Audiologist Schooling Requirements
- Requirements for entry into an audiology program vary on both the program and the school. Entry into bachelor's degree programs, for example, requires a high school diploma and SAT/ACT scores. Schools are more specific for their graduate programs. The University of Alabama requires its master's and Ph.D. candidates to have a bachelor's degree in communication science and disorders, a minimum 3.0 grade point average, GRE test scores, a letter of intent and three faculty references.
- Undergraduates get an overall introduction to the audiology field during their four years of study toward a bachelor's degree. Schools like the University of Alabama include classes such as fundamentals of speech and hearing science, speech improvement, introduction to communication disorders, introduction to language disorders, neurobiological bases of human communication, audiology and introduction to articulation, and phonological disorders. Prospective audiologists at the University of Southern Mississippi take courses such as introduction to phonetics, speech and language development, introduction to audiology, fundamentals of speech and hearing sciences, anatomy and physiology of hearing, basic American Sign Language and articulation disorders.
- Studying audiology on the master's level requires students to delve further into their field. Classes at the University of Alabama include advanced speech science, school-aged language disorders, advanced articulation disorders, neuromotor disorders of communication, dysphagia, audiology for speech-language pathologists and acquired disorders of language and cognition. Students at the University of Southern Mississippi cover topics including language disorders, adult aphasia, clinical audiology, amplification, audio instrumentation and calibration, amplification and organic speech disorders.
- Topping out at a Ph.D. in audiology requires a mix of classroom instruction and clinical observation. The University of Alabama's Ph.D. program includes classes in psychoacoustics, instrumentation and acoustics, medical audiology, pharmacology in audiology, advanced sensory aids and basic audiologic assessment. At the University of Kansas, which calls its program Au.D., candidates take courses such as rehabilitative audiology, diagnostic audiology, auditory evoked potentials, business audiology, hearing aids and vestibular systems.