DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS

Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) Program

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The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program at West Virginia University was inaugurated in 2004 when the clinical doctorate became the entry-level degree for the profession of audiology. The purpose of the Au.D. program is to provide students with the academic and clinical preparation to diagnose and treat the full range of hearing and vestibular disorders in all age groups. Our goal is to prepare audiologists who are competent to work effectively in a wide variety of clinical settings, including hospitals, clinics, special treatment centers, schools, industry, and private practice. Graduates of the program must demonstrate acquisition of all knowledge and skills delineated in the Standards for the CAA_AUDSLP_logo Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A). The Au.D. program program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Students are expected to become familiar with the 2012 Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology, as well as the Department’s Policy on Cell Phones and Other Personal Electronic Devices in the Classroom. Likewise, CSD graduate students are expected to adhere to The Mountaineer Creed, which applies to all WVU students and faculty, and are are strongly encouraged to participate in charitable volunteer activities. Additional information regarding graduate student expectations is outlined in the Program’s 2014-15 Graduate Student Handbook: Audiology. Helpful information for new WVU graduate students about student life, housing, dining, transportation, and academic resources is available at http://welcomegrad.wvu.edu/.

Admission

Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, all applications for the Doctor of Audiology program must be submitted through through the Communication Sciences & Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS). To access CSDCAS, please visit https://portal.csdcas.org. It is only possible for admitted students to begin the Au.D. program in the fall semester.

To be considered for admission an application must be “complete” on or before January 15. A complete application is one that has been e-submitted and all transcripts, scores, statement, letters of recommendation, and payments have been received by CSDCAS and attached to the application. Documents should be sent several weeks prior to the January 15 deadline to ensure that items arrive on time. The timeliness of the application is considered the responsibility of the applicant.

Admission Requirements

All applicants for the Doctor of Audiology program must present the following:

1. A baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning;
2. One official transcript from each college attended1;
3. An overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (where A = 4.0);
4. An official copy of the applicant’s Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores2;
5. Proof of English language proficiency for any applicant whose first language is not English3;
6. Three (3) letters of recommendation that reflect the applicant’s academic and clinical abilities, potential for success in graduate studies, and personal qualities predictive of professional success as an audiologist; and
7. A personal statement that addresses the applicant’s goals, aspirations, and motivation for pursuing professional doctoral education in audiology.

Furthermore, it is expected that applicants will have successfully completed an undergraduate major in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology or Communication Sciences and Disorders. For applicants with other undergraduate majors, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has outlined minimum and recommended preparatory coursework for graduate study in speech-language pathology. In some cases, applicants without preparatory coursework in speech pathology and audiology may be considered for graduate admission, but the program of study may require additional coursework.

All applicants being considered for admission will be provided with a personal interview with members of the CSD faculty. Applicants subsequently recommended for acceptance will then be instructed to submit a WVU Graduate application, a $60 WVU application fee, and official transcripts that include final fall grades to complete the admission process.

1 Please submit all official transcripts directly to CSDCAS:
CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471

2 GRE Scores must be submitted to CSDCAS using the ETS Designated Institution code 6934. Applicants may have their official scores submitted from the newly revised GRE or from the older version, if taken within the past 5 years. Although no minimum is specified for either test version, GRE scores that meet or exceed the 50th percentile are recommended. The most recent WVU graduate admissions summary data are available here.

3 WVU accepts either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) as the measure of English language proficiency. A score of at least 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 79 on the internet-based TOEFL, or a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS is required of applicants whose first language is not English. Applicants must make arrangements to take the TOEFL or IELTS well in advance of the desired date of enrollment at WVU.

The CSDCAS helpline is available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm EST (Phone: 617-612-2030; e-mail: csdcasinfo@csdcas.org). For more information about the Au.D. program at WVU, please contact Professor Robert Orlikoff, Director of Graduate Study in Audiology (Phone: 304-293-2377; e-mail: Robert.Orlikoff@mail.wvu.edu).

Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

A limited number of competitive Graduate Assistantships are available through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as other departments, colleges, and offices throughout West Virginia University. Please check the CEHS website for currently available College assistantships. Also, be sure to check the WVU Office of Graduate Education and Life website for the latest information on University-wide assistantship opportunities, graduate tuition waivers, and the many types of other competitive assistantships and fellowships available to graduate students. Please visit the WVU Office of Financial Aid website for information about the costs of attendance for the Doctor of Audiology program.

Graduation Requirements

The following are the minimum graduation requirements for the Au.D. program:

1. Successful completion of 116 semester hours of course work, consisting of: 66 hours in SPA courses and associated laboratories; 3 hours in research methods; 4 hours (minimum) in research; 19 semester hours of clinic practicum (17 audiology, 2 speech-language pathology); and 24 semester hours of clinical residency.
2. An overall graduate GPA of at least 3.00;
3. Successful completion of an ASHA-approved practicum experience that is equivalent to a minimum of 12 months of full-time supervised experience;
4. Scholarly work, approved by the student’s advisory committee, submitted in written form; and
5. A passing score on the Praxis exam in Audiology (which is required prior to approval for a residency experience).

Click here for a listing of courses in the Doctor of Audiology program and for the typical sequence of courses for Au.D. students who enter the program with an undergraduate background in communication sciences and disorders.

Please note: Students must file an online Application for Graduation and Diploma at the beginning of the semester in which they intend to graduate. The application deadline for the Spring 2015 semester will be in February (date to be announced).

Residency Requirements

All students in the Au.D. program must be full-time in residence during the program of study. The minimum duration for graduate study is eleven consecutive semesters (including summer sessions). Beginning with the Fall 2014 semester, all full-time WVU students must be covered by some form of health insurance.

Essential Functions

In accordance with ASHA, it is the position of the Au.D. program that professional competence in providing services to individuals with communication disorders requires cultural competence as well. The Program thus supports ASHA’s position statement on Cultural Competence in Professional Service Delivery and encourages all students and professionals to use ASHA’s Cultural Competence Checklist: Service Delivery.

In addition, students must possess fundamental sensory/observational, communication, motor, intellectual/cognitive, and social/behavioral abilities that will allow them to acquire the knowledge and skills requisite to audiology practice, to function effectively in a broad variety of clinical situations, and to render competent patient care. These abilities are described in more detail in the document Essential Functions for Students in the Doctor of Audiology Program.

When working in the WVU Speech and Hearing Centers, or in any off-campus clinical site, students are expected to perform all duties in a professional manner and to observe appropriate infection control procedures. Accordingly, students are expected to conform to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines regarding infection prevention and expectations for safe care.

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Following completion of the Au.D. program, students are encouraged to apply for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A).

Student Outcome Data

Au.D. Program Completion Rates for the Past Three Years:

2011-12: 5 students completed program within the expected time frame,
0 completed later than expected, 0 did not complete, 100% completed
2012-13: 4 students completed program within the expected time frame,
0 completed later than expected, 0 did not complete, 100% completed
2013-14: 5 students completed program within the expected time frame,
0 completed later than expected, 1 did not complete, 83% completed
Three-year Average Completion Rate = 94%

Audiology Praxis Examination Passing Rate for the Past Three Years:

2011-12: 5 took Praxis examination, 5 passed, 100% passing rate
2012-13: 6 took Praxis examination, 6 passed, 100% passing rate
2013-14: 6 took Praxis examination, 6 passed, 100% passing rate
Three-year Average Passing Rate = 100%

Initial Employment Rate in Audiology for the Past Three Years:

2011-12: 7 employed, 1 unemployed, 88% employment rate
2012-13: 4 employed, 0 unemployed, 100% employment rate
2013-14: 5 employed, 0 unemployed, 100% employment rate
Three-year Average Initial Employment Rate = 96%