Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) - Ft. Lauderdale

Degree Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. There are no specific prerequiste courses for applicants to the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) programs. Courses listed below are required for professional certification and/or licensure upon graduation.

The Department recommends that applicants visit and/or volunteer at an audiology practice and discuss the profession with an audiologist.

Matriculation Requirements

Prior to graduation

Note: If these courses were not completed as an undergraduate, they can be taken during the AuD course of study, but require separate registration and tuition.

Required Courses
coursecredits
AUD 5070: Audiologic Research Methods I: Introduction
This course will provide students the opportunity to learn about and discuss the critical importance of outcomes measurement and clinical research in audiology. Students locate information and evaluate the rigor of the source and document and synthesize the professional literature on a topic of their choosing.
3
AUD 5301: Diagnostics I: Audiologic Diagnostic Procedures Across the Lifespan
Students will study components of the basic audiologic examination, including, but not limited, to case history, otoscopy, pure tone threshold evaluation, speech threshold evaluation, speech recognition evaluation, classical site-of-lesion tests, test result interpretation, and test battery interpretation. Students will demonstrate performance of these procedures. Audiologic screening and procedural modifications for special populations including pediatrics will also be discussed. Hypothetical cases will be presented.
3
AUD 5301L: Diagnostics I Lab
This lab supplements AUD 5301, providing students with practical assignments.
1
AUD 5302: Acoustics and Instrumentation
Students will study properties of sound and conduct sound analyses. They will also learn about and conduct audiometric calibration procedures.
3
AUD 5303: Psychoacoustics and Speech Perception
Students will study normal human auditory sensation and perception. Changes in auditory sensation and perception that occur as a function of sensorineural hearing loss, and their implications for hearing aid processing, audiologic evaluation, and treatment will be discussed.
3
AUD 5304: Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory & Vestibular Mechanisms
This course will provide detailed study of the anatomy and physiology of the outer ear, middle ear, inner ear, and central auditory pathways. The vestibular peripheral system and the vestibular CNS pathways are described.
3
AUD 5402: Introduction to Auditory Electrophysiology
Basic procedures for acquiring and interpreting auditory electrophysiologic tests are discussed. This course describes the use of auditory brainstem evoked response testing for threshold and neuro-otologic diagnosis.
2
AUD 5403L: Introduction to Electrophysiology Lab
This lab supplements AUD 5402 and 5404, providing students with practical assignments.
1
AUD 5404: Introduction to Vestibular Evaluation
Basic procedures and interpretation for vestibular assessment, including electro/ videonystagmography and bedside evaluations.
2
AUD 5405: Overview of Amplification I
This course is designed to provide an introduction to amplification. The content of this course includes historical review.
3
AUD 5405L: Amplification Lab I
This lab supplements AUD 5405, providing students with practical assignments.
1
AUD 6310: Adult Audiologic Rehabilitation
TThis course focuses on audiological intervention and remediation strategies for adults and elderly persons with auditory communication handicaps. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of a multi-professional approach.
3
AUD 6402: Diagnostics II: Site of Lesion
This course is designed to review basic immittance testing and introduce advanced immittance testing, acoustic reflex and reflex decay testing procedures, formula masking and otoacoustic emissions. Case studies will be utilized.
2
AUD 6402L: Diagnostics II Laboratory
This course is designed to develop student competency with audiology test procedures such as immittance, multi-frequency tympanometry, and otoacoustic emissions.
1
AUD 6404: Auditory and Vestibular Pathologies
Students will study pathologies affecting the conductive, sensory, neural and balance mechanisms and methods for their differential diagnosis will be discussed. Case studies will be reviewed.
4
AUD 6406: Overview of Amplification II
In this course the student begins to integrate theoretical and practical concepts of fitting and verification. Components and features available on contemporary hearing instruments are presented.
3
AUD 6406L: Amplification Lab II
This lab supplements AUD 6406, providing students with practical assignments.
1
AUD 6408: Introduction to Auditory Processing Evaluation and Treatment
This course is designed to introduce students to auditory processing evaluation and treatment. Anatomy and physiology of the central auditory nervous system will be discussed. Tests for the evaluation of auditory processing and patterns of delay will be presented.
2
AUD 6502: Hearing Conservation
Students will study the impact of noise from a physiological perspective. Students will study, conduct, and interpret noise surveys. Various service delivery models from industry, schools, military and other sites will be discussed. Basic elements of an effective hearing conservation program are discussed. The relevant legislation mandating such programs will be presented.
3
AUD 6503: Topics in Audiology
Current topics in assessment, management and treatment of hearing and balance are examined.
3
AUD 6504: Implantable Hearing Technologies
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of different implantable auditory devices for adults and children. Information will include, but is not limited to, candidacy for implantation, basic understanding of the surgery and surgical risks of implants, pre- and post-audiometric test measures to determine benefit, programming and troubleshooting.
2
AUD 6508: Introduction to Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment
This course is designed to introduce students to tinnitus evaluation and treatment. Anatomy and physiology of the central auditory nervous system and associated subcortical and cortical structures are presented. Past and emerging theories on tinnitus will be discussed. The evaluation and treatment of both subjective and objective tinnitus will be presented.
2
AUD 6510: Clinic I
Participation in supervised auditory and vestibular evaluation, management, and treatment. Weekly meetings with supervisors and/or documentation is required.
2
AUD 6511: Clinic II
Participation in supervised auditory and vestibular evaluation, management, and treatment. Weekly meetings with supervisors and/or documentation is required.
2
AUD 6512: Clinic III
Participation in supervised auditory and vestibular evaluation, management, and treatment. Weekly meetings with supervisors and/or report writing are required.
2
AUD 7050: Audiologic Research Methods II: Application
Students study research design, data collection, analysis, and evaluation. The ability to comprehend, analyze, and critically evaluate professional literature will be emphasized. Students will design clinically based research to test a clinical hypothesis or treatment efficacy.
3
AUD 7071: Biochemistry and Pharmacology for Audiology
The biochemistry of the ear will be described, and with that as a foundation the mechanisms, side effects, drug interactions, and toxicity of these drugs will be examined.
2
AUD 7075: Counseling in Audiology
This course is designed to explore theories of counseling related to the management of persons with auditory and vestibular disorders.  Different approaches for interacting with patients and their families individually and in groups will be addressed.  Special emphasis on tinnitus.
3
AUD 7078: Seminar in Ethics for Audiologists
Theories of ethics and applications to audiology in the clinical, research, and academic arenas.  Analysis of ethical scenarios and dilemmas.
1
AUD 7079: Coding and Reimbursement for Audiology
Students will be introduced to evaluation, treatment, and diagnosis codes relative to audiology practice. Third party reimbursement policies, procedures, and guidelines will be discussed.
1
AUD 7080: Practice Mangement for Audiology
In this course students examine basic principles involved in the development and management of audiology practice within the framework of different models of health care delivery. Legal and ethical issues in practice management will be discussed.
2
AUD 7100: Advanced Seminar in Amplification
This course is designed to provide advanced information on the theoretical and practical concepts of fitting, verification and analyses of amplification systems. Counseling techniques are discussed.
2
AUD 7120: Electrophysiology: Auditory
Students will study cochlear physiologic and auditory neurophysiologic evaluation procedures, including evoked responses for all latencies and otoacoustic emissions. Interpretation of test results will be discussed in relation to underlying anatomy and physiology.
4
AUD 7130: Pediatric Audiology
This course is designed to provide a review of normal and abnormal auditory development in children. Audiologic assessment, management, and treatment of neonates, infants, and young children will be discussed. Evaluation procedures for the difficult-to-test patient will be explored.
3
AUD 7135: Pediatric Audiologic Rehabilitation
This course details the aspects related to the provision of audiologic habilitation services to children with hearing loss. It includes such topics as models of information processing during communication; development of auditory speech and language skills in children with hearing loss; provision of effective counseling and guidance to families; and provision of assessment and intervention services for the development of speech and language skills in the home and school environments.
3
AUD 7160: Advanced Vestibular Evaluation and Treatment
Students will study the anatomy and physiology of the peripheral and central vestibular mechanisms and the integration of the human equilibrium system. Disorders of vestibular function will be studied. Vestibular evaluation procedures will be presented. Vestibular rehabilitation and balance therapy programming and therapy techniques will be discussed and evaluated.
3
AUD 7165: Vestibular Specialty Seminar
Students will participate in an advanced study vestibular evaluation and treatment. In depth analysis of vestibular evaluation and treatment techniques will be examined with focus on special patient populations. An interprofessional approach to management of dizzy/fall risk patients will be presented. Vestibular rehabilitation and balance therapy programming and therapy techniques will be discussed and evaluated. Prerequisite: Successful completion of AUD 5403L and successful completion of AUD 5404 and AUD 7160 with a grade of A or A-.
3
AUD 7180: Diagnostics III: Integration of Audiologic Test Results
Students will study advanced auditory evaluation with an emphasis on integration of audiologic test results leading to management and treatment strategies.
3
AUD 7190: Case Studies I
Students will critically analyze and present cases that require integration of information from throughout the curriculum.
1
AUD 7201: Case Studies II
Students will critically analyze and present cases that require integration of information from throughout the curriculum.
1
AUD 7607: Internship I
Off-campus placement in hospital, agency, or private practice setting(s). Students must meet the schedule required by the facility to which the student is assigned. Supervisory meetings are scheduled periodically.
3
AUD 7608: Internship II
Off-campus placement in hospital, agency, or private practice setting(s). Students must meet the schedule required by the facility to which the student is assigned. Supervisory meetings are scheduled periodically.
3
AUD 7613: Internship III
Off-campus placement in hospital, agency, or private practice setting(s). Students must meet the schedule required by the facility to which the student is assigned. Supervisory meetings are scheduled periodically.
3
AUD 7610: Externship I
Full-time placement in an audiology externship position.
8
AUD 7611: Externship II
Full-time placement in an audiology externship position.
8
AUD 7612: Externship III
Full-time placement in an audiology externship position.
8