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Doctor of Audiology - Fort Lauderdale

Frequently Asked Questions

Nova Southeastern University is one of the largest and most diverse training programs in the U.S. We offer practicum placements throughout the metropolitan areas of Miami, Ft Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, giving students a wide range of clinical experiences not available in smaller programs or in smaller cities. The curriculum and equipment are state of the art and learning takes place in an interactive environment. You will begin your studies with a group of students that all have the same goals to become an audiologist. You will quickly become a cohesive unit with your class while at the same time interacting and connecting with classes that are further along in the program.

Because we are a private university, we are not subject to the variations in funding of state universities, yet our tuition is competitive with the out-of-state tuition of the major state universities.


All applications are submitted via the Nova Southeastern University online portal. The application can be accessed in one of two locations. On our webpage, under 'Admission Requirements' and then 'completed application' or by going directly to You will be required to create an account as a first time user.

All materials do not need to be submitted at the same time, but should be submitted before the February 15 deadline.

The number of applications varies from year to year and ranges from 105 to 135.

The Au.D program is 119 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree.

The Department of Audiology only offers the Au.D degree program.

For the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) Fort Lauderdale program there are three semesters: Fall, Winter, and Summer.

No. Students can elect to participate in research activities if they wish.

Both types of degrees are considered earned doctoral degrees (as are Ed.D., Sc.D., etc). The Au.D. degree includes a general curriculum in the field of audiology, and prepares students for clinical practice. It is classified as professional degree. The Ph.D. is historically a research degree, where one focuses within a narrow field of interest degree.

Students can apply for financial aid and scholarships through NSU's Office of Student Financial Assistance. Students may also apply for graduate assistantships, research assistantships, class assistantships, or grant support. Once a student has completed their first year in the program, they become eligible for scholarships offered by the department and through private donors.

The department prefers applicants with a GPA of 3.2 or better and GRE score of 300 or higher. Three letters of recommendation; a written application; official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate, graduate and professional institutions; and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken with the last five years are required. Each application is reviewed by the admissions committee and invitation for a personal interview is extended to qualified applicants. Students are encouraged to observe audiologists at work to become familiar with the profession before applying.

The doctor of audiology degree program enrolls students one time per year, in the Fall semester. Classes begin in late August. Applications are reviewed throughout the year with admissions decisions occurring in late March/early April, or sooner, for qualified applicants. To assure availability for placement in a class, it is strongly recommended that all paperwork and application materials be submitted by February 15.

You will be taught by experienced campus-based full-time professionals and adjunct faculty who are national experts in the field of audiology.

During the first year of the program, most classes are held during the day, Monday through Friday. Once a student begins clinical rotations, many classes are in the late afternoon and evening in order to accomodate daytime clinic placements. Laboratory classes occur during the day, Monday through Friday. Some seminar courses, taught by national experts in the field, are taught during the day for several consecutive days. Many of our students are employed (less than 20 hours per week) while in the Au.D. program, but the employment hours have to be flexible to accommodate the class times, clinical assignments, and changes in schedule each semester.

Average class size is between 16 and 18 students.

Yes, the Department of Audiology supports the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) and has a very active local chapter. The students plan and participate in many local university and community events. For more information regarding SAA, please visit

We have students from all areas of the country, and throughout the world. Our students are various races and ethnicity and vary in their undergraduate field of study. About half studied in communication sciences and disorders; others majored in the sciences and psychology. We have had English, education, business and engineering majors among our students. We believe that the varied personal, cultural, and educational experiences that each student brings offers others the chance to learn from each other's experiences.

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