- Doctor of Audiology
Nature of the Program
The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders uses approaches to pedagogy – the “how” of teaching and learning – that are based on current scholarship in higher education. These pedagogical approaches, influenced by constructivism, vary depending on the content and purpose of individual courses and may include:
- Team-based learning, in which students are strategically placed in small groups that work collectively to apply course content to rigorous structured activities and assignments
- Project-based learning, whereby students demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge and skills by investigating, evaluating and solving authentic problems faced by clients, the field or society, with less direction from instructors compared to team-based learning
- Experiential learning, in which a clinical or research experience is an opportunity to learn while the students’ analysis and reflection on the experience is where the learning occurs
- Research-based learning, where students use the latest knowledge and thinking, in dialogue with teaching, research and clinical faculty and each other, to engage in guided inquiry, knowledge seeking, and skill development
The purpose of the Au.D. program is to provide students with the academic and clinical preparation to diagnose and treat the full range of hearing and vestibular disorders in all age groups. It is the goal of the program to prepare audiologists who are competent to work effectively in a wide variety of clinical settings, including hospitals, clinics, special treatment centers, schools, industry, and private practice. The program consists of 98 credit hours of academic coursework and clinical practicum experiences, including a 12 month residency.
The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program in audiology at West Virginia University 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.
Graduate Admissions Philosophy
Because we are committed to the mission and vision of the Division of Communication Sciences & Disorders, the faculty have adopted a holistic review process to foster a diverse and inclusive culture. We welcome students who are reflective critical thinkers and embody curiosity, compassion, collaboration, as well as an openness to feedback.
Applicants will be considered for our graduate programs if they have remarkable personal attributes that are predictive of academic and clinical success, high academic achievement, and English proficiency.
- Personal attributes. Applicants are expected to possess remarkable personal characteristics that are necessary for success in graduate study as well as in professional clinical practice. These characteristics include:
- a desire for lifelong learning,
- critical thinking ability,
- strong interpersonal and collaborative skills, and
- an openness to receiving constructive feedback.
- Academic achievement. Students must have:
- Obtained a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning prior to starting the program,
- Maintained an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.8 (where ‘A’ = 4.0),
- Completed the prerequisite coursework listed below with a grade of ‘C’ or better. A course in phonetics and in speech/hearing science must be completed before the application deadline. The remaining prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting the graduate program.
- At least one 3-credit course in each of the following CSD content areas:
- Language Acquisition/Development
- Anatomy & Physiology of Speech and Hearing
- Speech & Hearing Science
- Introduction to Audiology
- At least one 3-credit course in each related content area listed below:
- Physics or Chemistry
- Social/Behavioral Science
- Biological Science
- For more information on related academic courses, see the ASHA Coursework requirements related to certification standards.
- At least one 3-credit course in each of the following CSD content areas:
- English proficiency. Applicants who did not complete their bachelor's degree in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, or New Zealand must meet the minimum score requirements for English proficiency. WVU’s minimum score requirements for English proficiency are: Academic IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL iBT score of 79, PTE Academic score of 53, or Duolingo English Test score of 105.
For specific information about how to apply, including the current application timeline and tests/materials required, please visit the Communication Sciences & Disorders webpage.
Major Code: 8363
Doctor of Audiology
|A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required|
|A minimum grade of B- or higher is required in all graduate coursework|
|CSAD 710||Psychoacoustics & Anatomy and Physiology||3|
|CSAD 665||Diversity and Inclusion||2|
|CSAD 738||Approaches to Care||1|
|CSAD 709||Practical/Clinical Experience Enrollment 1||1|
|CSAD 618||Evidence-Based Practice||3|
|CSAD 664||Principle of Diagnostics||2|
|CSAD 711||Adult Behavioral Assessments||3|
|CSAD 715||Communication Technologies for Adults: Assessment, Candidacy and Selection||3|
|CSAD 729||Practical/Clincal Experience Enrollment 2||1|
|CSAD 714||Neurophysiological Bases of Speech and Language||4|
|CSAD 725||Electrophysiologic Assessments||3|
|CSAD 723||Developmental Audiology & Pediatric Assessment||2|
|CSAD 721||Communication Technologies for Adults: Fitting, Verifying & Validating||3|
|CSAD 717||Genetics, Pharmacology & Ototoxicity||1|
|CSAD 739||Practical/Clinical Experience Enrollment 3||2|
|CSAD 734||Auditory Processing Disorders & Non-Organic Hearing Loss: Assessment & Intervention||3|
|CSAD 735||Tinnitus & Hyperacusis: Assessment & Intervention||1|
|CSAD 749||Practical/Clinical Experience Enrollment 4||2|
|CSAD 736||Vestibular Disorders: Assessment||4|
|CSAD 731||Pediatric Audiologic Habilitation: Assessment & Intervention||3|
|CSAD 747||Cochlear Implant: Assessment, Candidacy & Mapping||2|
|CSAD 748||Communication Technologies for Children: Assessment, Selection, Fitting, Verifying & Validation||2|
|CSAD 759||Practical/Clinical Experience Enrollment 5||2|
|CSAD 737||Vestibular Disorders: Intervention||2|
|CSAD 713||Adult Audiologic Rehabilitation: Assessment & Intervention||2|
|CSAD 741||Businesses Practices & Supervision||3|
|CSAD 743||Noise in the Workplace: Assessment & Mitigation, Hearing Screening & Protection||2|
|CSAD 769||Practical/Clinical Experience Enrollment 6||3|
|CSAD 720||Prevention, Advocacy & Consumer Education||1|
|Final Year Clinical Experience Enrollment||25|
Final Year Clinical Experience Enrollment
|Take the Praxis Exam in Audiology|
|Successful Completion of Four Competency Based Assessments|
|Successful Completion of Culminating Project|
All students in the Au.D. program must be full-time in residence during the program of study. The minimum duration for graduate study is eleven consecutive semesters (including summer sessions). Part-time students are not eligible for admission to the Au.D. degree program.
Suggested Plan of Study
|Competency Assessment of Professional Skills #1|
|Competency Assessment of Professional Skills #2|
|Competency Assessment of Professional Skills #3|
|Competency Assessment of Professional Skills #4|
|Total credit hours: 98|
Note: Each cohort starts in the Summer Term, therefore, First Semester is a Summer Term.
Major Learning Outcomes
This intentional, relevant, and comprehensive curriculum provides future audiologists the knowledge and skills needed to independently practice the full scope of audiology as caring and competent members of the profession.
Graduates of the Au.D. Program should be able to:
- Provide audiology services using evidence-based best practices and professional skills consistent with an entry-level clinician
- Collaborate with clients and families and colleagues and interprofessional team members in order to provide evidence-based individualized services that respect and meet the needs of diverse people
- Advocate for clients and clinical populations related to issues, sites, regions, and legislation using a variety of strategies and methods based upon best professional practice.