AuD - Doctor of Audiology

Minimum requirements for application to the AuD graduate program:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or a recognized institution in another country whose requirements for the bachelor's degree are substantially equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree.
  2. Minimum grade requirements: 2.750 overall GPA and 3.000 GPA in the last 60 semester credit hours. Receive a grade that generates at least 2.000 credit points per credit hour in all prerequisite courses.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. Statement of purpose.
  5. Professional resume.
  6. Official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) taken within the last five years.
  7. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit official scores for either the TOEFL, the academic module of the IELTS examination, or the PTE-Academic examination, taken with in the last two years. No waivers are allowed. Minimum acceptable scores to be considered for admission are: TOEFL - 100 Internet-based with a score of 23 or higher on the speaking portion; IELTS - an overall band score of 7.5; PTE-Academic - a score of 73.
  8. Completion of interview with program faculty/clinical supervisors, which will include (but not be limited to) an assessment of academic potential, motivation and commitment to the profession, and interpersonal and communication skills. Not all applicants will be offered an interview.

To be considered for admission, the following steps must be completed by the published deadline:

  1. Online application for admission to the WSU Graduate School, including upload of transcripts from all institutions attended.
  2. Application to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) including all transcripts, letters of recommendation and supporting documents.

Notes:

  1. Application to the AuD graduate program is competitive, which means there are more applications than positions offered each year.
  2. The ability to meet the essential functions for students in the audiology program is required (contact the program for more information).
  3. Refer to the department's website (http://wichita.edu/csd) for complete information.

Admission to the AuD program is considered for students who have completed an undergraduate major in the area of speech, language and hearing disorders. Selected undergraduate or closely allied courses may be considered. Additionally, students with a degree from another field will be considered for admission with the understanding that prerequisite coursework will be required during their first year of the program. Admission is for summer session only. The deadline to submit a completed CSDCAS application is January 15 (11:59 p.m. EST). The Graduate School application, application fee, and transcripts are due by January 15.

Tool Requirements
(Tool subjects may be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level, but are not counted toward the degree.)
Research Methods (ex. PSY 311, CESP 701, HP 800)3
CSD 270American Sign Language I3
CSD 304Early Language Development3
CSD 504Aural Rehabilitation3
CSD 940GScholarly Integrity1
Total Credit Hours13

Program Requirements

The Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program requires a minimum of 88 credit hours of didactic and clinical courses. In addition, 13 hours of tool subjects in American Sign Language, normal development of speech and language, research methods, professional/scholarly integrity and aural rehabilitation are required. All students must enroll in a clinical practicum course each semester.

A plan of study must be filed within the first year of the program. Students must complete 60 percent of total hours at the 700 level or above and the majority of total hours (50 percent plus one hour) must be 800 level or above. Transfer hours cannot be used to satisfy the course level requirements stated above unless transfer hours are of appropriate level from Kansas Board of Regents institutions. Workshop hours may not be used to satisfy the course level requirements. Transfer credit policies are listed in the appropriate section of the Graduate Catalog.

Didactic Coursework
CSD 705Counseling in Communication Disorders3
CSD 803Intro to Psychoacoustics4
CSD 804Clinical Audiology I3
CSD 805Clinical Audiology II4
CSD 806Advanced Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory System3
CSD 807Acoustics & Instrumentation3
CSD 808Otoacoustic Emissions2
CSD 851Medical Audiology3
CSD 854Hearing Conservation2
CSD 855Pediatric and Educational Audiology3
CSD 860Amplification I3
CSD 861Amplification II3
CSD 863Professional Seminar in Audiology3
CSD 866Auditory Evoked Potentials3
CSD 868Diagnosis and Management of Persons with Balance Disorders3
CSD 870Current Topics Amplification2
CSD 871Current Topics in Auditory Disorders2
HP 801Interprofessional Evidence-Based Practice1
PHS 804Principles of Statistics in the Health Sciences3
Business Elective (departmentally approved)3
Research Project
Select one of the following options:6
Research Project Option 1:
Nonthesis Research (2 credit hours)
Presentation of Research (1 credit hour)
Second elective
departmentally approved (3 credit hours)
Research Project Option 2:
Nonthesis Research (5 credit hours)
Presentation of Research (1 credit hour)
Clinical Practicum
The following is repeatable six semesters for a maximum of 8 credit hours:8
Clinical Practicum in Audiology
Take the following for 18 credit hours18
Audiology Residency
Total Credit Hours88

Advancement to candidacy is contingent upon:

  1. Satisfactory performance on all didactic and clinical evaluative measures throughout years one and two of the student’s AuD program as determined by program faculty, clinical educators and externship supervisors, with at least a 3.250 GPA;
  2. Completion of the mentored research project with a subsequent presentation and evaluation, as reviewed by program faculty; and
  3. Successful completion of comprehensive, competency-based examinations near the conclusion of years one and two. Students will be given two attempts each year to complete the comprehensive examination requirement.

Advancement to candidacy allows students to enroll in the final program requirement, the full-time residency.

Further, students must enroll in CSD 997, in consecutive semesters during the final year of the program of study to complete the necessary clinical hours for graduation. The residency involves a full-time supervised experience in a hospital, clinical or other audiology practice environment. To ensure that the placement will provide candidates the best environment for that culminating experience, the placement of the candidate may or may not be in the metropolitan area of Wichita. Although WSU has a number of sites established for the residency year, the candidate may independently seek placement for that experience. However, the final decision as to the suitability and location will be approved by the program faculty. A competency-based evaluation of the student’s performance will be made at regular intervals throughout the clinical experience.

Before graduation, students must have achieved sufficient clinical clock hours to satisfy the requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A) and must have demonstrated clinical competency in completing those hours as determined by both in-house and external clinical supervisors. Students must also have demonstrated knowledge and skills learning outcomes in compliance with ASHA standards for certification. A passing score on the Praxis exam as determined by the state of Kansas is required prior to graduation. An alternative assessment (e.g., written comprehensive examination) will be implemented if a student has not passed the Praxis exam for a second time prior to meeting all other requirements for candidacy and graduation.

Students enrolled in the department’s clinical practicum courses are required to provide proof of medical clearance (see department for details) prior to the start of the course and to renew annually. Semester clinic fees will also apply. The cost of professional liability insurance coverage (not less than $1 million per single claim/$3 million aggregate per year) is included in the program fee. Students are required to obtain a criminal background check at their own expense as part of the clinical placements. Students should consult the beginning of the College of Health Professions section of the catalog for additional requirements which may be needed to participate in clinical settings. In addition, applications for external practicum placements must be made one year in advance and are subject to departmental approval.