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Doctor of Audiology (AuD)

Audiologists specialize in the prevention, identification, assessment, and rehabilitation of hearing and balance disorders, and serve those with congenital and acquired hearing losses. They prescribe and dispense hearing aids and instruct patients in using amplification, and provide aural rehabilitation and speech reading services to those with hearing aids or cochlear implants. Additionally, audiologists provide vestibular rehabilitation or balance re-training exercises for some balance disorders.

Overview

Upon graduation, students are employed in a variety of settings that reflect the diverse populations served by Audiologists. Some graduates are self employed in private practice clinics that provide speech, language and hearing services. Others function as members of interdisciplinary teams in healthcare settings or educational settings, or in research laboratories.

Our academic programs and on-campus Speech-Language and Hearing Center are fully accredited by the council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Graduates accumulate the basic science, clinical course work and clinical experiences necessary for national certification (ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, CCC). 2013 Praxis pass rate for Northeastern students was 100%.

Accreditation Information

The doctoral education program in audiology at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 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, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Contact Info

Sandra Cleveland
Tel: 617.373.2496
sa.cleveland@neu.edu

Curriculum

The Au.D program requires successful completion of 101 semester hours of course work, practica assignments, comprehensive examination and research project. In addition, a clinical internship year in an audiology service delivery facility is required. The clinical internship year will be completed as a continuous appointment during year four of the program.

Admission Requirements

Students applying to the Doctor of Audiology program must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and must provide a Graduate Recod Exam (GRE) score. The Admissions Committee encourages high-quality applicants from diverse educational backgrounds. Acceptance decisions are based on the individual applicant’s potential and qualifications. Students who have not completed the pre-professional coursework outlined below during their undergraduate program can take these courses during their attendance in our program, but separate registration and tuition may be required. Please note, however, that Introduction to Audiology is required prior to program entry.

Required Pre-Professional Coursework (typically obtained in undergraduate Communication Sciences majors):

Prior to entering the program

  • Introduction to Audiology (3 credits)

During 1st year of program

  • Normal Language Development (3 credits) by end of spring semester of 1st year

Prior to graduation

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism (3 credits).
  • Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Biological Science (3 credits)
  • Physical Science (3 credits)
  • Behavioral Science (3 credits)

The Au.D program is also available to practicing audiologist who hold a graduate degree in audiology with a 3.2 GPA (min) and a valid state license to practice audiology as well as the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A). Additionally, two-years of full-time employment are required along with three letters of recommendation supporting these experiences.

Application Due Date

January 15

Applications for Fall admission will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in January and continuing though April. Applicants are encouraged to apply early for scholarship consideration.

Experiential Learning

The program’s clinical home is in the new Behrakis Health Sciences Building, which includes the state-of-the-art Northeastern Speech-Language, and Hearing Center, where patients from the NU community and surrounding areas come for services. Here, you will engage in rich clinical experiences in a realistic setting even before you are placed at an off-site practicum location.

Students work several days a week with an audiologist as a student clinician in Boston’s outpatient clinics, professional private practices, or prestigious hospitals that have included the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Mass Eye and Ear, and UMass Medical Center. Following ASHA requirements, students gain experience across the lifespan. Students’ practica provide hands-on experience with a variety of populations, including infants, children, and adults. Clinical areas include:

  • Congenital and Acquired Hearing Loss
  • Newborn Hearing Screening
  • Vestibular Disorders
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Amplification and Assistive Listening Devices
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Aural Rehabilitation and Speechreading

While many of our external clinical sites are accessible by public transportation, not all are. Consequently, it is necessary for students to have access to a car during the semesters that they are enrolled in Clinics 2-4. Availability of a car increases the options for placement sites at which students have opportunities to gain diverse and extensive clinical experience.

Northeastern University emphasizes service to inner-city neighborhoods of Boston and to surrounding communities. Through some of the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Department’s community service links, students have opportunities to participate in speech-language-hearing screenings at local schools and hospitals and to facilitate children’s story-telling groups at local family homeless shelters.

Frequently Asked Questions

May I enter the Program before taking the Program pre-requisites?
  • The SLP MS Program require 5 pre-requisite courses:
    • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism Introduction to Audiology
    • Introduction to Speech and Hearing Science
    • Language Development
    • Phonetics
  • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) applicants may apply to our Graduate Program before having completed the 5 pre-requisites but cannot start the Program before having completed them.
  • Au.D. applicants must complete the following pre-professional coursework:
    • Prior to entering the program: Introduction to Audiology (3 credits) During 1st year of program: Normal Language Development (3 credits) by end of the spring semester of 1st year.
  • Prior to graduation from either the SLP MS or the AuD Program, students must have taken one 3-4 credit undergraduate course in each of these five areas: biologic science (preferably human), math (preferably statistics), physical science (preferably chemistry or physics), and behavioral science (preferably psychology or sociology).
Where can I take the required pre-requisite courses?
  • You may take them at any college, preferably through an ASHA accredited program, live or online. You need to get a C or better in each of these courses.
  • You may take them through the SLPA Department at Northeastern University (NU). We offer each at least once per academic year, live and/or online. To do this, you must apply for Special Student Status through Bouvè Graduate Student Services. Check the Northeastern University (NU) website for up-to-date information on course offerings and call the Bouvè Graduate Admissions Office, 617-323-2708 for the paperwork and any registration help that you may need.
How big is your Program?

The SLP Program typically has about 40-45 incoming graduate students per year. The Au.D. Program typically has about 8-9 incoming graduate students per year. As a result, students and faculty get to know each other well, and students become friends for life. At Northeastern, you have all of the advantages of a large university campus, including interprofessional opportunities and facilities you would expect to find at a major urban university, along with all of the advantages of a small, intimate program.

Do I need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?

GRE’s are a required part of the application. SLP and AuD applicants need a minimum verbal score of 152 (current GRE system)/480 (prior GRE system); minimum quantitative score of 150 (current GRE system)/630 (prior GRE system); and minimum analytic score of 4.0. Scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to NU.

What sort of financial support does the Program offer?
  • Departmental Graduate Scholarships may be offered to incoming SLP and AuD students.
  • Dean’s Scholarships are offered to SLP students based on academic performance. These are based on undergraduate transcripts and provide tuition remission.
  • Students are often hired by faculty to work on their research grants. These provide a stipend and/or course credit. Check out our faculty’s interests and research areas at http://www.northeastern.edu/bouve/slpa/directory.html and see whose work matches your interests and experience. Send that faculty your resume and a letter of interest to make an appointment.
Where can I find information regarding Graduate Admissions and the Application Process?
  • Graduate Admissions requirements and other related information can be found at the Bouvè College of Health Services website, http://www.bouve.neu.edu/
  • For information about Open Houses and Info Sessions (live and virtual), please visit: http://www.northeastern.edu/bouve/gradstudent/index.html
What makes Northeastern University’s Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Programs stand out?

We offer an MS in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) and an AuD in Audiology. Most Programs in SLP and Audiology have similarities in their curricula since our scope of practice is determined by our national accrediting agency, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Differences among programs include settings of the programs (college, university or hospital), research interests of the faculty, and facilities. Here are some of the features that we believe make Northeastern unique and beneficial to graduate students:

1. We have a strong interprofessional focus.
We have graduate programs in both SLP and Audiology, which enable students to learn a great deal about both professions and how they relate. We are the only program in Boston with an AuD program.

Being part of Bouvè College, we are members of an interprofessional team that includes such professions as Counseling Psychology, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Physical Therapy. To read more about our interprofessional emphasis, go to http://www.northeastern.edu/bouve/about/index.html.

Our students have diverse undergraduate backgrounds, with some having an undergraduate degree in SLP and/or Audiology and others have an undergraduate degree in another discipline. This diversity is a positive for both our students and our faculty.

2. Our faculty are internationally recognized researchers who are all active in their fields and involve students in their research.
We emphasize evidence-based practice. This approach requires clinical practice to be motivated by the most pertinent findings in the literature, as they relate to individual clients.

Our faculty combines interests in theory with a focus on practice-oriented research. Please visit our web-site at http://www.slpa.neu.edu/faculty.html to see each faculty member’s bio and research interests.

Our faculty have links with world-recognized hospitals such as Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital, Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

3. We have student-centered and friendly faculty.
With a student-faculty ratio of 3-4 students per faculty, students have ready and ongoing access to faculty and are strongly supported throughout their Program.

Students comment on the close relationships they develop with faculty and the support they receive to reach their maximum potential. We also help students develop extracurricular activities through professional clubs and associations (e.g., the NU Student Speech Language and Hearing Association, called NUSSLHA or the Student Academy of Audiology called SAA)

4. Our facilities are state of the art and well situated.
We have faculty offices and newly renovated research space in the Forsyth Building. Behrakis Health Sciences Center, where our on-campus clinic is located, is one of the College’s newest editions.

5. Our Speech-Language and Hearing Center, our on-site Clinic, located in Behrakis, is the heart of the Department.
Our goal is to provide our students with an unparalleled interprofessional clinical experience both on and off campus. The Center provides services in both Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology to members of the Boston Community. These services are provided by the students under the supervision of our clinical faculty, five days and two evenings a week. Our Center houses $800,000 of new equipment.

6. We have many quality educational and medical external placement sites in Greater Boston and beyond.
Students complete multiple semesters of external placement work across ages, diagnoses, and settings with our practicing community-based colleagues. Students are required to have access to a car and travel to and from their external sites by car, commuter rail, and/or public transportation.

Placement site opportunities include nearby, national, and international opportunities.

Faculty work with students to explore new placement options, for example, out- of-state.

7. Our clinical Audiology Program benefits from an endowment of over a million dollars from the Boston Guild for the Hard of Hearing, a distinguished and venerable charitable organization, whose roots in Boston go back to the early 1900’s.

The generous gift allows us to expand our educational and support services into this community.

8. The university campus is a green and pleasant place for students and faculty to spend their time.
Students describe Northeastern as having a “campus feel.” The landscaping and design give Northeastern University a small town feeling.

Northeastern University’s location in the heart of the city allows rapid access to sports venues, shopping, museums, concert halls and, most importantly, many clinical sites.

We are conveniently close to public transportation. To get a feel for our campus, take a virtual tour

9. Northeastern is a large urban university nationally recognized for its focus on practice-oriented education.
Students have endless opportunities to combine theory and practice through academics, clinical experiences, research, and community service.

Students frequently choose to enroll in elective courses in areas of personal interest as part of their graduate program. For example, some of our students take electives in American Sign Language, Multicultural Service Delivery, and Neuroscience.

Students complete Comprehensive Exams or may elect to complete a thesis.

SLP MS Degree students may supplement their program of studies with Early Intervention and Geriatric Certificate Program options.

Students are given numerous opportunities to contribute their developing skills to various groups or causes within the local, national and international communities.

10. Our Programs are full-time programs.
Students complete their clinical experiences during the day.
Academic courses are primarily offered late afternoons and evenings.
Students matriculate in September.

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