The Au.D. is the entry level degree in clinical audiology and emphasizes both clinical competency development and evidence-based practice. Students in the Au.D. program complete a 4-year curriculum that includes academic coursework, clinical practicum, and research experiences (capstone) and/or electives. Students take advanced seminars in hearing science, clinical audiology and research methods. Note that some of these advanced courses are often held off-campus (e.g., at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora), which provides students access to renowned professionals to teach these courses and to labs/equipment they may not otherwise have access to.
Students have the opportunity to pursue clinical research in both laboratory and clinical settings, with faculty in a wide range of areas, including electrophysiology, psychological acoustics, physiological acoustics, diagnostic evaluation and intervention procedures for newborns through geriatrics, advanced amplification, speech perception in noise, assistive technologies, cochlear implants, vestibular assessment techniques and aural habilitation and rehabilitation of individuals with hearing loss. Furthermore, students undertake clinical practica to develop competency across the scope of practice consistent with national clinical certification and/or licensure in audiology. They will have the opportunity to complete clinical rotations in several different settings including full use of laboratories and suites at the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences department. Rotations include University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora and the outpatient University of Colorado Health Boulder clinic, Children’s Hospital in Denver, Denver Health, local school districts, and other clinical settings throughout the metro Boulder and Denver area. Many students complete fourth year externships in the Denver area as well as national settings.
While during the 1st year of the AuD program, transportation beyond public transportation in Boulder may not be needed, please note that students will be required to commute to off-site clinical experiences as well as some classes beginning in the 2nd year of the program (as often as one to two days each week).
Required Content Knowledge
The AuD curriculum does not address the following content knowledge. Students must have this content knowledge in order to meet ASHA 2020 Standards for Certification in Audiology.
Strongly Recommended Content Knowledge
AuD courses are taught based on the assumption that students have background content knowledge described below. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to acquire this knowledge before taking related AuD coursework.
|Level I||Observation and onsite clinical education – Semesters 1 and 2|
|Level II||Part time clinical rotations – 6 semesters|
|Level III||Externship – one year full time|
Clinical education begins with work within the SLHS department. After two semesters of coursework and onsite clinical education, students progress to our on-campus clinic facility at the University of Colorado Hospital outpatient clinic in Boulder where they serve as primary clinicians who work with clinical audiologists. After competency assessment, students are able to complete rotations in Ear, Nose, and Throat clinics, other hospitals and agencies and/or public school settings. These sites rotate each semester and allow the student to gain in-depth experience in a wider range of services, including vestibular assessments, electrophysiologic procedures, and cochlear implants.
The 4th year of the program consists of a full-time (40 hours per week) externship at up to 3 different off-campus locations across a 52 week period.
In all clinical education placements, students are supervised by clinically certified and registered or licensed audiologists and do a wide variety of diagnostics and rehabilitation across the age span.
Students in the Au.D. program have access to a wide range of clinical sites within Boulder and the Denver-metro area. Sample clinical practicum sites include: