Jul 16, 2024  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 

Doctor of Audiology

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The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) is an entry-level degree that prepares individuals for professional practice in the area of audiology. The program of study is designed to meet the minimum academic and clinical requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and state licensure, expose students to basic and applied research, provide practical and research experience, and develop skills in the use of evidence-based practice.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.


To be assured consideration for admission to the Au.D. degree program, prospective students must submit completed application materials to the Graduate School no later than January 15 for the fall session. Admission to the Au.D. program is typically limited to the fall term, but exceptions will be considered in light of a review of deficiency course work.

Admission to the Doctor of Audiology degree program is typically for full-time study. An applicant for admission is generally expected to meet or exceed the following requirements.

  • A minimum 3.20 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate course work.
  • Competitive scores on the GRE General Test.
  • Three letters of recommnedation from professors, clinical supervisors, or employers providing evidence of an applicant’s professional qualifications and ability to complete doctoral work successfully. At least two letters should be from persons in a position to write analytically about the applicant’s academic qualifications to pursue graduate studies, and/or professional competence in audiology.

For qualified applicants to the program, a pre-admission interview must be completed before a final admission decision is made.

A prospective student who fails to meet the GPA requirement for admission may request special consideration of her or his application. Such requests must be in writing, must include compensatory evidence related to the deficiency, and should accompany the application for admission to the Graduate School. These requests will typically be considered from students completing undergraduate degrees in fields other than communication sciences and disorders. Decisions regarding admissions are made by the program’s admission committee on the basis of a total profile of an applicant’s qualifications.

Specific course work requirements for admission are generally those necessary for successful completion of the baccalaureate degree in communicative disorders with an emphasis in audiology. Deficiency course work will be determined on an individual basis.


Students must complete the following.

Students are required to complete 6 semester hours of AUD 798 culminating in the completion of a research project.

To be engaged in any clinical practicum experience, evidence of professional liability insurance, child and adult CPR certification, completion of the Varicella, Hepatitis B, and MMR titers, absence of active tuberculosis, and a negative criminal background check are required. Graduate students must be in compliance with all of the above requirements prior to initiating clinical assignments.  Students will be responsible for the costs involved in the aforementioned requirements and will also be responsible for providing their own transportation for clinical courses assignments.

Students must complete the minimum academic and clinical requirements for professional certification issued by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Grading Policies for Clinical Courses

Students must make satisfactory progress in clinical practicum and internship courses. Students who earn two grades of C in clinical practicum courses (i.e., AUD 685, AUD 693) will be dismissed from the graduate program.

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