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The Au.D. program is a four-year professional doctorate program offered jointly by the UW–Madison Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the UW–Stevens Point School of Communicative Disorders.

The program was designed to train professional audiologists through a firm foundation in science and technology. Clerkships and onsite mentoring assure that students graduate with superior clinical skills.

In this unique program, lecture classes are taught simultaneously at both campuses; videoconferencing allows for interaction with students and faculty at the remote campus. Laboratory experiences are taught separately, using the same curriculum, on each campus. Summer academic course work is entirely online, and clinical experiences take place both on and off campus.

The Au.D. program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech–Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association.

The academic objectives of the program are:

  • To prepare students to enter the profession of audiology fully able to function as independent audiologists in private practice, medical clinics, and school settings.
  • To provide a strong theoretical, technical, and scientific base for the clinical practice of audiology.
  • To prepare students to meet certification and licensure requirements for the practice of clinical audiology.
  • To prepare students to be lifelong learners.

Students apply to either the named option (sub-major) in "Audiology: Collaborative Program at Stevens Point" or "Audiology: Collaborative Program at UW-Madison".

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and processes related to funding.

Program Resources

Financial assistance, sometimes available to graduate students in communication sciences and disorders, consists of scholarships, fellowships, traineeships, and project and research assistant positions. Financial assistance is very limited and varies from year to year. 

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Major Requirements

MODE OF INSTRUCTION

Face to Face Evening/Weekend Online Hybrid Accelerated
Yes No No No No

Mode of Instruction Definitions

CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Credit Requirement 75 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 75 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement All (100%) of the minimum number of credits (75) must be taken in graduate-level coursework; courses with the Graduate Level Coursework attribute are identified and searchable in the university's Course Guide.
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.
Assessments and Examinations Consult the program for specific requirements.
Language Requirements Contact the program for information on any language requirements.
Doctoral Minor / Breadth Requirements Audiology doctoral students are not required to complete a doctoral minor; they may pursue a minor if they wish.

REQUIRED COURSES

Year 1, Fall Semester
CS&D 850 Hearing Science I: Basic Acoustics and Psychoacoustics3
CS&D 852 Hearing Assessment2
CS&D 853 Hearing Assessment Laboratory1
CS&D 854 Electroacoustics and Instrument Calibration2
CS&D 855 Electroacoustics and Calibration Laboratory1
CS&D 891 Clerkship in Audiology I2
CS&D 424 Sign Language I (optional if not completed in undergrad)2
Year 1, Spring Semester
CS&D 832 Pediatric Audiology3
CS&D 856 Amplification Systems I2
CS&D 857 Laboratory in Amplification Systems I1
CS&D 858 Physiological Assessment in Audiology I2
CS&D 859 Laboratory in Physiological Assessment of the Auditory System I1
CS&D 891 Clerkship in Audiology I2
Year 1, Summer Semester
CS&D 833 Occupational Audiology2
CS&D 892 Clerkship in Audiology II3
Year 2, Fall Semester
CS&D 835 Clinical Research Methods3
CS&D 860 Physiological Assessment in Audiology II2
CS&D 861 Laboratory in Physiological Assessment of the Auditory System II1
CS&D 845 The Human Balance System: Structure, Assessment, and Rehabilitation2
CS&D 846 The Human Balance System: Laboratory1
CS&D 892 Clerkship in Audiology II2
Year 2, Spring Semester
CS&D 849 Geriatric Audiology: Diagnosis and Rehabilitation2
CS&D 862 Auditory and Vestibular Pathologies II3
CS&D 865 Practice Management2
CS&D 866 Amplification Systems II2
CS&D 892 Clerkship in Audiology II2
CS&D 899 Capstone Study in Audiology1
Year 2, Summer Semester
CS&D 806 Professional Issues: Medical Issues1
CS&D 893 Clerkship in Audiology III3
Year 3, Fall Semester
CS&D 863 Implantable Auditory Prostheses2
CS&D 834 Counseling in Audiology2
CS&D 899 Capstone Study in Audiology3
CS&D 893 Clerkship in Audiology III3
Year 3, Spring Semester
CS&D 865 Practice Management (alternate years)2
CS&D 867 School Methods for Audiologists1
CS&D 836 Pediatric Habilitation/Rehabilitation3
CS&D 899 Capstone Study in Audiology3
CS&D 893 Clerkship in Audiology III3
Year 3, Summer Semester
CS&D 894 Externship in Audiology3
Year 4, Fall Semester
CS&D 921 Seminar-Problems in Audiology3
CS&D 894 Externship in Audiology3
Year 4, Spring Semester
CS&D 921 Seminar-Problems in Audiology3
CS&D 894 Externship in Audiology3

Named Options (Sub-Majors)

A named option is a formally documented sub-major within an academic major program. Named options appear on the transcript with degree conferral. Students pursuing the Audiology Au.D. must select one of the following named options:

Graduate School Policies

The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.

Major-Specific Policies

Graduate Program Handbook

The Graduate Program Handbook is the repository for all of the program's policies and requirements.

Prior Coursework

Graduate Work from Other Institutions

No prior coursework from other institutions is allowed.

UW–Madison Undergraduate

Up to 6 credits from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree. If the courses are numbered 500 and above, the credits may be counted toward the overall graduate credit requirement; if the courses are numbered 700 or above, they may count toward both the minimum graduate degree requirements and minimum graduate coursework (50%) requirement.

UW–Madison University Special

No prior coursework from UW–Madison University Special career is allowed.

Probation

A student failing to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 will be placed on academic probation and will be required to raise his/her GPA to 3.0 or above in the following semester. If the GPA is not raised to 3.0 or above in the following semester, the student will be dismissed from the program. A student receiving a course grade less than “B” shall receive a written warning reminding the student of the “no more than two grades below a “B” rule and shall be placed on academic probation.

Students who are having difficulty with essential abilities and/or meeting competencies in coursework will receive a written improvement plan. An improvement plan specifies the ASHA standards and competencies that the student has not met, as well as a statement explaining what the student must do to meet competency level and a statement explaining what the faculty will do to provide opportunities for improved performance. An improvement plan may require the student to retake an examination or even repeat an entire course if deemed necessary by the academic instructor. If a student has an improvement plan, he/she should communicate regularly with each academic instructor to discuss the plan each semester the plan is in place. The student is responsible for scheduling these communications. 

In addition to the department's probation  policy, the Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.

ADVISOR / COMMITTEE

When students are admitted to the Au.D. program, they are provided with a course sequence for the entire program. It is strongly recommended that students adhere to this sequence, although modifications to the plan may be made in consultation with the Au.D. program advisor and the director of clinical education. Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. The Au.D. program advisor is the assigned advisor for students in the Au.D. program.  tudents can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor.

CREDITS PER TERM ALLOWED

14 credits

Time Constraints

Doctoral degree students who have been absent for ten or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Consult the program for additional program-specific time constraints.

Other

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Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

1. (Foundations of Practice) Possess knowledge of normal aspects of auditory physiology and behavior over the life span and normal development of speech and language.

2. (Foundations of Practice) Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of hearing loss on communication and educational, vocational, social, and psychological functioning.

3. (Foundations of Practice) Possess knowledge of pathologies related to hearing and balance and their medical diagnosis and treatment.

4. (Foundations of Practice) Demonstrate clinically appropriate oral and written communication skills.

5. (Foundations of Practice) Recognize principles and practices of research, including experimental design, statistical methods, and application to clinical populations.

6. (Prevention, Identification, and Assessment) Screen individuals for hearing impairment and disability/handicap using clinically appropriate, culturally sensitive, and age- and site-specific screening measures.

7. (Prevention, Identification, and Assessment)  Demonstrate abilities to assess individuals with suspected disorders of hearing, communication, balance, and related systems

8. (Prevention, Identification, and Assessment) Evaluate information from appropriate sources and obtaining a case history to facilitate assessment planning.

9. (Prevention, Identification, and Assessment) Conduct and interpret behavioral and/or electrophysiologic methods to assess hearing thresholds, auditory neural function, balance and related systems.

10. (Prevention, Identification, and Assessment) Prepare reports, including interpreting data, summarizing findings, generating recommendations, and developing an audiologic treatment/management plan.

11. (Intervention) Provide intervention services (treatment) to individuals with hearing loss, balance disorders, and other auditory dysfunction that compromises receptive and expressive communication.

12. (Intervention) Develop culturally appropriate, audiologic rehabilitative management plans.

13. (Intervention) Evaluate the efficacy of intervention (treatment) services.

14. (Professional Conduct) Recognize and apply principles of ethical and professional conduct.

15. (Professional Conduct) Apply skills for life-long learning.

16. (Professional Conduct) Demonstrate teamwork and problem solving.

17. (Professional Conduct) Possess knowledge of contemporary professional issues and advocacy.

18. (Professional Conduct) Communicate effectively, recognizing the needs, values, preferred mode of communication, and cultural/linguistic background of the patient, family, caregiver, and relevant others.

19. (Professional Conduct) Provide counseling and supportive guidance regarding hearing and balance disorders to patients, family, caregivers, and relevant others.

Information about faculty and staff can be found on the program's website.

Accreditation

Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech–Language–Pathology

Accreditation Status: Accredited. Next Accreditation Review: 2022.

Certification/Licensure

American Speech–Language–Hearing Association

Praxis Pass Rate

Year of Exam UW-Madison Graduates: All Attempts National: All Attempts  
2016–2017 100% Not Available
2015–2016 100% Not Available
2014–2015 100% Not Available