Technical Standards for Clinical Audiology Graduate Program

Applicants for admission to The University of Arizona, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences Clinical Audiology Graduate Program must possess the capability to complete, with or without reasonable accommodations, the entire clinical curriculum. The professional curriculum requires demonstrated proficiency in a variety of cognitive, problem solving, manipulative, communication and interpersonal skills. To achieve these proficiencies, the Clinical Audiology Graduate Program requires that each student be able to meet the following technical standards.


Students must be able to observe: patients’ behavior including verbal and nonverbal responses to sensory stimuli; physical status including such things as the shape, orientation and condition of outer and middle ear structures; the position of various materials and devices placed in the ear; the condition of hearing and measurement devices. Students must be able to comprehend text, numbers and graphs.


Students must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues; comprehend technical, procedural and professional materials; and follow instruction. 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.

Motor Coordination

Students must be able to travel to various clinical practicum sites; access and control equipment (e.g., computer, audiometer, evoked potential system); safely perform procedures in the outer ear; manipulate and repair equipment and hearing instruments.


A student must be able to problem solve effectively, and analyze, integrate and synthesize data concurrently in a multi-task setting. In addition, students must be able to comprehend three dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of anatomical structures, physiology, pathology and equipment.

Behavioral and Social Attributes

Students must possess the emotional health required to exercise good judgment, and timely and safely carry out responsibilities. They must be able to adapt to change, display flexibility and learn to function in stressful situations. The students must exhibit empathy for others and focus on the needs of clients. They must exhibit polite behavior, integrity, manage criticism, be reliable and punctual and be respectful in relations with colleagues, faculty and clients.