Accreditation | Audiology

Program Accreditation Status

The doctoral AuD program in audiology at Pacific University is a Candidate for Accreditation 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 FREE or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a "pre-accreditation" status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

University Accreditation Status

Pacific University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). 

Accreditation FAQs

(1) What is CAA candidacy accreditation? 

The CAA's candidacy model allows new programs to come into compliance with the CAA Standards for Accreditation in a logical sequence while being closely monitored by the CAA. Programs with candidacy status must submit annual progress reports to demonstrate continued and progressive compliance with the standards, including providing appropriate supporting documentation. Programs with candidacy accreditation may enroll and graduate students.

(2) When will the program apply for full CAA accreditation?

New programs in candidacy status can apply for full accreditation after they graduate their first cohort. We graduated our inaugural cohort on 8/8/15 and will be submitting our application for full accreditation on 8/1/16. (August 1 is our program’s annual deadline for accreditation reports and applications). We hope to have an accreditation site visit during the following Spring 2017 semester and then learn that summer if our program has been awarded full accreditation.

(3) How can I get more information about the CAA and its accreditation standards?

More information on the CAA and its accreditation standards may be obtained by:

  • Accessing the documents on the CAA’s website
  • Contacting the CAA office at ASHA’s headquarters: 2200 Research Blvd, #310, Rockville, MD 20850
  • Calling ASHA's Action Center: 800-498-2071 FREE

(4) Why did Pacific University choose CAA accreditation instead of ACAE accreditation?

The Oregon Administrative Rules for audiology licensure stipulate that the accrediting organization that approves graduate programs is the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  At this time, the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) is not recognized in the Oregon Administrative Rules.

(5) Can I get licensed as an audiologist if I graduate from a program with candidacy accreditation?

We do not know of any issues with licensure based on our program’s candidacy accreditation status. Being totally realistic, it’s possible that, during the program, a particular clinical site or a particular scholarship requirement may mandate that a student is attending a program with full accreditation but, so far, we have found those situations to be infrequent. It's also possible that a state licensing board, an employer, or a credentialing entity may question the program's candidacy accreditation status.  The AuD degree that is awarded by Pacific University, however, is a valid degree and our new graduates have successfully obtained professional licensure and employment as audiologists. Any applicant for licensure needs to take responsibility, of course, to be aware of and meet all of the licensure requirements (e.g., passing score on the national exam, satisfactory background check, etc.) of an individual state in which they would like to practice.

(6) What is the procedure for submitting a complaint to the CAA about a program?

Per the CAA, a complaint may be submitted to the CAA by any student, instructional staff member, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, and/or member of the public. Complaints must:

  • Be against an accredited graduate education program or program in candidacy status in audiology and/or speech language pathology;
  • Relate to the Standards for Accreditation of Entry-Level Graduate Education Programs in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology;
  • Clearly describe the specific nature of the conduct being complained about, which must have occurred at least in part within five years of the date the complaint is filed, describe the relationship of the complaint to the accreditation standards, and provide supporting data for the charge;
  • Include verification, if the complaint is from a student or faculty/instructional staff member, that the complainant exhausted all pertinent institutional grievance and review mechanisms before submitting a complaint to the CAA;
  • Include the complainant's name, address, and telephone contact information and the complainant's relationship to the program in order for the Accreditation Office staff to verify the source of the information; and
  • Be signed and submitted in writing via U.S. mail, overnight courier, or hand-delivery to the following address: Chair, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850.