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Can you picture yourself working with people with hearing loss and/or balance problems? Are you interested in using technology and evidence-based care to do so?

The profession of audiology has been ranked as one of the top five jobs with respect to physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook (CareerCast.com; 2013). East Carolina’s AuD program allows you to work closely with faculty and other audiology students to develop hearing health care skills. As an AuD student, you will learn to analyze and apply information related to the auditory and vestibular anatomy, diagnostic and rehabilitation, and non-medical treatments of the hearing and balance systems. The program also allows opportunities for clinical rotations throughout the community and nation, and mentored teaching and research with faculty members. Our departmental Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic offers a unique first experience in developing clinical skills in a variety of practice areas.

The profession of audiology will allow you to combine your interest in client interactions and the use of technology for evaluation and management. The process of identifying hearing loss can be emotional, but so can the experience of helping that individual with their communication abilities. The final year of the AuD experience is the Clinical Residency; students are encouraged to seek clinical placements throughout the nation, depending upon clinical practice interests.

ECU Advantage

East Carolina’s program offers an on-campus audiology clinic with extensive and close interaction with our audiology faculty throughout the degree program. Special opportunities within the on-campus clinic include the hearing aid clinic, adult cochlear implant clinic, vestibular clinic, central auditory processing evaluations, pediatric and adult hearing evaluations, and participation with the aural rehabilitation and tinnitus groups. AuD students are challenged to connect research and classroom learning by using best practice measures in areas of clinical assessment and care. Students are offered the opportunity to complete a faculty mentored capstone project to pursue a project in a special area of interest.

What You Will Study

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at East Carolina University offers a clinical doctorate in audiology (AuD). The coursework focuses on scientific foundations and evidence-based clinical practice. The program is accredited through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and those completing the AuD will be eligible to apply for ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).

Admission

The admissions committee will make a holistic judgment of applicant qualifications. Admission to study at the doctoral level requires acceptance by the Graduate School and the department. The application for admission to the Graduate School and official transcripts from each college or university attended must be sent to the Dean of the Graduate School.

Applicants seeking admission to doctoral study should have completed a well-integrated program of study that includes course work in biological and physical sciences and mathematics, behavioral and/or social sciences, and human communication sciences and disorders.

    Admission Requirements

    1. Bachelor's or master's degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.2 (on a scale of A=4.0). 2. The following undergraduate course prerequisites are required: life sciences (6 s.h.), physical sciences (3 s.h.), behavioral sciences (6 s.h.), English (3 s.h.), mathematics (3 s.h.), statistics (3 s.h.), anatomy and physiology (3 s.h.), and language development (3 s.h.). Other courses in communication sciences and disorders are strongly encouraged. 3. Graduate Record Examination within five years. Recent applicants have had mean GRE scores of 150 for verbal, 150 for quantitative, and 4.0 for analytic writing. The GRE is waived as an entrance requirement for EC Scholars at East Carolina University if other criteria are met. 4. ECU students accepted in the Early Assurance program are guaranteed entry upon completion of their undergraduate degree provided they satisfy program requirements. 5. Three (3) letters of recommendation, at least two from faculty of the college(s) or university(s) previously attended. 6. A statement that summarizes reasons for pursuing a clinical doctorate in audiology. 7. Telephone, online video chat, or face-to-face interview.

    Baccalaureate admission: The post-baccalaureate audiology degree program consists of a minimum of 99 graduate credit hours to include broad-based knowledge in areas of applied clinical audiology, structure and development of hearing and communication disorders, speech and hearing sciences, statistics, computers and instrumentation, and research design.

    Post-Master's admission: Students with a master's degree may seek admission to the audiology program. Admission decisions will be made on an individual basis with review of the educational background as well as the admissions requirements. Individuals seeking post-master's entrance will be required to complete the minimum 99 graduate semester hours. Those hours may include up to one third of the credit hours in a graduate certificate or degree program from a regionally accredited college or university. For more information, see Transfer Credits in the Academic Regulations section.

      Degree Requirements

      The doctor of audiology degree program requires a minimum of 99 s.h. Degree requirements include the following minimum semester hours per area: a science core curriculum (12 s.h.), a support core taken across disciplines (4 s.h.), a statistics core (6 s.h. in statistics and research design), clinical audiology course work (38 s.h.), and clinical experience/residency (30 s.h.).The remaining 9 semester hours are electives.

        Clinical Residency

        The clinical residency will be the final clinical placement in audiology that may range from half-time to full-time and that allows for the development of comprehensive clinical knowledge, skills and abilities.

          Examination

          Following completion of the first year, audiology students must pass the Gateway examination. The examination format is written. Faculty will rate the responses as satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Faculty will inform students of their performance on the examination within one-month of completing the exam. If the student receives unsatisfactory for any part of the Gateway examination, the student must meet with the faculty to discuss areas of weakness prior to retaking those portion(s) of the exam. The student must re-write the unsatisfactory portion(s) of the comprehensive examination. Rewrites and final decisions are made prior to the start of the student's second year of the audiology program. Failure to rewrite and successfully pass the unsatisfactory portion(s) of the exam prior to the start of the student's second year will result in termination of the student from the program.

          Termination or Continuance of Graduate Study

          Graduate School regulations for most academic issues are utilized and can be found in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog. For the purposes of retention in the audiology degree program, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has developed and adopted stricter standards than the Graduate School.

          The Graduate School requires a 3.0 GPA for retention and graduation. In addition, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders requires that students earn no less than a grade of "B" in more than 1 course during their degree program. This includes all departmental courses including didactic, clinical, or research taught by any delivery method.

          Upon receipt of the second grade of less than a "B," a review of the student's academic and clinical progress will be conducted by the student's advisor, the Director of Doctoral Education, and the Department Chair. Recommendations for continuance or termination will be made to the Doctoral Education Committee for consideration. If the decision of the Doctoral Education Committee is for termination, this will be communicated by the Director of Doctoral Education to the student and the Graduate School. If the decision is for continuation, this will be communicated to the student.

          Upon the 3rd course with lower than a "B" grade, the Director of Doctoral Education shall notify in writing the student and the Graduate School that the student's degree program is terminated. The student can appeal this termination by writing a letter to the Director of Doctoral Education and asking the Doctoral Education Committee for reinstatement. The Director of Doctoral Education will convey the decision of the committee to the student and the Graduate School. If allowed to continue in the program, the student may not earn any additional credit hours of less than a "B" grade. If terminated at this point the student may appeal the decision through the ECU School Appeals procedure. (Rev. September 2011).  

            Time Limits for Completion of Degree Requirements

            A doctoral degree program must be completed before the end of the twelfth semester, excluding summers, following initial enrollment. With endorsement of the student's major professor and program committee and also the departmental chair, a student may request one extension of not more than two semesters, summers included.

              For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

              Careers With This Degree

              Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

              • Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
              • Audiologists
              • Health and Human Services
              • Education and Training
              • Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences

              Career Opportunities

              ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

              NC Tower

              This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

              • Self-employed;
              • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
              • Work outside of North Carolina.

              US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

              This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

              Degree-specific internships

              For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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