Au.D. - Clinical Doctorate in Audiology
The graduate program in Audiology at the University of Tennessee has consistently been rated among the top programs in the United States. The academic and clinical faculty and staff are proud of our national ranking and the varied opportunities we are able to offer a student. Our department is among the largest in the country and supports a wide range of research and clinical activities.
The minimum time required for completion of the Au.D. degree at the University of Tennessee is four years and includes the summer terms between the first and second years and the third and fourth years. The fourth year is typically an off-campus clinical externship. Students who graduate from our program meet both the academic and practicum requirements for clinical certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Students with no prior background in audiology may require additional course work during the four year program.
An Au.D. degree is the minimum degree required for American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) professional certification. For complete details about ASHA membership and certification, as well as state-by-state information on professional licensure, visit ASHA's Membership, Certification, and Licensure page.
Who Should Apply
You should be aware that like many other graduate programs in Communication Disorders and Sciences, admission to our Au.D. program is highly competitive. The primary factors considered by the Committee include: (1) prior academic record, (2) Graduate Record Examination test results, and (3) letters of recommendation from academic references. Student applicants should have scores to total at or above 1000 in the Quantitative and Verbal sections of the GRE, a prior grade point average above 3.5 and recommendations that indicate an ability to pursue graduate studies and clinical work. Audiology students must have or acquire certain essential skills, functions, and professional attitudes and behavior as described in the Technical Standards document. For international students, the TOEFL is required with a paper based minimum score of 550 or a computer based minimum score of 213. International students who wish to participate in the clinic must also have a SPEAK test score of 50 or above. For information on local and national funding consult the GradSources document (PDF format).
Departmental Financial Aid – Graduate Assistantships
Students who apply for the AuD program are automatically considered for graduate assistantships. These assistantships, consisting of a full or partial tuition waiver and a monthly stipend, are awarded competitively to highly-qualified incoming students based upon past academic performance and GRE scores. Students seeking need based financial aid should contact the Office of Financial Aid. Appointments vary from 10 hours (quarter time) to 20 hours (half time) per week of work. These positions are typically nine-month appointments (with salary spread out over 12 months). Students who receive funding in their first year are automatically continued as Graduate Assistants in years two and three unless they are placed on academic probation or request to be dropped as a Graduate Assistant. Students who are not awarded an assistantship upon entry are eligible for the award in years two and three. These second and third year assistantships are awarded competitively based upon grades in courses taken at UT.
The Au.D. for Students who Already Have a Master’s Degree
Students who already have earned a master’s degree in Audiology may apply for admission to the Au.D. program. For those who hold the CCC-A, the program of study will require a minimum of one year. Those who have not finished a CFY will need to complete both the third and fourth years of study. We encourage interested applicants to contact the department for a file review in order to outline a personalized graduate program plan.
There are several opportunities for membership in organizations related to this program. They provide opportunities to receive clinically useful journals, serve as a resource for student issues and concerns within the Department, and sponsor Information Seminars each semester on topics related to academic, clinical, and student issues. Both organizations are also involved in giving back to the local community. Students in the program are encouraged to participate in any or all of the following organizations:
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