Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology
Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology
Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Program Online
A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program, previously referred to in the United States as the Transitional Doctor of Audiology program, is a tailored degree program configured around the unique needs of each practicing professional, offering flexibility and a full team of support. This program design offers the most personally relevant and rewarding route for current practitioners to pursue the AuD degree, making a difference in their future, the future of their patients, and the future of the profession of audiology. For general inquiries, please contact the Department of Audiology administrative assistant at 480.219.6124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions related to program admissions, please contact an Enrollment Counselor (toll-free) at 877.469.2878 or email@example.com.
Offered through ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS), this fully online program provides students with the flexibility to pursue advanced studies in the science of hearing and balance, to enhance their clinical practices with new skills and knowledge, and rekindle their passion for their profession while continuing to practice full-time.
The post-professional program curriculum is customized to each student’s individual learning needs and interests as a practitioner. The application and admissions process will involve evaluation of each applicant’s clinical experiences, purpose statement, letters of recommendation, and personal interview results for determination of program length and content.
The Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program is a perfect option for working professionals. The new format will provide an asynchronous education model delivered by an interdisciplinary team of faculty and support staff to fulfill degree requirements allowing students some flexibility in course choices and pace of learning. Online faculty and global guest experts will provide a broad range of culturally and regionally pertinent topics to educate practicing audiologists to become practitioner-leaders and practitioner-scholars who can translate knowledge into practice and who are capable of serving as agents of change in new and expanded global arenas.
The Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program offers two admission cycles with new cohorts of students beginning every July and January. Online classes encompassing the scope of practice of audiology and relevant professional and business topics are taught by world-class faculty. Courses are typically 10 weeks in length and course enrollment per class is managed to ensure a faculty-to-student ratio that promotes a high degree of individual attention.
Students will engage in innovative learning experiences through a combination of modern teaching techniques, web-based instruction, video demonstrations, directed readings, clinically applicable projects, and email and discussion board interactions with fellow students and faculty. Additionally, this unique curriculum provides a 4- week, virtual clinic component offering students the experience of applying course work in practical scenarios. Length of the online audiology degree program is two or three years based on the student’s clinical background experience.
A Doctor of Audiology degree from ATSU-ASHS is more than just a credential. Graduates join a history of healthcare innovation and a focus on whole person healthcare dating back more than 120 years. ATSU has educated more doctors of audiology than any other institution and is a leader in educating skilled and compassionate healthcare providers. A.T. Still’s founding mission and values of whole person healthcare underscore the University’s commitment to higher professional standards, passion for learning, and dedication to making a positive impact on healthcare service today by meeting unmet community health needs.
ATSU is a leading innovator in audiology education nationwide. The addition of audiology to the medical and healthcare programs at ATSU provided a unique and appropriate home for audiology education to flourish and for audiology practitioners to become lifelong learners.
ATSU-ASHS’ Department of Audiology also houses the entry level, residential AuD program, which also nurtures the new professionals in audiology for the future. With funding from the Audiology Foundation of America (AFA), ATSU’s Department of Audiology established the AFA Balance and Hearing Institute; creating a model audiology practice to serve patients, provide clinical and business education to audiology students, support the creation of scholarships, and provide opportunities for community outreach and collaborative scholarship.
ATSU’s Original Transitional Doctor of Audiology Program is Phasing Out
The Transitional Doctor of Audiology Program took its first cohort of students in June of 2000 and stopped accepting applications June 30, 2016. The Transitional Doctor of Audiology Program is being phased out at this time and is predicted to run until approximately 2020 to allow all students who are currently enrolled in the program to complete their coursework. The ATSU Audiology Department has redesigned the program into the Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program which is now taking applications.
To view course descriptions for the Transitional Doctor of Audiology program and a faculty list, please see below:
Audiology Program News +
Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Program
The Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Program is now accepting applications.
University Catalog and Curriculum Guide+
Read the University Catalog to learn more about the Transitional Doctor of Audiology Online program and university.
The revised Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program information will be available in the University Catalog soon.
Program Curriculum Guide
- Transitional Doctor of Audiology program curriculum guide (pdf)
- Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology program curriculum guide (pdf)
For additional information contact an Enrollment Counselor (toll-free) at 877.469.2878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A.T. Still University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission,
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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.
This prestigious doctor of audiology post-professional degree is designed to enhance your expertise as a practicing audiologist for continued growth in your clinical practice. By improving and expanding your diverse skills in providing audiologic care, in professional issues and in practice management you can propel your career forward and perhaps in new directions, opening doors to new professional opportunities and leadership positions related audiology.
Students enrolled in the elite ATSU-ASHS Transitional Doctor of Audiology online degree and ATSU alumni from the AuD program practice in a wide variety of clinical and management positions with a variety of titles, including:
- Clinical Audiologist
- Doctor of Audiology
- Audiology Director
- Audiology Practice Owner
- Educational Audiologist
- Pediatric Audiologist
- Licensed Audiologist
- Clinical Director
- Chief of Audiology
- Audiology Faculty
I know how much I have gained - I am really more confident now in audiology. I would really highly recommend all other audiologists do a doctor of audiology program, especially from A.T. Still University. The people are brilliant.
I cannot say enough positive things about my experience in the program. The courses were relevant, the professors wanted us to succeed and I enjoyed the comradery of the other audiologists who were on this journey with me. The entire experience was empowering – validating what I brought to the table as a seasoned professional yet making me want to learn more with each course I took.
Rex B., AuD ’15
This post-professional online Doctor of Audiology (Au.D) program at A.T. Still University offered me a great flexibility to choose from a wide range of courses to suit my professional and personal needs while continuing to practice full- time.
Pawan S., AuD ‘17
I was able to connect with people all around the world; we were able to share our experiences and learn from each other.
Verushka P., AuD ‘17
Doctor of Audiology Program Faculty
Audiology Department faculty members are dedicated to your success in your online AuD program. Interaction with a variety of faculty with extensive expertise within the scope of practice of audiology offers students exposure to various teaching styles, audiology practice experiences and education-related backgrounds; leading to a well-rounded education and fostering personal and professional growth.
Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, DFAAPA, PA-C Emeritus
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.
- Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, DFAAPA, PA-C Emeritus
Vice Dean +
Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
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 is 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.
- Annlee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD<br />Professor and Chair, Audiology
Dr. Parent Buck was appointed as the founding Chair of the Department of Audiology in July 1999. Dr. Parent Buck obtained her Doctor of Audiology degree from Baylor College of Medicine and her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Purdue University. 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 and pharmacology. She has conducted numerous presentations on the AuD movement, otoacoustic emissions, pharmacology for audiologists, the use of web-based educational tools, frequency compression hearing aids, neuroanatomy, genetics and embryology. She is a Past-President of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. Dr. Parent Buck served on the board of the Audiology Foundation of America from 1996 to 2003. She also is 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.
- Tabitha Parent-Buck, AuD<br />Professor and Chair, Audiology
Audiology Full-Time Faculty +
Elton L. Bordenave, PhD, MEd
Assistant Professor, Audiology and Physical Therapy
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AUDE 6330 Practice Development I
AUDE 7230 Practice Development II
Elton Bordenave, PhD, MEd, received his bachelor in business administration from Baylor University and his master of education from Grand Canyon University. Dr. Bordenave teaches health care administration and regulation core courses at ASHS. He has earned an Advanced Certification in Health Care Compliance. His areas of professional activity and expertise are healthcare finance, regulatory compliance, healthcare information systems, and risk management. Prior to Dr. Bordenave’s appointment to ASHS, he was a healthcare consultant in private practice and formerly managed a large physical therapy practice. His past educational and scholarly contributions include in-services, professional presentations, and seminars to statewide educational and professional organizations.
Tricia Dabrowski, AuD
Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator, Audiology
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AUDE 545 Amplification I
AUDE 615 Amplification II
AUDE 621 Audiological Rehabilitation for Adults
Tricia Dabrowski, AuD, was appointed to the Department of Audiology in July, 2012. Dr. Dabrowski received her doctor of audiology degree from Salus University Osborne College of Audiology in 2006, and her master of audiology from Hahnemann University in 1984. Professionally, Dr. Dabrowski directed several audiology practices in southeastern Pennsylvania prior to her appointment as assistant professor at the George S. Osborne College of Audiology (OCA). Dr. Dabrowski held the titles of director of Pennsylvania Ear Institute, and Coordinator of Internal Clinical Education, while at OCA, establishing the Pennsylvania Ear Institute as a regional center of excellence, and developing the on-campus clinical training program for the college. Dr. Dabrowski has instructed and mentored students as they develop clinically relevant skills in the areas of adult and pediatric audiometric assessment, hearing instrument fitting and verification, and practice management.
Troy D. Hale, AuD
Director, AFA Balance & Hearing Institute, Assistant Professor, Audiology
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Guest Lecturer, Various Classes
Dr. Troy Hale, AuD joined the Department of Audiology at A.T. Still University in 2011 as an assistant professor and the AFA Institute Clinical Director. He received his bachelor of science degree from Arizona State University and his AuD degree from A.T. Still University Arizona School of Health Sciences. He has extensive experience in both the hospital and private practice settings and has mentored graduate students from a variety of health disciplines. His professional interests include practice development/management, neuroscience, evoked potentials, vestibular assessment / rehabilitation and inter-professional collaboration. Dr. Hale has co-authored scholarly research on vestibular assessment and has presented at several national conventions including the American Academy of Audiology (AudiologyNow!) and the American Neurotology Society Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM).
Zarin Mehta, PhD
Associate Professor, Audiology
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AUDE 531 Embryology and Genetic Conditions
AUDE 540 Pharmacology
AUDE 614 Pediatric Audiology
AUDE 626 Auditory Processing Disorders I
AUDE 722 Advances in Audiologic Care
Zarin Mehta. PhD, joined the Department of Audiology as an associate professor in 2013. She has been an adjunct faculty member in the transitional program at ATSU since 2006. She received her master’s degree in audiology from the University of Kansas (KU) in 1990. Her doctoral degree was conferred by Wichita State University (WSU) in 2000. She also received a degree in medicine from The Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan in 1986. Her previous professional experiences include clinical supervisor in audiology at KU, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at WSU, and clinical associate professor at Arizona State University (ASU), where she also chaired the Audiology Admissions and Program Committee.
She has abundant teaching experience in many areas within the profession of audiology, but her primary areas of interest and expertise continue to be auditory disorders, speech perception in the aging auditory system, and genetics of deafness and hearing impairment. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Communication Disorders Quarterly (CDQ) Journal. She has presented both nationally and at state conventions since 1999. Dr. Mehta is the author of numerous peer-reviewed and invited publications. Dr. Mehta was awarded a four-year Personnel Training Grant in August 2008, from the US Department of Education to train pediatric audiologists at ASU.
Thomas G. Rigo, PhD
Associate Professor, Audiology
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AUDE 514 Auditory Science
AUDE 524 Essentials of Audiology I
AUDE 534 Essentials of Audiology II
AUDE 535 Speech Perception
AUDE 611 Counseling in Audiology
AUDE 644 Occupational and Environmental Hearing Conservation
Thomas Rigo, PhD, was appointed to the Department of Audiology in May 2002. He received his bachelor of science, master of science, and doctorate degrees in communicative disorders and audiology from Florida State University. Prior to his appointment at ASHS, Dr. Rigo was an associate professor of audiology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he formulated and directed an accredited graduate audiology program for 18 years. He has extensive teaching experience in applied science and clinical coursework. During this time, Dr. Rigo also served as audiologist and clinical supervisor at the UL Lafayette Speech, Language, and Hearing Center. He was recognized at UL Lafayette for outstanding teaching and academic advising. Dr. Rigo has published in numerous scholarly journals and presented extensively in the areas of auditory processing disorders, aural rehabilitation, and multi-modal perception of speech.
Andrea Ruotolo, AuD
Director,Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Program
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Dr. Andrea Ruotolo served as full time residential faculty within the A.T.
Still University Department of Audiology from April 2010 to May 2013 and as
adjunct faculty from May 2013 to October 2017. She currently resides in
Portland, Oregon and accepted a full-time position as of October 2016 as
Associate Professor and Director of the Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology
Program. She will continue to teach online courses and coordinate the weekly
residential Audiology Grand Rounds sessions. Her role as the Post-Professional
Program Director will be the task of redesigning the long running Transitional
Doctor of Audiology Program by investigating the potential international
markets, the needs of the global students, the necessary changes to the
curriculum, admissions processes, delivery methods, and exciting opportunities
related to technology options.
Dr. Ruotolo received her B.A. and M.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences and
Audiology from Indiana University and her Au.D. from A.T. Still
University-Arizona School of Health Sciences. She has extensive background in
adult and pediatric assessment, amplification and aural rehabilitation. Her
professional experience includes teaching at Portland State University and
providing clinical services in hospital and medical settings, school settings,
and private non-profit facilities. She has participated as an off-campus
preceptor supporting local programs throughout her career. She currently
teaches Auditory/Vestibular Pathologies, Counseling and Aural Rehabilitation,
The Dynamic Human Ear Canal, and Assistive Listening Devices in the
Transitional Doctor of Audiology program. Dr. Ruotolo has presented courses on
amplification, pediatric audiology, vestibular disorders, educational
audiology, professional issues, adult amplification, adult aural
rehabilitation, and embryology and genetics.
Audiology Grand Rounds
Les R. Schmeltz, AuD
Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator, Audiology
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AUDE 513 Professional Roles and Responsibilities
AUDE 711 Educational Audiology
AUDE 725 Amplification IV
AUDE 732 Screening and Monitoring Programs in Audiology
AUDE 743 Ethics and the Health Care Delivery System
AUDE 834 Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
Les Schmeltz, AuD, received his bachelor of science degree from Northern Michigan University, master of science from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and doctorate of audiology from A.T. Still University Arizona School of Health Sciences. He has an extensive background in early identification and has presented on numerous topics related to newborn hearing screening, early intervention, data management and clinical techniques. He also serves as the technical assistance network audiologist for the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University, providing technical assistance and support to EHDI programs in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Dr. Schmeltz has conducted Pediatric Audiology Training workshops conducted by NCHAM in Iowa, California and Illinois.
Henry P. Trahan, AuD
Assistant Professor, Audiology
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AUDE 521 Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory-Vestibular System
AUDE 533 Acquired Auditory-Vestibular Disorders
AUDE 546 Otoacoustic Emissions
AUDE 616 Auditory Evoked Responses
AUDE 637 Vestibular Assessment and Treatment I
AUDE 717 Vestibular Assessment and Treatment II
Henry Trahan, AuD, was appointed to the Department of Audiology in December 2001. Dr. Trahan received his bachelor of science in speech and hearing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, M.C.D. in Audiology from the Louisiana State University Medical School, School of Allied Health, and doctor of audiology from the University of Florida. He has an extensive background in neurodiagnostics, vestibular assessment and rehabilitation, hearing aid fitting and dispensing, and business. His professional experience includes 17 years as owner and director of the ACI Hearing and Balance Center in Lafayette, LA. During this time, Dr. Trahan was an adjunct instructor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and served as a clinical supervisor and externship supervisor for several graduate audiology programs. Dr. Trahan’s scholarly contributions include publications and professional presentations on such topics as vestibular assessment and rehabilitation, hearing aid technology, otoacoustic emissions, and pediatric assessment.
- Elton L. Bordenave, PhD, MEd
Melanie A. Gibson
Program Manager, Audiology
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Mrs. Melanie Gibson was appointed to the Department of Audiology in August of 2002. She assists the chair and faculty with the administration of both the Entry Level Doctor of Audiology Program and the Transitional Doctor of Audiology Program. Mrs. Gibson’s first priority is to see that the needs of the Au.D. students at the Arizona School of Health Sciences are being met. Among her many other duties, Mrs. Gibson coordinates all of the special events pertaining to the Audiology Department including the White Coat Ceremony, and the Graduation Dinners.
Patient Services Coordinator, AFA Balance & Hearing Institute
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Stacy Neal joined the AFA Balance & Hearing Institute in January 2013. Stacy brings over 30 years of service skills to the AFA Institute. Her primary duties are in assisting patients in appointment scheduling, insurance verification, referral coordination, billing, and collections. Stacy also assists the director in the administrative responsibilities of the clinic.
Administrative Assistant, Audiology
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Mrs. Teri Rorie was appointed to the Department of Audiology in June of 2012. She assists the department chair and faculty with administrative needs of both the Entry Level and Transitional Doctor of Audiology Programs. Mrs. Rorie works closely with Mrs. Gibson to assist students during the course of their professional studies and to organize special departmental events. She also works closely with our clinical coordinators to ensure each student has met the clinical requirements of our program.
- Melanie A. Gibson
Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Admissions
Admissions requirements for the Doctor of Audiology online program include:A master’s or doctoral degree in audiology from a regionally-accredited college or institution, or the equivalent based on evaluation of foreign transcripts for U.S. degree/course equivalency. Master’s degree equivalency as demonstrated through state licensure in audiology or verification of the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) is also accepted.A minimum of 2.70 GPA for the graduate program (on a 4.0 scale). The undergraduate GPA will be included in the GPA calculation for applicants whose transcripts are from countries where the undergraduate degree is the degree in audiology and the master’s degree is not required to practice.
Submission of all official college or academic transcripts for institutions from which a degree was earned. Applicants who have graduated from a university outside the United States must submit acceptable evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency. Canadian transcripts which are in English and on a 4.0 grading scale do not require evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency.
International applicants must also review the information on admissions for international students.
Applicants must submit official documentation of current audiology licensure/certification/registration. If licensure/certification/registration were held in the past, but not currently active, applicants must submit official documentation of previous licensure, certification, or registration. If the licensure or certification agency does not send paper verification forms, the applicant must provide a website URL for verification of previous licensure or certification. For applicants who practice outside of the United States or Canada, the applicant must provide official documentation of regulatory certification or registration to practice audiology that is held by the applicant, and the applicant’s credentials will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Individuals are not eligible to enroll in the program if their license, certification or registration is currently revoked or suspended.Applicants must submit an Employer Verification form from a current or most recent employer. A colleague can complete the verification form to attest for those who are self-employed.
Length and breadth of experience post-master’s degree will assist in determining curriculum:
- A two-year curriculum plan may be approved for an applicant with three years or more of full-time clinical experience.
- A three-year plan may be approved for an applicant with one to three years of full-time clinical experience
If an applicant is not currently licensed, certified, or registered and has not been engaged in the profession of audiology in the past 5 years, a three-year academic plan will be required. Individuals who have not been engaged in the profession of audiology within the last 10 years are not eligible for the Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology degree program.Computer literacy and experience in word processing and Internet use. All curricula require extensive computer usage.
Three references from audiologists or healthcare professionals familiar with the applicant’s clinical and professional experience. Letters of reference must be submitted for each application year.
A personal resume following the guidelines offered in the application packet.
Applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University. Written and spoken proficiency in the English language may be demonstrated by one of the following options:
- Option 1 - English is your first language.
- Option 2 - Graduated from a regionally accredited four year university or college in the United States (minimum BA or BS).
- Option 3 - You are demonstrating your English proficiency by submitting acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing Service (IELTS).
Acceptable minimal scores for ASHS applications are:
- TOEFL: Internet based total score = 80
- IELTS score are an overall band score of 6.5
The TOEFL is administered by TOEFL/TSE Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA 609.771.7100. Information is available at TOEFL. A.T. Still University’s institutional code is 0339. Please be sure to include this information when you submit your application packet. TOEFL Educational Testing Services P.O. Box 6151 Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 609.771.7100Interview conducted via virtual meeting or by phone for those applicants who are considered potential candidates
If an applicant is not granted admission, upon consideration of a completed application file, new materials and fees must be submitted in order to reapply at a later date and to demonstrate additional qualifications.
Applicants who wish to be considered for more than one program at ATSU must submit a separate application fee and application packet. Application materials are not transferable to another ATSU program. Acceptance to ATSU is to a specific program and is not transferable to any other program.
For additional information contact an Enrollment Counselor (toll-free) at 877.469.2878 or email@example.com
All ATSU students are required to own a computer system. Minimum system requirements vary depending on program.
Foreign Credential Evaluation
Applicants who have graduated from a foreign college or university must submit acceptable evidence of U.S. degree/course equivalency. All coursework taken at the foreign institution must be evaluated for American institution equivalence by one of the following services:
- World Education Services P.O. Box 5087 Bowling Green Station New York, NY 10274-5087 phone: 212. 966.6311 fax: 212.739.6139 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wes.org
- Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. P.O. Box 514070 Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 414.289.3400
- American Assn. of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520 Washington, DC 20036-1135 202.293-9161 www.aacrao.org
- FCCPT - Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (PT Applicants only) p: 703.684.8406 www.fccpt.org
- Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants 7101 SW 102 Avenue Miami FL 33173 p: 305.273.1616 f: 305.273.1338 email@example.com www.jsilny.com
- ICD - International Consultants of Delaware (General) p: 215.222.8454 www.icdeval.com
Application Fee: $70
$16,000 for 2-Year Curriculum Plan with tuition billed $4000 per semester (Standard Academic Plan for practitioners with a minimum 3 years of post-masters’ degree professional practice experience)
$22,500 for 3-Year Curriculum Plan with tuition billed $3750 per semester (For practitioners with less than 3 years of post-masters’ degree professional practice experience)
If you have questions regarding specific financial assistance topics, you may contact Enrollment Services at (toll-free) 866.626.2878 Ext. 2019 or (direct) 660.626.2019 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also fax materials to 888-676-6701.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available at FAFSA.ed.gov for U.S. residents applying to this program.
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Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Curriculum Overview
These exceptional courses in the doctor of audiology curriculum will provide students with the advanced knowledge, skills, insights and techniques consistent with what makes A.T. Still University a preeminent learning-centered institution. Please note that each student has a tailored curriculum plan so students do not take every course listed below.
The standard program length for completion of the online Post-Professional Doctor of Audiology Program is 2 years (38 semester hour credits) for students with the equivalent of three or more years of full-time audiology practice experience after completing a masters’ degree in audiology. A 3-year curriculum plan option (57 semester hour credits) is available for students with one to three years of post-master’s degree audiology practice experience.
Each course is ten or four weeks in length (indicated in parentheses following the description). Credits assigned to audiology courses are one and a half semester credit hours for a four-week course and four semester credit hours for a ten-week course. One quarter credit hour for a four-week module, and two quarter credit hours for an eight-week module. Course descriptions, course durations and related information are subject to change.
AUDP 7000 Ethics, Leadership, and Professionalism+
This course begins with an introduction to the online learning system used for this academic program. Students will be instructed in online navigation tools, computer basics and academic resources. Students will then be introduced to the professional roles and responsibilities of a variety of members of the healthcare delivery system and provided an orientation to the history and philosophy of osteopathic medicine upon which A.T. Still University is founded. In addition, the course will examine contemporary ethical issues in audiology and provide a framework for ethical decision-making. Topics also include information regarding the organization and function of professional associations, activities which serve the professional community, service to the public and the development of leadership skills. (10 weeks/ 4 credits)
AUDP 7100 Neuroscience and Neuroimaging +
The foundations of audiologic diagnostic and therapeutic measures are based upon an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system. This course provides a study of the development of the nervous system, the structure and function of the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system, neurovasculature, and in-depth coverage of the audiovestibular system. Students will gain an understanding of imaging techniques used for the evaluation of auditory and vestibular pathologies. Neurodiagnostic imaging data from CT scans, MRI, etc., will be correlated with audiologic findings when possible. (10 weeks/4 credits)
AUDP 7200 Pathologies of the Auditory and Vestibular System +
This course provides detailed coverage of auditory and vestibular pathologies and their relation to structure and function. Course materials will present information about anatomy and physiology of the human ear, techniques in visualization and examination of the ear (including instrumentation) and cerumen management. Case studies are used to show audiologic patterns associated with various disorders. Topics will cover the basic otologic/medical evaluation and surgical and medical treatments of auditory/vestibular conditions. (10 weeks/4 credits)
AUDP 7300 Pharmacology and Ototoxicity +
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts and principles of pharmacology. Drug development, drug regulations, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and basic drug classifications will be covered. In addition, information will be presented regarding drugs used in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders, drugs which affect the function of the audiovestibular systems, and the concept of polypharmacy. The course also covers ototoxicity (cochleotoxicity, vestibulotoxity and neurotoxicity) and ototoxic 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. (10 weeks/4 credits)
AUDP 7500 Genetics and Hearing Loss +
This course covers the wide diversity of genetic conditions and syndromes which involve hearing loss and/or aberrant audiovestibular system function is involved. Review of basic inheritance patterns, including Mendelian transmission together with pertinent embryology, is covered. Current genetic concepts and terminology are provided together with discussion of certain organ systems’ association with audiovestibular system impairments/deficits. Additional topics include appropriate professional language in syndromology, genetic testing, genetic counseling, and the need to utilize audiovestibular probes to best highlight the audiovestibular deficits seen in conjunction with the patient’s particular genotype. (10 weeks/4 credits)
AUDP 8100 Vestibular Evaluation and Management +
This course is designed to provide students with in-depth coverage of the anatomy and physiology of the central & peripheral vestibular structures as well as the human equilibrium system. Vestibular assessment procedures including obtaining an appropriate case history, principles of ENG/VNG, non-computerized postural stability testing and non-computerized rotational testing will be addressed. Additionally, students will be introduced to vestibular rehabilitation techniques focusing on canalith repositioning maneuvers for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Case studies will be utilized to enhance the learning experience. Topics include infection control procedures as they relate to vestibular evaluation and management. (10 weeks/4 credits)
AUDP 8110 Advanced Vestibular Evaluation and Management +
This course is designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of specialized vestibular diagnostic tools. Topics will include rotational chair testing, computerized dynamic posturography (CDP), vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP), video head impulse testing (VHIT) and subjective visual vertical (SVV) testing. Test results will be correlated with ENG/VNG and common errors in interpretation will be covered. The philosophical bases for vestibular treatment will be addressed, providing specific symptom-based strategies for treating identifiable vestibular dysfunction. Students will be instructed on effective administration of vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) protocol and accurate evaluation of treatment efficacy. Content delivery will utilize a practical approach to allow audiologists to develop knowledge and skills for provision of vestibular treatment within their scope of practice. Topics include infection control procedures as they relate to advanced vestibular evaluation and management. (10 weeks/4 credits)
AUDP 8200 Amplification: Assessment, Fitting and Verification +
A solid base of knowledge regarding hearing aid technology, concepts and functions will be built by relating historical perspectives to current trends in amplification. Major hearing aid developments and how they relate to current fitting approaches will be covered. Students will explore hearing aid measurement science and methods for verifying and validating appropriate hearing aid fittings, as well as hearing aid trouble shooting techniques. In addition, students will study ear canal acoustics, ear mold impressions, and the evolving array of fitting options. Topics include infection control procedures as they pertain to amplification fitting and assessment procedures. (10 weeks/4 credits)
AUDP 8210 Implantable Devices +
This course is an introduction to cochlear implants, bone-anchored hearing aids, auditory brainstem implants, other implantable devices and future trends. The goal is to provide a level of knowledge enabling the student to conduct initial counseling to prospective implant patients and make appropriate referrals to implant centers. Upon completion of the course, the student will have an understanding of candidacy, implant surgeries, postoperative follow-up, rehabilitative aspects, programming, communication options and outcomes. Topics include infection control procedures as they relate to implantable devices.(10 weeks/4 credits)
AUDP 8220 Counseling, Aural Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices +
This course is designed to explore current theories and practices related to the fundamental principles of counseling as well as individual and group aural rehabilitation. The counseling aspect of this course will include the psychological and psychosocial effects of hearing loss on individuals of all ages, significant others, their families and communities. The aural rehabilitation aspect will focus on the use of self-assessment tools, communication strategies for individuals and family members, and speech reading techniques to meet rehabilitative needs. Group discussion will address cost effective options for the delivery of aural rehabilitation in clinical settings. This course also will provide students with the background and tools necessary to counsel, select, and configure assistive technology. The class will explore a variety of levels at which the audiologist may wish to provide these services. (10 weeks/4 credits)
AUDP 8300 Electrophysiology: Scientific Foundations and Clinical Applications +
This course is designed to cover principles of various electrophysiological measurements in the area of auditory evoked potentials (AEPs). Understanding diagnostic applications and interpretation of test results and their relation to neuroanatomy and physiology of the auditory system will be emphasized. This course provides a study of clinical tools for use in the differential diagnosis of cochlear versus neural function, a diagnostic test battery for auditory neuropathy, and current uses of auditory steady-state response (ASSR) and cortical potentials in the investigation of sensory-neural hearing loss, auditory processing disorders, and aging. In addition, course material will explore the importance of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM), the responsibilities required, and the role of the audiologist as a surgical team member. Topics include infection control procedures as they relate electrophysiological practices. (10 weeks/4 credits)
AUDP 8400 Global Healthcare and Audiology +
This course promotes guided discussion regarding current global hearing healthcare practices, areas of need and advocacy for effective policies and services. Telehealth in audiology and interprofessional collaboration will be explored as potential opportunities for improving access to hearing healthcare services. (4 weeks/1.5 credits)
AUDP 8410 Advanced Acoustic Immittance +
This course provides a study of immittance measures for the assessment of tympanic membrane abnormalities, ossicular chain pathology, otitis media, neonatal hearing assessment, and aging of the middle ear system. The goal is to provide the advanced clinical audiologist with knowledge and skills to pursue additional audiologic information through the use of multi-frequency tympanometry, multicomponent tympanometry, wide-band immittance, acoustic reflexes and acoustic reflex decay for patient diagnosis and management. (4 weeks/1.5 credits)
AUDP 8420 Otoacoustic Emissions: Scientific Foundations and Clinical Applications +
This course presents the origin and classification of otoacoustic emissions. In depth coverage is provided related to test equipment, procedures, interpretation of results and use of otoacoustic emissions in screening and in differential diagnosis of auditory disorders. (4 weeks/1.5 credits)
AUDP 8430 Tinnitus and Hyperacusis: Theories, Evaluation and Treatment +
This course is designed to explore the fundamental principles and clinical management of tinnitus and/or hyperacusis. Course material includes information concerning epidemiology, tinnitus mechanisms, measurements and treatments; as well as resources for audiologists, patients and their families. A literature review and discussion of studies related to misophonia will also be addressed. Case examples will be discussed, illustrating treatment options. (4 weeks/1.5 credits)
AUDP 8440 Occupational and Environmental Hearing Conservation +
This course is designed to examine the principles and practices of occupational, educational and environmental hearing conservation. Topics 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. (4 weeks/1.5 credits)
AUDP 8500 Pediatric Audiology: Identification through Rehabilitation +
This course covers embryological development of the ear, developmental milestones, identification and intervention for newborn hearing loss, appropriate use of diagnostic tests, and the utilization of appropriate resources. Skills and knowledge will be gained in the use of family counseling and access to multidisciplinary resources. Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs and the roles of educational audiologists will be explored. Topics include legislative mandates, screening protocols and procedures, organization and administration of programs, data management and tracking, program evaluation, and quality improvement. Topics include infection control procedures as they relate to pediatric practice. (10 weeks/4 credits)
AUDP 8600 Assessment and Management of (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders +
This course examines the assessment of (C)APD and identification of auditory processing disorders in children and adults as a systematic and multidisciplinary process. The use of case histories, questionnaires, observation forms, audiometric tests and electrophysiologic measures will be explored. Students will learn efficacious interventions related to (C)APD treatment and management including but not limited to manipulating the acoustic environment, fitting of appropriate devices and instituting an auditory training regimen. (10 weeks/4 credits)
AUDP 8700 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 age, the impact on patient function and healthy aging will be emphasized. The course will provide information on management of hearing loss in the aged population and strategies for community collaboration to increase awareness for appropriate hearing healthcare. (10 weeks/4 credits)
AUDP 8800 Practice Development and Marketing +
This course involves the study of basic business structures, practice development, marketing and the economic and regulatory aspects of healthcare practice. Topics covered include private practice models, business plan design, short- and long-range planning, general accounting practices, development and analysis of profit-and-loss statements, and marketing strategies. Students will have the opportunity to generate marketing strategies and budgets, as well as evaluate the effectiveness of different marketing media. Facilitated discussions will explore topics such as risk management, auditing, professional liability, regulatory compliance, and proper methods of documentation as practiced across the globe. (10 weeks/4 credits)
AUDP 8810 Personnel Management +
This course introduces students to the concepts and ideas of personnel management, also known as human resource management or practice management. This course includes information on designing job descriptions; hiring and firing employees; and training, supporting and evaluating staff in a professional audiology practice. Audiologists who are going to serve as preceptors for audiology students need to learn concepts and skills related to the supervisory process and how to be a mentor in the clinical setting. Preceptor training will be discussed, providing information on adult learning styles, goal setting, constructive feedback, development of professionalism and strategies to facilitate critical thinking and case management skills. Facilitated discussions will explore personnel management topics as practiced across the globe. (10 weeks/4 credits)
AUDP 9400 and 9410 Culminating Case Experience I and II (CCE-I and CCE-II)+
These courses represent the culmination of the clinical doctoral degree program and require students to demonstrate the integration and clinical application of the knowledge acquired throughout their individualized curriculum plans. In-depth case studies submitted by teaching faculty across the curriculum will be utilized. Student submissions will require critical thinking skills, use of appropriate professional and technical terminology, accurate interpretation of detailed case histories and clinical data, and presentation of relevant impressions and recommendations. (4 weeks/1.5 credits)
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