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Audiology (Au.D.) Curriculum
Audiology (Au.D.) Curriculum
The Clinical Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) program at Bloomsburg University is advertised as an 11 semester program, 123-129 credit program (Traditional Audiology vs. Intraoperative Neurological Monitoring Tracks, respectively) that provides training covering the breadth of knowledge necessary for clinical work as a Doctor of Audiology.
AUDSLP 582 Research in Communication Disorders
AUDSLP 600 Diagnostic Audiology I: Assessment of Auditory Sensitivity and Speech perception
AUDSLP 601 Aural Rehabilitation for adults
AUDSLP 602 Hearing Science I
AUDSLP603 Internship: Clinic Methods/Practicum in Audiology I
AUDSLP 604 Hearing Aids: Theoretical and Technical Considerations
AUDSLP 605 Diagnostic Audiology II: Acoustic immittance, site of lesion and pseudohypacusis
AUDSLP 606 Electronics and Instrumentation in Audiology
AUDSLP 607 Internship: Clinic Methods/Practicum in Audiology II
AUDSLP 608 Evaluation and Treatment of Tinnitus
AUDSLP 609 Theoretical and Clinical Masking
AUDSLP 610 Auditory Problems in Children
AUDSLP 611 Internship: Clinic Methods/Practicum in Audiology III
AUDSLP 621 Hearing Science II
AUDSLP 622 Aural Habilitation and Rehab for Children
AUDSLP 623 Internship: Clinic Methods/Practicum in Audiology IV
AUDSLP 624 Hearing Aids: Clinical Considerations and Fitting Practices
AUDSLP 625 Clinical Neuroanatomy of Auditory, Visual and Somatasensory System
AUDSLP 626 Internship: Clinic Methods/Practicum in Audiology V
AUDSLP 627 Central Auditory Processing Disorders
AUDSLP 628 Geriatric Audiology*
AUDSLP 629 Personal and Interpersonal Implications of Aural Habilitation/Rehab
AUDSLP 630 Internship: Clinic Methods/Practicum in Audiology VI
AUDSLP 631 Auditory Neurophysiology for the Audiologist
AUDSLP 635 Clinical Physiological Methods in Audiology: ABR, EcochG
AUDSLP 636 Professional Ethics and Cult Divers*
AUDSLP 637 Medical Audiology
AUDSLP 638 Clinic Externship/Residency I
AUDSLP 639 Evaluation and Management of Balance Disorders I
AUDSLP 649 Evaluation and Management of Balance Disorders II
AUDSLP 640 Cochlear, Auditory Brainstem and Middle Ear Implants: Assessment and Management
AUDSLP 642 Clinic Externship/Residency II
AUDSLP 643 Hearing Conservation
AUDSLP 644 Issues and Perspectives in Audio. Practices*
AUDSLP 646 Clinic Externship/Residency III
AUDSLP 647 Clinic Externship/Residency IV
AUDSLP 648 Clinic Externship/Residency V
AUDSLP 694 Special Topics in Audiology
AUDSLP 699 Thesis (optional) *
Clinical practicum and externships are required throughout the program.
Thesis track may substitute six (6) credits of thesis (3 cr. x 2) for six credits of coursework (3 cr. x 2) from those indicated with (*)
Thesis vs. Academic Tracks
In addition to acquiring the necessary academic and clinical knowledge to practice as a Audiologist, the program also offers a Doctoral Thesis tracks/option for those students who may want to fully investigate an individualized research project and/or have aspiration of moving on from the clinical entry degree (Au.D.) to the research-based Ph.D. in Audiology.
As the student enters into their second year of the Au.D. program, one of the following optional tracks may be chosen:
- Thesis Track/Option: Students will have the option of substituting six (6) credits of Thesis for six (6) credits of 3rd year coursework (clinical practicum courses cannot be substituted). Students seeking permission to take Thesis credits (a minimum of 6 are required) will submit a plan of study detailing a guideline for successful completion by the end of the 3rd year for approval by the Department Chairperson and the Dean of Graduate Studies. If approved, the student (in conjunction with their academic advisor) will select two (2) academic courses (3 cr. x 2 = 6 credits) for Thesis credit substitution from a series of 3rd year coursework selected by the faculty (see Program Course Checklists).
Course substitutions should be scheduled to provide beneficial release time from academic work for Thesis completion by the end of the 3rd year. Students will be strongly advised to either audit or attend the courses being substituted by Thesis credits so that further knowledge and skills may be acquired (auditing or attending releases the students from specific requirements such as tests, papers, etc. of the course). A series of courses from 2nd and 3rd year Au.D. coursework that can be used for Thesis credit substitution will be provided by faculty.
If at any point, a thesis student does not show adequate progress or chooses not to complete the Thesis, they will be required to complete any academic coursework that had been substituted for Thesis credits – this may result in a delay in graduation. Therefore, it is essential that any student approved for Thesis work diligently with their advisor to complete the Thesis by the end of the 3rd year.
- Academic Track/Non-Thesis Option: The non-thesis student will complete all current academic coursework in the Au.D. program and would not be required to complete Thesis credits. In comparison to Thesis students, they will substitute six (6) credits of academic coursework for six (6) credits of Thesis.
- In accord with ASHA/CAA standards, coursework that provides opportunities for students to become knowledgeable consumers of research literature (with an emphasis on the fundamentals of evidence-based practice and the application of these principles and practices to clinical populations) has been and will continue to be provided. In particular, a key outcome of program required coursework in the required Research course has been and will continue to be a completed paper emphasizing elements of literature review, research design, and statistical application. Evaluation of scholarly writing skills has been and will continue to be implemented in various Au.D. courses such as Speech & Language Development for the Audiologist, Pediatric Audiology, etc.
- All students will be required to successfully complete comprehensive/candidacy examinations near the end of their second year of study.