Audiology | AuD
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.
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).
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.
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 in the School of Audiology's on-site Pacific Ear Clinic and at clinical facilities in the greater Portland commuting area (up to about one hour's drive).
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 three clinical internship rotations (nine weeks in length during the fall and spring semesters and six weeks in length during the summer semester), locally or nationally, to help develop mastery of clinical skills.
Year 3. The third year of the AuD program is 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.