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Doctor of Audiology

The Profession

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, private clinics, and private practices; community speech, language, and hearing centers; college and university programs; rehabilitation centers; residential institutions; school systems; and industrial settings.

The Program

The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology offers a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree program through the College of Health Related Professions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in a consortium with the College of Professional Studies 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. The Au.D. program is a full-time four year program with one cohort of 9 students beginning each fall semester. It consists of a total of 11 semesters including three summers. The program’s mission, goals and knowledge and skills acquisition (KASA) objectives can be found on the department website.

The curriculum is designed to emphasize the science of hearing, speech, and language; the acquisition of knowledge about human communication disorders; and the study and practice of methods for evaluation and treatment. Practicum experiences are provided in a number of different settings, primarily in the central Arkansas area. Students should expect to travel two to four hours away from central Arkansas for practicum experiences during their second and third years. Housing is arranged, if available, in local dormitories/apartments, operated by the Arkansas Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). Performance based examinations during the first and second summers in the program must be successfully completed to continue in the program. Successful completion of a comprehensive written and oral examination is required prior to placement for the 4th year externship. Successful completion of a directed research project and a 4th year externship are required prior to graduation. Two program tracks are offered to students; a post-bachelor’s degree track and a post-master’s degree track.

Preprofessional Requirements

Students applying for admission to the Au.D. program in the post-bachelor’s degree track must have earned at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. Undergraduate course work in mathematics (college algebra or higher) and in biological, physical, and behavioral sciences is required. A course in statistics is strongly encouraged but is not required. Although there are no prerequisite courses in audiology or speech pathology, the program does require that all students have one course in phonetics and one in language acquisition. If these are not completed prior to admission they must be completed during the course of study for the Au.D.

Accreditation

The doctoral (Au.D.) education program in audiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/University of Arkansas at Little Rock 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, Maryland 20850. Telephone: (800) 498-2071 or (301) 296-5700.

Licensure and Certification

Successful completion of all program requirements qualifies the student to apply for national examinations require for licensure and/or certification. Graduates of the Au.D. 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 optional certification through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and/or the American Board of Audiology (ABA). Successful completion of the program does not itself ensure licensure and/or certification. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with licensure and certification requirements.

Admissions Requirements

Students applying for admission to the Au.D. program in the post-bachelor’s degree track must have earned at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. Undergraduate course work in mathematics (college algebra or higher) and in biological, physical, and behavioral sciences is required. A course in statistics is strongly encouraged but is not required. Although there are no prerequisite courses in audiology or speech pathology, the program does require that all students have one course in phonetics and one in language acquisition. If these are not completed prior to admission they must be completed during the course of study for the Au.D.

Post Baccalaureate

Students applying for admission to the Au.D. program in the post-bachelor’s degree track must have earned at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. The post-baccalaureate Au.D. degree is designed to be completed in four 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 eight (8) calendar years of initial admission. A minimum of 118 semester credit (SC) hours are required for completion of the Au.D. degree. 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 Master’s

Students applying for admission to the Au.D. program in the post-master’s degree track must have earned at least a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Admission to the post-master’s Au.D. degree 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 SC hour are required for graduation (28 SC of clinical practicum will be waived for those who can provide proof of ASHA certification, and up to 30 SC may be transferred from ASHA accredited programs). Eligible applicants will have completed a master’s degree program in audiology, communication sciences and disorders, or the equivalent approved by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (at least 36 SC of graduate level courses specified by the department). 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. The date of the GRE must be within five years of application. Course work and practicum requirements will be determined on an individual basis based on the applicants experience. A research project will be required if evidence of satisfactory completion of a Master’s thesis is not provided (completion of a master’s level research project will not satisfy the research requirement). Contact the department for more specific requirements.

Application Procedures

All application materials must be received by February 1 to be considered for fall admission. No applications will be reviewed after this date. Early application is strongly recommended.
Application for the Au.D. program is made through the College of Health Professions, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 West Markham Street #619, Little Rock, AR 72205-7199. Application procedures for the post-baccalaureate track and the post-master’s track require applicants to mail documentation to two different addresses. The Application for Admissions, non-refundable application fee, official transcripts, and official GRE scores should be mailed to CHP-UAMS, 4301 West Markham Street #619, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205-7199. The letter of application and three letters of recommendation should be sent to AUSP-UALR, 2801 South University Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204. Applicants must provide:

    1. Application for Admission: The CHP Application for Admission is required. A copy of the application can be found at their website.
    2. Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $40.00 is required and must accompany the CHP application.
    3. Official Transcripts: Arrange for each college or university attended to forward an official transcript to the CHP Admissions Office. Transcripts provided to CHP must be official; i.e., sen directly to CHP from the issuing institutions(s).A transcript “issued to the student” or received from the student or anyone else is not acceptable. A minimum cumulative and major GPA of 2.85 is required to apply for admissions. Applicants whose bachelor’s degree is not completed at the time of application will be considered for admission; if accepted, the applicant must submit a supplementary transcript showing completion of the degree before registration.
    4. GRE Scores: Arrange for an official copy of the General Test of graduate Record Examination (GRE) to be sent to the UAMS College of Health Professions: Institution Code 6146. Scores will include verbal, quantitative, and writing.
    5. Application Letter: Prepare an application letter to the Audiology Admissions Committee (business format, 12-pt font and < 2 pages) addressing:

a. An explanation of your interest in audiology.
b. Your long-term and short-term goals.
c. Other information you deem relevant to the committee’s
decision-making process.
d. Reference letters must be sent by the recommending
individual directly to

      AUSP-UALR, 2801 S. University

 

    Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
  • Resume: Submit a 1 page resume listing relevant educational credentials, honors, awards, activities, work history, etc. with the cover letter.
  • Interview: Contact the Audiology Admissions Committee to schedule and participate in an interview (on-site or via distance technology) and tour our facilities.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation on the official recommendation form are required for consideration for admission. The recommendation form is posted on the department website (www.uams.edu/chp/audiospeech/).

a. Recommendations should be from professors with whom you have worked and who are familiar with your ability and acad Post Master’s
Students applying for admission to the Au.D. program in the post-master’s degree track must have earned at least a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Admission to the post-master’s Au.D. degree 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 SC hour are required for graduation (28 SC of clinical practicum will be waived for those who can provide proof of ASHA certification, and up to 30 SC may be transferred from ASHA accredited programs). Eligible applicants will have completed a master’s degree program in audiology, communication sciences and disorders, or the equivalent approved by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (at least 36 SC of graduate level courses specified by the department). 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. The date of the GRE must be within five years of application. Course work and practicum requirements will be determined on an individual basis based on the applicants experience. A research project will be required if evidence of satisfactory completion of a Master’s thesis is not provided (completion of a master’s level research project will not satisfy the research requirement). Contact the department for more specific requirements.

Admissions Factors

Admission to the Au.D. program is competitive and based on the following factors: Academic achievement – GPA; Academic aptitude – GRE; Leadership and professionalism – essay, interview, application letter, resume; Written and oral communication – essay, interview, application letter, resume.

Arkansas residency will be considered during selection for admission. Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or disability status as a criterion in deciding against any individual in matters of admission, placement, transfer, hiring, dismissal, compensation, fringe benefits, training, tuition assistance, and other personnel or educationally-related actions.


Graduation Requirements

(Post-Baccalaureate Track)
A minimum of 118 SC hours are required for completion of the Au.D. degree. The following four-year (11 semester) 119 SC sample degree plan demonstrates a program that meets the 118 SC minimum.

Fall (14 Semester Credit Hours)

AUSP 7380 Basic Diagnostic Audiology

      AUSP 7331 Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory and Vestibular Systems I
      AUSP 7332 Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
      AUSP 7321 Instrumentation in Audiology and Speech Pathology
      AUSP 7V91 Audiology Practicum*
      AUSP 7181 Clinical Laboratory
      Spring (14 Semester Credit Hours)
      AUSP 7381 Advanced Diagnostic Audiology
      AUSP 7336 Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory and Vestibular Systems II
      AUSP 7326 Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Practice
      AUSP 7384 Amplification
      AUSP 7V91 Audiology Practicum*
      AUSP 7181 Clinical Laboratory
Summer (8 Semester Credit Hours)

AUSP 7224 Genetics of Hearing Loss
AUSP 7228 Professional Issues in Audiology and Speech Pathology
AUSP 7V91 Audiology Practicum*
AUSP 7181 Clinical Laboratory
AUSP 7320 Cultural Competence in Audiology

Fall (15 Semester Credit Hours)

AUSP 7334 Pediatric Audiology
AUSP 7181 Clinical Electrophysiology
AUSP 7360 Research Methods in Communication Disorders
AUSP 7351 Amplification II
AUSP 7V91 Audiology Practicum*
AUSP 7181 Clinical Laboratory

Spring (15 Semester Credit Hours)

AUSP 7385 Pediatric Amplification and Intervention
AUSP 7383 Medical Audiology
AUSP 7386 Audiologic Rehabilitation: Adult
AUSP 7350 Evaluation and Treatment of the Balance System
AUSP 7V91 Audiology Practicum*
AUSP 7181 Clinical Laboratory

Summer (7 Semester Credit Hours)

AUSP 7229 Audiology Practice Management
AUSP 7V94 Independent (Directed) Research*
AUSP 7V91 Audiology Practicum*
AUSP 7181 Clinical Laboratory

Fall (14 Semester Credit Hours)

AUSP 7371 Gerontology in Audiology
AUSP 7330 Educational Audiology
AUSP 7325 Implant Device Technology
AUSP 7V94 Independent (Directed) Research*
AUSP 7V91 Audiology Practicum*
AUSP 7181 Clinical Laboratory

*Note: Classes where the hours are variable are shown with a “V” as the second number.

Spring (14 Semester Credit Hours)

AUSP 7333 Auditory Processing
AUSP 7227 Hearing Conservation
AUSP 7365 Counseling in Communication Disorders
*AUSP 7V94 Independent (Directed) Research
AUSP 7291 Audiology Practicum
AUSP 7181 Clinical Laboratory

Summer (5 Semester Credit Hours)

*AUSP 7V94 Independent (Directed) Research (if not complete)**
AUSP 7491 Clinical Externship (Practicum)
AUSP 7181 Clinical Laboratory

Fall (7 Semester Credit Hours)

*AUSP 7194 Independent (Directed) Research (if not complete)
AUSP 7691 Clinical Externship (Practicum)
AUSP 7181 Clinical Laboratory

Spring (7 Semester Credit Hours)

*AUSP 7V94 Independent (Directed) Research (if not complete)**
AUSP 7091 Clinical Externship
AUSP 7181 Clinical Laboratory

Total Semester Credit Hours 120
*Note: Classes where the hours are variable are shown with a “V” as the second number.
**Not included in total.

This coursework represents a minimum of 72 semester credit hours of classroom coursework, 6 semester credit hours in independent (directed) research with successful completion of a research project, 11 semester credit hours of clinical laboratory, 11 semester credit hours of practicum, and 12 semester credit hours of clinical externship during the final academic year.

Performance-based examinations at the end of each academic year must be successfully completed to continue in the program. Written examinations at the end of the first and second academic years must be passed to continue in the program. Successful completion of a comprehensive written and oral examination is required prior to placement for the 4th year externship experience.

Professional Coursework

The first number listed for courses is for the UAMS College of Health Related Professions; the second (in parenthesis) is for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

AUD 5013 (AUSP 7360) Research Methods in Communication Disorders
Introduction to research methodologies in audiology and speech pathology. Includes prospectus development, funding sources, data collection and analysis, and professional research writing and editing in communicative disorders and/or speech sciences.

AUD 5023 (AUSP 7380) Basic Diagnostic Audiology
Principles and techniques for basic audiologic evaluation, including pure tone testing, speech audiometry, and the clinical application of masking, immittance, and otoacoustic emissions. Relevant calibration issues will also be discussed.

AUD 5033 (AUSP7370) Educational Audiology
The delivery of audiology services to a school-based population. Includes the development, management, and utilization of hearing and middle ear system screening programs, classroom acoustics, selection and fitting of classroom-based amplification, and federal laws associated with children who have special needs.

AUD 5041 (AUSP 7181) Clinical laboratory
Lab instruction in clinical procedures and methods for evaluation and treatment of clients and care, maintenance and use of technology in audiology clinical practice. Perform evaluation and rehabilitation procedures under faculty supervision.

AUD 5043 (AUSP 7331) Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory and Vestibular Systems I
Detailed information of the anatomy, physiology, electrophysiology, and neurophysiology of the auditory and vestibular systems.

AUD 5053 (AUSP 7332) Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
Basic information regarding the physics of sound, the measurement of sound and an introduction to the psychoacoustic basis of hearing and its clinical applications.

AUD 5063 (AUSP 7333) Auditory Processing
Theoretical overview, differential assessment, and treatment of adults and children with auditory processing disorders (APD). Intended to blend theoretical knowledge with practical clinical methods and techniques. Prerequisites: AUD 5023 (7380).

AUD 5073 (AUSP 7381) Advanced Diagnostic Audiology
Principles of and techniques for advanced audiometric evaluation, including speech audiometry, reflex decay, audiometric special tests and otoacoustic emissions. Report writing and making appropriate recommendations will also be discussed.

AUD 5083 (AUSP 7382) Clinical Electrophysiology
Principles and techniques in the use of evoked potentials to assess auditory function. Includes case studies and analysis of waveforms. Lecture and laboratory.

AUD 5103 (AUSP 7383) Medical Audiology
Introduction to the major pathologies of the auditory and vestibular systems, as well as medical/surgical treatment of those pathologies. Audiologic assessment and management of the disorders will also be discussed. Prerequisites: AUD 5023 (7380) and AUD 5043 (7331).

AUD 5112 (AUSP 7321) Instrumentation in Audiology & Speech Pathology
Designed to introduce students to basic principles of electronics and electrical safety and to proper use and care of equipment used in the evaluation and treatment of the auditory and vestibular systems. Two credit hours.

AUD 5123 (AUSP 7335) Advanced Psychoacoustics
Advanced information regarding how listeners with normal hearing and those with hearing loss process sound. Topics include: loudness, frequency selectivity, temporal processing, pitch perception, space perception, object/pattern perception, speech perception, experimental design, and signal detection theory. Prerequisites: AUD 5053 (7332).

AUD 5132 (AUSP 7222) Speech Perception
This course is designed to examine the perception and production of speech sounds and the prosodic features of speech. Several theories of speech perception will be presented and discussed, and the effects of hearing loss on speech perception and production will be explored. Two credit hours. Prerequisite: Graduate student standing.

AUD 5133 (AUSP 7367) Infant-Toddler Communication
Investigation of prelinguistic/early linguistic communication and feeding/swallowing development. Multidisciplinary assessment and intervention for infants and toddlers (birth to five) with special needs and their families. Current formal and information assessment tools and techniques, current intervention strategies, enhancing the therapeutic process across environments, utilizing team collaboration, and facilitating parent-infant interaction.

AUD 5143 (AUSP 7323) Advanced Electrophysiology
Principles and techniques in the use of mid- and late-evoked potentials to assess auditory function. Course includes case studies and analysis of waveforms. Laboratory assignments will be made. Two credit hours. Prerequisites: AUSP 7282. Electrophysiologic Assessment of the Auditory System I.

AUD 5152 (AUSP 7323) Advanced Electrophysiology
Principles and techniques in the use of mid- and late-evoked potentials to assess auditory function. Prerequisite: AUD 5083 (7382).

AUD 5152 (AUSP 7261) Organization and Administration of Clinical Programs
Organization, administration, and accreditation of school, university, and community programs. Private practice and billing procedures. Various and alternative career opportunities including corporate speech pathology practice. Issues related to Medicaid, Medicare, and other third-party payors as well as current legislation. Governmental and professional practice issues.

AUD 5153 (AUSP 7334) Pediatric Audiology
Normal auditory development and theoretical, clinical, and practical issues involved in screening, assessment, and management of children with hearing loss. Prerequisite: AUD 5023 (7380).

AUD 5162 (AUSP 7224) Genetics of Hearing Loss
Basic information on the genetic basis of hearing loss and an overview of syndromic and non-syndromic hearing losses. Strategies for referral to genetic counselors and other health care professionals will be included. Prerequisites: AUSP 7383 Medical Audiology.

AUD 5163 (AUSP 7320) Auditory Based Intervention
Auditory-based speech/language intervention is based on a normal neurological developmental model aimed at maximizing the child’s use of his/her residual hearing to communicate. The focus of this course is to provide information about current amplification and implant technology and to detail auditory- based principles, strategies, and techniques used to facilitate spoken communication.

AUD 5173 (AUSP 7365) Counseling in Communication Disorders
Principles of counseling for working with persons with communication disorders and their families throughout the life span. Students review major theories of counseling and select those most useful for the various settings and practices of audiology and speech pathology. Students demonstrate their understanding of the counseling process through case presentations.

AUD 5183 (AUSP 7326) Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Practice
Provides students with understanding of the principles of outcomes research, and the levels of evidence supporting clinical practice. Students will understand the principles of critical evaluation of diagnostic procedures and critical evaluation of the evidence for treatment efficacy and effectiveness as well as the importance of practice guidelines that define best practices. Two credit hours.

AUD 5192 (AUSP 7230) Cultural Competence in Audiology
Knowledge and skills needed by audiologists to provide culturally competent services to diverse clients. Sources of diversity and application of concepts to the field of audiology will be discussed.

AUD 5193 (AUSP 7336) Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory and Vestibular Systems II
Continuation of the first anatomy and physiology course with greater focus on skull anatomy and on peripheral and central nervous system embryology, neuroanatomy, and neurophysiology.

AUD 520V (AUSP 7V87) Topics in Audiology
Emphasis on topics related to clinical or rehabilitative audiology. May be repeated for up to six hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

AUD 5212 (AUSP 7227) Hearing Conservation
Noise measurement, OHSA requirements, occupational noise management, recreational audiology, and designing and implementing hearing conservation programs for adults and children. Prerequisites: AUD 7221 Instrumentation; AUD 7380 Basic Diagnostic Audiology. Two credit hours.

AUD 5222 (AUSP 7228) Professional Issues in Audiology & Speech Pathology
Personal and professional ethical values and their applications to dilemmas encountered in the clinical practices of speech pathology and audiology will be explored with students. Preferred practices and criteria for quality services will be topics for discussion. Two credit hours.

AUD 5223 (AUSP 7384) Amplification
Prerequisite: AUSP 7380 Basic Diagnostic Audiology. Theory and practice in effective use of hearing aids, auditory training equipment; includes their component parts, electro-acoustic analysis, hearing aid orientation and counseling, approaches to hearing aid evaluation.

AUD 5232 (AUSP 7229) Audiology: Practice Management
Provides students with a broad understanding of the roles of audiologists in meeting the needs of the communicatively impaired. Students will understand preferred practices, criteria for quality services and quality improvement through the evaluation of service delivery models and exploration of the laws affecting service delivery in health care and educational settings. Two credit hours.

AUD 5233 (AUSP 7385) Pediatric Amplification and Intervention
Advanced strategies specific to pediatric hearing assessment, applicable technologies and management utilizing a family centered approach to intervention. Prerequisites: AUSP 7380, 7381.

AUD 5243 (AUSP 7386) Audiologic Rehabilitation
Adult Principles of audiologic rehabilitation for adults, including diagnosis, counseling, use of amplification and other assistive devices, and communication strategies. Various models of audiologic rehabilitation presented with students presenting case studies demonstrating the basic procedures underlying each model.
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