The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers a four-year Doctor of Audiology program that prepares students for professional practice as audiologists across medical, educational and private practice settings. In the first year of the program, students develop foundational knowledge and skills in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders across the lifespan. In the latter years of the program, students specialize in a practice area of their choice through elective coursework. Students who complete the program will earn a Doctorate degree in Audiology and will be eligible to apply for ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).
The clinical preparation of our students is completed on the University of Washington campus as well as in community-based facilities and is designed to adhere to the educational guidelines established and required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Clinical experiences, or "fieldwork", in which our students participate take various forms:
- Onsite Practicum: a part-time clinical experience in the Speech and Hearing Clinic for 1st and 2nd year students
- Offsite Practicum: a part-time clinical experience in schools, clinics, and medical facilities for 2nd and 3rd year students
- Externship: a full-time, year-long culminating clinical experience offsite for 4th year students
Essential functions of speech and hearing sciences education at the University of Washington