The program includes state-of-the-art teaching and clinical experiences covering the scientific, clinical, and professional bases of hearing and disorders of the auditory system. Graduates will be highly competitive at the state and national levels and will be competent to provide audiology services across the life span in medical, educational and industrial environments that include both diagnosis and treatment of hearing disorders. The program is built to be four years of study.
All students are encouraged to complete their observation hours before entering the Graduate program in CSD here at UT Austin.
Students seeking the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A) engage in supervised practicum in audiology as part of the requirements for the AuD. Clinical practicum is arranged so students can learn and practice skills needed to meet the competencies required both for ASHA and for Texas licensure. Opportunities on and off campus involve work with all ages performing audiometric assessment; hearing aid selection and fitting; aural rehabilitation groups; and electrophysiological, vestibular, and central auditory processing assessment. Interactions with area ENT physicians, hospitals, and schools provide a broad-based exposure to the varied facets of audiology today. Practicum is offered each semester and is performed first at the UT Speech and Hearing Center, then at various off-site locations. Completion of the Knowledge and Skill Acquisition (KASA) is expected by the end of the AuD program. Prerequisites for enrollment in clinical practicum include the successful completion of CSD 378, 25 hours of observation, completion and passing of the clinic handbook test, and the acquisition of liability insurance.
- Clinical practicum hours earned as an undergraduate count, provided the hours are properly documented and certified by the institution at which they were earned.
- During off campus practica graduate students are placed in local hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private settings, or school settings throughout the community.
American Speech and Hearing Association Certification Standards: http://www.asha.org/Certification/2012-Audiology-Certification-Standards/
Frequently Asked Questions: http://www.asha.org/Certification/audiology-FAQs/