Utah State University’s Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program is a four-year, 90 semester credit hour post-baccalaureate degree, and is part of the Western Regional Graduate Exchange program (WRGP). The AuD has a required preliminary exam, comprehensive exam, and clinical research project.
Students pursuing a doctoral degree in audiology must have a bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders or the equivalent undergraduate prerequisite courses, either from USU or another regionally accredited program.
Students have varied clinical practicum experiences, beginning the first semester, including: diagnostic assessment, hearing aids, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants, balance, tinnitus, auditory processing disorders, newborn hearing screening, educational audiology, and Interdisciplinary pediatric services.
The doctoral program in Audiology is a specialization in the Disability Disciplines PhD Program in the Emma Eccles Jones School of Education and Human Services. The Disability Disciplines Doctoral Program offers a multidisciplinary doctoral degree that brings together faculty and students across disciplinary and departmental lines to explore interrelated aspects of disabilities.
The Audiology program prepares Au.D. and Ph.D. students to evaluate, treat, and investigate hearing and balance disorders through educational, research, and clinical experiences for individuals throughout the lifespan.
PhD in Disability Disciplines
The doctoral program in Audiology is a specialization in the Disability Disciplines PhD Program in the Emma Eccles Jones School of Education and Human Services. The Disability Disciplines Doctoral Program offers a multidisciplinary doctoral degree that brings together faculty and students across disciplinary and departmental lines to explore interrelated aspects of disabilities. Specializations include:
- speech-language pathology
- special education
- rehabilitation counseling
- applied behavior analysis
- disability studies
All specializations balance a common core of multidisciplinary coursework and applied activities with a strong disciplinary focus. Thus, both faculty and students work within a multidisciplinary context without compromising their important disciplinary perspective, knowledge and skills.
The program includes coursework, a preliminary exam, internships, professional products, and a dissertation. Students must pass a three-day preliminary exam that includes disciplinary knowledge, critique of a research manuscript, and design of an experimental research study. Students also complete internships and professional products in seven areas critical for faculty in communication disorders:
- conference presentation
- writing for publication
- systematic review of research literature
- grant writing
- college teaching
Applicants must send a current resume and a letter of interest that details their interest areas (research and clinical) and the reasons for applying to the doctoral program with a specialization in Audiology to Karen Muñoz, Department of Communication Disorders and Deaf Education, 2620 Old Main Hill, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84321 [email@example.com].
In addition, applicants must comply with all application procedures for the School of Graduate Studies at Utah State University. All application materials and minimum requirements are available through the Utah State University School of Graduate Studies Admissions website.
On the application form, please indicate that you are applying to the disability disciples doctoral program, not the audiology AuD program.
Application deadline: January 15th.
All applications are processed through the School of Graduate Studies at Utah State University. Applications will be considered once a year between March 1 and March 15. No application will be considered until all the required information is submitted to the School of Graduate Studies.
- Allow 3 weeks for the School of Graduate Studies to process your application.
- Plan ahead to ensure all application components are received by the graduate school by the COMDDE deadline.
Students pursuing a doctoral degree in audiology must have a bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders or the equivalent undergraduate prerequisite courses, either from USU or another regionally accredited program. Effective Fall, 2019, applicants must have an upper division (3000-level or higher) course in neural bases of communication or equivalent.
Admission to the AuD graduate program is competitive. The requirements listed below are the minimum requirements to apply. Top candidates will be invited for an interview.
- GPA: 3.0 or better for last 60 credits or 2nd bachelor's degree
- GRE Scores: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic: (Verbal and Quantitative Score above the 40th percentile - USU Graduate School Requirement)
- Three letters of recommendation
Proof of current immunizations is required prior to initiation of clinic coursework. A criminal background check is required at the time of admission to the program.
In addition to regular tuition, there will also be differential tuition for COMDDE courses. (Refer to the last page of the tuition table). Graduate students from participating states may qualify for a WGRP non-resident tuition waiver.
About the LSL Emphasis
Through early identification and advanced technology, children with hearing loss have more opportunities than ever before to use audition to develop spoken language. Rapid progress in these areas has created a critical shortage of appropriately trained professionals who can meet the unique communicative and learning needs of children with permanent hearing loss and their families.
The Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University has developed an innovative training program to provide in-depth training to graduate students in Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, and Deaf Education graduate programs. In addition to the standard coursework and requirements for a a Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree, students take additional courses and complete specialized practica and field-study experiences to develop specific knowledge and skills in the practice of pediatric audiology. The program length is 23 months, beginning in June of the 2nd year and ending in April of the 3rd year. Please see the attachments below for a detailed program outline. Funding is available.
The program is built on a strong foundation of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary service provision to young children with hearing loss and their families. The primary training site for graduate students takes place right on the Utah State University campus at the Sound Beginnings Program. Sound Beginnings at Utah State University is an early education program that provides home and center-based services to children with hearing loss whose families want their children to learn to listen and talk.
Students receiving a graduate degree in Audiology will be qualified to work in a variety of settings serving young children with hearing loss and their families, including but not limited to:
- Cochlear Implant Programs & Teams
- Community Speech-Language-Hearing Centers
- Family-Centered Early Intervention Programs
- Educational Programs for Children with Hearing Loss
- Home Health Organizations
- Private Practices
- Public and/or Private Schools
- State and Federal Agencies
- State Schools for the Deaf
|Fall Yr 1||Spring Yr 1||Summer Yr 2|
|EDUC 6040||Applied Research methods||3||COMD 7420||Amplification II||3||COMD 7430||Electrophysiology||3|
|COMD 6130||Neuropathology||1||COMD 7490||Medical Aspects of Audiology*||3||COMD 7300||Intermediate Clinical Practicum||1|
|COMD 7320||Amplification I||3||EDUC 6050||Applied Statistical Analysis||3||COMD 7520||Cochlear Implants||3|
|COMD 7380||Advanced Audiology||2||COMD 7200||Introduction to Clinical Practice||1||COMD 7450||Counseling I||1|
|COMD 7200||Intro to Clinical Practice||1||COMD 6850||Clinic meeting||1||COMD 6850||LSL Seminar||1|
|COMD 6850||Clinic meeting||1||COMD 7250||LSL Practicum||1|
|Total Semester Credit Hours Without LSL||11||Total Semester Credit Hours Without LSL||11||Total Semester Credit Hours Without LSL||8|
|LSL Credit Hours||0||LSL Credit Hours||0||Semester Credit Hours With LSL||10|
|Fall Yr 2||Spring Yr 2||Summer Yr 3|
|COMD 7340||Pediatric Audiology||3||COMD 7310||Psychoacoustics & Instr.*||3||COMD 7300||Intermediate Clinical Practicum||2|
|COMD 7530||Balance||3||COMD 7860||Practice Management*||2||COMD 7870||Clinical research||1|
|COMD 7300||Intermediate Clinical Practicum||2||COMD 7300||Intermediate Clinical Practicum||2||COMD 7250||LSL Practicum||1|
|COMD 6850||Clinic meeting||1||COMD 6850||Clinic meeting||1||COMD 6730||Multiple Disabilities||1|
|COMD 7470||Counseling II||2||COMD 6900||Preliminary Exam||1|
|COMD 6340||Strategeis for LSL||3||COMD 6850||LSL Seminar||2|
|COMD 6850||LSL Seminar||1||COMD 7250||LSL Practicum||1|
|COMD 7250||LSL Practicum||1|
|Total Semester Credit Hours Without LSL||11||Total Semester Credit Hours Without LSL||9||Total Semester Credit Hours Without LSL||3|
|Semester Credit Hours With LSL||16||Semester Credit Hours With LSL||12||Semester Credit Hours With LSL||5|
|Fall Yr 3||Spring Yr 3||Summer/Fall/Spring Yr 4|
|COMD 7878||Clinical research product||3||COMD 7460||Adult AR||3||COMD 7400||SU clinic Externship||3|
|COMD 7400||Clinic||3||COMD 7410||Noise & Hearing conservation*||2||COMD 7800||Externship (Fall)||6|
|COMD 6850||Clinic Meeting||1||COMD 7400||Clinic||3||COMD 7850||Externship seminar (Fall)||1|
|Elective (can be taken other times)||3||COMD 6850||Clinic Meeting||1||COMD 7800||Externship (Spring)||5|
|COMD 7250||LSL Practicum||1||COMD 6900||Comprehensive Exam||1||COMD 7850||Externship seminar (Spring)||1|
|COMD 7250||LSL Practicum||1|
|Credit Hours (12 months)||16|
|Total Semester Credit Hours Without LSL||10||Total Semester Credit Hours Without LSL||10||One Elective course (taken during years 1-3)||3|
|Semester Credit Hours With LSL||11||Semester Credit Hours With LSL||11|
|Total Credit Hours Without LSL||92|
|* Courses offered every other year||Total Credit Hours With LSL||106|
For more information about the Listening and Spoken Language Graduate Training Program, please contact Dr. Karen Muñoz at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 435-797-3701
The doctoral (AuD) education program in audiology at Utah State University 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, 800-498-2071 or 301- 296-5700.