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Doctor of Audiology Degree

Doctor of Audiology Degree

Doctor of Audiology Degree Program

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 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 neuro-audiologic examination, as well as the management and business aspects of audiology.

For general inquiries, please contact the Department of Audiology at 480.219.6124 or email trorie@atsu.edu.

Review the Audiology Curriculum guide (pdf) and the Audiology Academic Calendar (pdf).

Strategic Plan Executive Summary (pdf)

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  • Diversity at A.T. Still University
  • 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
      Email: info@hlcommission.org

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      Council on Academic Accreditation The entry level doctoral (AuD) education program in audiology 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.

      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.

      Notification of Entry Level Doctor of Audiology Program Site Visit for Reaccreditation and Public Meeting

      The Entry Level Doctor of Audiology Program will hold a public meeting to solicit comments from students and consumers during the program’s reaccreditation site visit by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).

      Public Meeting

      Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
      Start Time: 4:30 pm
      Location:
      ATSU-ASHS Mesa Campus
      5850 East Still Circle, Mesa, AZ 85206
      Fox conference room (third floor)

      All comments provided must pertain to the program’s compliance with the published Standards for Accreditation of Graduate Education Program in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (Standards) in effect at the time comments are submitted.

      The Standards for Accreditation and/or the CAA’s Policy on Public Comment may be obtained by contacting the Accreditation Office at ASHA, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, calling ASHA’s Action Center at 1-800-498-2071, or accessing the documents online at http://caa.asha.org/.

  • Student Outcome Data+

    • 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(2018-19) 12 0 0 100%
      1 Year Prior(2017-18) 9 0 1 90%
      2 Years Prior(2016-17) 12 0 0 100%
      3 Year Average


      97.06%


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

      Praxis Examination Pass Rates of Test-takers*

      Reporting Period #Taking Exam #Passed Exam % Passed Exam Rate
      Recent Year(2018-19) 9 9 100%
      1 Year Prior(2017-18) 12 12 100%
      2 Years Prior(2016-17) 10 9 90%
      3 Year Average 96.77%


      *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.

      Employment Rates of Graduates*

      Reporting Period Employment Rate in Profession
      # of Graduates from prior year % of Graduates from prior year
      Recent Year(2018-19) 9 100%
      1 Year Prior(2017-18) 12 100%
      2 Years Prior(2016-17) 13 100%
      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.

      Revised 09/19/2019

      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 +

      • Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD, Dean, Arizona School of Health Sciences Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD, Dean, Arizona School of Health Sciences
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        Phone: 480.219.6061

        Email: aburch@atsu.edu

        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.  

  • Chair +

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

        tparent@atsu.edu
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        Courses taught:

        AUDE 5110 Human Anatomy and Neuroanatomy
        AUDP 7100 Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

        Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD, is a tenured full professor and the founding chair of the Department of Audiology at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) since July 1999. Dr. Parent-Buck obtained her bachelor’s and master’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. 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 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.

  • Full-Time Faculty and Staff +

      • 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 Clinical Coordinator
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      • Heather I. Guerra, AuD Heather I. Guerra, AuD
        Assistant Professor and Director, AFA Balance & Hearing Institute
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      • Troy D. Hale, AuD Troy D. Hale, AuD
        Assistant Professor
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      • Zarin Mehta, PhD Zarin Mehta, PhD
        Associate Professor
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      • Andrea Ruotolo, AuD Andrea Ruotolo, AuD
        Associate Professor and Director, Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Program
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      • Les R. Schmeltz, AuD Les R. Schmeltz, AuD
        Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator
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      • Kimberly Skinner, AuD Kimberly Skinner, AuD
        Assistant Professor
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      • Melanie A. Gibson, MA Melanie A. Gibson, MA
        Instructional Designer and Program Manager
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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
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  • Adjunct Faculty +

      • R. Curtis Bay, PhD R. Curtis Bay, PhD
        Professor, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

        cbay@atsu.edu
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      • Shelley Baltodano, AuD Shelley Baltodano, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor

        shelleybaltodano@atsu.edu
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      • Rachel Friedman Cornwell, AuD Rachel Friedman Cornwell, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor

        rachelcornwell@atsu.edu
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      • Rebekah F. Cunningham, PhD Rebekah F. Cunningham, PhD
        Adjunct Associate Professor

        rebekahcunningham@atsu.edu
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      • Meaghan Fenn, AuD Meaghan Fenn, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor

        meaghanfenn@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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      • Thomas G. Rigo, PhD Thomas G. Rigo, PhD
        Adjunct 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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      • Henry P. Trahan, AuD Henry P. Trahan, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor

        htrahan@atsu.edu
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      • Trissan White, AuD Trissan White, AuD
        Adjunct Assistant Professor

        trissanwhite@atsu.edu
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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. Applicants are required to submit complete and official scores for one of the following tests through CSDCAS: Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Dental Aptitude Test (DAT), Optometry Aptitude Test (OAT), Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), or Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT). GRE scores must be submitted directly from ETS to CSDCAS using the code: 4547 A.T. Still University – School of Health Sciences CSDCAS. Score reports for other tests must be uploaded in CSDCAS by the applicant in the “Documents” section. The standardized test 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.
      6. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation through CSDCAS.
      7. 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.
      8. Applicants must complete all prerequisite courses by the end of the quarter prior to matriculation.
      9. 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.
      10. 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
      11. 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.
      12. Applicants are required to submit all official college or academic transcripts through CSDCAS.
      13. 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.

  • Application +

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      Apply through CSDCAS and select A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences. 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.

      • CSDCAS application cycle for students applying for the 2020-2021 academic year opens July 15, 2019
        • ATSU-ASHS application deadline on CSDCAS is May 1, 2020

      • Applicants are encouraged to complete applications by the priority screening date of February 1, 2020, to be considered in the initial review and selection process (subsequent applications will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis)
      • See prerequisite courses and more application requirements under Admissions

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

  • 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..

      Director, Student Financial Assistance Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine 800 W. Jefferson St. Kirksville, MO 63501 800.626.5266, ext. 2529

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      Explore our interactive online learning platform (Canvas) through a virtual course tour.

      Click the “Connect Now” button below, then complete the following steps:

      • Choose “I’m a Student”
      • Enter join code: KADNHH
      • Enter your full name
      • Create a username and password
      • Agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy
      • Choose the “Start Learning” button


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Audiology Curriculum Overview

There is a total of 168.5 semester credit hours for the four-year program. Elective courses will be available through the Audiology department and other departments.

First Year: Fall Semester

  • AUDE 5110 - Human Anatomy and Neuroanatomy +

    • Credits: 4 (3 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)
      A study of the basics of human anatomy and physiology which will include anatomical terminology; biochemistry of cells; and an overview of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive and urinary systems. The development, structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems, including the autonomic nervous system, will be emphasized. In depth information on neurovasculature, sensory and motor pathways, sensory receptors, reflex pathways, the audiovestibular system and lesions of the nervous system at various levels will be presented. Includes laboratory requirement.
  • AUDE 5120 - Infection Control and Cerumen Management +

    • Credits: 1.5 (1 credit lecture, 0.5 credit lab)
      This course will cover the basic principles of microbiology, disease process, and immunology. The student will learn how infections spread and appropriate infection control procedures for audiologists including the cleaning of tools and instruments. In addition, students will learn about cerumen management methodologies, equipment, indications and contraindications. State and federal agencies that govern infection control, their guidelines and protocols applicable to the audiologist, and scope of practice and regulatory issues related to cerumen management will be addressed. Includes laboratory requirement.
  • AUDE 5140 - Auditory Science +

    • Credits: 4
      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.
  • AUDE 5180 - Clinical Rotation I +

    • Credits: 0.5 to 1 credit
      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.
  • AUDE 5200 - Acquisition and Development of Communicative Skills +

    • Credits: 2.5
      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.
  • AUDE 5220 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory-Vestibular System +

    • Credits: 4 (3 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)
      A study of the structure and function of the auditory-vestibular system. This course will cover basic human anatomy and physiology concepts relevant to hearing and balance function. There will be an emphasis on the peripheral auditory and vestibular anatomy and physiology, including the external ear, middle ear, cochlea, peripheral vestibular organs and the VIIIth Cranial Nerve.
  • AUDE 5230 - Professional Roles and Responsibilities +

    • Credits: 1
      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.
  • AUDE 5240 - Essentials of Audiology I +

    • Credits: 3 (2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)
      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.
  • AUDE 5280 - Clinical Rotation II +

    • Credits: 0.5 to 1 credit
      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.
  • AUDE 9110 - Audiology Grand Rounds +

    • Credits: 0
      A weekly forum for clinical presentations by students, lectures, roundtables, discussions with guest speakers, and interaction between faculty and students concerning topics related to clinical rotation experiences and the profession of audiology.
  • AUDE 9120 - Audiology Grand Rounds +

    • Credits: 0
      A weekly forum for clinical presentations by students, lectures, roundtables, discussions with guest speakers, and interaction between faculty and students concerning topics related to clinical rotation experiences and the profession of audiology.

First Year: Spring Semester

  • AUDE 5300 - Communication Methodology for Hearing Impaired Children +

    • Credits: 1.5
      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.
  • AUDE 5310 - Embryology and Genetic Conditions +

    • Credits: 2.5
      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.
  • AUDE 5340 - Essentials of Audiology II +

    • Credits: 4 (3 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)
      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.
  • AUDE 5400 - Speech Perception +

    • Credits: 2.5 (2 credit lecture, 0.5 credit lab)
      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.
  • AUDE 5410 - Acquired Auditory-Vestibular Disorders +

    • Credits: 3
      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.
  • AUDE 5440 - Manual Communication I +

    • Credits: 1
      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.
  • AUDE 5450 - Amplification I +

    • Credits: 3 (2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)
      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 ear-mold impressions; performing cleaning, maintenance, and adjustments on hearing aids; and modifying hearing aids and ear-molds. 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.
  • AUDE 5460 - Otoacoustic Emissions +

    • Credits: 2 (1.5 credit lecture, 0.5 credit lab)
      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.
  • AUDE 5580 - Clinical Rotation III +

    • Credits: 0.5 to 1 credit
      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.
  • AUDE 9130 - Audiology Grand Rounds +

    • Credits: 0
      A weekly forum for clinical presentations by students, lectures, roundtables, discussions with guest speakers, and interaction between faculty and students concerning topics related to clinical rotation experiences and the profession of audiology.

Second Year: Fall Semester

  • AUDE 6120 - Pharmacology & Ototoxicity +

    • Credits: 2.5
      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.
  • AUDE 6140 - Pediatric Audiology +

    • Credits: 3 (2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)
      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.
  • AUDE 6150 - Amplification II +

    • Credits: 3 (2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)
      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.
  • AUDE 6180 - Clinical Rotation IV +

    • Credits: 2
      Direct clinical observation and participation in aspects of audiological practice. Students will be expected to integrate foundational knowledge and skills into the evaluation and treatment of patients.
  • AUDE 6190 - Clinical Module I +

    • Credits: 0.5
      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 6210 - Counseling in Audiology +

    • Credits: 2.5
      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.
  • AUDE 6220 - Tinnitus, Hyperacusis & Misophonia: Evaluation and Treatment +

    • Credits: 2.5 (2 credit lecture, 0.5 credit lab)
      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.
  • AUDE 6240 - (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders: Assessment and Management +

    • Credits: 3 (2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)
      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.
  • AUDE 6260 - Auditory Evoked Responses and Neurodiagnostics I +

    • Credits: 3 (2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)
      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 brain-stem response and Auditory Steady State Response. Also included will be an in-depth study of pathologies of the retrocochlear system. Includes laboratory requirement.
  • AUDE 6280 - Clinical Rotation V +

    • Credits: 2
      Direct clinical observation and participation in aspects of audiological practice. Students will be expected to inte-grate foundational knowledge and skills into the evaluation and treatment of patients.
  • AUDE 6290 - Clinical Module II +

    • Credits: 0.5
      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 9210 - Audiology Grand Rounds +

    • Credits: 0
      A weekly forum for clinical presentations by students, lectures, roundtables, discussions with guest speakers, and interaction between faculty and students concerning topics related to clinical rotation experiences and the profession of audiology.
  • AUDE 9220 - Audiology Grand Rounds +

    • Credits: 0
      A weekly forum for clinical presentations by students, lectures, roundtables, discussions with guest speakers, and interaction between faculty and students concerning topics related to clinical rotation experiences and the profession of audiology.

Second Year: Spring Semester

  • ASHS 6300 - Research Methods and Design +

    • Credits: 3
      This course will focus on the development and application of graduate level knowledge and skills related to research methods in the health sciences. Skills regarding the development 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 are integral components of this course.
  • ASHS 6400 - Methods of Data Analysis +

    • Credits: 3
      Development and application of graduate level knowledge and skills regarding methodologies and statistics appropriate in descriptive and experimental research. Statistical software programs will be utilized to enhance student understanding and application of course material.
  • AUDE 6310 - Audiological Rehabilitation for Adults +

    • Credits: 2.5
      Topics include rehabilitation evaluation and use of self-assessment 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.
  • AUDE 6330 - Practice Development I +

    • Credits: 2.5
      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.
  • AUDE 6370 - Vestibular Assessment and Treatment I +

    • Credits: 3 (2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)
      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.
  • AUDE 6380 - Clinical Rotation VI +

    • Credits: 2
      Direct clinical observation and participation in aspects of audiological practice. Students will be expected to integrate foundational knowledge and skills into the evaluation and treatment of patients.
  • AUDE 6400 - Manual Communication II (Elective) +

    • Credits: 1
      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.
  • AUDE 6420 - Occupational and Environmental Hearing Conservation +

    • Credits: 3 (2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)
      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.
  • AUDE 6450 - Amplification III +

    • Credits: 3 (2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)
      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.
  • AUDE 6460 - Auditory Evoked Responses and Neurodiagnostics II +

    • Credits: 3 (2 credit lecture, 1 credit lab)
      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.
  • AUDE 6480 - Clinical Rotation VII +

    • Credits: 2
      Direct clinical observation and participation in aspects of audiological practice. Students will be expected to integrate foundational knowledge and skills into the evaluation and treatment of patients.
  • AUDE 9230 - Audiology Grand Rounds +

    • Credits: 0
      A weekly forum for clinical presentations by students, lectures, roundtables, discussions with guest speakers, and interaction between faculty and students concerning topics related to clinical rotation experiences and the profession of audiology.

Third Year: Fall Semester

  • AUD 841 - Practice Development II: Marketing and Advertising +

    • Credits: 2
      This module is designed to explore the marketing of hearing care services and hearing aids to the public. This module includes a review of the hearing aid industry and a survey of present hearing aid marketing efforts by industry and audiology practices. Students will generate internal and external marketing strategies and evaluate the effectiveness of different marketing media. They will evaluate marketing strategies and generate appropriate marketing budgets. In addition, each student will generate a marketing plan for their own practice. (2 credits)
  • AUDE 7100 - Basic Principles of Medical Imaging +

    • Credits: 1.5
      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.
  • AUDE 7150 - Amplification IV +

    • Credits: 2 (1.5 credit lecture, 0.5 credit lab)
      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.
  • AUDE 7170 - Vestibular Assessment & Treatment II +

    • Credits: 2.5 (2 credit lecture, 0.5 credit lab)
      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.
  • AUDE 7180 - Clinical Rotation VIII +

    • Credits: 4
      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.
  • AUDE 7190 - Clinical Module III +

    • Credits: 0.5
      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 7210 - Educational Audiology +

    • Credits: 2.5
      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.
  • AUDE 7280 - Clinical Rotation IX +

    • Credits: 4
      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.
  • AUDE 7290 - Clinical Module IV +

    • Credits: 0.5
      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 9310 - Audiology Grand Rounds +

    • Credits: 0
      A weekly forum for clinical presentations by students, lectures, roundtables, discussions with guest speakers, and interaction between faculty and students concerning topics related to clinical rotation experiences and the profession of audiology.
  • AUDE 9320 - Audiology Grand Rounds +

    • Credits: 0
      A weekly forum for clinical presentations by students, lectures, roundtables, discussions with guest speakers, and interaction between faculty and students concerning topics related to clinical rotation experiences and the profession of audiology.

Third Year: Spring Semester

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

    • Credits: 2.5
      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.
  • AUDE 7330 - Ethics in Audiology* +

    • Credits: 2.5
      Ethics 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.
  • AUDE 7340 - Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging* +

    • Credits: 1.5
      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.
  • AUDE 7380 - Clinical Rotation X +

    • Credits: 6
      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.
  • AUDE 7430 - Professionalism and Leadership* +

    • Credits: 1.5
      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.
  • AUDE 7480 - Clinical Rotation XI +

    • Credits: 6
      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.
  • AUDE 7490 - Early Hearing Detection and Intervention* +

    • Credits: 2.5
      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.
  • AUDE 9330 - Audiology Grand Rounds +

    • Credits: 0
      A weekly forum for clinical presentations by students, lectures, roundtables, discussions with guest speakers, and interaction between faculty and students concerning topics related to clinical rotation experiences and the profession of audiology.

Fourth Year: Fall Semester

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

    • Credits: 2.5
      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.
  • AUDE 8180 - Clinical Rotation XII +

    • Credits: 18
      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.
  • AUDE 9410 - Audiology Grand Rounds +

    • Credits: 0
      A weekly forum for clinical presentations by students, lectures, roundtables, discussions with guest speakers, and interaction between faculty and students concerning topics related to clinical rotation experiences and the profession of audiology.

Fourth Year: Spring Semester

  • AUDE 8280 - Clinical Rotation XIII +

    • Credits: 16
      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.
  • AUDE 9420 - Audiology Grand Rounds +

    • Credits: 0
      A weekly forum for clinical presentations by students, lectures, roundtables, discussions with guest speakers, and interaction between faculty and students concerning topics related to clinical rotation experiences and the profession of audiology.

Other Courses

  • AUDE 6000 - Independent Project +

    • Credits: 1
      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)

* Courses denoted with an asterisk may be delivered via web-based technology.

**Bridge Courses are required for students who do not have 6 semester credit hours of didactic coursework 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 Bridge Courses to meet minimum credit hours, as specified in certain state licensure requirements. These courses may be taken by other students as electives.

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