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Audiology (Au.D.)

Bloomsburg University'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
Interim Department Chair, Au.D. Program Coordinator, Associate Professor of Audiology
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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.

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.

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 2022 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.

CAA Accreditation

Bloomsburg University's clinical doctorate (Au.D.) program in Audiology is fully accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Any concerns specific to the program's accreditation status should first be addressed to the program and Bloomsburg University and then to the CAA.

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.

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 694 Special Topics in Audiology
CSD 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 (*)

  • 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.

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.
  Fall Spring Summer
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. 
**
Thesis track students may substitute 6 credits of CSD 599: Thesis in Communication Sciences and Disorders (3 cr. x 2) for 6 credits of coursework (3 cr. x 2) 

Audiology Doctorate Student Handbook

 

 

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.  


Program Completion Rate

Period Number Completing
On-time
Number Completing
Later Than On-time
Number Not
Completing
Total
2020-2021 14 0 0 100%
2019-2020 13 0 0 100%
2018-2019 10 0 0 100%
Three-year Average       100%

Employment Rate

Academic Year Number of Graduates Employed Number of Graduates
Not Employed
Percent of Graduates
2020-2021 14 0 100%
2019-2020 13 0 100%
2018-2019 10 0 100%
Three-year Average     100%

PRAXIS Pass Rate

Period Number of Test-Takers Taking the Exam Number of Test-Takers
Passed
Pass Rate
2020-2021 15 13 86.66%
2019-2020 12 11 91.67%
2018-2019 15 12 80%
Three-year Average     85.71%

Official GRE scores (*not required for Fall 2022 admission)

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Practical Learning

Research

Students in the doctoral audiology program will have the opportunity to be involved in clinical research projects with the department faculty, as well as conduct their own research under the guidance of the 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 contracted services the clinic provides to local public schools, hospitals, private practice and industry. Affiliations are also in place with more than 80 hospitals, clinics, public schools and private practice settings.

Hearing Aid Clinic In-house clinic:

  • Hearing Aid Clinic — Selection, verification and orientation of analog and digital technology across the life span
  • Hospital Clinic — Newborn hearing screening, occupational medicine and in and out patient services
  • Aural Rehabilitation — Infant habilitation and counseling with a parent-centered focus, school-age evaluation for assistive devices and amplification, geriatric rehabilitation
  • Electrophysiology Clinic Diagnostic Testing — otoacoustic emissions, auditory evoked potentials, visual evoked, somatosensory evoked, stacked auditory evoked potential, electrocochleography, steady state evoked potential
  • Tinnitus Clinic — Diagnostic and rehabilitative services, auditory maskers, counseling, and tinnitus retraining therapy
  • Vestibular/Balance Clinic — Diagnostic and rehabilitative services, electromystagmography rotational chair, dynamic computerized posturography vestibular myogenic evoked potentials. School age-Central Auditory Processing Disorders, assistive-device, auditory trainers, cochlear implants

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.

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. The specific conditional acceptance policy is here.

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