The University of Florida post-bachelor’s Doctor of Audiology degree program is a campus-based program that:
- Prepares students for a professional career in audiology
- Provides a wide array of experiences in the practice of diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology
- Provides students with complex and diverse skills necessary to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing hearing health care field.
The post-bachelor’s Au.D. program is a four-year graduate degree. The clinical and academic curriculum includes course work in the basic sciences, applied audiology, clinical research, statistics, audiologic rehabilitation, medical neuroscience, neuro-otology, cochlear implants, health care administration, programmable hearing aids, counseling, and aging. Graduates of this program are eligible for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) administered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Board Certification in Audiology administered by the American Academy of Audiology, and for state licensure in audiology.
The on-campus program for bachelor’s-level applicants is a four-year graduate degree totaling 110 semester hours. The curriculum includes 78 hours of course work in basic sciences, applied audiology, clinical research, statistics, audiologic rehabilitation, medical neuroscience, neuro-otology, cochlear implants, pharmacology, health care administration, programmable and digital hearing aids, counseling, communication and aging, and speech-language pathology.
During the remaining 32 hours of the program, students will receive clinical experience at the campus clinic. These practicum experiences utilize various resources at the University of Florida Health Science Center and affiliated hospitals in the North Florida area as well as the Veterans Administration Medical Center. The final clinical training hours will occur during the fourth year as part of an audiology externship placement.
Au.D. Program Mission
The mission of the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program is to preserve, promote, and improve the functioning and general well-being of individuals and communities by educating our students in the detection, prevention, diagnosis and management of hearing and balance disorders. The goal of the Doctor of Audiology program is to prepare professionals who are well qualified for employment in a range of education- and health-related settings and who, once employed, are recognized for their competence, leadership, ethics, and commitment to service and life-long learning. The approach of the program is to focus on cutting-edge research, active learning, expert mentoring, and spirited engagement in service activities, so that students are prepared to design and deliver effective, culturally-sensitive, evidenced-based clinical services in audiology which improve the functioning and general well-being of persons with hearing and balance disorders.
The student achievement outcomes described below are for the Au.D. education program, and are reported as averages over a three-year span based on combined data from the 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years.
- Program Completion Rates
In the reporting period 2017-2018, 8 out of 8 students completed the program, and all of them did so in the expected time frame. Thus, the three-year average for completing the program in the expected time frame was 100%.
- Praxis Exam Pass Rates
In the reporting period 2017-2018, 8 students reported Praxis examination results to the program. Of the 8 students, 8 attained passing scores. Thus, the three-year average for passing the Praxis was 96.43%. All of the passing scores were on the first attempt at the exam.
- Employment Rates in the Profession
In the reporting period 2017-2018, employment information was available for 8 graduates of the program. All of these graduates reported being employed as audiologists. Thus, the three-year average for employment in the profession was 100%.
The entry-level doctoral (Au.D.) education program in audiology at the University of Florida is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850; 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.