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Doctor of Audiology - Fort Lauderdale

Degree Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. There are no specific prerequiste courses for applicants to the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) programs. Courses listed below are required for professional certification and/or licensure upon graduation.

The Department recommends that applicants visit and/or volunteer at an audiology practice and discuss the profession with an audiologist.

Matriculation Requirements

Prior to graduation

  • Normal Language Development (3 credits)*
    Normal Language is available from NSU after beginning the program and must be taken before the Pediatric Audiology course.

Note: If this course was not completed as an undergraduate, it can be taken during the AuD course of study, but requires separate registration and tuition.


Essential Functions

The Au.D. program has the responsibility to assure the public that graduates will be fully competent audiologists – providing benefit and doing no harm. Individuals admitted and retained in the Au.D. program must possess the intelligence, integrity, compassion, humanitarian concern, physical and emotional capacity, communication skills and professionalism necessary to practice audiology. To this end, all NSU Doctor of Audiology students must meet the requirements outlined in the Essential Functions of the Au.D. Student document upon admissions and while matriculating through the program.

Required Courses

Class of 2022 Plan of Study

course credits
AUD 5010: Neuroaudiology

This course provides an introduction to the gross structure of the brain, spinal cord, and functional relationship of their parts with emphasis on the auditory and vestibular peripheral and central nervous systems. Topics discussed include function of nerve cells, sensory systems, movement control, memory, cognition, and diseases of the brain.

2
AUD 5070: Research Methods I: Introduction

This course provides an introduction to clinical research in audiology and the principles of evidence-based practice. Foundational knowledge and skills in accessing and evaluating medical and scientific literature to support clinical decision-making, applying the information to clinical populations, and integrating evidence in the provision of audiological services are emphasized.

3
AUD 5301: Diagnostics I: Audiologic Diagnostic Procedures Across the Lifespan
This course provides a detailed study of the components of the audiologic evaluation, including evaluation of the outer ear, middle ear, inner ear, and the central auditory nervous system.
3
AUD 5301L: Diagnostics I Lab
This laboratory course provides students with practical application supplementing AUD 5301.
1
AUD 5302: Acoustics and Instrumentation

This course provides detailed study of the physics of sound and instrumentation used in the audiological sciences.

3
AUD 5303: Psychoacoustics and Speech Perception

This course provides a study of psychoacoustic and speech perception theory and methods. Auditory perception in normal hearing and hearing impaired subjects will be addressed.

2
AUD 5304: Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory & Vestibular Mechanisms

This course provides a detailed study of the anatomy and physiology of the outer ear, middle ear, inner ear, and central auditory pathways. The vestibular peripheral system and the vestibular CNS pathways are described.

3
AUD 5402: Introduction to Auditory Electrophysiology

This course provides an introduction to electrophysiological examination of the auditory system. The primary measure of focus is the auditory brainstem response and its underlying anatomical & physiological generators, applications, collection, interpretation, and relevance to clinical decision-making.

3
AUD 5403L: Introduction to Electrophysiology Lab

This laboratory course provides students with practical application supplementing AUD 5402 and 5404.

1
AUD 5404: Introduction to Vestibular Evaluation

This course provides an introduction to the basic procedures and interpretation for vestibular assessment, including videonystagmography (VNG), vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP), video head impulse test (vHIT) and bedside evaluation.

3
AUD 5405: Overview of Amplification I

This course provides an introduction to amplification. The content of this course includes historical perspectives on amplification; functions and features of amplification systems and their components; methods of fitting, verification and analyses of these systems. The course also includes basic concepts in counseling.

3
AUD 5405L: Amplification Lab I

This laboratory course provides students with practical application supplementing AUD 5405.

1
AUD 5410: Navigating the Audiology Professional Landscape

This course provides an introduction to professional issues encountered in audiology practice, as well as, aspects of professional development.

1
AUD 6310: Adult Audiologic Rehabilitation
This course provides a detailed study of audiological intervention and remediation strategies for individuals over the age of 18 years with peripheral and central hearing loss. Emphasis will be placed on the important of a multi-professional approach.
2
AUD 6402: Diagnostics II: Site of Lesion
This course covers basic and advanced middle ear evaluation, otoacoustic emissions, and synthesis of diagnostic test results. 
2
AUD 6402L: Diagnostics II Laboratory
This laboratory course provides students with practical application supplementing AUD 6402.
1
AUD 6404: Auditory and Vestibular Pathologies

This course provides a comprehensive study of pathologies affecting the conductive, sensory, neural, and vestibular mechanisms and methods for their differential diagnosis. Embryololgical development of the ear is examined. Basic concepts of genetics including their effects on, diagnosis of, and management of auditory and vestibular function are discussed. Case studies are reviewed.

4
AUD 6406: Overview of Amplification II

This course provides integration of theoretical and practical concepts of fitting and verification of hearing instruments. Components and features available on hearing instruments are presented. 

3
AUD 6406L: Amplification Lab II

This laboratory course provides students with practical application supplementing AUD 6406.

1
AUD 6408: Auditory Processing Evaluation and Treatment

This course provides a comprehensive study of auditory processing evaluation and treatment with foci on the underlying neurophysiological mechanisms and models of auditory processing disorder. Opportunities will be provided to discuss case studies and hands-on experience performing behavioral and objective auditory processing measures.

2
AUD 6502: Hearing Conservation
This course provides a study of topics related to hearing conservation, including the effects of noise on hearing, ototoxicity, occupational and non-occupational noise exposure, federal regulations related to the prevention of hearing loss, sound surveys, and classroom acoustics.
2
AUD 6504: Implantable Hearing Technologies

This course provides a study of implantable auditory devices, including cochlear implants, osseointegrated devices (OID), middle ear implants, and auditory brainstem implants. Candidacy criteria, surgical considerations, and treatment methods are explored in the pediatric and adult populations.

2
AUD 6508: Tinnitus Evaluation and Treatment

This course provides an introduction to tinnitus evaluation and treatment examining the epidemiology and theoretical basis of tinnitus. Assessment methods, treatment strategies, and psychosocial effects are examined in detail.

2

AUD 6510: Clinic I

Participation in supervised basic audiological evaluations of patients and other clinical activities as assigned. Weekly meetings with supervisors and/or report writing are required. 

1
AUD 6511: Clinic II
Participation in supervised basic audiological evaluations of patients and other clinical activities as assigned. Weekly meetings with supervisors and/or report writing are required. .
2
AUD 6512: Clinic III
Participation in supervised basic audiological evaluations of patients and other clinical activities as assigned. Weekly meetings with supervisors and/or report writing are required. .
2
AUD 6520: Audiology in an Interprofessional Healthcare Model

This course provides an introduction to interprofessional practice by learning about different healthcare providers, their respective professional backgrounds, and how these providers work collaboratively to serve individuals, their families, caregivers, and communities with the common goal of building a safer and better patient-centered and community-oriented health system.

1

AUD 7031: Geriatric Audiology

This course provides an overview of biological, social, and psychological changes related to aging. Topics presented in this course include changes in the auditory and vestibular systems, changes in cognition related to aging, and systemic changes to the body related to aging. A holistic approach to geriatric audiology is presented.

1
AUD 7051: Research Methods in Audiology II
This course provides a detailed study of research design, data collection, analysis, and evaluation. The breadth and depth of clinical research is explored as students gain practice in accessing, evaluating, and designing medical, allied health and other scientific literature to support clinical decision-making, patient and family centered care, and quality improvement efforts in the provision of audiological services.
3
AUD 7071: Biochemistry and Pharmacology for Audiology

This course provides a detailed study of the biochemistry of the ear as a foundation for the mechanisms, side effects, drug interactions, and toxicity of pharmacological and chemical substances. Otoprotective agents are explored.

2
AUD 7075: Counseling in Audiology

This course provides an exploration of the theoretical basis of counseling methodology and evidence-based approaches to patient- and family-centered care in audiology. Principles and characteristics of effective communication are detailed and applied to context specific situations through simulated activities.

3

AUD 7079: Ethics, Coding and Reimbursement for Audiology

This course provides an introduction to theories of bioethics and applications to audiology and clinical practice. This course details evaluation, treatment, and diagnosis codes relevant to audiology practice. Third party reimbursement policies, procedures, and guidelines are discussed.

2
AUD 7080: Practice Management for Audiology

This course provides the basic principles involved in the development, operation, and management of audiology practice within the framework of different models of health care delivery.

3
AUD 7100: Advanced Seminar in Amplification
This course is designed to provide advanced information on the theoretical and practical concepts of fitting, verification and analyses of amplification systems. Counseling techniques are discussed.
2
AUD 7120: Advanced Auditory Electrophysiology

This course provides a detailed study of evoked potentials including early through late auditory responses, intraoperative neural monitoring, and somatosensory potentials with an emphasis on the neurophysiological bases of these potentials as well as clinical and research applications of various test techniques. Students will have practical hands-on experience in using evoked potentials in evaluating the human efferent auditory system (brainstem to cochlea) and afferent auditory system (cochlea to cortex).

3
AUD 7130: Pediatric Audiology

This course provides a detailed study of typical and atypical pre-natal, peri-natal and post-natal auditory development in children. Pediatric assessment and intervention protocols are explored with the typical, developmentally delayed, and difficult-to-test population.

3

AUD 7135: Pediatric Audiologic Rehabilitation

This course provides details related to the provision of audiologic (re)habilitation services to children with hearing loss; intervention for children with hearing loss in educational and other habilitative settings is explored in depth.

2
AUD 7160: Advanced Vestibular Evaluation and Treatment

This course provides a detailed study of vestibular test procedures, results, analysis and treatment. Advanced testing inclusing posturography and rotary chair are presented. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT),  canalith repositioning techniques, and fall risk assessments are discussed and evaluated.

3
AUD 7165: Vestibular Specialty Seminar (elective)
This course provides an advanced study of vestibular evaluation and treatment. In depth analysis of vestibular evaluation and treatment techniques will be examined with focus on special patient populations. An interprofessional approach to management of dizzy/fall risk patients will be presented. Vestibular rehabilitation and balance therapy programming and therapy techniques will be discussed and evaluated. Prerequisite: Successful completion of AUD 5403L and successful completion of AUD 5404 and AUD 7160 with a grade of A or A-.
3
AUD 7194: Audiology Clinical Grand Rounds
This course provides an evidence-based approach to critically analyze audiological assessment and management across the audiology scope of practice.
3

AUD 7607: Internship I

Participation in supervised clinical placement 1-2 days per week in off-campus hospital, agency, medical, or private practice setting(s).

3
AUD 7608: Internship II
Participation in supervised clinical placement 1-2 days per week in off-campus hospital, agency, medical, or private practice setting(s)..
3
AUD 7613: Internship III
Participation in supervised clinical placement 1-2 days per week in off-campus hospital, agency, medical, or private practice setting(s).
3
AUD 7610: Externship I
Full-time placement in an audiology externship position.
8
AUD 7611: Externship II
Full-time placement in an audiology externship position.
8
AUD 7612: Externship III
Full-time placement in an audiology externship position.
8
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