Program Curriculum

The program requires a minimum of 104 graduate semester credit (SC) hours.  Students should expect to travel two to four hours away from central Arkansas for practicum experiences during their second and third years.  A degree is awarded upon successful completion of all academic and practicum requirements for the College of Health Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  More specific information about program requirements can be obtained by contacting the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology (501-569-3155).

Post-Baccalaureate 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 6 calendar years of initial admission. A minimum of  104 semester credit hours is required for completion of the program.

The following sample degree plan demonstrates a program that meets the credit minimum.

Course #TitleSemester Credit
Year 1
Fall
AUDI 5023Basic Diagnostic Audiology3
AUDI 5041Clinical Laboratory I1
AUDI 5043Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory and Vestibular Systems I3
AUDI 5053Acoustics and Psychoacoustics3
AUDI 5113Amplification I3
AUDI 5401Audiology Practicum1
14
Spring
AUDI 5041Clinical Laboratory II1
AUDI 5073Advanced Diagnostic Audiology3
AUDI 5103Hearing Disorders and Genetics3
AUDI 5193Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory and Vestibular Systems II3
AUDI 5223Amplification II3
AUDI 5401Audiology Practicum1
14
Summer
AUDI 5013Research Methods and Evidence-based Practice3
AUDI 5222Professional Issues & Ethics2
AUDI 5401Audiology Practicum1
6
Year 2
Fall
AUDI 5041Clinical Laboratory III1
AUDI 5083Clinical Electrophysiology3
AUDI 5153Pediatric Diagnostic Audiology3
AUDI 5192Cultural Competence in Audiology2
AUDI 5342Tinnitus & Hyperacusis2
AUDI 5401Audiology Practicum2
13
Spring
AUDI 5041Clinical Laboratory IV1
AUDI 5212Hearing Conservation2
AUDI 5361Directed Research1
AUDI 5173Counseling in Communication Disorders3
AUDI 5233Pediatric Amplification and Intervention3
AUDI 5263Balance in Adults & Children3
AUDI 5401Audiology Practicum2
15
Summer
AUDI 5232Audiology: Practice Management2
AUDI 5361Directed Research2
AUDI 5401Audiology Practicum2
6
Year 3
Fall
AUDI 5033Educational Audiology3
AUDI 5273Implant Device Technology3
AUDI 5283Gerontology in Audiology2
AUDI 5361Directed Research1
AUDI 5401Audiology Practicum2
11
Spring
AUDI 5041Clinical Laboratory V1
AUDI 5063Auditory Processing2
AUDI 5203Topics in Audiology1
AUDI 5243Audiologic Rehabilitation3
AUDI 5401Audiology Practicum2
9
Summer
AUDI 5461Clinical Externship (Practicum)4
4
Year 4
Fall
AUDI 5461Clinical Externship6
6
Spring
AUDI 5461Clinical Externship6
6
TOTAL104

Students will excel academically earning grades of “C” or better and at a minimum maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 to remain in good academic standing. Consequences for not meeting these requirements are on a case-by-case basis as reviewed by the academic and clinical faculty, which may include repeating courses, academic probation and remediation, or dismissal from the program. The Au.D. academic handbook should be consulted for more specific information. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to earn the degree.

This course work represents a minimum of 65 credits of classroom courses, 4 credits  of directed research with successful completion of a capstone project, 5 credits of clinical laboratory, 13 credits of practicum, and 16 credits of clinical externship during the final academic year.

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 or ABA 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 for either track qualifies the student as eligible for audiology licensure in all 50 states and to sit for the Praxis Examination in Audiology, a key component of the ASHA certification standards. 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.