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Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)(Clinical)

Audiology students and faculty holiday party

The department offers a clinical doctorate program in Audiology culminating in the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree. The four-year program began in fall 2010 and requires a student to complete 67 credits of academic coursework and 25 clinical practicum credits.

The general educational objectives of the AuD Program of Study are to: (1) prepare audiology practitioners who are well-grounded in the basic sciences; (2) provide didactic coursework and supervised clinical practicum experiences necessary to enable students to develop competencies in the areas outlined by ASHA (Foundations of Practice, Prevention and Identification, and Evaluation and Treatment), and (3) expose students to research in an effort to develop skills that will allow them to use evidence-based approaches to clinical practice.

Students completing the Au.D. program will have met the course and practicum requirements set by ASHA for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology and for New York State licensure.

Any student holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in this country, or its equivalent in a foreign institution, will be eligible for the AuD program in audiology. Potential students need not have an undergraduate degree in the field of speech and/or hearing sciences. However, in order to comply with ASHA general education requirements, all students will need to take, or show evidence of having taken, coursework in math, science, social science, basic human communication processes, and speech/language disorders. If a student has not taken any of these courses as an undergraduate and needs to take them as part of the graduate program, then it may add to the length of the student's program. (see below for more details of general education requirements)

Dual Au.D. / Ph.D program in Audiology

Syracuse University also offers a combined AuD/PhD degree program for those students interested in receiving both a professional doctoral degree (AuD) and a research doctoral degree (PhD).
The AuD/PhD is 110 a credit program, which allows students to pursue both their clinical training and their research training in a rigorous, intensive and streamlined program. All students must be accepted into the AuD program, and application to the dual AuD/PhD program is made after successful completion of the first year of the AuD program. Each student in the AuD/PhD program must have a faculty research sponsor, and this sponsorship must be agreed upon prior to the time of enrollment in the dual program. Students must pass a prequalifying exam at the end of their first year in the AuD/PhD program, and qualifying exams at the end of their coursework. The academic and research experiences lead to the dissertation, which is typically begun in the fourth year of study. It is anticipated that the dual degree can be completed in 6 years of full-time study.

Sample Program

Sample AuD Course of Study

Clinical Practicum

Students will have a wide variety of clinical experiences. They will begin work in the Gebbie Speech-Language-Hearing Clinics, where they will receive maximum supervision. The Gebbie Speech-Language-Hearing Clinics, opened in 1972, are located in a separate wing of the Gordon D. Hoople Building. The clinics serve the Syracuse community and surrounding areas. Audiology practica in the Gebbie Hearing Clinic include diagnostic evaluations of clients of all ages as well as participation in a comprehensive Hearing Aid Delivery Program. Students obtain first-hand experience in the entire hearing aid delivery process, including evaluation, selection, fitting, and counseling. Aural rehabilitation practicum is obtained in the Gebbie Clinic or at a variety of external practicum sites.

After their first academic year, students will be placed at one of our local extern sites, which include clinical rotations in hospitals, private-practices, rehabilitation centers, and schools in the Syracuse area. Through these various externships, students are not only exposed to a variety of diagnostic and rehabilitative modalities, but also have opportunities to observe procedures such as otologic surgeries and neuroimaging. We have extern sites located in less populated areas that serve more rural communities and other sites that are based in large metropolitan areas. Externship sites in the central NY region for audiology students include hospitals & medical centers in Syracuse, Albany, Utica and Rochester. During the fourth year of the program, audiology students are placed in a full-time clinical externship. These full-time externship sites may be located within the Syracuse area or in many other locations in New York State and across the country.

  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary - Boston, MA
  • Veteran's Administration Hospital – Tampa, FL; Syracuse, NY; Boston, MA
  • Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Albany Medical Center

Background Course Requirements

Information on coursework requirements for ASHA Certification and CSD background fulfillment.

Capstone Experience

At the conclusion of their academic and local clinic work, each student must pass an examination designed to comprehensively and intensively assess AuD students' academic and clinical preparation.