The Professional Doctorate program in Audiology (Au.D.) is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850, Telephone: 800-638-8255.
The Au.D. program at Wayne State University is designed to provide students with the greatest clinical education opportunities available. The clinical and academic curricula are designed to help students meet the credential of licensure and to be consistent with the standards of the Council on Academic Accreditation. Students have the option of following a clinical curriculum that will lead to certification by ASHA.
The Au.D. program is specifically designed for individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited university and who have met the prerequisite requirements for admission to the Au.D. This is a 4-year (11 consecutive semesters) full-time academic and clinical program. Most students who have completed an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders meet our coursework requirements for admission. Students with undergraduate degrees in other fields may need to complete prerequisite courses prior to admission to the graduate program.
Prerequisite courses for admission to the Au.D. program include coursework in behavioral and social sciences, mathematics, natural science, human communication, language acquisition, phonetics, acoustics and/or speech science, and an introductory course in human communication disorders. Most students have also completed additional introductory coursework in speech-language pathology and audiology.
Admission is based on academic performance, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal essay. Transcripts, scores, and a completed application must be submitted in total prior to consideration for admission. The Department will arrange a personal interview with applicants in person, or via the internet.
The integrated 4-year curriculum includes coursework in all aspects of audiology. (See AuD Courses for a listing of courses from the University's Graduate Bulletin.). Full-time on-campus faculty lead the program. In addition, because of its unique location in Metropolitan Detroit, the department is able to draw on the rich experience of a number of local experts in audiology, speech-language pathology, deaf education, and related disciplines. The first 2 years of the Au.D. curriculum include basic coursework in acoustics, hearing science, hearing disorders, instrumentation, and basic clinical audiology. The third and fourth years include coursework in advanced topics such as cochlear implants, intra-operative monitoring, vestibular electrodiagnosis and central auditory processing.
In 2011, Henry Ford Health System and Wayne State University began an affiliation designed to enhance clinical training of audiology students. Under the direction of Brad Stach, Ph.D. the faculty and staff of the Division of Audiology in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Henry Ford assumed primary responsibility for and oversight of clinical training activities of audiology students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at WSU. The audiology staff at Henry Ford works in conjunction with their WSU clinical faculty counterpart, Stephanie McLear, Au.D. to manage the administrative aspects of the clinical program. Together, the departments support students to provide the best clinical education possible.
During the first year of study, students are introduced to clinical practice in the Wayne State University Audiology Clinic. Here, students learn clinical skills in a sheltered environment. During non-clinic hours, students utilize the clinical space for laboratory exercises designed to strengthen their knowledge base. Clinical competency examinations are used to determine student preparedness to progress toward more advanced clinical training. In the second year students rotate through the four audiology clinics of the Henry Ford Health System, serving an economically and culturally diverse population. In the third year, while participating in advanced audiology coursework, students rotate through each of three “specialty” facilities, including pediatrics, adult geriatric, and private practice settings. Students spend 20 hours per week at each site per semester. The fourth year consists of an immersive, 12-month, full-time clinical externship experience in which the student progresses gradually toward independence under the supervision of a clinical educator.
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