Curriculum

The three-year course of study for the Doctor of Audiology degree is comprised of basic science coursework, professional knowledge coursework, and clinical practicum experiences. The curriculum is designed such that, upon completion, students will have satisfied all academic and clinical requirements necessary for state licensure.  Full-time commitment is critical because graduate courses are offered once per academic year. In addition, course content and the sequence of courses are closely tied to clinical practicum assignments. Moreover, full-time enrollment assures timely completion of the program.

The AuD program requires 86 semester credit hours, of which 20 are required clinical credits and 66 are required academic credits provided by the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University.  Students have the option of graduating after completion of the three-year Program of Study or enrolling in a clinical externship during their 4th-year for up to an additional 3 credits of clinical training.  A minimum of 850 hours of clinical training will be obtained during the first three years of training.  Completion of the 1820 practicum hours required for Clinical Certification in audiology (CCC-A) by ASHA can be met by completion of the 4th-year externship under the supervision of an ASHA-certified audiologist. 

Milestones

All students pursuing the Doctor of Audiology degree must complete the following requirements:

  • Formative Exam (Year 1) 
    Pass a formative exam given at the end of the first academic year of the program. This is a 100-question, multiple-choice test covering the content of the courses taken during the fall and spring semesters. Students receiving scores <80% will be giving one opportunity to retake the exam. 
  • Summative Exam (Year 2)
    Pass a summative exam given at the end of the second academic year of the program. This is a comprehensive written and oral exam pertaining to clinical
  • Grade-Point Average
    All students pursuing the Doctor of Audiology degree must maintain a cumulative grade-point average >3.0 for the program of study. 
  • National Certification Exam (Praxis)
    All students pursuing the Doctor of Audiology degree must take the Education Testing Service (ETS) Praxis Examination in audiology prior to graduation from the program. The Praxis score must be sent directly from ETS and be on file in the AuD Program office in order for processing of final graduation forms. Note: A passing score is required for ASHA CCC-A certification.
  • Course Credits
    Successfully complete 66 semester credit hours of required academic coursework and 20 semester credit hours of clinical experiences.
  • Clinical Clock Hours
    Successfully complete 855 hours of supervised clinical clock hours at both on-campus and off-campus internship sites. 

Curriculum by Semester

The three-year course sequence for students entering the AuD program is shown below.

SemesterCourses

Year 1 - Fall

  • SHS 502L Basic Audiometry
    Covers the bases, purposes, rationales, and procedures for the core clinical tests of auditory function in adults and children.
  • SHS 504L Amplification I
    Introduces the operation, electroacoustic measurement, selection, and prescriptive fitting of amplification devices.
  • SHS 513 Neurophysiology of the Auditory System
    Focuses on the neurophysiology of the normal auditory system and on changes associated with hearing loss.
  • SHS 526 Launch to Clinic
    Facilitates on-campus observations and group orientation to the ASU Speech and Hearing Clinic including policies and procedures, software, report writing, and clinical documentation in preparation for subsequent clinical rotations.

Year 1 - Spring

  • SHS 517L Balance Assessment
    Review of clinical diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders and dizziness.
  • SHS 552L Physiologic Measures of Auditory Function
    Focuses on the measurement of otoacoustic emissions and acoustic immittance.
  • SHS 511 Auditory Perception by the Hearing Impaired
    Examines psychophysical methods and behavioral aspects of hearing, with an emphasis on the perceptual consequences of sensorineural hearing loss.
  • SHS 580 Clinical Practicum in Audiology
    Structured practical experience in a professional program, supervised by a practitioner and/or faculty member with whom the student works closely.

Year 1 - Summer

  • SHS 505 Survival Sign Language
    Facilitates effective manual and alternative methods of communication with deaf individuals in clinical settings.
  • SHS 580 Clinical Practicum in Audiology
    Structured practical experience in a professional program, supervised by a practitioner and/or faculty member with whom the student works closely.

Year 2 - Fall

  • SHS 508 Pediatric Audiology
    Covers the assessment procedures, pathologies, and treatments associated with hearing loss in children.
  • SHS 516L Auditory Evoked Potentials
    Electrophysiologic assessment of the peripheral and central auditory nervous system.
  • SHS 520 Auditory Pathologies and Disorders/Otoneurologic Applications
    Familiarizes students with major pathologies and disorders of the human auditory system. Examines advanced otologic, neurologic, and audiologic approaches in the differential diagnosis and treatment of peripheral and central disorders of the auditory system.
  • SHS 580 Clinical Practicum in Audiology
    Structured practical experience in a professional program, supervised by a practitioner and/or faculty member with whom the student works closely.

Year 2 - Spring

  • SHS 500 Research Methods
    Course on research methods within the communication disorders discipline.
  • SHS 510 Amplification II
    Advanced verification and validation of hearing aid performance, benefit, and satisfaction for pediatric and geriatric populations.
  • SHS 555L Cochlear Implants
    Covers the research and clinical aspects of cochlear implantation with a focus on the principles of speech coding strategies.
  • SHS 584 Internship in Audiology
    Structured practical experience following a contract or plan, supervised by faculty and practitioners.

Year 2 - Summer

  • SHS 524 Counseling in Communication Disorders
    Reviews the theories of counseling emphasizing the psychological and emotional impact and management of individuals with communication disorders and their families.
  • SHS 584 Internship in Audiology
    Structured practical experience following a contract or plan, supervised by faculty and practitioners.

Year 3 - Fall

  • SHS 525 Audiology Practice Management
    Covers business practice issues, quality assurance, and professional ethics for the practicing audiologist.
  • SHS 522 Hearing Conservation/Instrumentation
    Examines the prevention, identification, physiologic effects, and management of hearing loss due to noise exposure. Incorporates measurement standards and methods for calibration of electronic audiologic instruments used to produce, modify, and measure characteristics of sound.
  • SHS 584 Internship in Audiology
    Structured practical experience following a contract or plan, supervised by faculty and practitioners.
  • Elective
    Course, independent study, or research project

Year 3 - Spring

  • SHS 518 Auditory Rehabilitation
    Study and clinical application of assistive technology and rehabilitative services for managing the effects of hearing impairment.
  • SHS 523 Advanced Audiometry
    Discusses assessment and intervention procedures beyond the basic audiologic test battery and for special populations. Examines relevant new audiologic tests and procedures.
  • SHS 584 Internship (in Audiology)
    Structured practical experience following a contract or plan, supervised by faculty and practitioners.
  • Elective
    Course, independent study, or research project

Year 4

  • SHS 590 Audiology Clerkship (optional)
    Twelve-month structured practical experience following a contract or plan, supervised by one or more preceptors at an off-site clinical facility.