Audiologist Training and Certification Programs

Audiologist training programs will prepare you for a career diagnosing and treating ear disorders, and help you earn professional certification and licensure. Learn about what programs are offered, prerequisites, coursework, certification, and licensure. Schools offering Health Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Audiologist Training Programs Are Available?

You should be able to find a 4-year Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program available through a university's medical school or health sciences college. Training might focus on hearing rehabilitation and treatment techniques for various age groups. You might also learn how to fit patients with hearing aids and implants or use audiometers to determine the severity of hearing loss.

You won't be able to find any AuD programs offering distance education courses. Audiologist training requires extensive clinical participation.

Program OptionsDoctor of Audiology; no online programs
Program PrerequisitesBachelor's degree, may require courses in audiology, American Sign Language, communication disorders
Common CoursesPsychoacoustics, sensory aids, auditory electrophysiology, hearing science, medical law
Certification ProcessOptional, Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association via degree completion, exam, and professional development
Licensure RequirementsLicense in state of residence via graduate degree in audiology, practicum experience, and passing required exams

Are There Any Prerequisites?

To enroll in an AuD program, you'll need a bachelor's degree. Some schools recommend coming from a communication science or speech and hearing sciences program. If you have a degree in a different field, programs may require you to complete courses in American Sign Language, audiology, ear anatomy, phonetics and communication disorders. At the very least, you may need to have taken courses in college mathematics, behavioral science, life science, physical science and communication.

What Courses Can I Expect?

These first three years of these programs often include courses in patient aging, sensory aids, psychoacoustics, auditory electrophysiology, pediatric and geriatric care, medical law, ethics and hearing science. You could also learn about ear disorders and the causes of auditory system damage, as well as auditory medications and surgical procedures. These classes may be accompanied by clinical observations. You'll also need to complete extended internships, externships or clerkships during your final year.

Do I Need Certification?

Although not required for employment, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) offers a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (www.ASHA.org). To qualify for certification, you'll need to have earned a doctoral degree from a school accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. You'll also need to pass an exam to assess your knowledge in areas including assessment, treatment, patient consultation and administration. To renew your certification, you'll need to fulfill professional development requirements every three years.

How About a License?

You'll need a license to practice audiology in your state of residence. Licensing requirements often include a graduate degree in audiology, practicum experience and passing scores on written or practical exams. In some cases, passing scores on the ASHA exam may help you meet some or all of these requirements. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), you may need to seek additional licensure if you decide to also provide hearing aid dispensing services (www.bls.gov).

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