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Audiology (Au.D.)

Bloomsburg's Clinical Doctorate of Audiology is a four-year program placing major emphasis on clinical training and the practical application of research, theory, and technology into clinical practice.

Degrees & Offerings
  • Au.D.
Department
College
Program Contact
Professor of Audiology, Coordinator for the AuD Program
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The first two years of the program emphasize didactic instruction and laboratory class work combining theory, practicality and emerging technology. The emphasis in the final two years is on combining the theory with clinical learning experiences. The fourth year is a full year externship with monitoring and advisement.

The audiology program includes:

  • Academic and clinical training in diagnosis
  • Amplification
  • Electrophysiological testing
  • Aural rehabilitation
  • Educational audiology
  • Assistive devices
  • Cochlear implants
  • Industrial audiology and private practice

Both academic and practicum experiences focus on the prevention, identification, evaluation and treatment of individuals with disorders of the auditory, balance and related systems.

Courses and Curriculum

Our Clinical Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) program is an 11 semester, 123-129 credit program that provides training covering the breadth of knowledge necessary for clinical work.

Audiology Program Admission

Admission to the Doctorate of Audiology program is on a competitive basis. Interested students are encouraged to apply early. Application deadline is Feb. 1.

Conditional Acceptance

The Communication Sciences and Disorders Admissions Committee accepts graduate students based on the evaluation of an applicant’s ability and readiness for graduate work. The committee may conditionally accept a limited number of undergraduate students enrolled in Bloomsburg University’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program who meet the strict criteria established by the Department.

Application Process

Applications to Bloomsburg University’s AuD program are managed by the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS). The applicant portal opens in early August and can be accessed using this link: CSDCAS Portal.

Materials to be submitted through CSDCAS include:

  • a one-page, typed letter detailing your professional background, experience and rationale for seeking admission to the AuD Program
  • three letters of recommendation from references who have knowledge of your academic and/or clinical background
  • current resume
  • GRE scores (*not required for Fall 2023 admission)

Prerequisite coursework and requirements

  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00
  • A minimum of three semester hours in each: life sciences, physical sciences, behavioral sciences, mathematics, written and oral communications
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • TOEFL scores for international students

Individuals not meeting all requirements: Conditional admission is considered upon recommendation of the faculty.

The deadline for receipt and verification of all application materials is Feb. 1st of the year that you plan to begin the graduate program.
Applications are only accepted for fall semester enrollment.

CSD 582 Research in Communication Disorders
CSD 600 Diagnostic Audiology I: Assessment of Auditory Sensitivity and Speech perception
CSD 601 Aural Rehabilitation for adults*
CSD 602 Hearing Science I
CSD 603 Internship: Clinic Methods/Practicum in Audiology I
CSD 604 Hearing Aids: Theoretical and Technical Considerations
CSD 605 Diagnostic Audiology II: Acoustic immittance, site of lesion and pseudohypacusis
CSD 606 Electronics and Instrumentation in Audiology*
CSD 607 Internship: Clinic Methods/Practicum in Audiology II
CSD 608 Evaluation and Treatment of Tinnitus
CSD 609 Theoretical and Clinical Masking
CSD 610 Auditory Problems in Children
CSD 611 Internship: Clinic Methods/Practicum in Audiology III
CSD 621 Hearing Science II
CSD 622 Aural Habilitation and Rehab for Children
CSD 623 Internship: Clinic Methods/Practicum in Audiology IV
CSD 624 Hearing Aids: Clinical Considerations and Fitting Practices
CSD 625 Clinical Neuroanatomy of Auditory, Visual and Somatasensory System
CSD 626 Internship: Clinic Methods/Practicum in Audiology V
CSD 627 Central Auditory Processing Disorders
CSD 628 Geriatric Audiology*
CSD 629 Personal and Interpersonal Implications of Aural Habilitation/Rehab
CSD 630 Internship: Clinic Methods/Practicum in Audiology VI
CSD 631 Auditory Neurophysiology for the Audiologist
CSD 635 Clinical Physiological Methods in Audiology: ABR, EcochG
CSD 636 Professional Ethics and Cult Divers*
CSD 637 Medical Audiology
CSD 638 Clinic Externship/Residency I
CSD 639 Evaluation and Management of Balance Disorders I
CSD 649 Evaluation and Management of Balance Disorders II
CSD 640 Cochlear, Auditory Brainstem and Middle Ear Implants: Assessment and Management
CSD 642 Clinic Externship/Residency II
CSD 643 Hearing Conservation
CSD 644 Issues and Perspectives in Audio. Practices*
CSD 646 Clinic Externship/Residency III
CSD 647 Clinic Externship/Residency IV
CSD 648 Clinic Externship/Residency V
CSD 650 CSD Introduction to Intraoperative Neuromonitoring
CSD 699 Dissertation (optional) *

On and Off-campus clinical experiences required throughout the program.

  • 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. The required Research course entails the completion of a document that emphasizes elements of a literature review, research design, and statistical application.
  • All students are required to successfully complete candidacy examinations prior to beginning the 3rd year off-campus experience.

In addition to acquiring the necessary academic and clinical knowledge to practice as an Audiologist, the program also offers a research option.

  • Research Option: This track is for students interested in completing an individualized research project as part of their program requirements under the direction of an Audiology faculty member. Students seeking permission to complete a research project as part of their program requirements are recommended to speak with the Au.D. Graduate Coordinator/Advisor as early in the program as possible for guidance on initiating the process.
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First
Year
CSD 600 
Diagnostic Audiology I 
CSD 603
Internship: Clinical Audiology 
CSD 604
Hearing Aids Theory and Technology 
CSD 650*
Intro IONM
Total = 12 credits
 
CSD 605
Diagnostic Audiology II 
CSD 607
Internship: Clinical Audiology 
CSD 602
Hearing Science I 
CSD 639
Evaluation and Management of Balance Disorders I
Total = 12 credits
CSD 582
Research in Communication Disorders 
CSD 609
Theoretical and Clinical Masking 
CSD 610
Auditory Problems in Children 
CSD 611
Internship: Clinical Audiology 
Total = 12 credits
Second Year
 
CSD 623
Internship:
Clinical Audiology 
CSD 625
Neuroanatomy of the Auditory, Visual, and Somatosensory Systems 
CSD 649
Evaluation and Management of Balance Disorders II 
CSD 621
Hearing Science II
Total = 12 credits
CSD 624
Hearing Aids: Clinical Considerations and Fitting Practices 
CSD 626
Internship: Clinical Audiology 
CSD 631
Auditory Neurophysiology for the Audiologist 
CSD 635
Clinical and Physiological Methods in Audiology
Total = 12 credits
CSD 608
Evaluation and Treatment of Tinnitus 
CSD 629
Perspectives and Interpersonal Implications of Aural Rehabilitation 
CSD 627
Central Auditory Processing Disorders 
CSD 630
Internship: Clinical Audiology
Total = 12 credits
Third Year CSD 622
Aural Rehabilitation: Child
CSD 643
Hearing Conversation
CSD 637
Medical Audiology
CSD 638
Clinical Externship/Residency I
Total = 12 credits 
CSD 601
Aural Rehabilitation for Adults
CSD 640
Cochlear Implants
CSD 606
Electronics and Instrumentation in Audiology
CSD 642
Clinical Externship/Residency
Total = 12 credits 
CSD 636
Professional Ethics and Cultural Diversity
CSD 644
Issues and Perspectives in Audiological Practices
CSD 628
Geriatric Audiology
CSD 646
Clinical Externship/Residency III
Total = 12 credits 
Fourth Year CSD 647
Clinical Externship/Residency IV
Total = 6 credits
CSD 648
Clinical Externship/Residency V
Total = 6 credits
 

* Following completion of CSD 650, student may apply to complete IONM Certificate coursework concurrently with Au.D. program.

Student must maintain a QPA of 3.0 with no more than two grades lower than a B- throughout the doctoral audiology program. A grade of B- or lower in any clinical experience will necessitate repeating the course to achieve a grade of B or higher.

Knowledge and Skills Assessment (KASA): Students will have regular and ongoing opportunities to assess their knowledge and skills acquired in the academic and clinical program. Standard 5.3. The results of this assessment will be used to plan and implement program improvements. Students track their progress in achieving certification standards by completing a form (KASA) every semester so that progress can be reviewed with the faculty and with the academic advisor.  


Om-time Program Completion Rates

 

Period # Completed within Expected Time Frame % Completed within Expected Time Frame
Recent Year
2021-2022
8 100%
1 Year Prior
2020-2021
14 100%
2 Year Prior
2019-2020
13 100%

Praxis Pass Rates

Reporting Period # Taking the Exam # Passed Exam % Passed Exam  Rate
Recent Year
2021-2022
6 5 83.3%
1 Year Prior
2020-2021
15 13 86.6%
2 Years Prior
2019-2020
12 11 91.6%

Employment Rates of Graduates

 

Reporting Period Employment Rate in Profession
# of Graduates from prior year % of Graduates from prior year
Recent Year
2021-2022
8 100%
1 Year Prior
2020-2021
14 100%
2 Year Prior
2019-2020
13 100%

 

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Research and Practicum

Research

Students in the Au.D. program will have the opportunity to be involved in research projects with program faculty, as well as conduct their own research under the guidance of Audiology faculty. Student research grants are available through BU and National Organizations (AAA, ASHA). Students are encouraged to present their research at State and National meetings.

Practicum

Practicum opportunities are available through BU's on-campus Audiology Clinic in Centennial Hall and other affiliated agencies. Affiliations are also in place with more than 80 hospitals, clinics, public schools and private practice settings.

Services offered at the on-campus Audiology Clinic:

  • Diagnostic evaluations — Pure tone air/bone conduction, speech audiometry, tympanometry, acoustic reflex studies, otoacoustic emissions
  • Electrophysiologic evaluations — Auditory evoked potentials, stacked auditory evoked potential, steady state evoked potential, electrocochleography, visual evoked, somatosensory evoked
  • Hearing Aid/Assistive Devices — Selection, verification and orientation of digital technology and assistive devices across the life span
  • Hospital Clinic — Newborn hearing screening, occupational medicine and in and out patient services
  • Aural Rehabilitation — Habilitative and rehabilitative services and counseling with a patient-centered focus across the lifespan
  • Central Auditory Processing — Evaluations and interventions
  • Cochlear Implant Clinic — Selection, programming, and troubleshooting
  • Electrophysiology Clinic Diagnostic Testing — otoacoustic emissions, auditory evoked potentials, visual evoked, somatosensory evoked, stacked auditory evoked potential, electrocochleography, steady state evoked potential
  • Tinnitus Clinic — Diagnostics, intervention services that include sound generators, counseling, and tinnitus retraining therapy
  • Vestibular/Balance Clinic — Diagnostic (videonystagmography, rotational chair, dynamic computerized posturography, vestibular myogenic evoked potentials) and rehabilitative services

Licensure and Certification

Bloomsburg University is approved to offer programs that lead to certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensure in Pennsylvania. BU’s Doctorate in Audiology program is designed to prepare you for the national exam required for certification and leads to eligibility for audiology licensure in Pennsylvania. BU cannot confirm that this program meets the requirements for licensure in other states. Other states’ requirements may be viewed at the ASHA website. Because requirements differ by state, applicants should verify requirements for their state(s) of interest prior to applying to this program. Note that state requirements are subject to change at any time and without notice. Please visit https://bloomu.edu/state-authorization and https://www.asha.org/ for more details.

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CAA Accreditation

"The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program in audiology residential program at Bloomsburg-Commonwealth University of Pennsylvania 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.

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