The Au.D. is a four year post-baccalaureate degree that focuses on preparing highly qualified specialists in audiology. The Au.D. program includes education in the basic sciences and disorders as well as practical experience with outstanding clinical training. The Au.D. curriculum includes courses dealing with the scientific bases of audiology including acoustics and instrumentation, anatomy and physiology of the auditory and nervous systems, and auditory and speech perception. Clinical coursework includes diagnostic audiology, pediatric audiology, central auditory processing disorders, industrial audiology, medical audiology, auditory pathology, auditory evoked potentials, otoacoustic emissions, vestibular assessment, amplification and cochlear implants.
The program requires three years of academic coursework and clinical practicum. A competency-based clinical exam is administered after the first year is completed (The Gateway Exam) to assure that students have basic knowledge and skills of audiological assessment and treatment. The fourth year of the program consists of a full-time externship (taking place of the Clinical Fellowship Year or CFY). It is expected that students will accrue more than 2000 hours of clinical practicum during their four years of the program. Students also complete a research project during their second and third years of the program. Students who apply and are accepted to the School of Management may complete a joint M.B.A./Au.D. degree. This combination of academic coursework, clinical practice, and research experience provides a rich learning environment for future clinicians.
Students will gain broad clinical experience through training received in our university-based Speech and Hearing Clinic as well as our network of practicum sites located throughout the Western New York area. The fourth-year, full-time clinical practicum requirement can be completed at an approved training site most anywhere in the country.