Degree Requirements

Au.D. Degree Requirements

The Au.D. program prepares students to meet the academic and clinical requirements for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence; it is fully accredited by the ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation. The degree is designed to be completed in 4 years (including summers, with a common entry point in fall semester). A minimum of 102 credit hours including academic course work, independent research, and clinical practicum is required for completion of the Au.D.


A baccalaureate degree is a prerequisite. Students are expected to have obtained a broad general education as a background to graduate study. Undergraduate course work in mathematics and basic and applied sciences is strongly encouraged. If the baccalaureate degree is not in communication sciences and disorders, courses in the following content areas, or equivalents, may be required for admission: Survey/Overview of Communication Disorders, Language Science/Development, Research Methods, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Phonetics/Phonological Development, Audiology (introductory level). Specific undergraduate course requirements are determined on an individual basis. Students with baccalaureate degrees in other areas who wish to apply are urged to contact the Au.D. admissions committee chair as early as possible.

Degree Requirements

Audiology Didactic Courses

AUD 810 Diagnostic Audiology 4
AUD 811 Hearing Disorders 3
AUD 813 Psychoacoustics and Theories of Hearing 3
AUD 814 Hearing Conservation 2
AUD 816 Speech Perception 2
AUD 817 Pediatric Audiology 3
AUD 818 Vestibular Systems and Disorders 3
AUD 819 Hearing Aids I 3
AUD 820 Rehabilitative Audiology and Counseling 3
AUD 821 Hearing Aids II 3
AUD 822 Electro-Acoustics and Instrumentation 3
AUD 823 Cochlear Implants and Hearing Assistance Technologies 2
AUD 824 Auditory Processing Disorders 2
AUD 828 Genetics of Hearing Loss 2
AUD 829 Anatomy and Physiology of the Hearing and Vestibular Mechanisms 3
AUD 848 Business Audiology 1
AUD 851 Auditory Evoked Potentials 3
AUD 858 Business Audiology 2
AUD 940 Seminar in Audiology: Imaging (1 hour), Pharmacology in Audiology (1 hour)
AUD 941 Grand Rounds (1 hour( (taken fall and spring of Years 1-3) 6

Audiology Clinical Courses

A minimum of 29 credit hours is required:

  • During Years 1 and 2: AUD 843 Clinic Practice in Audiology (minimum of 9 credit hours; 1 credit hour equals one-half day a week in clinic during fall and spring, one day a week in summer)
  • During Year 3: AUD 944 Clinical Rotation (minimum of 5 credit hours; 1 credit hour equals one day a week in clinic during fall and spring, two days a week in summer).
  • During Year 4: AUD 945 Clinical Externship (minimum of 15 credit hours; 40 hours per week in clinic = 6 credit hours in the fall and spring, 3 credit hours in the summer).

Elective Courses

Students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours of elective course work. At least 6 of these hours must be research courses selected in consultation with an advisor.

PRAXIS Examination and Research Project

In addition to didactic, clinical, and elective courses, students must successfully complete the PRAXIS examination at the end of 3 full years of graduate study and a research project completed through enrollment in a minimum of 4 hours of AUD 846 Independent Study in Problems in Audiology. Projects are to be completed and presented to a faculty-student forum in the spring of Year 3.

Other Degree Requirements

Students must successfully complete an oral, comprehensive examination during Year 3.

Note: Contact your department or program for more information about the Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship requirement for doctoral students. Also, please see this policy listed in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog and in the KU Policy Library.

Contact Info

Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders

Dole Human Development Center
1000 Sunnyside Ave., Room 3001
Lawrence, KS 66045-7561
Holly L. Storkel, Chair
Holly L. Storkel

Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders

Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders
Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Ave., Room 3001
Lawrence, KS 66045-7561
Holly L. Storkel, Chair, Department of Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences and Disorders
Becky Harris, Undergraduate Program Advising

Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders

Department of Hearing and Speech, KU Medical Center
Mail Stop 3039, 3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Fax: 913-588-5254
John Ferraro, Chair, Department of Hearing and Speech
Angela Carrasco, Graduate Program Advising
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