• Audiology

    Audiologists are healthcare professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages. Hearing and balance disorders are complex with medical, psychological, physical, social, educational, and employment implications. Audiologists provide professional and personalized services to minimize the negative impact of these disorders, leading to improved outcomes and quality of life.

    Audiologists work in a variety of settings including hospitals; schools, government agencies and industries with a need of maintain hearing conservation programs for workers. They frequently work with other medical specialists, speech-language pathologists, educators, engineers, scientists, and allied health professionals.

    Prerequisite Coursework

    Students interested in pursuing doctoral studies in audiology have undergraduate degrees in Speech and Hearing Sciences, Communication Disorders or Naturals Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Many programs prefer but do not require applicants to have coursework in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Admission requirements vary by program. Please check the school(s) of choice for a detailed list of prerequisite coursework.

    Common prerequisites in the natural sciences include:

    Biological Science

    BIOL 1120- Biology of Human Function
    One course in Anatomy and Physiology:
    *BIOL 3200- Anatomy and Physiology I
    *BIOL 3250- Anatomy and Physiology II

    *- Not required but highly recommended


    CHEM 1130- General Chemistry I
    CHEM 1140- General Chemistry II
    or CHEM 1150- Advanced General Chemistry


    MATH 1130- Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
    MATH 1150- Pre-calculus
    PSY 1340 or QMBE 1310- Statistics


    PHYS 1230- General Physics I
    PHYS 1240- General Physics II
    PHYS 1150- Algebra based Physics I
    PHYS 1160- Algebra based Physics II

    Social Sciences

    PSY 1330- General Psychology


    ENG 1110- Writing and Reading Texts
    ENG 1800- Introduction to Professional Writing and Rhetoric
    ENG 3010- Textual Studies and Criticism
    ENG 3020- Literary and Cultural Theory

    Coursework on Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

    These course offerings are limited at Hamline but available at the UMN. Here is a list of recommended courses offered at the University of Minnesota.

    SLHS 3302: Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech & Hearing Mechanisms
    SLHS 3303: Language Acquisition & Science
    SLHS 3304: Phonetics
    SLHS 3305W: Speech Science
    SLHS 3306: Hearing Science
    SLHS 4801: Hearing Measurement and Disorders
    SLHS 4402: Assessment and Treatment in Speech-Language Pathology

    Relevant Tests

    Students applying to graduate programs in Audiology must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).


    Degree Programs

    According to your interests you might consider pursuing one of the following career options within medicine:

    Au.D. or Ph.D.

    Audiologists need a doctoral degree and must be licensed in all states. Audiology professionals have completed an Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) or a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) degree. These programs typically take 4 to 5 years to complete.

    The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree is a clinical doctorate focused on preparing students for clinical practice and certification as audiologists. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is doctorate that prepares students for careers in research and/or teaching.

    State licensure laws permit either a Ph.D. or Au.D. to work as a clinical professional, provided that all the ASHA clinical education requirements have been met as part of the degree program. In some universities, the Au.D. degree is the only degree that provides sufficient knowledge and supervised clinical training to obtain state licensure to practice audiology. A student who wishes to obtain only a Ph.D. degree should check on additional requirements to practice clinically. Requirements for licensure vary by state.

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