School of Audiology - Admissions Prerequisites

Holistic Admissions Review

Pacific University's School of Audiology is deeply committed to admitting students with a strong academic profile who are prepared to be successful in our rigorous, intensive, three-year accelerated Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree program. To help ensure this, each applicant's application for admission will be reviewed in its entirety. The Audiology Admissions Committee will evaluate each applicant’s unique background and will take into consideration many factors, including GPA, types of coursework, prerequisites, writing ability, and references, in addition to intangible characteristics, such as motivation, commitment, and leadership. By evaluating each applicant’s unique background holistically, we strive to create a diverse and dynamic learning experience, which we believe will best serve the needs of our students, and ultimately, future patients and the profession of audiology as a whole.

 

Applicants from all majors – from Biology to Business, Communication Disorders to Psychology, English to Engineering – will be considered for admission into the AuD program. The prerequisite and recommended coursework listed below is intended to facilitate the success of our accepted students. Coursework in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, and the Social/Behavioral Sciences is critical to preparing students for the rigors of the AuD degree program at Pacific University. Equally important for doctoral-level study in Audiology is a strong command of the English language, evidenced in the applicant’s writing samples, which may be supplemented or enhanced by coursework in Grammar and Written Composition. And, while not specifically required, we believe strongly that an Introduction to Audiology course is essential as it helps a student explore the profession and lays the groundwork for advanced study in Audiology.

 

Beyond classroom preparation, all applicants must demonstrate an understanding of, and compelling interest in, the profession of Audiology. We believe that these are essential traits, which, when combined with self-motivation and intellectual curiosity, further define the successful applicant and become the building blocks for academic and future career success. When one loves what one is learning, the process becomes one of engaging and richly satisfying exploration. Students with a background in Audiology or Communication Sciences & Disorders have already clearly articulated their interest in the profession of Audiology with their chosen academic path, while students from other majors will need to take extra steps in their application to show the Audiology Admissions Committee why they are pursuing the AuD degree. Regardless of background, all applicants are strongly encouraged to engage in observation and informational interviews with practicing audiologists as a means to explore the profession and ensure it is a good fit – when it is, the lifelong rewards of a career as an audiologist are many and deeply fulfilling. 

The holistic review of each applicantion is not limited to the written application, but extends to the in-person interview. The interview is a critical element of our review process. It allows the Audiology Admissions Committee to evaluate fundamentally important traits such as interpersonal communication, teamwork, perseverance, commitment, motivation, attitude, warmth, passion, professionalism, and leadership. The School of Audiology at Pacific University aims to graduate the nation’s best audiologists – those who practice at a true level of excellence, who connect with their patients and are willing to go the extra mile for the sake of patient care, and who recognize the intangible value of the senses of hearing and balance. Looking beyond individual clinical careers, our vision is for our graduates to assume leadership positions so that they can help advance the profession of Audiology. Through the in-person interview, the Audiology Admissions Committee will assess each applicant’s ability to be an outstanding AuD student, a “nation’s best” Audiologist, and a future leader in the great profession of Audiology.

 

It is the responsibility of each applicant to demonstrate through the application and interview how his or her unique academic background has prepared him or her for the AuD program at Pacific University, for future practice, and to make a significant contribution to the learning experience for all in the AuD program. If you are ready for the challenges and rewards of AuD study at Pacific University, we invite you to submit your application!

Doctor of Audiology Program Minimum Required Coursework for Admission

Human Biology

Sem. Hrs.

Qtr. Hrs.

Courses above the level of general human biology strongly preferred.  Courses with lab components strongly preferred.  Recommended courses include human anatomy & physiology, micro/macro-biology, cellular biology, or other similar human biology topics. Other Life Sciences biological courses may also meet this requirement.

3

4

Mathematics

 

 

College-level algebra or higher accepted.

3

4

Statistics

 

 

One Statistics course required.  Preferred courses include: Statistics from Psychology/Social Sciences or Mathematics departments. Research statistics strongly preferred. Other Statistics courses may also meet this requirement.

3

 4

 

Physics or Chemistry

 

 

Physics related to acoustics or organic/biochemistry strongly preferred.  Courses with lab components strongly preferred.  Acoustics from Communication Sciences/Disorders department, general physics, general chemistry acceptable. Other Physical Sciences courses related to humans and the senses of hearing and balance may also meet this requirement.

3

4

Social Sciences

 

 

Courses above the level of freshman psychology/sociology strongly preferred.  Recommended courses include child psychology, lifespan development, aging psychology, cultural sensitivity/diversity, societal/economic conditions that impact health care, or other similar topics. Other Social Sciences courses may also meet this requirement.

3

4

English

 

 

Courses above the level of freshman composition & grammar strongly preferred.  Recommended courses include advanced composition & grammar, business writing, technical writing, or other similar advanced writing courses. Other English composition and grammar courses may also meet this requirement.

3

4

 

Doctor of Audiology Program Additional Notes and Recommended Preparatory Coursework for Admission

Human Biology

At least one Human Biology course is required.  At least one additional Human Biology course is recommended.  Courses with laboratory components are strongly encouraged.

Physics or Chemistry

At least one Physics or Chemistry course is required.  One course each in Physics and Chemistry is recommended.  Physics related to acoustics is strongly encouraged.  Courses with laboratory components are strongly encouraged.

Social Sciences

At least one Social Science course is required.  One course each in Psychology and Sociology, or other related subject areas pertaining to the human condition, is recommended.  Courses above the level of general psychology (Introduction to Psychology) or general sociology (Introduction to Sociology) are strongly encouraged.

World Languages

While there are no specific course requirements from World Languages, coursework in a World Language is recommended.  At least one year of study in a World Language or fluency is strongly encouraged.

Business

At least one Business course is recommended. Courses pertinent to managing a business are strongly encouraged.

English

One course each in English Composition and English Grammar is recommended.  Coursework above the level of freshman English Composition/Grammar is strongly encouraged.

Communication Sciences/Disorders

Recommended courses include introduction to audiology (strongly recommended); audiologic (aural) rehabilitation; anatomy & physiology of speech and hearing; phonetics; language development; and language disorders.

 

Unofficial Prerequisites Worksheet

The unofficial prerequisites worksheet is designed to help you determine which prerequisites you have fulfilled and those which you have remaining to meet the admissions requirements for the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program at Pacific University. Required prerequisite coursework does not need to be completed to apply to Pacific’s AuD program. To be eligible for admission for a given academic year, you need to demonstrate that you can complete all required prerequisite coursework before starting the program in August.

Download Unofficial Audiology Prerequisites Worksheet (PDF)

Please note: You must use Adobe Reader to fill out the worksheet electronically. If you do not have the software (available for free here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/), you can print the form and fill out by hand.

Completed worksheets can be submitted via email, fax, or postal mail.

If you choose to submit your worksheet via email, attach a copy of your unofficial transcripts to the email message. If you choose to submit your worksheet via fax or postal mail, include a copy of your unofficial transcripts with the completed worksheet. It will take approximately two weeks for you to receive your evaluation back with our comments.

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