Professional doctorate for clinical audiology practice
Welcome to the Prospective Au.D. Students section of the UW-Madison Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Web site. We are delighted that you are considering graduate work in our department.
The Au.D. program is a four-year professional doctorate program offered jointly by the UW-Madison Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the UW-Stevens Point School of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
It was designed to train professional audiologists through a firm foundation in science and technology. Clerkships and on-site mentoring assure that students graduate with superior clinical skills.
In this unique program, lecture classes are taught
simultaneously at both campuses; videoconferencing allows you to
interact with students and faculty at the remote campus.
Laboratory experiences are taught separately, using the same curriculum, on each campus. Summer academic course work is entirely online, and clinical experiences take place both on and off campus.
Our clinical degree program in Audiology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). The degree awarded at the completion of the program is an Au.D., from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The CAA can be reached at:
Council on Academic Accreditation
2200 Research Boulevard, Mail Stop 310
Rockville, MD 20850-3289
If you have any questions about our program that are not answered here, please contact:
Amy Hartman, Au.D., CCC-A, Interim Au.D. Program Director
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
1975 Willow Drive, Room 274
Madison, WI 53706
Mission and Objectives
The mission of the Au.D. program is to prepare future audiologists with a strong clinical and theoretical background to practice in a variety of settings and to be lifelong learners.
The academic objectives of the program are:
- To prepare students to enter the profession of audiology fully able to function as independent audiologists in private practice, medical clinics, and school settings.
- To provide a strong theoretical, technical, and scientific base for the clinical practice of audiology.
- To prepare students to meet certification and licensure requirements for the practice of clinical audiology.
- To prepare students to be lifelong learners.
- Describe the theoretical and scientific bases for disorders of the auditory and vestibular systems.
- Elicit appropriate case history information and use that information to determine a diagnostic and rehabilitative strategy for that patient.
- Perform appropriate diagnostic tests and rehabilitative services for a wide range of clinical disorders.
- Perform professional tasks in a manner consistent with nationally adopted guidelines and standards of best practice.
- Counsel patients and refer patients when necessary to the appropriate health professional.
- Read the relevant literature critically and engage in continuing education activities.
- Monitor their professional performance.
- Describe the basics of the business aspects of audiology.
The scope of audiology practice has expanded dramatically since the field was first established to treat hearing-impaired veterans at the end of World War II.
Although the M.S. or M.A. degree was considered sufficient for practice for many years, technological advances, deeper scientific knowledge, and improved diagnostic and rehabilitative applications have rendered two-year master’s program inadequate for training future audiology practitioners.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), and the Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) all now endorse a professional doctorate as the entry degree for practicing audiologists.
ASHA’s guidelines and requirements for clinical training and certification in audiology (CCC-A) is the basis for audiology licensure in most states. ASHA’s Council for Academic Accreditation has mandated that students preparing for a professional career in audiology must earn 75 academic credit hours and a minimum of 1820 hours of supervised practice in a graduate academic program.
As a result, the University of Wisconsin has upgraded its M.S. degree to an Au.D. in order to continue training audiologists in Wisconsin. The Ph.D., a research degree culminating in the doctoral dissertation, will still be offered for students who wish to pursue a research and/or academic career.
The Au.D. program merges the resources of programs at UW-Madison and UW-Stevens Point, both of which previously offered an M.S. degree with a concentration in audiology. It was recently granted accreditation until 2015 by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.