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Doctor of Audiology Program

Student Expectations

Students are expected to become familiar with everything below. 

Students are also strongly encouraged to participate in charitable volunteer activities which they may do individually or through the concerted effort of an organized group such as the  Student Academy of AudiologyPlease download the  Volunteer Hours Record  to document your volunteer experience. 

Download the Graduate Student Handbook: Audiology for additional information regarding graduate student expectations. 

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).

As of the Fall 2014 semester, all full-time WVU students must be covered by some form of health insurance. Please see the Student Insurance Office website for more information.

Essential Functions

In accordance with ASHA, it is the position of the Doctor of Audiology program that “clinicians are responsible for providing competent services, including cultural responsiveness to clients during all clinical interactions”. 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 the practice of audiology, 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 department's Essential Functions for Students in the Doctor of Audiology Program document.

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.

CSD Department's Policy on Use of Electronic Personal Devices in the Classroom

Unless otherwise directed by the course instructor, it is the policy of the West Virginia University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders that: 
  1. Cell phones should be silenced and put away during all class periods, and that students are not to leave class with the purpose of checking them.  
  2. While laptops and tablet computers may be permitted for purposes of note-taking, activities including (but not limited to) web browsing, texting, messaging, and any form of social networking are prohibited during class periods.  
  3. In addition to cell phones and computers, no technology, including (but not limited to) electronic calculators, portable media (mp3) players, smartphones, personal data assistants, and e-book readers, should be at or near students’ seats during any in-class test, quiz, or other form of learning assessment.  
  4. Students who require assistive technology must present documentation from Disability Services to the course instructor at the beginning of the semester.