The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree program at the University of Washington Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences ranks third nationally in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate schools and is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). When you complete the Au.D. program, you will earn a Doctorate degree in Audiology and will be eligible to apply for ASHA’s Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).
The Doctor of Audiology program is a full-time, four year degree program that will prepare you for professional practice as an audiologist across medical, educational and private practice settings. Courses are taught by department faculty and community instructors who are nationally and internationally known for their areas of expertise. During the program, students can take advantage of the many resources at the University of Washington, including the world renowned Bloedel Hearing Research Center, the University of Washington Medical School, and a wide range of clinical placement settings. Seattle is a regional health care center, serving patients from a four-state area (Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho), resulting in a wealth of diverse clinical experience.
First Three Years
During the first part of the Doctor of Audiology program, you will be provided with foundational knowledge and skills in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders across the lifespan. You will complete extensive clinical training in all aspects of audiology across diverse populations and settings, including hospitals, medical and private practices, pediatric centers, schools and community clinics including the UW Speech & Hearing Clinic.
In the latter part of the program, you will have the opportunity to specialize in a practice area of your choice through elective coursework. Specialty focuses include pediatric audiology, geriatric audiology, educational audiology, or a business focus for those intending to enter private practice. Specialized coursework relevant to these areas is detailed in the Areas of Interest & Elective Courses section of the web.
Because the ability to apply the latest research findings to clinical practice is essential, you will also complete a clinical research project and coursework in research methods and statistics. You will work directly with a faculty mentor to design and complete a project in your areas of interest. Research topics have included developing and evaluating a pilot program in group aural rehabilitation for a private practice audiology clinic; studying the best techniques for using hearing protective devices during occupational noise exposure; and examining the effects of ototoxic drugs on hair cell damage/survival.
The fourth and final year of the program consists of a full-time clinical placement. During this year, students meet regularly (via teleconferencing) to receive support and training on advanced topics relevant to the full-time clinical rotation. Meetings are led by department faculty and/or fourth year students to discuss recent advances in audiology practice as well as professional issues.