UAMS.EDU

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long is the doctoral program?
    • Four years (11 semesters); three years of academic course work with short-term clinical practicum experiences and a fourth year externship.
  • How many students are in each class?
    • Each class usually consists of 9 students.
  • Can out of state students apply and be accepted?
    • Yes, out of state students can apply and be accepted.
  • When can I come for a tour of the campus?
    • Consider signing up for one of the scheduled Open Houses. If those dates will not work, we would be happy to schedule an alternative visit. Call us at 501-569-3155.
  • Can I work while going to the graduate program in audiology?
    • We encourage students to focus on their studies, but if they must work, limit the number of hours worked per week to no more than 5 to 15 hours. This will certainly apply to students who have a graduate assistantship.
  • What hours will I be in attendance at school while enrolled in the audiology program?
    • Students will be busy in graduate school with both classroom and clinic demands on their time that would require them to be on campus or at their clinical sites. Most program-related activities occur during normal work hours (8am to 5pm), but there may be times when a course or clinical practicum extends into the early evening. On occasion, there will also be required events that occur on weekday evenings or weekends. These will be announced in advance.
  • What is the deadline for admission applications?
    • February 15
  • When do classes begin?
    • Students are admitted once a year for the fall semester and classes begin in August.
  • Is it “hard” to get accepted into the program?
    • Admission to the program is competitive and based on the following factors: academic achievement, academic aptitude, leadership and professionalism, and written and oral communication. The way in we gauge these factors is based on a variety of information: GRE scores, overall undergraduate GPA and GPA in the major/last 60 hours, recommendations, your personal statement and resume, and interview.
  • Should I send a college transcript for all college coursework?
    • Yes, it is a requirement for admission. More importantly, we require transcripts from all post-secondary institutions where you have taken college or graduate level courses.
  • Is financial aid available?
    • Interested individuals may contact the Student Financial Services Office (telephone 501-686-5451) for information concerning available grants, loans and scholarships in the College. Contact 501-569-3155 for information regarding a limited number of graduate assistantships and other forms of financial assistance in the department.
  • Do I have to have every prerequisite course completed before I can apply for admission?
    • At the time of application (deadline: February 1st), all prerequisite course work does not have to be completed. Undergraduate students usually apply during their senior year, and some applicants may have come from programs unrelated to audiology or speech pathology (see next question).
  • What undergraduate courses are recommended?
    • Applicants must have earned at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university.  Undergraduate-level course work in mathematics, including a course in statistics, and course work in biological, physical and behavioral sciences is required.  The program also requires one course in phonetics and one in language acquisition (these two will be required as pre-requisites prior to fall of the 2ndyear in the Au.D. program). Pre-requisite courses do not count toward the total hours for the Au.D. program.
  • If I am past the traditional college age, am I too old to enter the profession of audiology?
    • There are no age requirements for admission to our program.
  • Is audiology a field for women only?
    • There are no gender requirements for this profession.
  • Are audiologists at risk for Infectious diseases?
    • Audiologists are at no greater risk than any other health care professional. Policies and procedures for infection control are consistent with universal precautions as standard of care for both on-campus and off-campus clinical rotations.
  • How many students are admitted to the program and how many apply?
    • Each year the number of applicants to our Au.D. program increases. Each year we admit 9 students. For Fall 2015 admission, 97 applicants applied to our program. For the Fall 2015 incoming class, the average combined verbal and quantitative GRE score was 303.1, the average GRE writing was 3.9, and the average cumulative GPA was 3.55 on a 4.0 scale and the average major GPA was 3.79 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Is the program clinical or researched based?
    • We implement evidence-based practices for all clinical experiences. Students have the opportunity and are encouraged to participate in research activities in the department. All students are required to complete a capstone research project.
  • Is the program more focused in one area over the other? (e.g., geriatrics vs. pediatrics; hospital vs. private practice, etc.)
    • Student practicum experienced will be tailored to meet certain minimums, with some flexibility shaping the clinical experiences towards the student’s long-term goals. The Au.D. is a generalist degree and our program offers a variety of clinical experiences and provides students with a well-rounded education.
  • What makes your program stand out from other programs?
    • This is an urban-oriented, consortium program combining the clinical and research resources of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with the academic resources of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Additional support for this program comes through other cooperating clinical partners within the Little Rock urban area and around the state. The program is accredited through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Council for Academic Accreditation in Audiology and is also accredited by ASHA as a continuing education sponsor.
    • Our Au.D. program is unique in Arkansas in the following ways:
      • It is the only Au.D. program in the state of Arkansas.
      • It is a consortium program, combining the resources of a traditional university (UALR, College of Education and Health Professions) and a medical sciences campus (UAMS, College of Health Professions). Faculty, staff, and students have dual citizenship with two institutions only 3.5 miles apart.
      • There is a balanced mix of Ph.D. and Au.D. faculty who provide both clinical and classroom teaching.
      • All Au.D. students complete a small-scale mentored capstone research project (not a thesis or dissertation). A thesis option is available to interested students.
      • Our department offers a Ph.D., which may be pursued jointly with the Au.D. Students may begin Ph.D. application after being admitted to the Au.D. program.
      • In the Fall of 2014, our department began a new certificate program in Auditory-Based Intervention. Students admitted to either the Au.D. program or to the M.S. program (i.e.., speech pathology) will have the option to pursue this 15-credit hour certificate to help boost their credentials and experience in working with deaf/hard of hearing children.