Allied Health Sciences - The College of Allied Health


Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
College of Allied Health
University of Oklahoma
Health Sciences Center
1200 N Stonewall, Room 3091
Oklahoma City, OK 73126-0901
Phone: (405) 271-4214,
Fax: (405) 271-1565,
Email: Department Contact

Audiology FAQ

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The statue of the Seed Sower welcomes students, faculty, visitors, and patients to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

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The College of Allied Health building is located within easy walking distance of the student parking lot, the Bird Health Sciences Center Library, the Boren Student Union, and more.

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The College of Allied Health building houses the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the John W Keys Speech and Hearing Center.

Our home page on the Web at http://www.ouhsc.edu is a great place to find information about the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC).  Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about our AuD program.

  1. Why choose the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center AuD program?  The OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City serves as the state of Oklahoma’s premiere training facility for healthcare professionals and is the cornerstone of a 300-acre health care center comprised of over 25 distinct public and private health care institutions.  We have access to a diverse patient population, opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration, and excellent facilities.  The fortunate location of OU’s AuD Program eliminates the need for students to search for suitable training sites for their fourth-year clinical education experience. 

  2. How long does it take to complete the AuD program?  The AuD program is a residence-based, four-year, post-baccalaureate professional degree program that culminates in the awarding of a Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree.  The first three years of the program include academic training in conjunction with progressive clinical skills development.  Full-time clinical rotations begin the summer semester of the third year and continue through the fall and spring semesters of the fourth year.

  3. Where is the AuD program housed? The AuD degree is offered through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Allied Health on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Campus in Oklahoma City.  The College of Allied Health is a beautiful new building which includes state-of-the-art classrooms and the John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center. To see the College of Allied Health, click here

  4. When and where are AuD students involved with patient care?  All AuD students are enrolled in supervised clinical practicum at OUHSC’s Keys Speech and Hearing Center in the College of Allied Health beginning the first semester of the first year!  First- and second-year AuD students, along with licensed audiologists, evaluate and treat a diverse multi-cultural patient population in the Keys Speech and Hearing Center.  Third-year AuD students provide audiologic services to several local school districts and are assigned clinical practicum responsibilities in the OU Physicians Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) department on the OUHSC campus.

  5. Do AuD students have to arrange their fourth-year practicum rotation sites?  No, fourth-year clinical sites are preselected by the faculty.  Clinical sites include hospitals that serve diverse patient populations, cochlear implant centers, and private practice sites. Fourth-year practicum sites typically are located in Oklahoma City and offer opportunities in comprehensive audiologic assessment, electronystagmography (ENG) testing, auditory evoked potential testing, hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other hearing assistance technology.  Fourth-year students advance through a full-time 48-week clinical rotation experience comprised of four separate 12-week rotations to ensure comprehensive, diverse, and well-mentored clinical experiences.  

  6. When is the application deadline?  How do I apply? Admission requirements? Applicants with an undergraduate degree in communications sciences and disorders must electronically submit an application by February 1 of the year the applicant wishes to begin the program of study.  Beginning with the 2011-2012 academic year, applicants with a non-CSD baccalaureate degree may apply to be admitted on a conditional basis for the purpose of completing 12 credits of required undergraduate leveling courses.  These courses are offered in the spring semester; therefore, applicants for conditional admission must electronically submit an application by October 1 of the fall semester prior to the spring the applicant wishes to begin.  More information on conditional admission can be found here.  All applications should include a completed University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) application for admission into the university’s College of Allied Health, including a written career goal statement.  Three letters of recommendation should be mailed to the AuD Program Coordinator.  Admission requirements for both application deadlines can be found here.

  7. What does the curriculum include?  See it for yourself here!  

  8. Are courses in research available?  Is research a part of the AuD curriculum?  Yes to both of those questions.  Effective clinical practice in today’s health care environment requires the ability to critically evaluate and integrate basic and applied research.  Students complete a course in biostatistics and a course in research methods.  AuD students identify a research topic of interest to them, design an original research project with the help of the AuD faculty, and present their results to their peers, professors, and community audiologists during the fourth year.  Many students also use this opportunity to present at local, state, and national meetings of audiologists and communication professionals.  In the last few years, several students have presented at the OU Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) Graduate Research Education and Technology (GREAT) Symposium, the Oklahoma Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual meeting, and the AudiologyNow! Conference of the American Academy of Audiology.  Click here for more information regarding selected AuD capstone topics.

  9. Is financial aid available? Yes, start by consulting the financial aid office.  Our department has a number of competitive opportunities for funding per year for AuD students.  All AuD students are given the opportunity to request available departmental funds.

  10. Is housing available close to the OU Health Sciences Center campus?  Yes, students have several options close to campus.  For information about the University Village, visit http://village.ou.edu/ Also, The Lincoln at Central Park Apartments are located nearby.  Their website is www.thelincolnatcentralpark.com .  Other options are nearby in downtown Oklahoma City.  Traffic in Oklahoma City is generally not a problem, so commuting from other nearby cities such as Edmond or Norman is quite common.  The other good news?  AuD students also enjoy parking near the College of Allied Health! 

  11. What extracurricular activities are available to AuD students?  There are several professional organizations for audiology students.  Information about the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA), which is the student organization of the American Academy of Audiology, can be found here.  Information about the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is available at www.nsslha.org  Contact the OUHSC Student Association for more ideas about ways to become involved in campus life.

  12. What are my chances of finding a job after graduation?  Successful completion of OU’s AuD program will ensure that graduating students will meet national certification standards and be eligible for licensure in Oklahoma as well as most other states.  The pass rate for the last 5 years on the Praxis exam in Audiology is 100%.  The employment rate, also for the last 5 years, for AuD program graduates is 100%.

  13. What is there to do in Oklahoma City?   Oklahoma City has much to offer.  Go to the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce to find out more about this vibrant city with a low cost of living!  

  14. Can you tell me more about the AuD program at OUHSC?  On May 10, 2001, the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents approved the OU Health Sciences Center AuD program.  The OUHSC AuD Program is the only professional degree program for audiology in the state.

    The OUHSC’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) has a long-standing reputation for the quality of the clinicians and researchers who have graduated from the program since its inception in the late 1950s.  The CSD Department was housed in the freestanding facility known as the John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center from 1957 through 2008.  In 2009, the Keys Speech and Hearing Center relocated to the newly constructed College of Allied Health. 

    In addition to the Doctor of Audiology program, the College of Allied Health currently houses programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutritional sciences, speech-language pathology, medical imaging and radiation sciences, and allied health sciences.  The OUHSC is distinct in being one of only four academic health centers in the nation to have seven separate colleges encompassed by a single academic health center.  Residing in a college and on an academic health center campus with such diversity offers not only a wealth of opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange between students and faculty, but provides for an exceptionally diverse range of clinical and academic training opportunities.

  15. How can I get more information? Come visit us in Oklahoma City!  We always welcome the opportunity to introduce prospective students to faculty, staff, and current students. 

    You may also visit the OUHSC website at www.ouhsc.edu.  Another option is to contact the AuD program coordinator, Dr. Mary A. Hudson at (405) 271-4214 x46057 or mary-a-hudson@ouhsc.edu


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    Kelee Hoffman (AuD '14)
    measures a patient's acoustic reflex thresholds.

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    Nathan Wells (AuD '14) demonstrates proper otoscopy technique with Kendall Kalas (AuD '14).