University of Wisconsin–Madison

Au.D. Program

Au.D. CAA Accreditation Statement

The doctoral education program in audiology at The University of Wisconsin 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.

Program Overview

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.


Degree Requirements

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.

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.

Applications & Admissions

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.

Apply Online

Fall Application Deadline: January 15th

All potential audiology applicants must meet the Graduate School and program requirements.

Graduate School Requirements

UW-Madison Graduate School Requirements for Admission

Note: 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.

Program 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.

Letters of Recommendation

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. No more than three.

Reasons for Graduate Study

This is an opportunity for you to highlight experiences, related skills, and personal attributes which make you an exceptional candidate. 1-3 pages, single-spaced.

CV/Resume

Include honors and awards

Transcripts

Upload a copy of your unofficial transcripts. These show grades earned at every college or university you have attended, including study abroad. If admitted, the Graduate School will request official transcripts.

Supplemental Application

Complete the supplemental application found in the online application. There is a place to indicate your campus preference (Madison, Stevens Point, or either) on this form.

Official GRE Scores

Use institution code 1846. You may take the test more than once; we will consider the scores from your best testing date. Only official scores, submitted directly from ETS, from within the last five years and submitted by the application deadline will be accepted.

Official TOEFL Scores

If your native language is not English, or your undergraduate instruction was not in English, a TOEFL score is required. Use institution code 1846. You may take the test more than once; we will consider the scores from your best testing date. Only official scores, submitted directly from ETS, from within the last five years and submitted by the application deadline will be accepted.

Application Fee

UW-Madison charges a non-refundable $75 application fee that must be paid by credit card (Master Card or Visa) or debit card. In addition to the $75 application fee, non U.S. citizens will be charged a $6.00 international document processing fee.

There are also limited application fee grants available. Check the UW-Madison Graduation Application Fee grants to see if you qualify. Please note that fee grant applications must be submitted before you application and can take two weeks to process so you should plan to submit fee grant applications by December 1st with consideration of holidays.


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.
  • For more information, review the UW-Madison Graduate School “Steps to Apply” and “Admissions FAQ”.

Courses

Year 1

Fall Semester
  • CS&D 850: Hearing Science I: Basic Acoustics and Psychoacoustics (3 cr.)
  • CS&D 854: Electroacoustics and Instrument Calibration (2 cr.)
  • CS&D 855: Electroacoustics and Calibration Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • CS&D 852: Hearing Assessment (2 cr.)
  • CS&D 853: Hearing Assessment Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • CS&D 891: Clerkship in Audiology I (2 cr.)
  • CS&D 424: Sign Language I (if not completed in undergrad) (2 cr.)
Spring Semester
  • CS&D 832: Pediatric Audiology (3 cr.)
  • CS&D 856: Amplification Systems I (2 cr.)
  • CS&D 857: Laboratory in Amplification Systems I (1 cr.)
  • CS&D 858: Physiological Assessment in Auditory I (2 cr.)
  • CS&D 859: Laboratory in Physiological Assessment of the Auditory System I (1 cr.)
  • CS&D 891: Clerkship in Audiology I (2 cr.)
Summer Semester
  • CS&D 833: Occupational Audiology (2 cr.)
  • CS&D 892: Clerkship in Audiology II (3 cr.)

Year 2

Fall Semester
  • CS&D 835: Research Methods (3 cr.)
  • CS&D 860: Physiological Assessment in Audiology II (2 cr.)
  • CS&D 861: Laboratory in Physiological Assessment of the Auditory System II (1 cr.)
  • CS&D 845: The Human Balance System: Structure, Assessment, and Rehabilitation (2 cr.)
  • CS&D 846: The Human Balance System: Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • CS&D 892: Clerkship in Audiology II (2 cr.)
Spring Semester
  • CS&D 849: Geriatric Audiology: Diagnosis and Rehabilitation (2 cr.)
  • CS&D 862: Auditory and Vestibular Pathologies II (3 cr.)
  • CS&D 865: Practice Management (2 cr.)
  • CS&D 866: Amplification Systems II (2 cr.)
  • CS&D 892: Clerkship in Audiology II (2 cr.)
  • CS&D 899: Capstone Study in Audiology (1 cr.)
Summer Semester
  • CS&D 806: Professional Issues: Medical Setting (1 cr.)
  • CS&D 893: Clerkship in Audiology III (3 cr.)

Year 3

Fall Semester

  • CS&D 863: Implantable Auditory Prostheses (2 cr.)
  • CS&D 834: Counseling in Audiology (2 cr.)
  • CS&D 899: Capstone Study in Audiology (3 cr.)
  • CS&D 893: Clerkship in Audiology III (3 cr.)
Spring Semester
  • CS&D 856: Practice Management (alternate years) (2 cr.)
  • CS&D 867: School Methods for Audiologist (1 cr.)
  • CS&D 836: Pediatric Habilitation/Rehabilitation (3 cr.)
  • CS&D 899: Capstone Study in Audiology (3 cr.)
  • CS&D 893: Clerkship in Audiology III (3 cr.)
Summer Semester
  • CS&D 894: Externship in Audiology (3 cr.)

Year 4

Fall Semester
  • CS&D 921: Seminar: Problems in Audiology (3 cr.)
  • CS&D 894: Externship in Audiology (3 cr.)
Spring Semester
  • CS&D 921: Seminar: Problems in Audiology (3 cr.)
  • CS&D 894: Externship in Audiology (3 cr.)

Student Outcome Data

Audiology Program Completion Rate

wdt_IDPeriodNumber Completed Program Within Expected Time FramePercentage Completing Within Expected Time Frame
1 2016-2017 15 100%
2 2015-2016 16 100%
3 2014-2015 13 100%


Praxis Examination Pass Rate, of Test -Takers

wdt_IDPeriodNumber Taking ExamNumber Passed ExamPercentage Pass Rate
1 2016-2017 15 15 100%
2 2015-2016 16 16 100%
3 2014-2015 13 13 100%


Employment Rates of Graduates Within One Year of Graduation

wdt_IDPeriodNumber of GraduatesPercentage of Graduates in Employment
1 2016-2017 15 TBD
2 2015-2016 16 94%
3 2014-2015 13 100%