AuD Program: Clinical Doctorate in Audiology

The University of Iowa is the only program in the state offering the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree and is one of the only programs in the United States offering students the ability to earn both their AuD and PhD degrees. The program is currently ranked second in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

The mission of the AuD program at Iowa is to produce professionals who have the theoretical foundation and the advanced clinical skills needed for the delivery of high-quality services in audiology. When selecting the best option for a graduate program, prospective AuD students should thoughtfully consider their future professional interests and goals. As one current AuD student stated,

“I chose to join the University of Iowa’s AuD program because in addition to the opportunity to be educated by top clinicians and researchers in the field, I was also made to feel at home. There is a genuine camaraderie and respect between the faculty that promotes an atmosphere of support and inclusiveness, and these attitudes also translate to the student cohorts.”

Iowa's AuD program offers academic experiences from nationally-recognized faculty that provide a comprehensive theoretical foundation to understand human audiology and its disorders. Additionally, Iowa’s AuD program provides exceptional, wide-ranging opportunities to prepare its graduates for work as clinical audiologists in any environment they choose to pursue. In addition to the general clinical training program, interested students may take didactic and practicum coursework to allow certification for work in the public schools.  The diverse clinical experiences students undergo meet or exceed the requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The AuD program at the University of Iowa is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

audiology students

Admission Requirements

On average, the University of Iowa accepts 10 students into the AuD program each fall. Decisions for admissions are based on several factors including GPA, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores and completion of required prerequisite coursework. Completed applications are due January 1, and decisions regarding admission are made by a committee consisting of both didactic and clinical faculty. All applicants will participate in an interview process either in person on a scheduled interview day or via Skype. 

Iowa's program is committed to maximizing the diversity of our graduate student population; all interested individuals are encouraged to apply. 

To be admitted to the AuD program, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Agree to adhere to ASHA’s Code of Ethics. In particular, students must be prepared to adhere to ASHA’s rules regarding nondiscrimination “on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, disability, culture, language, or dialect” and sign the Nondiscrimination Notification.
  2. Attest that you possess the essential functions required to practice audiology, as outlined in the Essential Functions document.
  3. Have fulfilled the prerequisite coursework requirements (see below).
  4. Have earned GRE scores and a Grade Point Average GPA that meets or exceeds the program's admission criteria (additional details follow).

Required Undergraduate Coursework

  • Phonetics
  • Basic Acoustics 
  • Introduction to Hearing Science 
  • Hearing Loss & Audiometry 
  • Anatomy & Physiology of Speech Production
  • Language Acquisition
  • Rehabilitative Audiology
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Biology/Physical Sciences (3 credit hours)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
  • Calculus

Clinical observation hours: Applicants must complete 25 hours of clinical observation as documented by a practitioner with ASHA certification before beginning the graduate program.

GRE/GPA requirements:  Criteria for admission to the Graduate College of the University of Iowa are available on the Graduate College website. There are no additional requirements for admission other than those imposed by the Graduate College, but applicants with GPAs of less than 3.0 in undergraduate study and GRE scores under 146 in verbal, under 144 in quantitative, and under 3.5 in analytical writing are not likely to be accepted. 

Application Process

  1. Apply to Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) and to University of Iowa Graduate College. It is the applicant’s responsibility to meet the application deadlines.
    • The CSDCAS portal is https://portal.csdcas.org
      • The deadline to submit your CSDCAS application online is January 1 (midnight, Eastern time) for admission for the following fall semester.
    • The University of Iowa portal is https://grad.admissions.uiowa.edu/apply 
      • The deadline to submit your University of Iowa application online is February 1 for admission for the following fall semester.
  2. Submit your personal statement to CSDCAS. The personal statement prompt is attached as a pdf file.
    • You do not need to submit your personal statement/essay or recommendation letters to the University of Iowa. If the UI online form does not allow you to skip over these items, write “see CSDCAS app.”
  3. Send official transcripts to CSDCAS at: CSDCAS Transcript Processing Center, P.O. Box 9113, Watertown, MA  02471.
    • You may wait until you hear that you have been admitted into the program to send transcripts to the University of Iowa. If denied admission, you do not have to send transcripts to Iowa.
  4. Send your GRE scores to University of Iowa. The Institution code is 6681, and the department code is 0602. You do not need to send your GRE scores to CSDCAS.

Questions?

  • CSDCAS Customer Service is available Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM EST. Telephone is (617) 612-2030; Email csdcasinfo@csdcas.org. The website also has a live chat feature.
  • Questions for the University of Iowa should be directed: Mary Jo Yotty (319-335-8719) for admissions questions and Carolyn Brown (319-335-8734) for queries relating to curriculum.

Students accepted into the program will be notified by early to mid-March for the following fall semester. Students may be placed on a deferred list at that time and will be informed of the wait-list decision also in March. The AuD program is designed for full-time, residential students only.

Plan of Study

The AuD program generally requires 4 fall terms, 4 spring terms, and 2 summers to complete, for a total of 95 semester hours.

Required Graduate Courses

  • CSD:5203 Counseling in CSD (1)
  • CSD:5219 Fundamentals of Lab Instrumentation (2 or 3)
  • CSD:5240 Hearing Aids I (3)
  • CSD:5246 Advanced Audiology (3)
  • CSD:5253 Speech Perception in Listeners w/Hearing Loss (2)
  • CSD:5255 Educational Audiology (2)
  • CSD:5256 Anatomy & Physiology of Hearing (3)
  • CSD:5311 Audiology Clinic Management and Community Engagement
  • CSD:5313 Accounting and Marketing in Audiology Business Practice
  • CSD:5317 Compliance, Billing, Coding, and Reimbursement in Audiology Business Practice
  • CSD:5320 Applied Statistics/Evidence Based Practice
  • CSD:6230 Psychoacoustics
  • CSD:6242 Hearing Aids II (3)
  • CSD:6245 Pediatric Audiology (3)
  • CSD:6247 Medical Audiology (2)
  • CSD:6249 Cochlear Implants (3)
  • CSD:6290 Auditory Evoked Potentials (3)
  • CSD:6291 Vestibular Assessment & Rehabilitation (3)
  • CSD:6292 Advanced Rehabilitative Audiology (1 to 3)
  • CSD:6293 Vestibular Rehab
  • CSD:6311 Professional Issues in Audiology
  • CSD:6318 Occupational Audiology (2)
  • CSD:6317 Audiology Practice: Business Start-up and Interprofessional Practice (1)
  • CSD:6515 Proseminar (0)
  • CSD:6519 Seminar: Evidence-based Practice (2)
  • CSD:7238 Capstone Requirement (1)

Practicum

  • CSD:5314 Audiology Student Teaching
  • CSD:5315 Clinical Rotations in Audiology (14)
  • CSD:6316 Advanced Externship in Audiology (0)

Specific course descriptions can be found in the University General Catalog.

AuD / PhD Combined Program

Graduate students interested in audiology combine work toward an AuD with PhD studies. These students begin their graduate work by enrolling in the AuD program and formally apply to change the degree objective to the combined AuD/PhD after two years of study.  If accepted, the student forms a committee to assist in merging the requirements of both graduate programs efficiently. Decisions about approving the request to change degree objectives are made on a case-by-case basis; those decisions may be influenced by funding availability as well as the consent of an appropriate research mentor.

Clinical Experiences

The primary training site is the in-house Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic, where AuD students are mentored by clinical educators in audiology who are licensed by the state of Iowa and certified by ASHA. The clinical faculty follow best practices as recommended by ASHA and the American Academy of Audiology. The Clinic serves approximately 700 clients from the local and surrounding communities each year, providing both speech-language and audiology services.

Clinical Placements in the Local Community
During the second and third years in the program, students are placed in a variety of settings locally. At these placements, students develop broad-based skills in clinical areas including general diagnostics, auditory brainstem response testing, otoacoustic emission testing, hearing aids, cochlear implants, tinnitus assessment and management, vestibular assessment and management, and educational audiology. Opportunities are provided to work with individuals across the agespan with diverse backgrounds, as well as those with varying abilities/disabilities. Most sites are within walking distance from the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic; those sites include:  

  • The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Otolaryngology
    • Diagnostic Audiology Clinic
    • Hearing Aid Clinic
    • Cochlear Implant Center
    • Tinnitus Clinic
  • Center for Disabilities and Development
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center, Iowa City 
  • Iowa Area Education Agencies and Public Schools
  • Local Private Practice Audiology Clinics

Fourth Year Externship
During the final year in the AuD program, students work on a full-time basis at an external site. The AuD faculty have established relationships with many excellent sites across the U.S. Fourth-year placements are competitive; the application process is undertaken in the third year of the program. Students work with the Director of Clinical Education in Audiology throughout the application process to ensure an appropriate site for clinical development is found. Fourth-year externs continue as students in the department and are registered for clinical coursework during externships. A sampling of fourth-year sites from Iowa AuD graduates includes:

  • Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN
  • Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, FL
  • Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, AZ
  • Boystown National Research Hospital
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • VA Medical Center, San Diego
  • VA Medical Center, Kansas City
  • VA Medical Center, Iowa City
  • VA Medical Center, Nashville
  • Vanderbilt University
  • University of Miami Mailman Center for Child Development
  • Duke Medical Center
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Central Institute for the Deaf
  • The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Otolaryngology
  • Center for Disabilities and Development ILEND grant position

capstone presentation
Fourth-year AuD students present their capstone projects just prior to graduation in the spring. While the AuD degree is considered a generalist degree and students gain proficiency in all general areas of clinical audiology, students may sub-specialize through selection of their Capstone topics and their fourth-year outplacements.

CSD Community at Iowa

Building a sense of community is a strong component of the AuD graduate student experience. Incoming students participate in a one-week “boot camp” prior to their first semester of classes. Boot camp offers introductory information about clinical practice, orientation to the in-house training clinic, and social events that help new students get to know one other, current students, and the faculty. 

Many AuD students become active members of the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) group, and its work in advocacy, philanthropy, and professional development. Each October, SAA holds a Haunted Hustle for Hearing, a fun-run that raises funds to benefit those with limited resources to purchase hearing aids and supplies.  

AuD students are also members of UI-SAFE (University of Iowa-Sound Awareness for Everyone), an outreach program providing healthy hearing education and hearing screenings for the university, local, and state-wide communities. UI-SAFE partners with the UI School of Music, College of Education and Recreation Department to provide healthy hearing classes. In addition, UI-SAFE provides hearing and speech-language screenings for local preschools. 

ui-safe booth

Listen and Speak Up Preschool is a summer program for children with hearing losses housed in the Clinic. The program's goal is to foster the development of spoken language and listening skills in children who are deaf or hard of hearing in a preschool setting. Audiology student clinicians -- paired with speech-language pathology student clinicians -- lead young participants in a combination of group and individual therapy sessions to enhance skills with an auditory-oral approach to communication. Students may participate in Listen and Speak Up to complete pediatric aural habilitation competencies in the first or second year of the program.  

Research and other opportunities: The AuD degree is primarily a clinical degree. However, as practicing clinicians, audiologists enrich their skills by having the ability to critically evaluate and integrate information from professional journals and conferences throughout their careers. To support this approach to lifelong learning, all AuD students enroll in the Evidence-Based Practice Seminar, a course that introduces students to the design and conduct of research and evidence-based clinical practice.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders continues to house some of the top research programs in the country. See the Research link to explore our research labs. AuD students benefit by the many ongoing research projects and the opportunity to participate if they desire. Many projects have direct clinical application and correspond to clinical coursework. 

Faculty: A strength of Iowa’s AuD program is the one-on-one interaction students experience with both the academic and clinical faculty, many of whom are nationally known. Students experience these interactions in the classroom and during mentoring in the Clinic. To become acquainted with the faculty, read descriptions of their professional interests, get in touch via their contact information, and see their photos at the UI CSD People link.

audiology clinical faculty
AuD clinical mentors Eun Kyung (Julie) Jeon, Stephanie Fleckenstein, Danielle Kelsay, and Kellsie Busho

Student Outcomes

Faculty assist graduating AuD students by identifying job opportunities and providing letters of recommendation. Most of the faculty serve on national boards and working groups, and therefore have connections with prospective employers across the country. In addition, potential employers often contact The University of Iowa in search of well-qualified audiologists graduating from the program, based on its strong reputation for excellence.

Audiology Program Completion Rates

Period

Number Completing on Time

Number Completing Later Than on Time

Number Not Completing

 

2017-2018

5

0

0

 

2016-2017

7

0

0

 

2015-2016

9

0

1

 

3 Year Average

 

 

 

95.45%

Audiology Program Praxis Exam Pass Rates for Graduates

Data Collected from ETS

Period

# Students Taking Exam

# Students Passed

Pass Rate

2017/2018

5

5

100%

2016/2017

7

7

100%

2015/2016

9

9

100%

3 Year Average

100%

Tuition costs/Financial Assistance

Current tuition and fees are listed at the University of Iowa Registrar’s website. Scroll to "Graduate, Speech Pathology and Audiology, MA or AuD" table.

All AuD students are considered for funding to cover tuition and living costs, based on merit and availability of funds. Funding comes via tuition scholarships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. The Department strives to be able to provide at least one form of funding for each admitted AuD student at some point during their course of study. 

Contact Us/ Schedule a Visit

CSD is located in the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center on the west (medical) side of the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City. The building houses the training clinic, classrooms, faculty offices and research labs. AuD students enrolled in the program will spend much of their days in the building treating clients in the Clinic, learning in classrooms, honing their knowledge with faculty, and possibly engaging in research.

Visit us and discuss your career goals with our clinical and academic faculty. If you like, we can also arrange a building tour and conversation with a current AuD student. Call or Email to schedule a visit.

University of Iowa Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center
250 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Mary Jo Yotty | 319-335-8719 | mary-yotty@uiowa.edu