The Au.D. Curriculum

The Au.D. degree program requires four years of study, including three years on the UT campus and a fourth year off-campus externship. The curriculum in the Au.D. program is tailored to provide students with a general knowledge of all areas in the discipline. The Au.D. research project provides an opportunity for students to pursue areas of special interest. In particular, we are able to offer specialized preparation and training with populations of all ages in areas such as hearing aids, hearing conservation, electrophysiology, auditory perception, and speech production. We are also able to provide a special focus on the aural habilitation of children with cochlear implants and hearing aids. Students who graduate from our Au.D. program will meet the academic and practicum requirements for clinical certification in Audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Au.D. Program of Study

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The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program is designed to prepare individuals for professional careers in audiology. The degree program is clinically oriented, with primary emphasis on processes involved in hearing, vestibular function, and communication. The program is designed to meet the entry-level requirements for the practice of audiology established by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Descriptions of the coursework listed in the tables below can be found in the UTHSC Catalog  PDF icon on pages 50 - 58.

The program is a minimum of 112 semester hours, including a minimum of:

  1. 67 semester hours of academic coursework at the 500 and 600 levels.
  2. 3 semester hours of directed research in audiology, vestibular, or related communication disorders.
  3. 24 semester hours of clinical practice in audiology.
  4. 18 semester hours of externship in audiology (6 hours per semester for 3 semesters).
  5. A qualifying examination and a comprehensive examination.
  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Academic 29 of 67 52 of 67 75 of 67 75 of 67
Practicum/Externship 8 of 42 18 of 42 30 of 42 42 of 42
Total       117 of 112

Semester hours in ()
First Year (Fall)
ASP 510 Clinical Education Series (CES): Protocols (1)
ASP 543 Amplification Technology (3)
ASP 546 Audiologic Assessment (3)
ASP 507 Anatomy & Physiology of Hearing (3)
ASP 512 Clinical Practice in Audiology (1)

First Year (Spring)
ASP 510 Clinical Education Seminar (CES): Auditory Processing (1)
ASP 576 Physiologic Assessment of the Auditory System I (4)
ASP 577 Vestibular Disorders (4)
ASP 585 Cochlear Implants (3)
ASP 512 and/or 515 Clinical Practice in Audiology and/or Practicum in Aural Rehabilitation (3)

First Year (Summer)
ASP 510 Clinical Education Seminar (CES):  Cochlear Implants (1)
ASP 542 Hearing Disorders (3)
ASP 574 Pediatric Audiology for Audiology Majors (3)
ASP 512 and/or 515 Clinical Practice in Audiology and/or Practicum in Aural Rehabilitation (4)

Second Year (Fall)
ASP 510 Clinical Education Seminar (CES): Private Practice (1)
ASP 511 Introduction to Research in Speech and Hearing (3)
ASP 544 Amplification for Adults with Hearing Impairment (3)
ASP 602 Psychoacoustics (3)
ASP 512 and/or 515 Clinical Practice in Audiology and/or Practicum in Aural Rehabilitation (3)
*Qualifying exams taken at beginning of semester.

Second Year (Spring)
ASP 510 Clinical Education Seminar (CES): Hot Topics (as needed) (1)
ASP 545 Sound Measurement Techniques and Hearing Conservation (3)
ASP 584 Amplification for Children with Hearing Impairment (3)
ASP 605 Speech Perception and Hearing Impairment (3)
ASP 656 Directed Research (3)
ASP 512 and/or 515 Clinical Practice in Audiology and/or Practicum in Aural Rehabilitation(3)

Second Year (Summer)
ASP 512 and/or 613 Clinical Practice in Audiology and/or Externship in Audiology (4)

Third Year (Fall)
ASP 510 Clinical Education Seminar (CES): Educational Audiology (1)
ASP 604 Molecular Genetics & Pharmacology of Hearing (3)
ASP 583 Physiologic Assessment of the Auditory System II (3)
ASP 594 Aural Habilitation/Rehabilitation of the Hearing-Impaired (3)
ASP 656 Directed Research (if needed) (3)
ASP 512 and/or 515 Clinical Practice in Audiology and/or Practicum in Aural Rehabilitation (3)

Third Year (Spring)
ASP 510 Clinical Education Seminar (CES): Research Colloquium (1)
ASP 586 Standards & Practice Issues in Audiology (3)
ASP 663 Advanced Seminar in Aural Habilitation/Rehabilitation (3)
ASP 664 Current Trends in Amplification (3)
ASP 512 and/or 515 Clinical Practice in Audiology and/or Practicum in Aural Rehabilitation (3)
Elective if Concentration Student or 656 ASP Directed Research (if needed) (3)
*Comprehensive exams taken at beginning of semester.

Third Year (Summer)
ASP 613 Externship in Audiology (6)

Fourth Year (Fall)
ASP 613 Externship in Audiology (6)

Fourth Year (Spring)
ASP 613 Externship in Audiology (6)

*Students with no prior background in communication disorders and sciences may require some additional coursework upon entry to the program.


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