Degree Requirements

The Au.D. curriculum is a continuous 48-month post-baccalaureate course of study designed to integrate classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences. All students will attend full-time and take the same courses in appropriate sequence. The emphasis of the program is on the principles and practices underlying evaluation, treatment, and provision of hearing and balance services.

For progression and graduation, students must meet the following degree requirements:

  • Maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0
  • Complete a minimum of 120 semester credits
  • Accrue 2000 clock hours of clinical experience
  • Meet the requirements for Ohio licensure in Audiology
  • Pass academic and clinical competency-based examinations
  • Complete the following required courses:

NOAC Course Descriptions

Year 1: Fall Semester

7700:701 Basic & Applied Physical Acoustics in Audiology. Study of physical acoustics, basic electricity and electronics, as well as principles, methodology, calibration and maintenance of audiologic equipment. (includes 1 hour lab) (4 credits)

7700:702 Anatomy and Physiology of the Peripheral Auditory and Vestibular Systems. A study of the anatomy, biophysics, and physiology of the auditory and vestibular systems. (3 credits)

7700:703 Acoustic Phonetics. Study of the acoustics, measurement, and nomenclature of speech, and the theoretical and acoustic bases of speech perception. (includes 1 hour lab) (3 credits)

7700:704 Critical Analysis of Research in Audiology I. General introduction to the research process with an emphasis on acquiring a reading knowledge of research and an ability to evaluate research. (2 credits)

7700:727 Multicultural Issues in Audiology. An introduction to Deaf Culture, and other cultures, and the audiologists roles and responsibilities in planning treatment with members of differing cultural backgrounds. (2 credits)

7700:752 Clerkship I. Introduction to clinical practicum in Audiology. Directed observation of clinical practice including audiologic diagnosis and audiologic rehabilitation are required. (1 credit)

Year 1: Spring Semester

7700: 705 Auditory Disorders. Study of conditions/diseases that can affect the auditory system. (2 credits)

7700:706 Anatomy and Physiology Underlying Neuro-Otology. An in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the central auditory and vestibular nervous systems. (includes 1 hour lab) (4 credits)

7700:707 Psychoacoustics. Study of the principles, procedures, and research of psychoacoustics; the relationships between the physical dimensions of auditory stimuli and the resultant perceptual experience with normal and impaired hearing. (3 credits)

7700: 708 Critical Analysis of Research in Audiology II. Development of a reading knowledge of research and the ability to evaluate the quality of research studies. (2 credits)

7700:711 Speech-Language Pathology for the Audiologist. Examination of normal and abnormal aspects of speech and language including their impact on auditory function and testing. (3 credits)

7700:753 Clerkship II. Introduction to clinical practicum in Audiology. Directed observation of clinical practice including audiologic diagnosis and audiologic rehabilitation are required. (1 credit)

Year 1: Summer Semester

7700:709 Audiologic Assessment. Theoretical basis for tests underlying basic audiologic assessments. (3 credits)

7700: 710 Industrial and Community Noise. Theoretical principles of noise measurement; etiology of noise-induced hearing loss and acoustic trauma; industrial hearing conservation programs, Occupational Safety and Health Act; community and recreational noise evaluation and management. (3 credits)

7700: 754 Internship I. Clinical practicum in audiology during which students perform discrete tasks under supervision. (1 credit)

 

Year 2: Fall Semester

7700: 719 Counseling in Audiology. Focus on interviewing, counseling and interacting with individuals with hearing impairments, their families, and significant others. (3 credits)

7700: 712 Diagnosis of Auditory Disorders. Underlying theory and principles of administration and interpretation of site-of-lesion tests.(3 credits)

7700: 713 Hearing Aid Technology. Study of amplification systems for the hearing impaired. (4 credits)

7700: 726 Electrophysiological Techniques in Audiology. Study of evoked responses used in diagnostic audiology, including ABR, MLR, EChochG, ENOG, ALR, P300, VER, and SSER. (3 credits)

7700: 755 Internship II. Supervised clinical practicum in audiology during which students will perform discrete clinical tasks while under supervision. (1 credit)

Year 2: Spring Semester

7700: 715 Central Auditory Processing: Evaluation and Management. Study of audiologic evaluation and habilitation/rehabilitation procedures for people having central auditory disabilities. (2 credits)

7700: 760 Hearing Aid Fitting and Selection Across the Lifespan. Examination of the theory and practice of fitting hearing aids across the lifespan. Emphasis on special clinical procedures, research needs, and evolving technology in hearing instruments. (4 credits)

7700: 717 Pediatric Audiology. Study of audiologic diagnostic and auditory habilitative protocols for the birth to 3 population. Both assessment and management strategies will be emphasized. (3 credits)

7700: 758 Implantable Technology. Study of cochlear implants and other implants in children and adults including equipment, candidacy, mapping, and overview of (re)habilitation. (4 credits)

7700: 756 Internship III. Supervised practicum in audiology requiring the independent performance of basic audiologic procedures, including hearing aid management. (2 credits)

Year 2: Summer Semester

7700:714 Gerontological lssues in Audiology. Physiological, psychological, and sociological theories of aging with a focus on the etiology, symptomatology, assessment, and rehabilitation of older adults with hearing impairments. (3 credits)

7700: 730 Practice Management in Audiology. Study of issues which impact the management of audiological practices, including establishing a private practice, reimbursement, marketing, record keeping and professional liability. (3 credits)

7700: 757 Internship IV. Supervised clinical practicum in audiology requiring the independent performance of diagnostic audiology, hearing aids, and audiologic rehabilitation procedures. (2 credits)

 

Year 3: Fall Semester

7700: 721 Evaluation and Management of Balance Disorders. Study of the balance mechanism; differential diagnostic assessment of balance disorders including electronystagmography, posturography and rotational testing; rehabilitation of the balance disordered patient. (I hour lab included) (3 hours)

7700: 759 Audiologic Treatment Across the Lifespan. Study of current methodologies employed in the audiologic treatment of people with hearing loss across the lifespan. Implementation of remedial strategies is emphasized. (4 hours)

7700: 747 Graduate Audiologist I. Supervised clinical practicum in audiology which encompasses audiologic assessments and audiologic (re)habilitation. (3 credits)

Year 3: Spring Semester

7700: 725 Medical Management of Auditory Disorders. A study of the multidisciplinary approach to medical/surgical management of patients with auditory and vestibular disorders. (2 hours)

7700: 728 Seminar in Audiology. Selected current topics in audiology with emphasis on review of current literature. (2 credits)

7700: 761 Advanced Electrophysiologic and Vestibular Measures. Advanced considerations in balance function assessment and management and in the study of evoked responses used in diagnostic audiology. (4 credits)

7700: 748 Graduate Audiologist II. Supervised clinical practicum in audiology which encompasses audiologic assessments, audiologic (re)habilitation and vestibular assessment and rehabilitation. (3 credits)

Year 3: Summer Semester

7700: 762 Principles of Precepting. Examination of the concepts and practices essential to the preceptor role. Emphasis on professional standards, adult learning theories, communication styles, ethical principles, and multiple roles of a preceptor (educator, role model, mentor, facilitator, and evaluator.) (1 credit)

7700: 749 Graduate Audiologist III . Full-time clinical practicum in audiology at an off-campus site. Supervised clinical practicum in audiology requiring the independent performance of audiologic assessments, audiologic (re)habilitation, and vestibular assessment and rehabilitation. (6 credits)

 

Year 4: Fall Semester

7700: 750 Graduate Audiologist IV . Full-time clinical practicum in audiology at an off-campus site. Supervised clinical practicum in audiology requiring the independent performance of audiologic assessment procedures, audiologic rehabilitation, and vestibular assessment and rehabilitation. (8 credits)

7700: 731 Clinical Seminar in Audiology. In-depth consideration of topics/issues in the practice of audiology with emphasis upon issues related to clinical rotation issues. (1 credit)

Year 4: Spring Semester

7700: 751 Graduate Audiologist V. Full-time clinical practicum in audiology at an off-campus site. Supervised clinical practicum in audiology requiring the independent performance of audiologic assessment procedures, audiologic rehabilitation, and vestibular assessment and rehabilitation. (8 credits)

7700: 731 Clinical Seminar in Audiology. In-depth consideration of topics/issues in the practice of audiology with emphasis upon issues related to clinical rotation issues