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Audiology

MS in Communication Sciences

The master’s degree in Communication Sciences is a non-clinical degree in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. This 30-credit program prepares students to enter the Disability Disciplines PhD program strand in audiology, or the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Neuroscience at Utah State University. Students from this program could also be eligible to apply to other doctoral programs in behavioral science or other health related fields.

AuD

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.

PhD

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.

Audiology Misison:
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.

Application is available through the
Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

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POLICIES

STUDENT ACADEMY OF AUDIOLOGY

Advisor Contact
Name: Michelle Wilson
Phone: 435-797-9271
Email: michelle.wilson@usu.edu

Course Sequence

SEMESTER 1
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
COMD 6130 Neural Bases of Communication and Motor Speech Disorders 1
COMD 7200 Introduction to Clinical Practice 1
COMD 7320 Amplification I 3
COMD 7380 Advanced Audiology 2
EDUC 6040 Applied Research Methods 3
COMD 6850 Seminar in COMD 1
SEMESTER 2
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
COMD 7200 Introduction to Clinical Practice 1
COMD 7420 Amplification II 3
COMD 7490 Medical Aspects of Audiology 3
EDUC 6050 Applied Statistical Analysis 3
COMD 6850 Seminar in COMD 1
SEMESTER 3
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
COMD 7200 Introduction to Clinical Practice 1
COMD 7430 Counseling in Communicative Disorders I 1
COMD 7450 Electrophysiology 3
COMD 7520 Introduction to Cochlear Implants 3
SEMESTER 4
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
COMD 7300 Intermediate Clinical Practicum 2
COMD 7340 Pediatric Audiology 3
COMD 7470 Counseling in Communicative Disorders II 2
COMD 7530 Balance Evaluation and Management 3
COMD 6850 Seminar in COMD 1
SEMESTER 5
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
COMD 7920 Preliminary Exam 1
COMD 7300 Intermediate Clinical Practicum 2
COMD 7310 Psychoacoustics and Instrumentation 3
COMD 7410 Noise and Hearing Conservation 2
COMD 6850 Seminar in COMD 1
SEMESTER 6
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
COMD 7870 Clinical Research Project Defense 1
COMD 7300 Intermediate Clinical Practicum 2
SEMESTER 7
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
Elective Course   3
COMD 7400 Advanced Clinical Practicum 3
COMD 6850 Seminar in COMD 1
COMD 7870 Clinical Research Project Product 3
SEMESTER 8
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
COMD 7930 Comprehensive Exam 1
COMD 7400 Advanced Clinical Practicum 3
COMD 7460 Adult Aural Rehabilitation 3
COMD 7860 Practice Management in Audiology 2
COMD 6850 Seminar in COMD 1
SEMESTER 9
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
COMD 7400 Advanced Clinical Practicum 3
SEMESTER 10
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
COMD 7800 Clinical Externship in Audiology 6
COMD 7850 Externship Seminar 1
SEMESTER 11
COURSE COURSE TITLE CREDITS
COMD 7800 Clinical Externship in Audiology 5
COMD 7850 Externship Seminar 1

COMDDE Course Syllabi

For past and current syllabi for all COMDDE courses, go USU Canvas Course Syllabus Tracker at elearn.usu.edu/syllabus. Enter the following:

  • Term = your choice
  • College = EEJ Education & Human Service
  • Department = Comm Disorders & Deaf Ed.
  • Delivery Method = All Delivery Methods
  • Campus = All Campuses
  • Click on Blue Button “Open Direct Link Course Syllabus LIst”
  • Select and click on desired course

MS in Communication Sciences

The master’s degree in Communication Sciences is a non-clinical degree in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. This 30-credit program prepares students to enter the Disability Disciplines PhD program strand in audiology, or the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Neuroscience at Utah State University. Students from this program could also be eligible to apply to other doctoral programs in behavioral science or other health related fields.

Students in the program will receive a comprehensive and well-rounded background in the basic research pertaining to the nature of communication as well as applied research related to the efficacy of diagnostic and treatment procedures for individuals with hearing and balance disorders. Students will apply critical theories and discoveries in the areas of hearing science and neuroscience to unanswered questions about normal and disordered processes underlying hearing and balance disorders across the lifespan.

All students will be required to complete a minimum of 30 semester credit hours, comprised of 15 required credits of coursework, 6 credits of thesis (Plan A), and a minimum of 9 credits of electives in an area related to communication sciences and disorders. Each student, with mentor and committee, will devise an individualized program of study from the elective courses. A 3.0 GPA or higher, successful completion of appropriate coursework, and a plan A is required for graduation.

Applicants must comply with all application procedures for the School of Graduate Studies at Utah State University. The application deadline is February 15. All application materials and minimum requirements are available through the Utah State University School of Graduate Studies Admissions website. Applicants are encouraged to contact potential faculty mentors prior to application and, in their personal statement, address their interest in this research-oriented degree.

Coursework

Required Courses
Course Number Course Name Credits
EDUC 6570 Introduction to Educational and Psychological Research 3
EDUC 6600 Research Design and Analysis 3
PSY 6200 Fundamentals of Neuroscience I 3
COMD 5xxx/6xxx Neural Bases of Cognition and Communication 3
COMD 6970 Thesis (Plan A) 6
Required Choice of one of the Following
Course Number Course Name Credits
COMD 6230 Introduction to Research in Communicative Disorders 3
EDUC 6040 Applied Research methods 3
Elective Courses (choose 3)
Course Number Course Name Credits
COMD 5200 Early Language Intervention 3
COMD 6020 Language Assessment and Intervention for School-Age Children and Adolescents 3
COMD 6030 Disorders of Fluency/Stuttering 3
COMD 6120 Adult Language Disorders 3
COMD 6130 Motor Speech Disorders 3
COMD 6140 Dysphagia 3
COMD 6220 Severe Communication Impairments 3
COMD 6810 Voice, Resonance and Craniofacial Disorders 3
COMD 6900 Advanced Topics in Speech and Language Disorders 3
COMD 7820 Research Seminars in Communication Disorders 3
COMD 7310 Psychoacoustics and Instrumentation 3
COMD 7320 Amplification I 3
COMD 7340 Pediatric Audiology 3
COMD 7380 Advanced Audiology 3
COMD 7430 Electrophysiology 3
COMD 7460 Aural Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan 3
COMD 7490 Medical Aspects of Audiology 3
COMD 7530 Balance Evaluation and Management 3

Admissions

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.

Prerequisites

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 Requirements

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.

Tuition

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.

Clinics

Adult Services

Approximately 20% of Americans experience hearing loss, and recent estimates show that rates of hearing loss will almost double in the future. Hearing loss makes people feel isolated from family members and their community as they struggle to communicate.

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Pediatric Services

Hearing loss is the most common birth condition in the United States. Approximately 2-3 out of every 1000 children have hearing loss when they are born, and this more than doubles by the time children enter school. Most children are born to parents who have normal hearing.

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Cochlear Implant Services

A cochlear implant is a medical device that is placed in the cochlea. It is designed for people who do not get enough benefit from their hearing aids. Cochlear implants are used in children and adults. Our cochlear implant clinic will test you or your child to see if a cochlear implant is the right option for you.

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Research

Listening and Spoken Language Laboratory

Parents of children with hearing loss often struggle with hearing loss diagnosis and effective daily management. This difficulty can interfere with timely diagnosis of hearing loss and consistent implementation of appropriate intervention strategies.

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Spoken Language Processing Lab

The SLP Lab multilayer research program works to better understand how people of all ages learn through listening. Specifically, we want to understand how people can successfully learn about their world—even in situations when listening may be especially challenging.

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Speech & Auditory Perception Laboratory

The mission of the Speech and Auditory Perception Lab is to increase our understanding of both normal and impaired hearing, and to develop techniques to overcome difficulties associated with hearing loss.

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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. 

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listening and spoken languageJob Prospects

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
  • Hospitals
  • Private Practices
  • Public and/or Private Schools
  • State and Federal Agencies
  • State Schools for the Deaf

Course Sequence

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 karen.munoz@usu.edu or at 435-797-3701


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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.