The University of Texas at Austin offers an interdisciplinary Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) that typically consists of 100-108 semester credit hours beyond the bachelor's level. The degree program focuses on academic and clinical education for those entering the profession of audiology. Our Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) students are required to complete 1820 hours, including clinical practicum here at the Speech and Hearing Center and off-campus with their fourth year externship.
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 Au.D. 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.
Student Academy of Audiology (SAA)
As a local chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA), we encourage the professional development of Doctor of Audiology students and seek to increase awareness of audiology in the community.
The Student Academy of Audiology is the national student organization of the American Academy of Audiology that “serves as a collective voice for students and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of students pursuing careers in audiology.” Joining SAA introduces students to lifelong involvement in activities that promotes the advancement of the profession of audiology, and provides services, information, education, representation and advocacy for the profession and the public we serve.
The mission of University of Texas SAA chapter is to create a network and increase awareness of audiology by educating the community in hearing health, educating undergraduate students in the profession of audiology, and serving the community in any way possible! Some humanitarian projects we are involved in: hearing screenings for recently arrived immigrants and asylum seekers from around the world at Casa Marianella, helping students of Texas School of the Deaf in spoken language, and general promotion of hearing health in the community.
Proficiency in English/other languages
The graduate school requires submission of TOEFL scores from all students coming from countries where English is not the only official language as noted under the admissions requirements. Clinical students’ whose English skills might interfere with their ability to provide clinical services are able to access accent modification services at no charge by the UT Speech and Hearing Center. To support student success additional observation time and assisting opportunities are provided. Coursework focuses primarily on the skills needed to provide clinical services in English.