The Audiologist's Assistants program is 100% distance learning. Students access a Web site that contains course resources such as the outline, self-quizzes and web-based self-tests and tutorials. The Web site allows the student to take tests on-line. Students need to have a Windows PC computer. Portions do not work on Mac computers.
The student can complete the training materials at his or her own pace. Six months are allotted to complete the course. A $75 fee will be assessed if the student does not complete the program in this time frame.
Flash videos provide the narrative course lectures. These are audio narrated Power Point shows. A copy of the power point slides is provided to the students.
The diagnostic testing portion includes a copy of the AudSim audiometer simulator that can be used free of charge for the duration of the course.
The simulator guides the student through the process of obtaining pure-tone air-conduction thresholds and has practice cases. The student is graded on accuracy of obtaining thresholds using this software.
Assignments are defined in the course materials. Some assignments are completed independently by the student (e.g. web-surfing and viewing photographs of normal and abnormal ear canals). Most assignments are completed in conjunction with the supervising audiologist at the student's work site.
There are two different modules; you can enroll in just one or in both courses. One is in diagnostic testing, one is in amplification.
The NSU Audiologist's Assistant Training Program is a certificate program with two separate modules: Amplification and Diagnostics. The program is intended to offer structured training under the guidance of a licensed audiologist for current or aspiring audiology assistants. Once you complete a module, you will receive a certificate of completion in the mail.