Audiologists are health care professionals who are experts in the non-medical management of the auditory and balance systems. Audiologists evaluate hearing and hearing loss; recommend, fit, and verify personal amplification systems; and assist in school-based amplification decisions as well as many other activities. Graduates of this program are prepared for positions in a variety of professional settings including hospitals and private clinics; private practice; community speech, language, and hearing centers; college and university programs; rehabilitation centers; residential institutions; school systems; and industrial settings.
The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree program is offered in a consortium with the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. This unique educational consortium combines the academic and clinical resources of a major medical sciences campus with those of a large, comprehensive, metropolitan university. It is a full-time four year program with one cohort of 9 students beginning each fall semester, and consists of a total of 11 semesters including three summers. The Au.D. program’s mission, goals, and objectives can be found in the Au.D. Academic Handbook located here.
Post-Bachelor’s Track: Students must have earned at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. This track is designed to be completed in 4 years (including three summers with a common entry point in the fall). Exceptions to these timelines may occur on an individual basis. All work must be completed within 8 calendar years of initial admission. A minimum of 118 semester credit hours are required for completion of the program.
Post-Master’s Track: Students must have earned a master’s degree in audiology, communication sciences and disorders, or the equivalent approved by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) (at least 36 semester credits of graduate level courses specified by the department). Admission to the post-master’s program can occur in any semester. The time to complete the program will vary depending on individual requirements. All work must be completed within eight (8) calendar years of initial admission. A minimum of 118 semester credits are required for graduation (28 credits of clinical practicum will be waived for those who can provide proof of ASHA certification, and up to 30 credits may be transferred from ASHA accredited programs). Proof of current state licensure in audiology and/or national certification in audiology (CCC-A or ABA) must be provided at the time of application.
Successful completion of all program requirements qualifies the student to take national examinations required for licensure and/or certification. Graduates of the program will be eligible to apply to the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Speech Pathology and Audiology for a license to practice audiology in the state. Graduates will also be eligible to apply for national certification. Successful completion of the program does not itself ensure licensure and/or certification. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with state licensure and national certification requirements.
The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850. Telephone: (800) 498-2071 or (301) 296-5700. Website: www.asha.org
Admission to the program is competitive and based on the following criteria:
- Academic achievement
- Academic aptitude
- Leadership and professionalism
- Written and oral communication