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Communication Sciences and Disorders
Audiology, AuD

Program Description

The Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders provides an academic and clinical foundation for professionals providing service to children and adults with auditory impairments. Completion of the Au.D. degree qualifies graduates for state licensure in the profession of Audiology as well as National certification. The program requires four years of full-time study that includes summer sessions during the first three years. Thirty-four semester hours of clinical practicum are required.

The Au.D. Professional Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is a four-year, residence-based, post-baccalaureate program that culminates in the Au.D. degree. The first three years of the Au.D. studentís program includes intensive academic training in conjunction with the progressive development of clinical skills. The final year of the Au.D. program includes a 48-week clinical practicum experience that rotates students through four separate clinical sites.

Although the Au.D. is a clinically-oriented professional degree rather than a research oriented academic degree, it is clear that effective clinical practice in the modern health care environment requires the ability to critically evaluate clinical research and assess intervention outcome. These skills will be developed through courses in research methods and statistics and through the development and presentation of original outcomes research during practicum rotations in the fourth year of study in both a grand rounds meeting and an academic forum.

By fulfilling departmental requirements, students will meet all academic and clinical practicum requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Certificate of Clinical Competence and State of Oklahoma Licensure.

Program Defined

Audiologists hold either a master's degree or doctoral degree (AuD or Ph.D.), the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and where applicable, state licensure. Audiologists provide comprehensive diagnostic and rehabilitative services for all areas of auditory, vestibular, and related disorders. These services are provided to individuals across the entire age span from birth through adulthood; to individuals from diverse language, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; and to individuals who have multiple disabilities.

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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Au.D. program, the applicant must:
1. Complete a bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders (from an accredited college or university);

2. Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work or the last 12 hours of graded graduate coursework (please note: in calculating GPA, the entire semester in which the 60 or 12 hours fall is counted);

3. Submit Graduate Record Examination score by February 1 (the General Test includes a Writing Assessment);

4. Complete an on-site or telephone interview with the CSD admissions committee;

5. Students for whom English is a second language must earn a minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (internet-based) within two years prior to application on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL web site is http://www.toefl.org;

6. All international/Non US Citizen applicants are required to have all transcripts/mark sheets processed through World Education Services (WES). Wes web site is http://www.wes.org; and

7. Submit a completed on-line application. Application deadline is February 1.

Application Procedure

1. Review and follow the instructions on the College of Allied Health General Instructions for Application document found at the following web site: http://www.ah.ouhsc.edu/main/Application/default.asp

2. Students accepted for admission to the Au.D. program are required to confirm their intention to enroll and pay a $100.00 non-refundable deposit. The deposit is applied toward tuition and fees during the first term.


Tuition is approximately $3,475.00 per semester for Oklahoma residents. Students may expect additional costs that include, but are not limited to, a personal computer, textbooks, lab fees, insurance and supplies. Students are required to assume financial responsibilities for expenses associated with clinical requirements.


The North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association accredits Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program.


College of Allied Health Departmental Faculty

John W. Keys Speech & Hearing Center

The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders is located in the John W. Keys Speech and Hearing Center, a building devoted exclusively to the study and management of human communication and its disorders. Ongoing research into normal and disordered processes of human communication focuses on both the clinical and basic science areas.

Program of Study Outline

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Detailed Program Overview

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Program Contact

Mary A. Hudson, Ph.D. CCC/A
Assistant Professor- AuD Program Coordinator
College of Allied Health
Communication Sciences and Disorders

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