Doctor of Audiology (AuD)

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Audiology graduate student with clinical instructor
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Program Overview

Our Doctor of Audiology program (AuD) is a 4-year plan of study and clinical training that fully prepares students for a clinical career in Audiology and meets all of the academic and clinical requirements for certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Audiology. Academic coursework covers hearing science and the nature and treatment of hearing and balance disorders across the lifespan. Clinical practica in the UA Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic and off-campus placements provide a full array of experiences. Our students have the opportunity to engage in research, and many become co-authors on peer-reviewed publications. A Bilingual Certificate Program is available to students pursuing the Doctor of Audiology degree.

SLHS has a tradition of sending students to ASHA's Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP).

Get involved and join the local chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology!

Graduate Program Application information can be found here. 


 

Admissions

The faculty members of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences are committed to providing graduate education, both academic and clinical, of the highest quality.  We are also committed to increasing the number of well‑qualified audiologists whose backgrounds are underrepresented and whose career interests include serving individuals in underserved populations of the state and nation. We welcome applications from individuals with undergraduate degrees in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences (or Communication Sciences and Disorders) as well as students with degrees from other fields.

Entry to the Au.D. program requires an earned bachelor’s degree. Applicants should have completed at least one course in each of the areas of biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences (psychology, sociology or other courses of normal and abnormal human behavior), mathematics, and statistics.

In addition, students need to have completed foundational coursework in speech and language development and disorder. At The University of Arizona, the following two courses fulfill this requirement: Communication Disorders I (Fall) and Communication Disorders II (Spring). Foundation coursework may be completed during the first three semesters of the AuD program, but units will not count towards the AuD unit requirement. For more information, see Recommended Coursework for Graduate Study in Audiology.

All applicants must apply on-line through the UA Graduate College and pay necessary fees.

  • The application process will include submission of academic transcripts, GRE scores, personal statement and resume, letters of recommendation.
  • Each of the components of the application are evaluated and admissions decisions are based on overall composite ratings.
  • Guidelines for minimum requirements are indicated below, but note that strong overall composite ratings can override individual scores.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or better (Graduate School requirement)
  • GRE Scores at about the 30th percentile or better (GRE conversion table)
    • Verbal score ~147 on the new scale; ~400 on the old scale
    • Quantitative score ~147 on the new scale; ~570 on the old scale
    • Writing score of 3.5 or better
  • Meet the Technical Standards for Audiology

Program Description and Requirements

Graduate students in our program prepare an individualized plan of study with guidance from their faculty advisor.A detailed description of the academic and clinical training requirements is included in the Au.D. Student Handbook (AuD Cactus Book).

Accreditation and Student Outcome Data

Our program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Information regarding program completion rates, performance on national professional examination (PRAXIS), and employment information on graduates.

 

Student Funding

Some funding opportunities are available for students. Students desiring financial aid should indicate this on the Department application form. Students may also be awarded Graduate Tuition Scholarships that cover some portion of the full tuition amount. The University of Arizona Scholarships and Financial Aid provides guidance and support for financial aid application.  Scholarship Universe provides information on all types of scholarships. Our department offers a variety of scholarships and awards.

Licensing and Clinical Certification

The Doctor of Audiology program provides the necessary academic and clinical training to meet ASHA Certification requirements, as well as the Arizona Department of Health Services Licensing requirements. See Arizona Department of Health Services – Special Licensing.

Information regarding the licensing requirements for individual states is available from on the ASHA website.

Bilingual Certificate Program

The Bilingual Certificate in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology allows graduate students to specialize in evidence-based methods of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of bilingual children and adults with speech, language, and hearing impairments. Students who earn this certificate will demonstrate knowledge of how the structure of common languages spoken in the United States compares and contrasts with English, how to appropriately assess and treat all languages in the bilingual or multilingual individual, how to train and implement the use of interpreters, and cultural awareness and sensitivity in the clinical setting. Monolingual and Bilingual students are invited to participate in this program. Proficiency in a second language is not required.

Learn more about our Bilingual Certificate Program

A Typical Successful Applicant

The typical successful applicant has:

  • Grade point average of 3.6 or better on the last 60 units
  • GRE Verbal score at 50th percentile or better
  • GRE Quantitative score at 40th percentile or better
  • GRE Writing score of 4.0 or better (50th percentile)
  • a well-written personal statement that indicates interest in the field and experiences related to career aspirations
  • three strong letters of reference written by individuals who can comment on potential for success in the graduate program and the field of Audiology.

Note that this descriptive information regarding students admitted to our program in recent years, rather than acceptance criteria.

International applicants should review the UA Graduate College website for specific admission requirements, and should carefully review the Technical Standards for Audiology.

The application process will open each year on November 1 for admission the following academic year.  More information can be found here.

If you are interested in visiting the UA Campus and our department, please email Susan Bridgewater for more information.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

(1) GRE scores. Scores should be sent directly to the University of Arizona institution code (4832).

(2) Official Electronic Transcripts (E-Transcripts). E-Transcripts are accepted by the Graduate College as official if sent directly from the institution or transcript service to the Department representative at slhs_app@email.arizona.edu or to the Graduate Admissions email inbox at gradadmissions@grad.arizona.edu . If your institution does not provide Official E-Transcripts, then you may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts and documents. Unofficial copies of documents provided in your Graduate Application are for initial evaluation purposes only. You will still be required to provide official documents to your program's coordinator if you are accepted into the program.

(3) Three letters of recommendation from people who can comment on your academic skills and your clinical and research potential. We recommend that at least two letters be from faculty members. The letters of recommendation need to be submitted electronically.

(4) A personal statement (1 single-spaced page; minimum 11 point font) that addresses the following:

a) Discuss the factors that led you to pursue studies in audiology. You may comment on aspects of the discipline that interest you, insights gained from coursework, and clinical, research, or other personal experiences.
b) Describe your career goals.

(5) Resume that includes the following:

a) Any academic, scholarly, and professional awards that you have received.
b) Research experience.
c) Leadership experience, extracurricular activities and volunteer experience.
d) Any supervised clinical practicum experience (indicate number of hours and nature of the disorders).
e) Work experience.

(6) For nonnative English speakers: TOEFL or IELTS scores

The typical successful applicant has a GPA of 3.8 or better on the last 60 units, has a verbal GRE score in the 62 %ile or better, a quantitative GRE score in the 50 %ile or better, and a GRE analytic writing score in the 48 %ile or better. The typical successful applicant also demonstrates participation in a research laboratory, volunteerism, and/or a solid work history, and has strong letters of recommendation. Note that these are not criteria for admission, just descriptions of the types of students admitted to our program in recent years.

A faculty committee rates applicants on several variables including GPA (4-year and last 60 units), GRE (verbal, quantitative, and writing), personal statement, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation. Applicants are ranked according to their summed rating score and acceptance into the program is based on these rankings.

Yes, there is an $85 application fee for domestic students and a $95 application fee for international students, payable to the Graduate College.  MS and AuD applicants will also need to pay an application fee to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS).  Details about CSDCAS's application fees can be found at their website

The AuD program is four years in length.   For most students, the first three years are spent in residence completing required coursework and clinical rotations and research.  When these requirements are met, students plan an externship for the fourth year in consultation with the Externship Coordinator.

Yes. Students with degrees in other disciplines are encouraged to apply.

We typically have several teaching assistantships
 per year for incoming students, and occasionally we have research assistantships available. We also may offer some out-of-state tuition waivers. We encourage prospective domestic students to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, some prospective domestic students, who have shown academic achievement despite facing challenging social, economic, or educational obstacles, may qualify for funding.

No.  Currently our graduate clinical training programs do not qualify for the WRCP.

We require three letters of recommendation. At least two of those should come from academic faculty members (preferably all three). The request for letters of application can be sent anytime after you have started the application, it is a good idea to send these early.

If you have taken the GRE within the past 5 years, they are still considered current. If they are older than 5 years, you need to take the GRE again.

English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission to the UA Graduate College for all applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 paper based (PB), 79 internet based (iBT), or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6).

To be admitted into our clinical AuD program, and particularly to perform successfully in the clinic, a student also needs to meet our technical standards, one of which is highlighted below: 

Students must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues; comprehend technical, procedural and professional materials; and follow instructions.  Students' speech and English language skill should be such that colleagues and clients readily understand them.  Finally, students must be able to prepare clinical reports and notes in a clear, logical and professional manner.

A minimum of even high score on the TOEFL and IELTS does not in and of itself guarantee meeting this standard.  Non-native English speakers are strongly encouraged to request an interveiw in person or my phone to help make this determination prior to accepting an offer of admission.

We do not ask about disability prior to admission, nor is information about disability considered in the admission process.  To be admitted into our AuD program, a student needs to meet our technical standards. These standards relate to observation, communication, motor, and intellectual skills.   If accomodation is needed to meet these standards, students are directed to the University's Disability Resource Center for determination and coordination of appropriate accomodations.

No, all applications submitted by the deadline (February 1) will be considered equally.

No. ALL materials must be received by February 1st for your application to be considered. This includes your online application forms, resume, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation.   

No, all students begin their AuD program in August (fall semester).

No, our AuD program is a full-time program.

Yes! The best time to visit the department is on the designated visitation dates (contact the department for the specific dates; typically held in October and March). On these days you will meet academic faculty, clinical faculty, and current students and you will get tours of the clinics and research laboratories. You may also visit on other dates; however, be sure to contact someone several weeks before your trip so that some arrangements can be made for you to meet some of the faculty.

All AuD students are required to complete a wide variety of clinical placements and demonstrate proficiency in a number of specific skill areas.  During the first three years, students spend between 4 and 16 hours per week in clinical rotations.  All students spend time in our on-campus clinic and with our clinical faculty at Tucson Medical Center.  In addition, students do semester long rotations at various hospital, clinic, and private practice sites in Tucson with University Associated clinical faculty. By the end of the third year, students will have had practicum in most if not all clinical skill areas.  Fourth year externships are identified in collaboration with our externship coordinator either locally or across the USA.  In the past 10 years, all student have been placed in excellent clinical settings with a diversity of experiences.  Many have received stipends.

Yes, students begin clinical involvement during their first semester.  Formal supervised clinical rotations begin in the second semester.

There are many possibilities for externships and these are not restricted to Tucson.  We have placed students across the USA.

Yes, given Tucson’s diverse population, there are many clinical and research opportunities to develop your understanding of cultural diversity and bilingual speech-language pathology skills (particularly Spanish-English) in the UA program.   We also offer a formal bilingual certificate program for students enrolled in the clinical graduate programs.  Students apply to the bilingual program after they are enrolled in a graduate program.  There is a $500/semester fee for this program.

Yes, all students are required to participate in a research project in an area of interest under the guidance of faculty that they choose during their program of study.  These projects are often done collaboratively with other AuD students and the time and work-effort commitment is typically significantly less that a traditional Master's thesis.

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of discrimination -- in the classroom, the clinical setting, and the workplace.  The University of Arizona Office of Institutional Equity provides education and support for these efforts.

The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University prohibits discrimination in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information and is committed to maintaining an environment free from sexual harassment and retaliation.