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Doctoral in Audiology (Au.D.)

Our Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program is a four-year, postbaccalaureate program consisting of three years of coursework, on-site clinical practice, and off-site clinical rotations, followed by a full-time external placement in the fourth year.

Clinical experiences at the USD Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic and its affiliates include comprehensive behavioral and physiologic diagnostic and rehabilitative audiologic services with individuals aged infant through elderly, as well as specialized clinic rotations in areas including but not limited to:

  • Audiology electrophysiology
  • Central auditory processing disorders
  • Cochlear implant services
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome and autism spectrum disorders
  • Occupational hearing services

Students also complete a clinically applied research project in their third year of study. The Au.D. program provides students with the scientific and clinical knowledge and skills needed for the practice of audiology in an environment that values teaching and clinical excellence and mentorship. Admission into the program is competitive and is capped at five students per year to allow for intensive one-on-one interaction with faculty members. Applications are due January 15 each year for admission into the fall semester.

If you have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than Communication Disorders, you will need to take these prerequisites for entry into our Au.D. program:

DCOM 131 Introduction to Communication Disorders
DCOM 211 Phonetics
DCOM 212 Language Development
DCOM 221 Intro to Audiology
DCOM 224 Speech Science
DCOM 421
Hearing Science
  Biological Science, Physical Science, Mathematics


For more information, view our Program Requirements and our Graduate Catalog.

Focused Workshops

In addition to the coursework delineated above, all audiology students are required to participate in planned focused enrichment workshops throughout the graduate program. The purpose of these workshops is to provide additional information and training in areas that are within the scope of practice of the audiologist but that do not fit neatly into the course curriculum or for which clinical exposure may occur prior to formal coursework. Attendance at and participation in these workshops is reflected in the student's clinical practicum grades for the pertinent semester. Topics covered in these workshops include, among others:

  • Calibration
  • Cerumen Management
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Supervision Skills
  • Tinnitus Management
  • Balance Function Testing
  • Electrophysiologic Testings

Au.D. Sequence (students entering in odd-numbered years)


Year One

Fall 1 (odd)

*DCOM 522 Audiologic Assessment I - 3
DCOM 714 Signal Encoding - 2
DCOM 722 Amplification I - 3
DCOM 727 Pediatric Audiology I - 3
DCOM 710 Professional Issues I - 1
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum- 2

Total: 14

Spring 1 (even)

*DCOM 523 Aural Rehabilitation - 3
DCOM 725 OAEs and Balance Function -3
DCOM 717 Genetics of Hearing Loss - 2
DCOM 740 Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Devices – 3
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum - 2

Total: 13

Summer 1 (even)

DCOM 713 Psychoacoustics - 3
DCOM 730 Central Auditory Processing Disorders - 3
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum - 3
(Elective – 3)

Total: 9-12


Year Two

Fall 2 (even)

*DCOM 528 ASL I -3
DCOM 724 Advanced Communication Science - 3
DCOM 726 Anatomy/Physiology of Hearing - 3
DCOM 787 Grad Study/Research - 3
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum - 2

Total: 14

Spring 2 (odd)

*DCOM 535 Language Disorders Children - 3
DCOM 728 Central Auditory Neurophys/Electrophys - 3
DCOM 729 Pathologies of Hearing - 3
DCOM 786 Advanced Research Methods in Audiology - 3
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum - 2

Total: 14

Summer 2 (odd)

DCOM 715 Audiology Practice Management - 2
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum - 3
(Elective – 3-6)

Total: 8-11


Year Three

Fall 3 (odd)

*DCOM 532 Disorders of Phonology/Articulation - 3
DCOM 712 Hearing Conservation - 3
DCOM 788 Individual Research in Audiology - 2
DCOM 794 Internship -  6

Total: 14

Spring 3 (even)

DCOM 716 Advanced Topics in Aural Rehabilitation - 3
DCOM 788 Individual Research in Audiology - 2
DCOM 794 Internship - 6
(Elective – 3)

Total: 14

Summer 3 (even)

DCOM 796 Field Exp: Externship in Audiology - 9


Year Four

Fall 4 (even)

DCOM 796 Field Exp: Externship in Audiology - 9

Spring 4 (odd)

DCOM 796 Field Exp: Externship in Audiology - 9


*unless taken at undergraduate level

Au.D. Sequence (students entering in even-numbered years)


Year One

Fall 1 (even)

*DCOM 522 Audiologic Assessment I - 3
DCOM 714 Signal Encoding - 2
DCOM 722 Amplification I - 3
DCOM 726 Anatomy/Physiology of Hearing - 3
DCOM 710 Professional Issues - 1
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum - 2

Total: 14

Spring 1 (odd)

*DCOM 523 Aural Rehabilitation - 3
DCOM 728 Central Auditory Neurophs/Electrophys - 3
DCOM 729 Pathologies of Hearing - 3
DCOM 740 Cochlear Implants and Other Implantable Devices - 3
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum - 2

Total: 14

Summer 1 (odd)

DCOM 715 Audiology Practice Management - 2
DCOM 730 Central Auditory Processing Disorders - 3
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum – 3
(Elective – 3)

Total: 8-11 


Year Two

Fall 2 (odd)

*DCOM 528 ASL I - 3
DCOM 724 Advanced Communication Science - 3
DCOM 727 Pediatric Audiology - 3
DCOM 787 Grad Study/Research - 3
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum - 2

Total: 14

Spring 2 (even)

DCOM 716 Advanced Topics in Aural Rehabilitation - 3
DCOM 717 Genetics of Hearing Loss - 2
DCOM 725 OAEs and Balance Function – 3
DCOM 786 Advanced Research Meth in Audiology - 3
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum - 2

Total: 13

Summer 2 (even)

DCOM 713 Psychoacoustics - 3
DCOM 595 Clinical Practicum - 3
(Elective -  3-6)

Total: 9-12


Year Three

Fall 3 (even)

*DCOM 532 Disorders of Phonology/Articulation - 3
DCOM 723 Hearing Conservation - 3
DCOM 788 Individual Research in Audiology - 2
DCOM 794 Internship - 6

Total: 14 

Spring 3 (odd)

*DCOM 535 Language Disorders in Children - 3
DCOM 788 Individual Research in Audiology - 2
DCOM 794 Internship – 6
(Elective – 3)

Total: 11-14

Summer 3 (odd)

DCOM 796 Field Exp: Externship in Audiology - 9


Year Four

Fall 4 (odd)

DCOM 796 Field Exp: Externship in Audiology - 9

Spring 4 (even)

DCOM 796 Field Exp: Externship in Audiology - 9


*unless taken at undergraduate level