Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)
The Doctor of Audiology program at ISU is committed to delivering a thorough and diverse clinical program with a balanced emphasis in all areas within the scope of practice for the audiologist. The program also provides strong clinical training in the areas of educational audiology, balance function assessment, auditory evoked potentials, auditory processing, and rehabilitation. The course sequence takes the student from introductory level concepts in the first semester through intermediate and advanced concepts and clinical applications in the following semesters.
In order to provide students with the best and most diverse clinical experiences, the audiology program at ISU requires that students relocate to the ISU Meridian campus between their 2nd and 3rd year. The ISU Meridian Health Science Center campus is in the heart of the largest population area of Idaho (approx. 500,000) which allows the students to participate in very diverse clinical experiences. Students also take a few courses while on the Meridian campus.
During the first year, students obtain an average of 100 individually supervised contact hours by participating in on-campus clinical experiences. Second year students obtain another 200 contact hours during on-campus rotations or summer externship experiences. An additional 250 contact hours are obtained during the third year in clinical rotations in the Boise, Idaho metro area. Students have an average of 650 contact hours prior to beginning their fourth year externship. During the fourth year, the student will enroll in a full time externship where they will refine their clinical skills.
Program Goal: To prepare students to be skilled, professional, and ethical clinicians in the areas of evaluation, treatment, education, and prevention across the scope of practice in audiology.
A graduate of Idaho State University with a Doctor of Audiology degree in audiology will be able to:
- Research - EBP
- synthesize evidence in the available research relevant to best practices in audiology for the purpose of providing quality care to their patients.
- Education - IPE
- effectively share their knowledge, ideas, and expertise with patients, colleagues, and professionals in the health care communities.
- Ethical, legal, and professional behaviors
- conduct themselves in an ethical, legal, and professional manner clinically, administratively, and personally.
- Knowledge - Foundational and application
- effectively apply their knowledge and skills in the clinical environment using current evidenced based protocol, procedures, and technology.
- utilize appropriate interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with patients, colleagues, and professionals in the health care communities.
- Lifelong Learning
- engage in and appreciate quality continuing education to remain current with developing technology, theory and ideas.
- contribute their knowledge and skills in a collaborative way with other health care professionals and persons significant to the patient as a means of providing excellence in patient care.
- provide leadership in areas that will foster growth and stability in the profession.
- demonstrate a commitment to and respect for diversity by recognizing and valuing differences among people and their cultures.
To enter the Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program, you must complete a bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders or similar degree in which you receive instruction in the foundation areas necessary to enter the doctoral degree program. If your bachelor's degree is from an unrelated field, the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders offers a one-year Pre-Professional program to provide you with all of the necessary foundational coursework necessary to enter our Doctor of Audiology degree program. More about the Pre-Professional Program