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The Au.D. program provides you 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.

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

You will also complete a clinically applied research project in their third year of study.

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

Focused Workshops

In addition to the coursework listed 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 do not fit into the course curriculum or for which clinical exposure may occur prior to formal coursework.

Attendance and participation in these workshops is reflected in your 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

DCOM 722 Amplification - 3
DCOM 743 Otoscopy and cerumen management -1 
DCOM 727 Pediatric audiology - 3
DCOM 742 Diagnostics - 3
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 720 Hearing loss prevention clinic - 1
DCOM 595 Clinical practicum - 1 
*DCOM 535 Language Disorders in Children - 3
Total: 16

Spring 1
DCOM 757 Counseling - 2
DCOM 718 History of audiology - 1
*DCOM 522 American Sign Language - 3
DCOM 740 Cochlear implants - 3
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 595 Clinical practicum - 1
Total: 11

Summer 1
DCOM 749 Tinnitus - 2
DCOM 719 SLP for audiology - 1
DCOM 730 Central auditory processingdisorder - 3
DCOM 713 Psychoacoustics - 3
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DOCM 595 Clinical practicum - 1
Total: 11

Year Two

Fall 2
DCOM 723 Hearing loss prevention - 2
DCOM 750 Audiologic care of musicians - 1
DCOM 726 Anatomy and physiology of the peripheral auditory system - 3
DCOM 714 Signal processing - 3
DCOM 748 Educational audiology - 1
DCOM 787 Research Methods - 3
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 595 Clinical practicum - 2
Total: 16

Spring 2
DCOM 716 Advanced topics in aural rehabilitation - 2
DCOM 744 Ethics in clinical settings - 1
DCOM 728 Neuroaudiology: Anatomy, Physiology, and Speech Perception - 3
DCOM 729 Pathologies - 2
DCOM 764 Pharmacology and Ototoxicity - 1
DCOM 741 Hearing assistive technologies - 2
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 595 Clinical practicum - 2
Total: 14

Summer 2
DCOM 752 Advanced diagnositcs - 2
DCOM 747 Outcomes of children with hearing loss - 2
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 595 Clinical practicum - 2
Total: 7

Year Three

Fall 3
DCOM 762 Advanced amplification - 2
DCOM 715 Audiology practice management - 3
DCOM 760 Implantable hearing technologies - 1
DCOM 712 Professional issues and advocacy - 1
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 888 Individual research in audiology - 2
DCOM 794 Clinical internship - 3
Total: 13

Spring 3
DCOM 746 Aging auditory system - 1
DCOM 717 Embryology and genetics related to the auditory system - 2
DCOM 763 Medical audiology - 1
DCOM 725 Vestibular diagnostics - 2
DCOM 745 Vestibular treatment - 2
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 888 Audiology - 2
DCOM 794 Clinical internship - 3
Total: 14

Summer 3 (Externship)
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 796 Field experience: Externship in audiology - 4
Total: 5

Year Four

Fall 4 (Externship)
DCOM 769 Industrial and forensic audiology - 1
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 796 Field experience: Externship in audiology - 4
Total: 6

Spring 4 (Externship)
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 796 Field experience: Externship in audiology - 4

*unless taken at undergraduate level

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

Year One

Fall 1
DCOM 722 Amplification - 3
DCOM 726 Anatomy and physiology of the peripheral auditory system - 3
DCOM 714 Signal processing - 3
DCOM 742 Diagnostics - 3
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 720 Hearing loss prevention clinic - 1
DCOM 595 Clinical practicum - 1
Total: 15

Spring 1
DCOM 744 Ethics in clinical settings - 1
DCOM 743 Otoscopy and cerumen management - 1
*DCOM 528 American Sign Language - 3
DCOM 740 Cochlear implants - 3
DCOM 741 Hearing assistive technologies - 2
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DOCM 595 Clinical practicum - 1
Total: 11

Summer 1
DCOM 752 Advanced diagnostics - 2
DCOM 747 Outcomes of children with hearing loss - 2
DCOM 730 Central auditory processing disorder - 3
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DOCM 595 Clinical practicum - 1
Total: 9

Year Two

Fall 2
DCOM 762 Advanced amplification - 2
DCOM 727 Pediatric audiology - 3
DCOM 715 Audiology practice management - 3
DCOM 760 Implantable hearing technologies - 1
DCOM 787 Theories and methods of graduate school and research - 3
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 595 Clinical practicum - 2
Total: 15

Spring 2
DCOM 746 Aging auditory system - 1
DCOM 757 Counseling - 2
DCOM 718 History of Audiology - 1
DCOM 717 Embryology and genetics related to the auditory system - 2
DCOM 763 Medical audiology - 1
DCOM 725 Vestibular diagnostics - 2
DCOM 745 Vestibular treatment - 2
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 595 Clinical practicum - 2
Total: 14

Summer 2
DCOM 749 Tinnitus - 2
DCOM 719 SLP for Audiology - 1
DCOM 713 Psychoacoustics - 3
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 595 Clinical practicum - 2
Total: 9

Year Three

Fall 3
DCOM 723 Hearing loss prevention - 2
DCOM 750 Audiologic care of musicians - 1
DCOM 748 Educational audiology - 1
DCOM 769 Industrial and forensic audiology - 1
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 888 Individual research in audiology - 2
DCOM 794 Clinical internship - 3
*DCOM 535 Language Disorders in Children - 3
Total: 14 

Spring 3
DCOM 716 Advanced topics in aural rehabilitation - 2
DCOM 728 Neuroaudiology: Anatomy, Physiology, and Speech Perception - 3
DCOM 729 Pathologies - 2
DCOM 764 Pharmacology and Ototoxicity - 1
DCOM 750 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 888 Individual research in audiology - 2
DCOM 794 Clinical internship - 3
Total: 14

Summer 3 (Externship)
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods -1
DCOM 796 Field experience: Externship in audiology - 4

Year Four

Fall 4 (Externship)
DCOM 712 Professional issues and advocacy - 1
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 796 Field experience: Externship in audiology - 4
Total: 6

Spring 4 (Externship)
DCOM 759 Integrated clinical methods - 1
DCOM 796 Field experience: Externship in audiology - 4
Total: 5

*unless taken at undergraduate level