide (pdf) and 2016-18 Audiology Academic Calendar (pdf).

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 profession of audiology and its scope of practice have expanded enormously in the past decade. The demand on university and/or college training programs to keep pace with the expanding scope of practice has led the transition of audiology to a doctoring profession. Current master’s programs are either closing down or are in the process of converting to residential, post-baccalaureate, four-year doctoral programs. This has created a need for master’s level audiologists to further their education by becoming a doctor of audiology.

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The Doctor of Audiology (AuD) entry level program at 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 at ASHS 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 neuro-audiologic examination, as well as the management and business aspects of audiology.

The entry level degree program is a four-year post baccalaureate program that includes three years of didactic and laboratory course work and clinical experiences in addition to a 12-month full-time externship. Graduates of the program will be eligible for state licensure in audiology.

Doctor of Audiology fact sheet (pdf)

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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: 312.263.7492

      Email: info@hlcommission.org

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      Institutional Accreditation

      A.T. Still University is a member of The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413, Phone: 800.621.7440/312.263.0456. ASHS is a school of ATSU. Degree-granting authority for ASHS has been given by the Arizona State Board for Private Post-Secondary Education, 1400 W. Washington St., Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Phone 602.542.5709.

      Program Accreditation
      The entry level doctoral program in audiology (AuD) at the Arizona School of Health Sciences, a school of A.T. Still University of Health Sciences, is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The name, address, and telephone number of the CAA is: Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and
      Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, MD 20850. Phone 800.498.2071 or 301.296.5700.

  • Student Outcome Data+

    • On-time Program Completion Rate

      Period # Completed within Expected Time Frame # Completed Later Than Expected Time Frame # Not Completed % Completed within Expected Time Frame
      Recent Year (2015-2016) 13 0 0 100%
      1 Year Prior (2014-2015) 12 0 0 100%
      2 Years Prior (2013-2014) 11 1 0 91.67%
      3 Year Average 12.00 0.33 0 97.30%

      Praxis Examination Pass Rates of Test-takers*

      Reporting Period #Taking Exam #Passed Exam % Passed Exam Rate
      Recent Year (2015-2016) 16 15 93.75%
      1 Year Prior (2014-2015) 17 17 100%
      2 Years Prior (2013-2014) 13 11 84.62%
      3 Year Average 93.48%

      * 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 or 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.

      Employment Rates of Graduates *

      Reporting Period Employment Rate in Profession
      # of Graduates from prior year % of Graduates from prior year
      Recent Year (2014-2015) 12 100%
      1 Year Prior (2013-2014) 12 100%
      2 Years Prior (2012-2013) 13 92.31%
      3 Year Average 97.30%

      *Note: 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.

      Revised 12/20/2016

      Student Outcome Data

      Program Fact Sheet (pdf)

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 +

      • Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA
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        Dr. Danielsen is dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Since graduating from the University of Utah Physician Assistant (PA) Program in 1974, Dr. Danielsen has distinguished himself as a clinician, PA educator, author, and editor. He received his BS in Health Science (cum laude) from the University of Utah in 1978, his Masters in PA Studies (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis on Internal Medicine in 1997, and his PhD from the Union Institute & University in 2003 with an emphasis on Medical Education. He completed sixteen years with A.T. Still University as academic coordinator (1995-1997), chair of physician assistant studies (1997-2004), and as dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences (2004-2010) and recently returned as Dean of ASHS. He was honored in 2010 by A.T. Still University with Emeritus Professor status. He has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and as a board member and chairman for National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

        Earlier in his career, Dr. Danielsen served as president of the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants, the Arizona State Association of PAs, and as chair of the Arizona Regulatory Board for PAs. Retired after 28 years of service in the US Air Force and Army National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Danielsen also is a former president of the Veterans Caucus of the AAPA and was honored with the Caucus’ Civilian PA of the Year Award in 2003.

        Dr. Danielsen was named Outstanding PA of the Year by the AAPA in 1993 and by the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants in 2011. He currently serves as PA editor-in-chief for Clinician Review. Dr. Danielsen has published over sixteen peer-reviewed articles, eighteen journal editorials, two book chapters, and most recently his first book, entitled The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants, published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Recently he was selected as a Senior Consultant with the Academy for Academic Leadership.

  • Vice Dean +

      • Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
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        Dr. Burch is Vice Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Her primary responsibility is to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the School under the direction of the Dean. In addition, she leads several University or School wide initiatives including the Diversity Initiative Task Force and the ASHS Adelante Project. In her role, Dr. Burch represents the School in the Dean’s absence.

        Dr. Burch received her Doctor of Education (EdD) from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her Masters of Physical Therapy (MS) 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.

        Dr. Burch received her BA in Psychology from the University of Rochester. Prior to her appointment as Vice Dean, Dr. Burch served as the Chair of Physical Therapy from 2008-January 2012. Prior to coming 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.

  • Chair +

      • Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD<br>Chair Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD
        Chair

        tparent@atsu.edu
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        Dr. Tabitha Parent-Buck was appointed as the founding Chair of the Department of Audiology at A.T. Still University in July 1999. Dr. Parent-Buck obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees in audiology from Purdue University and her doctor of audiology degree from Baylor College of Medicine. She has practiced in a variety of clinical settings and has worked as a sales representative and trainer in the hearing aid industry for AVR Sonovation. 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 in the areas of hearing aid technology, otoacoustic emissions, vestibular evaluation, and pharmacology. She has conducted numerous presentations on the Au.D. movement, otoacoustic emissions, pharmacology, the use of web-based educational tools, frequency compression hearing aids, neuroanatomy, genetics and embryology. 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 the Task Force on Licensure and Payment Issues of Audiology Externship Students. In addition, she served on the Task Force for the Arizona audiology licensure revision from 2005 to 2007.

        Courses:
        AUD 520 Neurology

  • Faculty +

      • R. Curtis Bay, PhD R. Curtis Bay, PhD
        Professor, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
        cbay@atsu.edu
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      • Elton L. Bordenave, PhD, MEd Elton L. Bordenave, PhD, MEd
        Associate Professor and
        Director, Aging Studies Project – Mesa Campus
        ebordenave@atsu.edu
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      • Tricia Dabrowski, AuD Tricia Dabrowski, AuD
        Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator
        pdabrowski@atsu.edu
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      • Gloria Garner, AuD Gloria Garner, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor
        ggarner@atsu.edu
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      • Feigi Halberstam, AuD Feigi Halberstam, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor
        fhalberstam@atsu.edu
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      • Troy D. Hale, AuD Troy D. Hale, AuD
        Assistant Professor
        and Director, AFA Balance and Hearing Institute
        thale@atsu.edu
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      • Kelly Hernandez, AuD Kelly Hernandez, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor
        khernandez@atsu.edu
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      • Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, PhD, ATC Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, PhD, ATC
        Associate Professor, Human Anatomy and
        Director, Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory,
        Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
        kbliven@atsu.edu
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      • Chelsea Lohman, PhD, ATC, CSCS Chelsea Lohman, PhD, ATC, CSCS
        Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and Director, Anatomy Curriculum and Instruction, ATSU-ASHS
        clohman@atsu.edu
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      • Zarin Mehta, PhD Zarin Mehta, PhD
        Associate Professor
        zmehta@atsu.edu
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      • Gail Padish Clarin, AuD Gail Padish Clarin, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor
        gclarin@atsu.edu
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      • Thomas G. Rigo, PhD Thomas G. Rigo, PhD
        Associate Professor
        trigo@atsu.edu
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      • Allen W. Rohe, AuD Allen W. Rohe, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor
        arohe@atsu.edu
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      • Sonya J. Romero, MA Sonya J. Romero, MA
        Adjunct Assistant Professor
        sromero@atsu.edu
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      • Andrea Ruotolo, AuD Andrea Ruotolo, AuD
        Associate Professor and
        Director of the Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Program
        aruotolo@atsu.edu
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      • Rene Scharber, BS Rene Scharber, BS
        Adjunct Assistant Professor
        rescharber@atsu.edu
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      • Les R. Schmeltz, AuD Les R. Schmeltz, AuD
        Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator
        lschmeltz@atsu.edu
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      • Brian Taylor, AuD Brian Taylor, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor
        btaylor@atsu.edu
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      • Henry P. Trahan, AuD Henry P. Trahan, AuD
        Assistant Professor
        htrahan@atsu.edu
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      • Barbara E. Weinstein, PhD Barbara E. Weinstein, PhD
        Adjunct Professor
        bweinstein@atsu.edu
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      • Carla M. Zimmerman, MNS Carla M. Zimmerman, MNS
        Adjunct Assistant Professor
        czimmerman@atsu.edu
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  • Staff +

      • Melanie A. Gibson Melanie A. Gibson
        Program Manager, Audiology

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      • Stacy Neal Stacy Neal
        Patient Services Coordinator, AFA Balance & Hearing Institute

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      • Teri Rorie Teri Rorie
        Administrative Assistant, Audiology

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Audiology Admissions

  • Prerequisite Courses & Transfer of Credit +

    • Prerequisite Courses

      • Biology - (e.g., biology, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, histology, cell biology, genetics) Minimum of 3 semester/4 quarter hours
      • English - (e.g., composition, grammar, literature) Minimum of 6 semester/8 quarter hours
      • Humanities - (e.g., philosophy, religion, literature, fine arts, logic, ethics, foreign language, history) Minimum of 6 semester/8 quarter hours
      • College Algebra or higher - Minimum of 3 semester/4 quarter hours
      • Social Sciences - (e.g., general psychology, sociology, anthropology) Minimum 9 semester/12 quarter hours
      • Physical Science - (e.g., chemistry, physics, electronics, geology) Minimum of 3 semester/4 quarter hours

      Transfer of Graduate Credit

      The Department of Audiology 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 (1) the content of the course, (2) the credit hours awarded for the course, (3) when the course was taken (no more than 7 years prior to the request to transfer), (4) what the course will replace within the program’s curriculum and (5) 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.

  • Requirements +

      1. Applicants accepted for admission into the Entry Level Doctor of Audiology Program will have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution.
      2. 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).
      3. Applicants must have achieved a grade point average of 2.50 in undergraduate science courses (on a 4.0 scale).
      4. Applicants are expected to be computer literate and experienced in word processing. All curricula require extensive computer usage.
      5. Students must obtain and maintain CPR certification. Verification must be submitted to ASHS prior to enrollment.
      6. Applicants are required to submit complete and official scores for one of the following tests: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Dental Aptitude Test (DAT), Optometry Aptitude Test (OAT), Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), or Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT). The GRE code for ASHS is 3743 (there is no department code). This requirement will be waived for those applicants who have earned a graduate degree from an accredited institution. Test scores are required and reviewed as part of the application process; however, there are no minimum or cut-off scores used for the test data.
      7. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation as specified in the application document. Letters of recommendation must be submitted for each application year.
      8. Applicants must submit a personal resume following the guidelines in the application instructions.
      9. Applicants must complete all prerequisite courses by the end of the quarter prior to matriculation.
      10. 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.
      11. All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T Still University. You can find information on the methods by which you can demonstrate your English Proficiency in the General Admissions section. International Admissions Requirements
      12. 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.
      13. Applicants are required to submit all official college or academic transcripts.
      14. Applicants are required to submit to a criminal background check at their own expense.

      Minimal Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation
      Review computer technology specifications

  • Application +

    • Program enrollment is based on a rolling admissions policy. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received, thus applicants are encouraged to apply early.


      For additional information contact
      an Enrollment Counselor:
      480.219.6000 or inquiry@atsu.edu

  • Tuition and Expenses+

    • For students starting in Fall 2017:

      Application Fee: $70
      Tuition per year for first 3 years: $​22,944
      Tuition for 4th year: $21,444
      ($90,276 entire program)

      Other Fees:
      Educational supply fee: $1,050/year

      Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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  • Blackboard Demo Course +

    • An iPad logging into ATSU's app with an open book displayed in the backgroundATSU has set up a demo course of our Blackboard
      Learning Management System for interested students.

      Please go to our guest demo site, and login with:

      Username: demo
      Password: atsudemo


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Audiology Curriculum Overview

*Courses denoted with an asterisk may be delivered via web-based technology. There is a total of 171 semester credit hours for the four-year program. Elective courses will be available through the Audiology department and other departments.

**Bridge Courses are required for students who do not have six semester credit hours of didactic course work in the areas of speech and language disorders for adults and children shown on previous transcripts. The student will be required to enroll in one or both of the Bridge Courses to meet minimum credit hours, as specified in certain state licensure requirements.These courses may be taken by other students as electives.

  • AUDE 5120 Infection Control+

    • This course will cover the basic principles of microbiology. The student will learn how infections spread and appropriate infection control procedures for audiologists including the cleaning of tools and instruments. (1 credit)

  • AUDE 5130 Professional Roles and Responsibilities+

    • This class is designed to introduce students to the professional roles and responsibilities of an audiologist, as well as other members of the healthcare delivery team. With current emphasis on team delivery of healthcare services, it is important that students understand the interrelationship of the various healthcare professions in total patient care. Particular emphasis will be placed on those health professions that are educated at the various schools of A.T. Still University, including the history and philosophy of osteopathic medicine. Audiology, as a profession, will be studied in some detail. Students will learn the history of audiology and its evolution to a doctoral level profession. Scope of practice, ethics, certification, licensure, and specialty areas will be studied. Contemporary professional practice issues will be discussed by guest speakers in several specialty areas. (1 credit)

  • AUDE 5140 Auditory Science+

    • A study of the physical nature of sound and the human psychological response to auditory stimulation. Topics include acoustic analysis from simple harmonic motion to complex waves; sensitivity; pitch, loudness, and temporal perception; masking; and binaural hearing. (4 credits)

  • AUDE 5200 Acquisition and Development of Communicative Skills+

    • This course is designed to introduce students to normal acquisition and development of communication skills and to the impact of hearing loss on these skills. An introduction to disorders of communication will enable students to identify speech, language, voice and fluency concerns, and determine appropriate referrals, within the audiologist’s scope of practice. (2.5 credits)

  • AUDE 5210 Neurology+

    • A study of the development, structure, and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems, including the autonomic nervous system. Blood supply, sensory and motor system pathways, pain mechanisms, receptors, reflex pathways, and consequences of lesions of the nervous system at various levels are also discussed. Includes laboratory requirement. (3 credits: 2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)

  • AUDE 5240 Essentials of Audiology I+

    • The first of a two-course sequence covering basic audiometric tests and procedures. Topics will include case history, otoscopy, behavioral threshold testing, masking, speech audiometry, and puretone screening for school-age children and adults. Includes laboratory requirement. (3 credits: 2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)

  • AUDE 5300 Communication Methodology for Hearing Impaired Children+

    • This course is designed to introduce students to a range of communication options available to individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. These communication options include Oral, Cued Speech, Total Communication, and Bilingual-Bicultural, with variations within each category. Reasons that families choose specific communication systems and the relative strengths and weaknesses of the various systems will be addressed. Aural rehabilitation approaches and methodologies will be covered with a focus on therapeutic aspects. Students will develop aural rehabilitation lessons appropriate to a range of students and auditory abilities. (1.5 credits)

  • AUDE 5310 Embryology and Genetic Conditions+

    • This course covers embryologic development with emphasis on normal and abnormal or interrupted development. Genetic concepts and terminology will be covered together with information regarding the association of certain organ systems with audiovestibular system impairments. Material will also include information regarding genetic testing, genetic counseling, and the audiologist’s role and responsibilities in identifying and managing these conditions. (2.5 credits)

  • AUDE 5340 Essentials of Audiology II+

    • The second of a two-course sequence covering basic audiometric tests and procedures. Topics will include immittance audiometry, cochlear and retrocochlear site-of-lesion tests, tests for pseudohypacusis, and techniques for measuring audiometric test performance. The course will also review instrument calibration standards and procedures utilized in the practice of audiology. Includes laboratory requirement. (4 credits: 3 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)

  • AUDE 5400 Speech Perception+

    • An overview of the acoustics of speech and topics related to speech perception. Areas of study include normative, articulatory, and acoustic phonetics; methods of the acoustic analysis of speech; models and theories of speech perception; and multimodal processing of speech. Includes laboratory requirement. (2.5 credits: 2 credit lecture, 0.5 credit lab)

  • AUDE 5410 Acquired Auditory-Vestibular Disorders+

    • This course provides a study of acquired peripheral and central pathologies affecting the auditory and vestibular systems. Disorders of the conductive, sensory, and neural systems will be covered in-depth with details provided on diagnosis, etiologies, signs and symptoms, related findings, and treatment options. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the relation between pathophysiologic factors, test measures, test outcomes, and function-dysfunction. (2.5 credits)

  • AUDE 5420 Cerumen Management+

    • This course will cover cerumen management methodologies, equipment, indications, and contraindications, and state and federal agencies and their regulations will be covered. Includes laboratory requirement. (1 credit: 0.5 credit lecture, 0.5 credit lab)

  • AUDE 5450 Amplification I+

    • This course will cover the history of hearing aids in the healthcare market. Past and current hearing aid styles, components, acoustics, and measurement characteristics will be discussed. Skills will be gained in taking earmold impressions; performing cleaning, maintenance, and adjustments on hearing aids; and modifying hearing aids and earmolds. Information will also be provided regarding patient assessment measures used to aid in appropriate hearing aid selection and verification, as well as how to provide basic hearing aid recommendations to patients. Includes laboratory requirement. (3 credits: 2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)

  • AUDE 5460 Otoacoustic Emissions+

    • A study of the origin and classification of otoacoustic emissions (OAEs), as well as test equipment and procedures for obtaining OAEs. Interpretation of results and uses of OAE data in screening and differential diagnosis of auditory disorders. Instrumentation and testing procedures will be covered in the laboratory segment of this course. Includes laboratory requirement. (2.5 credits: 2 credit lecture, 0.5 credit lab)

  • AUDE 5180, 5280, and 5580 Clinical Rotation I-III+

    • Guided observations of audiologic activities. Students observe and assist preparations for and administration of clinical evaluations and treatment. Limited hands on experience may be included. (0.5 to 1 credit for each course)

  • AUDE 6120 Pharmacology and Ototoxicity+

    • This course is designed to introduce audiology students to the basic concepts and principles of pharmacology. An overview of drug development, drug regulations, and basic drug classifications will be provided. In-depth information will be presented regarding drugs used in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders, drugs which affect the function of the auditory and vestibular systems, and the concept of polypharmacy. The course also covers ototoxicity (cochleotoxicity, vestibulotoxity, and neurotoxicity) and otototoxic monitoring. Students will gain an appreciation for the role of audiologists related to understanding patients’ needs, behaviors, and clinical outcomes associated with medication use, as appropriate for a professional committed to whole person healthcare. (2.5 credits)

  • AUDE 6140 Pediatric Audiology+

    • The purpose of this course is to further familiarize students with the basic anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, auditory development, the rationale and principles behind the assessment of hearing in pediatric patients, and the most current and precise testing techniques (behavioral and physiological) for this population. In addition, students will become familiar with the medical aspects of hearing loss (disorders) and learn about educational opportunities for the child with a hearing impairment. Students will also become familiar with common fitting techniques in pediatric amplification. Includes laboratory requirement. (3 credits: 2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)

  • AUDE 6150 Amplification II+

    • This course will cover selection, fitting, and adjustment of hearing aids. Topics will include patient counseling, hearing aid selection and orientation, hearing aid fitting and verification measures, as well as ordering, billing, and ethics. The course focus will be on understanding and utilization of state-of-the-art technology. The laboratory portion of this course will focus on a range of manufacturers and technology options, pre- and post-fit testing measures and scales, as well as counseling and programming skills. Includes laboratory requirement. (3 credits: 2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)

  • AUDE 6200 Manual Communication I+

    • This course will provide a focus on improving communication abilities and utilizing varying strategies to enhance receptive and expressive clinical information. A history of manual communication systems including American Sign Language will be examined and demonstrated through Total Communication. Students will be exposed to the history and culture of the deaf community and how this special population can best be served in their clinical practice. Students will gain experience in receptive and expressive fingerspelling and signs of medical terminology. Additionally, students will be asked to reflect upon several articles and a novel providing insight into the role of the deaf community. (1 credit)

  • AUDE 6210 Counseling in Audiology+

    • This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles, contemporary theories, and applied techniques of the counseling process. Special emphasis will be placed on communication skills and techniques and issues and practices related to the psychosocial effects of hearing loss on individuals of all ages and their families. The role of counseling across the scope of audiologic practice, including diagnostic and rehabilitative activities, will be discussed. (2.5 credits)

  • AUDE 6240 (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders: Assessment and Management+

    • The purpose of this course is to review basic anatomy and physiology of the auditory system as it pertains to auditory processing, to enable students to understand the theories and research on auditory processing, and to familiarize students with behavioral tests used to assess auditory processing and its related disorders. Current information regarding management of individuals with (C)APD will also be presented. Includes laboratory requirement. (3 credits: 2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)

  • AUDE 6260 Auditory Evoked Responses and Neurodiagnostics I+

    • This course will cover the normal aspects, recording parameters, test procedures, and interpretation of the auditory evoked response. Specific topics in this course will include electrocochleography, the auditory brainstem response and Auditory Steady State Response. Also included will be an in-depth study of pathologies of the retrocochlear system. Includes laboratory requirement. (3 credits: 2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)

  • AUDE 6310 Audiological Rehabilitation for Adults+

    • Topics include rehabilitation evaluation and use of selfassessment instruments; teaching the patient and family listening and helping skills, as well as other methods to enhance communication and sound awareness through individual or group communication; and meeting the rehabilitative needs of the aging population. (2.5 credits)

  • AUDE 6330 Practice Development I+

    • This course is designed to introduce the students to the business and regulatory environment in which they will eventually practice. The topics covered include business functions, the regulation of healthcare finance and quality, and the current landscape of healthcare in the United States. (2.5 credits)

  • AUDE 6370 Vestibular Assessment and Treatment I+

    • This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the peripheral and central vestibular systems, as well as an overview of human equilibrium systems. This course will also provide students with a comprehensive overview of vestibular assessment and evaluation procedures as well as vestibular rehabilitation protocols and procedures. Students will learn how to perform a vestibular evaluation and perform certain vestibular rehabilitation procedures. Includes laboratory requirement. (3 credits: 2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)

  • AUDE 6400 Manual Communication II (Elective)+

    • This elective will cover vocabulary and sentence building in American Sign Language and expand knowledge of general deaf culture for the purpose of improving general Deaf patient interactions, conversations, and taking case histories. (1 credit)

  • AUDE 6420 Occupational and Environmental Hearing Conservation+

    • This course is designed to introduce you to the principles and practices of occupational, educational, and environmental hearing conservation. Topics will include determination of noise exposure, regulatory and advisory agencies and standards, classroom acoustics, hearing conservation programs in occupational and school settings, noise abatement, and hearing protection devices. The course will also include an overview of the principles and practices of forensic audiology. Includes laboratory requirement. (3 credits: 2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)

  • AUDE 6440 Tinnitus, Hyperacusis, & Misophonia: Evaluation and Treatment+

    • This course is designed to introduce students to tinnitus, hyperacusis, and misophonia. Various theories about the causes, mechanisms, and treatments will be addressed during class time discussions. Assessment tools will be covered and discussed. Includes laboratory requirement. (2.5 credits: 2 credit lecture, 0.5 credit lab)

  • AUDE 6450 Amplification III+

    • The purpose of this class is to review with students the auditory system as it applies to implantable devices; medical and audiologic indications for implantable hearing devices for adults and children; and the rationale and principles behind implantable hearing devices. In addition, students will spend time learning about outcomes with the different devices and rehabilitation options for recipients. Students will be familiar with the coding and reimbursement issues as they pertain to implantable devices. Includes laboratory requirement. (3 credits: 2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)

  • AUDE 6460 Auditory Evoked Responses and Neurodiagnostics II+

    • This course is the second of a two-course sequence on auditory evoked responses (AERs). The purpose of this course is to review the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system as it pertains to cortical evoked responses and to familiarize students with basic and applied information regarding middle and late AERs. Students will engage in case-based learning and journal club activities to integrate information obtained from AERs and other patient data related to a wide range of disorders involving attention, (central) auditory processing, speech perception, memory, and cognition. Intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring (IONM) techniques, and other specialized evoked responses, will also be presented. Includes laboratory requirement. (3 credits: 2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)

  • AUDE 6190 and 6290 Clinical Module I-II+

    • This two-course sequence is designed to provide students with opportunities to review and practice clinical procedures covered in previous and concurrent applied courses. Hands-on practice experiences are provided in a laboratory environment under faculty supervision and mentorship with a focus on the integration of diagnostic and treatment measures. (0.5 credit for each course, Pass/Fail)

  • AUDE 7100 Basic Principles of Medical Imaging*+

    • This course is designed to illustrate the uses of imaging techniques in the evaluation of auditory and vestibular pathology. The techniques of radiography, CT, MRI, fMRI, nuclear medicine (including PET & SPECT scanning), vascular imaging, and EEGs will be covered with direct correlations made to the auditory-vestibular system. (1.5 credits)

  • AUDE 7150 Amplification IV+

    • This course provides an in-depth look at assistive listening and alerting technology to assist deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the home, school, and community. We will explore a variety of levels at which the audiologist may elect to address assistive technology. Topics will include relevant legislation, system characteristics, selection, and evaluation of devices and application to various populations. Students will be expected to complete actual use of multiple assistive listening devices and submit a laboratory report on each device. Includes laboratory requirement. (2 credits: 1.5 credit lecture, 0.5 credit lab)

  • AUDE 7170 Vestibular Assessment and Treatment II+

    • The purpose of this class is to expand on the foundation of the anatomy, physiology, pathology, and diagnostic evaluation of the balance system within the scope of practice of an audiologist. Students will be able to perform electronystagmography and videonystagmography (ENG/VNG) upon successful completion of this course. They will have an understanding of computerized dynamic posturography (CDP) and whole body rotational testing (WBRT). The students will have a scientific and clinical background of vestibular rehabilitation. The students will have the ability to identify and triage patients with vestibular disorders into appropriate therapy programs. Students will be instructed on the correct administration of VRT protocols and accurate evaluation of treatment efficacy. Includes laboratory requirement. (2.5 credits: 2 credit lecture, 0.5 credit lab)

  • AUDE 7210 Educational Audiology+

    • This course will cover the role of audiologists in educational settings. Educational audiology has become recognized as a specialty area in our profession, since the responsibilities of an educational audiologist differ significantly from those of audiologists in many other clinical settings. Educational audiologists have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the quality of educational life for children. Legislative mandates have increased the availability of educational audiology services in the schools, but the number of educational audiologists is still insufficient to provide the level of services our children deserve. Clinical and educational audiologists must understand each other’s roles and work cooperatively to help address the communication needs of children. At the conclusion of this course students will have a better understanding of the role of the educational audiologist, an appreciation of how educational audiology relates to whole person healthcare, and perhaps an interest in pursuing an educational audiology role in future career planning. Course topics will include the identification, assessment, and management of hearing loss related to the educational setting. (2.5 credits)

  • AUDE 7230 Practice Development II+

    • This course will examine the various aspects of planning a business and key business functions. The topics will include a general overview of business planning, discussion of the different business structures, various concepts in business law, specifics in costs for owning a business, and discussion of the feasibility of starting a private practice in today’s healthcare system. (2.5 credits)

  • AUDE 7300 Speech and Language Disorders in Adults* (Bridge Course**)+

    • This course is designed to cover the theory and techniques for the differential diagnosis and treatment of speech and language disorders in adults. Students will learn to administer and interpret common diagnostic tests; they will learn to use the assessment data to complete a written assessment report. Students will learn about treatment approaches for various communicative disorders. Topics to be included are assessments, treatments, articulation, fluency, traumatic brain injuries, aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, dysphagia, voice disorders, and other neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s. (2.5 credits)

  • AUDE 7330 Ethics in Audiology*+

    • thics is the branch of philosophy that deals with the study and evaluation of human conduct in light of moral principles, which may be viewed as the individual’s standard of conduct, or as a body of social obligations and duties (Institute of Chiropractic Ethics.) Audiology, in its transition to a doctoring profession, is faced with redefining many ethical principles to reflect current state of the art and clinical practice realities. Ethical obligations may not reflect personal beliefs, but audiologists have a professional obligation to be responsible for, and abide by, the ethical standards of the associations and organizations to which they belong. ASHA, AAA, ADA, and other professional organizations have adopted codes of ethics that set forth standards of integrity and ethical principles for their members. The codes call for certain behaviors in specific situations, but cannot be expected to cover every situation that calls for ethical behavior. In this class, we will examine the “spirit” of the codes as well as the “letter,” and establish a framework for ethical decision-making. Multicultural aspects of patient care and issues related to disparities in healthcare will also be presented. (2.5 credits)

  • AUDE 7340 Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging*+

    • This course is designed to address issues concerning the effects of aging on hearing. Changes in the auditory system as a function of aging, the impact on patient function, and healthy aging will be emphasized. The module will provide information on management of hearing loss in the aged population and strategies for collaborating with stakeholders to increase referrals for hearing healthcare. (1.5 credits)

  • AUDE 7430 Professionalism and Leadership*+

    • This module will provide a forum for discussion of the organization and function of professional associations, activities that serve the professional community, and service to the public. Leadership concepts and professional characteristics will also be discussed. (1.5 credits)

  • AUDE 7490 Early Hearing Detection and Intervention*+

    • This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the role of the audiologist in Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs. Topics include legislative mandates; organization, design, administration, and evaluation of EHDI programs; the importance of follow-up; data management and tracking; early intervention for infants and their families; transition to the educational system; and the medical home, as well as a comprehensive review of current literature related to newborn hearing screening, diagnosis, amplification, and early intervention. Special emphasis will be placed on outcome measures used to assess the efficacy and effectiveness of the EHDI programs. (2.5 credits)

  • UDE 7180, 7280, 7380, 7480 Clinical Rotation VIII-XI+

    • Direct clinical participation in aspects of audiological practice. Students will be expected to integrate foundational knowledge and skills into the evaluation and treatment of patients. (4 to 6 credits for each course)

  • AUDE 7190 and 7290 Clinical Module III-IV+

    • This two-course sequence is designed to provide students with opportunities to review and practice clinical procedures covered in previous and concurrent applied courses. Hands-on practice experiences are provided in a laboratory environment under faculty supervision and mentorship with a focus on the integration of diagnostic and treatment measures. (0.5 credit for each course, Pass/Fail)

  • AUDE 8120 Speech and Language Disorders in Children* (Bridge Course**)+

    • This course is designed to cover the theory and techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of speech and language disorders in children from preschool through school-age. Students will learn typical and atypical patterns of speech and language development. Students will be introduced to specific assessment methods, as well as specific intervention methods. (2.5 credits)

  • AUDE 8180 and 8280 Clinical Rotation XII-XIII+

    • Full-time clinical rotations providing the student opportunities to participate in direct patient care within the scope of practice of audiology. Students will be involved in diagnostic evaluations, patient management and routine duties within audiology practices to expand and refine clinical skills, professional interactions, and knowledge of practice management. (16 to 18 credits for each course)

HEALTH SCIENCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

  • ASHS 6100 Human Anatomy I+

    • Human Anatomy I provides a comprehensive review of human anatomy using a regional approach. This course will cover the anatomy of the head, neck, spine, thorax and abdomen. Both lecture and laboratory components of this course will emphasize the clinical relevance of each area considered. Students are required to study prosected human cadavers. Includes laboratory requirement. (4 credits)

  • ASHS 6300 Research Methods and Design+

    • Development and application of graduate level knowledge and skills related to research methods in health sciences. Completion of this course will assist the student in development and completion of a research proposal including the identification of a problem, conducting a literature review, developing a hypothesis, designing a study and submitting an Institutional Review Board application. (3 credits)

  • ASHS 6400 Methods of Data Analysis+

    • Development and application of graduate-level knowledge and skills related to the use of statistical methodology in health sciences research. Statistical software programs will be utilized to enhance student understanding and application of course material. (3 credits)

OTHER DEPARTMENTAL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

  • AUDE 6000 Independent Project+

    • An in-depth, individual study of a specific topic under the direction of a faculty mentor. Prerequisite: permission of instructor and department chair. (1 to 6 credits, Pass/Fail)

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