Audiology at Pacific University
The School of Audiology offers an innovative and accelerated three-year professional curriculum leading to the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree. As part of the College of Health Professions, the School of Audiology focuses on teaching and evidence-based clinical practice in an interprofessional and highly collegial, health professions learning environment. The School also offers audiological services in its on-campus Pacific EarClinic, enhancing the student experiences while also serving and supporting the community. The inaugural cohort of AuD students, the Class of 2015, matriculated with the Fall 2012 semester.
Mission of the School of Audiology
As part of Pacific University's renowned College of Health Professions, the mission of the School of Audiology is uncompromising - to graduate audiologists who are clinically outstanding, committed to lifelong learning, and prepared for professional and community engagement and leadership throughout their professional careers.
The Profession of Audiology
Audiologists enjoy a rewarding careers as providers of hearing and balance health care through evaluating, diagnosing, treating, and managing individuals of all ages, from newborns to 100 year plus, who have hearing and balance disorders and related issues. Treatment and management of hearing loss may involve programming and dispensing complex amplification technology and other related hearing assistance devices. Audiologists work in a variety of settings, including private practice, hospitals, medical facilities, industry, universities, research labs, government and military agencies, school systems, and more.
Career Forecast for Audiologists
Audiology has consistently ranked high on U.S. News & World Report's top career lists in recent years and topped the list in 2006. Audiology is a relatively small profession with approximately 12,000 practitioners (U.S. Department of Labor, 2008) and must be licensed to practice in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. By far the most common degree granted for the clinical practice of audiology is the doctor of audiology (AuD). By 2018, the projected demand for audiologists will be 16,000 nationally, a 25 percent increase over the current labor force (U.S. Department of Labor statistics).
Pacific University, founded in 1849 in what is now the City of Forest Grove, celebrates a remarkable history and tradition in our acclaimed colleges of Arts & Sciences, Optometry, Education and Health Professions, and welcomed our newest college, Business, in 2013. Today, with multiple campuses in Oregon, the University remains a small place where big ideas are developed through a distinctive combination of learning opportunities, diverse perspectives, and civic engagement. Read more about the extraordinary Pacific University community.