Doctor of Audiology

Overview

The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) at Lamar University offers comprehensive academic, research and clinical experience in a wide variety of settings. The Doctor of Audiology program opened in 2005, replacing the long-standing Master of Audiology degree program. Lamar Audiology has maintained a 2:1 student to faculty ratio per class since its inception. This ratio keeps the size of each class small enough so that students benefit from individualized mentoring from faculty.

The Doctor of Audiology program is committed to the advancement of knowledge and services in hearing processes and disorders through integrated programs of professional training, research and community service.

We work diligently to:
  • Provide academic instruction at the graduate levels in the scientific foundation of sound, auditory processes and behaviors and in the evaluation, diagnosis and non-medical treatment of hearing disorders;
  • Provide opportunities to integrate academic knowledge with clinical application through a variety of clinical experiences within on-campus and off-campus practicum sites located in local, regional and national audiology centers;
  • Support faculty and student research activities that contribute to the prevention, identification and treatment of hearing and balance disorders and their consequences; and
  • Provide the highest quality of hearing health care for the community, including advocacy and support services for the needs of persons with hearing impairment and their families.

Audiologists Job Prospects and Expected Salary

According to Business Insider, audiology was rated among the top careers in 2017 that provide good pay and also offer a good work-life balance. The top 16 careers in this year’s list were chosen from among 478 occupations in the US, using the Minnesota Population Center’s 2015 American Community Survey Integrated Public Use Microdata Series. According to the survey data, the average American worker puts in nearly 40 hours a week and has a total income of approximately $52,293. Audiologists ranked 6th out 16 selected as top careers with 38 hours worked in an average week with an average income of $77,925. For more information, visit Hearing Health Matters.

CareerCast.com, a website for career seekers and employers, ranked audiologist as the 14th best job out of 200 jobs. CareerCast reports a median salary of $75,920 with a good work environment (68/200), very low stress (4/200), and projected growth of the profession (29/200). For more information visit the American Academy of Audiology.

Audiologists work on variety of settings including: Private Clinics; Hospitals; Nursing Homes; Public Schools; Special Need schools; Patient homes; and Rehabilitation Centers. Audiologists’ median salary varies based on the workplace and in varied reporting scales. The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) completes an annual survey of salaries, per their 2018 report, the median salary was $83,843 for audiologists on an academic calendar (9-10 months) and $80,000 for those on a calendar year (11-12 months). For more information see ASHA’s annual salary report here.

Prerequisite Requirements and Application Process

*We are waiving the GRE due to COVID-19 restrictions on testing sites during the application process for 2020-2021 academic year.

PRE-REQUISITE INFORMATION:

  • All applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in communication disorders or related field (speech and hearing science; communication sciences and disorders; audiology; speech-language pathology; speech pathology; speech pathology and audiology, etc.) from a regionally accredited institution. Students are expected to have obtained a broad general education as a background to graduate study. Undergraduate course work in mathematics and basic and applied sciences is strongly encouraged.
  • Students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders or related field (speech and hearing science; communication sciences and disorders; audiology; speech-language pathology; speech pathology; speech pathology and audiology, etc.) may be required to “level” prior to consideration for admission. Please see leveling program (link new leveling page). The prerequisite coursework below will be listed on the final tab of the CSDCAS application to our Doctor of Audiology Program. Please notice that some courses may not be applicable to your undergraduate curriculum. Required courses may be taken prior to (leveling) or concurrent with graduate coursework (accelerated leveling – dependent on the number of missing courses or other applicable background you have as an incoming student). Determination of suitability for accelerated leveling will be made by the program director on an individual basis. Students with bachelor’s degrees in other areas who wish to apply are urged to contact the program director (Dr. Ashley Dockens at audiology@lamar.edu) as early as possible to determine the need for leveling or accelerated leveling.

REQUIRED COURSE

DESCRIPTION

+Statistics

 

Stand-alone course required. Statistics is "the science of learning from data, and of measuring, controlling, and communicating uncertainty; and provides the navigation essential for controlling the course of scientific and societal advances."

 

Coursework in research methodology in the absence of basic statistics cannot be used to fulfill this requirement. 

+Social or Behavioral Science

Acceptable courses in social/behavioral sciences should include psychology, sociology, anthropology, or public health.

+Biological Science

Acceptable courses in biological sciences should emphasize a content area related to human or animal sciences (e.g., biology, human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, human genetics, veterinary science).

+Physical Science

Acceptable courses in physical sciences should include physics or chemistry.

+Speech and Hearing Science

Basic physics of sound, instrumentation and performance related to principles in speech and hearing sciences.

+Language Acquisition

The study of normal language development and its changes with maturation.

+Phonetics

Knowledge of American English sound system and syllable structure including proficiency in using the International Phonetic Alphabet for phonetic transcription.

+Audiologic/Aural Rehabilitation

Explores the area of assistive listening devices, hearing aids, and other treatment and intervention methods and modalities.

+Introduction to Audiology

An overview of the professional field of audiology, the professional terminology, testing techniques, and procedures of the evaluation of a patient; interpretation of evaluation data, and application of information to the (re)habilitation program of the patient.

*Hearing Anatomy & Physiology

The anatomy and physiology of the peripheral auditory mechanism. Also included are pathologies which affect the various anatomic structures.

*Manual Communication

ASL/SEE/or another approved manual communications course. This course is frequently taken concurrently in the first year.

^Speech Anatomy & Physiology

The anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism. Includes scientific variables of speech and voice and the perceptual phenomena that results.

^Neurology

The human nervous system with particular emphasis on neuronal structures and pathways related to communication and its disorders.

Symbol Legend+ both degrees, * AuD only, ^ SLP only

  • Other pre-requisite information can be found within the application process below.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please use your name as it appears on your state issued ID (or passport) on your application and on all other communication with Lamar University. Note: The following two steps have a finalized deadline of February 1st, however, in order for documents to be verified and processed we recommend submission no later than mid-late December of the year prior to admission (e.g., applying to begin Fall 2020, submit application in full by December 2019).

Please complete your application to the Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) by completing the following two steps:

  1. Go to applyTexas.com and complete an application. This application includes your biographical, education, and residency information. AuD applicants will receive a waiver of the Apply Texas fee. Simply choose check or money order and the Lamar University Graduate Admissions department will apply the waiver.
  2. The following website: https://csdcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login will lead you through the application process that allows you to submit your transcript(s), GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and personal essay.

Transcripts: Submit OFFICIAL transcripts from ALL universities you have attended to the CSDCAS portal. All applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 overall GPA as calculated by CSDCAS. You will be prompted to download a form that requests official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. You will also be prompted to enter individual classes you have taken on the CSDCAS portal. Both steps must be completed. Your transcripts must include grades from the Fall semester of your senior year. We recommend sending in transcripts for previously attended institutions as soon as possible, and sending in Fall transcripts for the currently attended institution as soon as Fall grades are posted.

  • NOTE: You must map your prerequisite coursework on the final tab of the application. Please notice that some courses may not be applicable to your undergraduate curriculum. Required courses may be taken prior to or concurrent with graduate coursework. Determination of suitability for accelerated leveling will be made on an individual basis. Please enter all that are applicable.

GRE: All applicants should have OFFICIAL SCORES on the GRE issued to Lamar University through the CSDCAS portal directly by the testing agency. Use GRE Code 2244. A minimum GRE of 280 or greater is required to apply.

  • Personal Essay: All applicants should provide a 1-2 page written personal statement. This statement gives you an opportunity to present yourself to us and share information about who you are, why you are interested in audiology as a profession, and why you are interested in our program specifically. To help us get to know you better, you may want to tell us about an experience or event that had a significant impact on you, or a specific commitment or goal that reflects who you are as a person. Any unusual aspects of your academic history should be explained in this statement as well. The personal statement should be uploaded under “Documents” on the CSDCAS portal.
  • Begin uploading documentation to your CSDCAS application early!
    • All CSDCAS applications must be VERIFIED by CSDCAS by February 1, 2019. A verified application means that it has been e-submitted, payment has been received, and ALL documentation (ALL official transcripts, official GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and your personal statement) has been received and verified. Although our deadline of receipt and verification of your application is February 1, 2020, we recommend that you e-submit your application at least four weeks in advance of the February 1st deadline to allow time for verification. CSDCAS cannot verify your application until all official transcripts and GRE scores have been received, so be sure to get those documents submitted as early as possible. (Please send transcripts in early Fall for all previously attended institutions and as early in December as possible for the currently attended institution. If you have e-submitted and been verified prior to the completion of Fall coursework, please utilize Academic Update.) Regularly check your CSDCAS portal to monitor your application and the receipt of all supporting documents. It is YOUR responsibility to monitor the status of the CSDCAS application and ensure that all materials are received and verified by the deadline.

Important Note: An incomplete application cannot be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

*INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS or students receiving their undergraduate degree outside of the United States: Once you are academically accepted, you must immediately contact the International Admissions office to complete a financial guarantee form and submit it with proof of funds for I-20 processing. An applicant's first I-20 will be sent via express courier at no charge. Any subsequent courier costs for I-20 documents will be the responsibility of the applicant.

  • Before attending on-campus classes, students who are under age 22 must either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet specific criteria for declining a vaccination. Get more information on complying with this requirement pursuant to Texas Senate Bill 1107.
  • Your submitted transcripts for application must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency. While there are other transcript evaluation services, please note that we recommend use of World Education Services, Inc. for transcript evaluations as this company's evaluations are accepted by both the CSDCAS portal and Lamar University. Application evaluations and TOEFL scores should be submitted through CSDCAS and to Lamar University directly. Use TOEFL Code 6360 to send score to LU.
  • Once admitted, students are required to submit a health certificate from a U.S. based physician or health service certifying that they are free from tuberculosis. This may be completed at LU’s Student Health Clinic. Any subsequent travel outside of the US may require additional tuberculosis testing. Students must also have health insurance. In order to qualify for an F-1 visa, applicants have to submit an affidavit of support and a financial statement that demonstrate that no financial support, aside from an assistantship, will be required for the applicant and his/her dependents to reside in the U.S.

Following LU receipt of verified application, applications will be reviewed and scored via a rubric-based procedure, and high scoring candidates will be invited for interview. After interview, original scores and interview scores will be combined and high scoring candidates sent acceptance offers.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

If admitted to the program, official transcript(s)/transcript evaluation(s) showing your receipt of degree must be submitted directly to Lamar University Graduate Admissions before the enrollment process and course registration can be completed. More information will be provided to you at that time should you be accepted to the program.

Application portal will open August 2nd of the year prior to entry and will close February 1st of the year of entry for the annual Fall cohort.

For further questions, please contact audiology@lamar.edu.

Degree Requirements and Sequence

In order to earn a Doctorate in Audiology (AuD), the student must complete both theoretical and clinical aspects of the course and acquire minimum of 99 credit hours.

Academic coursework occurs in the first three years of the AuD Program. Students are required to complete a preliminary written exam at the completion of their first academic year and every year thereafter through the third academic year. Students may choose to complete a clinical research project in addition to the clinical coursework progression. Clinical experiences begin in the first semester of the program. First year students are placed in the university clinic for 1 to 2 days per week. Second year students are placed 2 days per week offsite and third year students are placed 3 days per week at off campus sites. After completion of the academic portion of the program, students will complete an externship year of clinical placement in their fourth year of the program. Placement for this clinical experience is made in conjunction with the clinical coordinator and program director for audiology.

Considerations for the fourth-year externship include student's clinical area of interest and clinical experience needs outlined in the student's clinical plan of study. This placement typically takes place outside of the Beaumont community. Requirements for the academic and clinical portions of the program will be reviewed annually with students during academic and clinical plan of study meetings.

The following table provide details about the curriculum and the courses offered in different stages of the AuD program.


Audiology Curriculum

Clinical Practicum

A variety of practical opportunities are available at the Speech and Hearing Center on campus and currently in 23 off-campus sites throughout Beaumont, Houston, San Antonio, Lake Charles, Shreveport and Biloxi. These outstanding off-campus clinical sites include hospitals, schools and private practice settings.

In- House Clinical Practicum

  • Hearing Evaluation: Diagnostic testing includes pure-tone and speech audiometry, acoustic immittance measures and pediatric testing with VRA.
  • Hearing Aid Clinic: The clinic focuses on the selection, verification and orientation of amplification and assistive listening devices to increase the communication function of each individual.
  • Deaf Co-Op: Conducted in public school settings, which allow the students to learn hearing aid troubleshooting as well as assistive listening device selection and maintenance.
  • Electrophysiology Clinic: Diagnostic testing using OAE, ABR and SSEP are used in the differential evaluation of hearing disorders.
  • Vestibular/Balance Clinic: Assessment includes VENG, EENG and vestibular rehabilitation therapy.
  • Industrial Hearing Conservation: This clinic includes monitoring hearing in the industrial setting and providing sound measurement and hearing conservation services.
  • Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Clinic: This clinic provides full diagnostic evaluation of auditory processing problems along with counseling of family members and school personnel.
  • Aural Rehabilitation: Group and individual therapy is provided to enhance listening, speech reading and communication abilities.

Technical Standards/English-Proficiency Requirements

Technical Standards

The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) has identified several technical standards in the 2007 Technical Standards document. The faculty of the doctoral program at Lamar University considers these standards to be of paramount importance to successful study in a clinical doctorate program and for entry level into independent practice in the field of Audiology. Minimum technical standards for students wishing to pursue the clinical doctorate in Audiology at Lamar University include:

  • Critical Thinking: All students must possess the intellectual, ethical, physical, and emotional capabilities required to undertake the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence required by the faculty. The ability to solve problems, a skill that is critical to the practice of Audiology, requires the intellectual abilities of measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Successful graduates of the program must be able to integrate knowledge into practical skills.
  • Communication Skills: A candidate should also be able to speak, to hear, and to observe patients in order to elicit information. The candidate must have a strong command of the English language, evidenced in writing and oral communication.*
  • Auditory-Visual Ability: Candidates must also be able to observe a patient accurately by vision and hearing, both at a distance and close at hand without visual cues. This ability requires the functional use of audition and vision.
  • Mobility and Fine Motor Skills: A candidate should be able to execute movements reasonably required to move from area to area, maneuver in small places, calibrate and use small equipment, and provide patients with general care.
  • Interpersonal Abilities: A candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities required for the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, families, and colleagues.

English Proficiency Requirements

* In addition to ASHA standards above, we also follow the guidelines of our University. Given the scope of practice in communication disorders, oral English proficiency is considered an essential tool. Lamar University's graduate catalog states that "International students whose first language is not English are required to pass an English proficiency test before they may be admitted to candidacy for a graduate degree." Information about the  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) can be found on the following webpage: https://www.lamar.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/graduate/contact-us.html

Additionally, if a student whose native language is not English is accepted into Lamar University's Speech and Hearing Sciences graduate program, and if there is evidence that this student is having exceptional difficulty with one or more of the tasks required in clinical service delivery (e.g., speech perception, speech/language modeling, comprehending speech or language produced by individuals with communication disorders, writing clinical reports, counseling families, etc.) the student will be asked to address these deficits through a remediation plan (e.g., therapy for accent reduction, perceptual training, etc. as needed).

Cost Estimates

Tuition and fees vary by year and student need (e.g., courses needed beyond curriculum, etc.). Per recent graduates and Lamar University Graduate tuition/fees estimates, four years of the Doctor of Audiology were at or below $47-52,000 without any scholarships or assistantships considered.

Based on Lamar Estimates: There are a total of 99 credits across 11 semesters. Based on Fall 2019 tuition and fee schedule, for an average of 9 hours a semester (5 semesters have 12 hours, 5 semesters have 6 hours, and one semester has 9 hours) for an in-state student, the cost is approximately $45,500 for 4 years. Many students also receive an assistantship during the first year (with some opportunity in second and third years) that qualifies them for a doctoral tuition and fees waiver across Fall and Spring, waiving all tuition and many of the fees for those semesters. The doctoral waiver specifically covers: (1) Texas Resident Designated Tuition, (2) Non-Texas Resident Tuition, (3) Graduate Tuition, (4) Student Service Fee, (5) Center for Academic Success Fee, (6) Technology Service Charge, (7) Library Use Fee, and (8) Study Abroad Fee. Note also that (pending funding), all out-of-state Doctor of Audiology students have out-of-state related fees waived for each year of the program, essentially giving them in-state status. It is important to state that although the amount is waived, tuition/fees and out-of-state waivers must be reported if filing for student loans.  

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Considerations: All students accepted and enrolled into the AuD program receive a $1,000 scholarship per year of their graduate studies for up to 3 years (pending funding) for any year they are not receiving an assistantship of $6,000 or greater. For this reason, all out-of-state students are granted "in-state" status. Scholarship opportunities and graduate assistantships are available. Historically, a large number of first year AuD students have received a graduate assistantship with an associated stipend of ~$6,000. Assistantships of $6,000 or greater make students eligible for a doctoral tuition waiver and waiver of many associated fees, as well as in-state status. Research assistantships may also be available in years two through four. To learn more about assistantships, email audiology@lamar.edu. For more information about financial aid or student loans, visit LU's student financial assistance website and Lamar's cost of attendance schedule.

Research

Audiology faculty are involved in variety of lab and field-based research in hearing sciences. AuD students have the opportunity to participate in some of these research studies as graduate assistants. In addition, students can also consider doing the capstone project. Please refer to faculty profiles to find out more about research interest and the specific research studies they are involved. 

Student Outcome Data

Please consult tables below to see success in student outcome data. We currently meet or exceed accreditation requirements for the reported rates.

Program Completion Rate

Year

On-time completion average

Later than on-time completion

Non-completion

Completion Rate

2019-2020

9

0

0

100%

2018-2019

8

0

0

100%

2017-2018

8

0

0

100%

3-year average

 

 

 

100%

 

Employment Rates

Year

Graduates

Employed

Employment Rate

2018-2019

8

8

100%

2017-2018

8

8

100%

2016-2017

7

5

71.4%

3-year average

 

 

92%

NOTE: Number and percentages reflect the Doctor of Audiology graduates employed in the profession or pursuing further education in the profession within one year of graduation.

 

PRAXIS Pass Rates

Year

Number of reported test-takers

Number of test-takers passed

Pass Rate

2019-2020

9

9

100%

2018-2019

8

8

100%

2017-2018

8

7

87.5%

3-year average

 

 

96%

NOTE: Doctor of Audiology graduates must take the PRAXIS examination prior to licensure and certification but are not required to complete the PRAXIS prior to graduation.