CSD Au.D. Program

We are delighted that you are completing, or contemplating, graduate work in our department as an Au.D. student. Our Au.D. program is a consortium between UW-Madison and UW-Stevens Point.


Au.D. CAA Accreditation Statement

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
Members: 800-498-2071
Non-Member: 800-638-8255


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.

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

Students will:

  • 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

History of Au.D.

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 2023 by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

We are glad you've decided to apply to UW-Madison's Communication Sciences and Disorders Program! Please apply using the link below to the UW Graduate School.

See application deadline(s) on the right-hand side of this page.


Phase I: Apply online to the UW-Madison Graduate School. Your online application includes:

  1. Letters of Recommendation, no more than three. These letters should address your potential for academic success in graduate school. At least two should come from instructors who have knowledge of your academic performance. The third may come from a clinical supervisor, employer, or other individual who has knowledge of your academic potential and likelihood for success in graduate school.
  2. Reason for graduate study. Content is 1-3 pages, single-spaced.
  3. Application Fee
  4. CV, or resume, including honors and awards
  5. Official transcripts. This shows grades earned at every college or university you have attended, including study abroad.
  6. Supplemental application. There is a place to indicate your campus preference (Madison, Stevens Point, or either) on this form.

UW Graduate School electronic application

Phase II: Have your GRE and TOEFL test scores submitted electronically directly from ETS.

  • Use institution code 1846.

  • You may take the test more than once; we will consider the scores from your best testing date. We will only consider scores received by the application deadline.

 


Notable Advice:

  • Submit all materials one week prior to deadline. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • File your application early. Do not wait until you can gather all your materials. It is better to file early and send additional items as they become available.

  • Track your application status. After submission of your application, you will receive a link to a personal web page where you can track your application status. We update this page as we receive your materials, usually within two weeks of receipt.

  • Pay your application fee ASAP. We cannot consider your application, nor make a recommendation for admission, until you have paid your application fee.

  • For more information, see the following Graduate School website FAQ's

Au.D. Strategic Plan for 2014-2019

Mission

The UW Doctor of Audiology Program prepares future audiologists with a strong clinical and theoretical background to practice in a variety of settings and to be life-long learners. The program consists of four years of coursework and clinical practicum culminating in the Au.D. degree.

The 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 life-long learners.

The strategic priorities of this program are:

  • Generate funds to carry out the vision and mission of our program, given that state funding is declining.
  • Upgrade our current diagnostic equipment and facilities or move to a new, state-of-the-art facility that allows us to better carry out our vision and mission.
  • Develop a brand and marketing strategy that is aligned with the UW system that promotes our program and clinic both on campus and off.
  • Develop partnerships and collaborate within our program and campuses as well as in the area communities.

Graduate School/Program Requirements

All potential master’s degree applicants must meet the Graduate School’s admission requirements. In addition, our program specifically requires:

  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (4.0=A); however, the students we accept into the program typically have much higher GPAs. In very rare circumstances, we will consider a student whose GPA is below 3.0, but this requires a special review. To seek a special review, you must submit a letter of appeal along with your application materials. This letter must state the reasons for the low GPA and the rationale for making an exception to the minimum GPA rule.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from within the last five years. You may take the test more than once; we will consider the scores from your best testing date.
  • A passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your native language is not English, or your undergraduate instruction was not in English.

Prerequisites

An undergraduate major in Communication Sciences & Disorders is recommended, but not required, for admission to the Au.D. program. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders, you must make up any course work deficiencies before your graduate study. 

Advising

The program provides coordinated academic advising across both campuses through a committee consisting of the Au.D. program directors on both campuses and the graduate student coordinator.

A faculty member at each campus provides local advising access for students. Issues that affect both campuses are brought to the advising committee.

Course Work

A minimum of 75 credits are required for a Doctor of Audiology. When you are admitted to the Au.D. program, you will be provided with a course sequence for the entire program. It is strongly recommended that you adhere to this sequence, although you may modify the plan in consultation with your advisor and clinic coordinator(s).

If you have an undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders, it typically takes four years (including three summers) to complete the Au.D. program. If you have an undergraduate degree in another field, the program may take an additional year to make up missing course work.

Capstone

You will complete a capstone project during the second and third years of study. This project may involve an in-depth literature review, a limited-scope clinical investigation, a case study, or a large-scale clinical project.

At the end of the third year, you will produce a final paper for the committee and present a report on the project at a meeting of colleagues and faculty.

Clinical Experiences

In your first year, you will participate in a clinical clerkship at your home campus clinic. Both the UW-Madison Speech and Hearing Clinic and the UW-Stevens Point Center for Communicative Disorders offer experience in adult and pediatric diagnostics and hearing aids.

In your second year, you will participate in a mix of on- and off-campus clinical clerkships. Third-year clinical clerkships are entirely off-campus. Off-campus sites include major medical centers, VA Hospitals, outpatient ENT clinics, and private practices.

During the summer, you have the option to complete off-campus clerkships at out-of-state sites or sites within Wisconsin that are further away from Madison or Stevens Point.

Your fourth year consists of a 12-month, full-time externship. You may complete externships at a single site that offers a range of experiences, or at two or three different sites. Externships may be completed in Wisconsin or out of state.

Breadth Requirements and Procedures for Au.D. Students (UW-Madison)

The Au.D. program does not require students to complete a doctoral minor, however the option is available to those who wish to do so. Acceptance of the minor requires the approval of the Au.D. program advisor and respective department in which the minor is administered.

For students who do not complete a minor, breadth requirements will be fulfilled with the following requirements and opportunities. All students will meet with the AuD program advisor on an annual basis to discuss the breadth requirements and will complete the AuD breadth requirement form and have it signed by their advisor.

Alternate Breadth Training Resources Requirements

Students must attend and participate in the proseminar series which will introduce them to broader topics in psychology, speech language pathology, sociology, biomedical engineering, linguistics, human ecology and otolaryngology. Students will be required to attend this seminar series during the fall semester of their first year in the Au.D. program.

Students are required to complete a capstone research project. The capstone project is designed to provide depth and breadth. Through this project, students are exposed to many additional disciplines. Please see the section on capstones for more information.

Students are required to obtain clinical training in a wide diversity of sites, ranging from hospitals, clinics, schools, and/or private practices. All students obtain at a minimum 1820 clinical practicum hours. Each student will be assigned a clinical placement at the Waisman Center (or similar site) where they are involved in an interdisciplinary team including speech pathologists, pediatricians, geneticists, social workers, nurses and nutritionists.

Additional Breadth Training Resource Opportunities

Students may apply to participate in the Wisconsin Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training program. This program provides interdisciplinary and disciplinary leadership training in order to improve systems of care that promote the prevention of disabilities and assure access to family-centered, community-based services and supports for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families.

Students will be provided with the opportunity to participate in a number of outreach activities which provide them experience in community building in the allied health sciences. The outreach activities may include the out of hospital clinics, early childhood hearing outreach, health fairs and the hearing health care public symposium.

Below is the required course sequence for the Au.D. program. Course numbers are the same for both campuses.

 


 

Year 1 | Fall Semester

Course No. Course Name Credits
CS&D 850 Hearing Science I: Basic Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
CS&D 854  Electroacoustics and Instrument Calibration 2
CS&D 855 Electroacoustics and Calibration Laboratory
1
CS&D 852 Hearing Assessment 2
CS&D 853 Hearing Assessment Laboratory
1
CS&D 891 Clerkship in Audiology I 2
CS&D 424 Sign Language I (if not completed in undergrad) 2

 

Year 1 | Spring Semester

Course No. Course Name Credits
CS&D 832 Pediatric Audiology
CS&D 856 Amplification Systems I 2
CS&D 857 Laboratory in Amplification Systems I 1
CS&D 858 Physiological Assessment in Auditory I
2
CS&D 859 Laboratory in Physiological Assessment of the Auditory System I 1
CS&D 891 Clerkship in Audiology I

2

 

Year 1 | Summer Semester

Course No. Course Name Credits
CS&D 833 Occupational Audiology
CS&D 892 Clerkship in Audiology II 3

 


 

Year 2 | Fall Semester

Course No. Course Name Credits
CS&D 835 Research Methods 3
CS&D 860 Physiological Assessment in Audiology II 2
CS&D 861 Laboratory in Physiological Assessment of the Auditory System II 1
CS&D 845 The Human Balance System: Structure, Assessment, and Rehabilitation 2
CS&D 846 The Human Balance System: Laboratory
1
CS&D 892 Clerkship in Audiology II

2

 

Year 2 | Spring Semester

Course No. Course Name Credits
CS&D 849 Geriatric Audiology: Diagnostics and Rehabilitation 2
CS&D 862 Auditory and Vestibular Pathologies II 3
CS&D 865 Practice Management (alternate years) 2
CS&D 866 Amplification Systems II 2
CS&D 892 Clerkship in Audiology II 2
CS&D 899
Capstone Study in Audiology
1

 

Year 2 | Summer Semester

Course No. Course Name Credits
CS&D 806 Professional Issues: Medical Setting 1
CS&D 893 Clerkship in Audiology III 3

 


 

Year 3 | Fall Semester

Course No. Course Name Credits
CS&D 863 Implantable Auditory Prostheses 2
CS&D 834 Counseling in Audiology 2
CS&D 899 Capstone Study in Audiology 3
CS&D 893 Clerkship in Audiology III 3

 

Year 3 | Spring Semester

Course No. Course Name Credits
CS&D 865 Practice Management (alternate years) 2
CS&D 867 School Methods for Audiologist
1
CS&D 836 Pediatric Habilitation/Rehabilitation 3
CS&D 899 Capstone Study in Audiology 3
CS&D 893 Clerkship in Audiology III 3

 

Year 3 | Summer Semester

Course No. Course Name Credits
CS&D 894 Externship in Audiology 3

 


 

Year 4 | Fall Semester

Course No. Course Name Credits
CS&D 921 Seminar: Problems in Audiology 3
CS&D 894 Externship in Audiology 3

Year 4 | Spring Semester 

Course No. Course Name Credits
CS&D 921 Seminar: Problems in Audiology 3
CS&D 894 Externship in Audiology 3

Core topics discussed in these documents include:

  • Satisfactory progress
  • Policies and procedures
  • Clinical experiences
  • External resources for licensing & certification

These documents are in PDF form, and have been customized to be quickly searchable. We suggest that you download a copy of these documents, and reference them as needed.

Au.D. Student Handbook

UWSHC Handbook - Au.D.

Audiology Program Completion Rate

Period 

No. Completed Program
Within Expected Time Frame

Percentage Completing
Within Expected Time Frame

2016-2017
15 of 15
100%
2015-2016 16 of 16 100%
2014-2015 13 of 13 100%

Praxis Examination Pass Rate, of Test -Takers

Period  No. Taking Exam  No. Passed Exam  Percentage Pass Rate 
2016-2017 15
15
100%
2015-2016 16 16 100%
2014-2015 13 13 100%

Employment Rates of Graduates Within One Year of Graduation

Period  No. of Graduates Percentage of
Graduates in Employment
2016-2017 15
TBD
2015-2016 16 94%
2014-2015 13 100%

Graduate Studies

Contact Information

graduate@csd.wisc.edu
(608) 262-6464

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1975 Willow Drive
318 Goodnight Hall
Madison, WI 53706


Application Deadlines

Masters: January 15

MS/Ph.D.: January 1

Post-Bac: June 15

Ph.D.: January 1

Audiology: January 15

Au.D. CAA Accreditation Statement

The master’s/doctoral (MS/AUD) education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison are 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.