Audiology Degree Programs and Classes
Learn about undergraduate and graduate degree programs in audiology. Find out about classes offered and the job duties typically performed by workers in this field.
What You Need to Know
For patients with auditory problems, audiologists create treatment plans, provide hearing aids and offer tips on how to avoid hearing-related injuries. Most audiologists hold a doctoral degree and all states require audiologists to be licensed.
|Degrees||Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Bachelor of Science in Audiology and Speech-Language, Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Science, Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.), Ph.D. in Audiology, Dual Au.D./Ph.D. in Audiology|
|Courses||Auditory processing, medical audiology, cerumen management, aural rehabilitation, hearing science, Speech-language pathology, phonetics, basic auditory sciences|
|Certification||Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) voluntary designation available upon passing an exam and meeting certification requirements|
How Do Bachelor's Programs Work?
Bachelor's programs in pre-audiology or speech-language pathology and audiology are designed to prepare students for graduate-level studies in this field. A clinical practicum may be required in which you'll conduct hearing tests on patients. A Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology may be available. In a bachelor's program, you'll take courses in the following areas of interest:
- Vocal articulation
- Child learning
- Adult development and aging
- Clinical report writing
- Anatomy and physiology
- Clinical observation
What Will I Learn in a Doctoral of Audiology Program?
In a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program, you'll likely be required to complete multiple clinical practicums. As of January 2012, completion of an Au.D. program that's accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is required in order to obtain professional certification, and in some states, licensure. Here are some of the classes that may be covered in your Au.D. degree program:
- Hearing assessment methods
- Rehabilitation techniques
- Amplification systems
- Speech science
- Nerves, bones and auditory system glands
- Patient communication
What About a Ph.D. Program?
If you're interested in an academic or research-based career, you can pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Audiology. Most Ph.D. programs in this field are research-intensive and don't require clinical practice. The dissertation project is the main component of these programs. You might have the opportunity to study these classes in your program:
- Hearing sciences and disorders
- Behavior management
- Sign language
- Language development
- Literacy theory and instruction
- Audiology staffing
Is Online Learning an Option?
A couple of Au.D. programs are available in a distance-learning format. However, admissions requirements include a master's degree and professional licensure in audiology. These programs are designed for practicing audiologists interested in transitioning to the 2012 certification standard set by the ASHA. Other programs only require a bachelor's degree for admission and may include a mix of both online and campus-based coursework. In distance learning courses, you'll watch Web-based multimedia presentations, download assignments and communicate with professors via e-mail or discussion boards.