Audiology

The School of Audiology offers an innovative and accelerated three-year professional curriculum leading to the doctor of audiology (AuD) degree. As part of Pacific University's renowned 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 audiologic 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.

Profession of Audiology

Audiologists enjoy rewarding careers as providers of hearing and balance healthcare through evaluating, diagnosing, treating, and managing individuals of all ages, from newborns to 100-plus years, 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

Audiology has consistently ranked high on U.S. News & World Report's top career lists in recent years. Audiology is a relatively small profession with approximately 13,000 practitioners who 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 2020, the projected demand for audiologists is projected to increase by 37 percent (U.S. Department of Labor, 2012).

More Information

Audiology Brochure (pdf)

Director of Academic Education
Assistant Professor of Clinical Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor: Hearing conversation
Clinical Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor, Healthcare Management
Professor & Director, School of Audiology

The Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program uses an innovative block curriculum, which is supported by simulation technology for the enhancement of learning. The curriculum is delivered via an accelerated three-year model of 121 credits that allows a focused, comprehensive approach to audiology education. This innovative approach fits with the mission of Pacific University to distinguish its programs with new pedagogy.

Curriculum Overview

Year 1. The first year of the AuD program provides the foundation necessary for the practice of audiology. Classes and clinical practicum experiences focus on the knowledge and skills necessary to complete a basic audiologic evaluation and implement a basic intervention plan.

The clinical practicum experiences during Year 1 involve directed clinical observation followed by weekly clinical practicum assignments at clinical facilities in the greater Portland commuting area (up to about one hour's drive). Clinical practicum experiences at the School of Audiology's on-campus Pacific EarClinic will be added in the future as our new clinic develops and expands.

Year 2. The second year of the AuD program has a more focused curriculum, with students spending most of their class time in concentrated specialty blocks. Clinical practicum experiences during Year 2 involve several clinical rotations (five to 10 weeks in length), locally or nationally, to help develop mastery of clinical skills.

Year 3. The third year of the AuD program is primarily focused on full-time clinical externship placements at facilities across the country. Throughout the externship year, the students also participate in an on-line seminar focused on addressing professional practice issues and case study presentations.

Sample Curriculum* — AuD Program (121 Credits)

Year 1 (39 Semester Credits)

Fall Semester (15.5 Credits)
AUD-500 Acoustics 1.5 credits
AUD-510 Outer & Middle Ear 1.0 credits
AUD-511 Sensorineural/Central Pathway 1.0 credits
AUD-530 Audiologic Test Battery I 1.5 credits
AUD-531 Audiologic Test Battery II 1.5 credits
AUD-512 Auditory Pathophysiology 1.5 credits
AUD-532 OAE's & Advanced Assessment 1.5 credits
AUD-551 Amplification I 1.5 credits
AUD-590 Clinical Seminar 2.0 credits
AUD-591 Clinical Observation 2.0 credits
CHP-510 Interprofessional Competence 0.5 credits
Spring Semester (14.5 Credits)
AUD-570 Pediatric Foundations 1.5 credits
AUD-501 Applied Hearing Sciences 1.5 credits
AUD-553 Geriatrics I 1.5 credits
AUD-552 Amplification II 1.5 credits
AUD-580 Research Fundamentals 1.0 credits
AUD-550 Audiologic Rehabilitation 1.5 credits
AUD-534 Evoked Potentials 1.5 credits
AUD-590 Clinical Seminar 2.0 credits
AUD-592 Clinical Practicum 2.0 credits
CHP-511 Interprofessional Competence 0.5 credits
Summer Term (9 Credits)
AUD-533 Diagnostics/Intervention w/Adults 1.0 credits
AUD-515 Vestibular I 1.5 credits
AUD-554 Implantable Devices 1.5 credits
AUD-555 Screening & Conservation 1.0 credits
AUD-590 Clinical Integration Seminar 2.0 credits
AUD-592 First Year Intership 2.0 credits

Year 2 (46 Semester Credits)

Fall Semester (17.5 Credits)
AUD-571 Pediatrics Assessment 1.5 credits
AUD-535 Vestibular II 1.5 credits
AUD-573 Geriatrics II 1.0 credits
AUD-553 Counseling in Audiology 1.0 credits
AUD-581 Capstone Project (repeated for credit) 0.5 credits
AUD-692 Advanced Clinical Seminar 2.0 credits
AUD-691-01 Clinical Intership 5.0 credits
AUD-691-02 Clinical Intership 5.0 credits
Spring Semester (17.5 Credits)
AUD-514 Auditory Processing Disorders 1.5 credits
AUD-572 Pediatric Intervention 1.5 credits
AUD-513 Pharmacology & Ototoxicity 1.0 credits
AUD-595 Special Populations 1.0 credits
AUD-581 Capstone Project (repeated for credit) 0.5 credits
AUD-692 Advanced Clinical Seminar 2.0 credits
AUD-691-01 Clinical Internship 5.0 credits
AUD-691-02 Clinical Internship 5.0 credits
Summer Term (11.0 Credits)
AUD-556 Differential Diagnosis 1.0 credits
AUD-585 Professional Issues & Ethics 1.0 credits
AUD-586 Practice Management 2.0 credits
AUD-692 Advanced Clinical Seminar 2.0 credits
AUD-691 Clinical Internship 5.0 credits

Year 3 (36 Semester Credits)

Fall Semester (12.0 Credits)
AUD-790 Clinical Externship Seminar 2.0 credits
AUD-791 Clinical Externship 10.0 credits
Spring Semester (12.0 Credits)
AUD-790 Clinical Externship Seminar 2.0 credits
AUD-791 Clinical Externship 10.0 credits
Summer Term (12.0 Credits)
AUD-790 Clinical Externship Seminar 2.0 credits
AUD-791 Clinical Externship 10.0 credits