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USD Audiology Student Completes Externship at Yale

Photo of Nick Arra. USD student Nick Arra completed an externship at the Yale Hearing and Balance Center.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Nick Arra, a University of South Dakota doctoral student in audiology completed an externship at the Yale Hearing and Balance Center in New Haven, Connecticut, this summer.

“The USD Audiology program provided me extensive training and overwhelming support over the last three years,” said Arra. “I am eternally grateful to have landed this position.”

Arra, from Norristown, Pennsylvania, completed a bachelor of science degree in communication sciences and disorders from James Madison University. He will complete his doctor of audiology degree from USD in 2018.

At Yale, Arra worked with audiologists and physicians in the full-service Yale Hearing and Balance Center. He also had the opportunity to observe physicians in the operating room and complete a clinical research project to be presented at the Otolaryngology Resident Research Forum.

“With a diagnosed hearing loss at age two, my perception of hearing loss changed drastically since my education began at USD,” said Arra. “My educational and clinical experiences in the USD audiology program has inadvertently led me to overcome my self-consciousness, as well as expand my competency and knowledge on the relationship between patient satisfaction and appropriate care.”


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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