overview of Au.D. Program
The Au.D. curriculum in Audiology is designed to prepare students for their professional careers. To be awarded the Au.D. degree, students must complete at least 90 credit hours of graduate course work. The curriculum includes 66 didactic credit hours designed to establish the theoretical and research foundations for clinical practice together with 24 credit hours of clinical practicum (at least 2000 hours of supervised, clinical practicum) focusing on the assessment and treatment of hearing disorders, across the age span. Clinical practicum sites include the Indiana University clinics, and many off-campus sites including area hospitals, ENT offices, and the Indiana School for the Deaf. For the third-year clinical externship, students may stay within the state of Indiana, but we also encourage students to pursure out-of-state locations as well. In the past, students have been placed at externship sites all over the country, including states such as Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico.
The Au.D. program takes a minimum of three years to complete, in which students take academic coursework for four semesters for each of the three years. During the third-year externship, students are working in the clinic full time but they also take one distance-learning course per semester. Including this academic coursework allows students to continue relating clinical practice with the theory of audiology but also allows students to complete their 90 credit hours in a 3-year time frame. The majority of students complete the Au.D. program at the end of the summer (August) of their third year. The program sequence is standardized and varies little from student to student.
The Au.D. program is accredited by the Council of Academic Accrediation through 2017. Students who complete the Au.D. at Indiana University are eligible for the Certificate of Clinical competency. Graduates from our program work in many of the states in the USA, including Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Massachussets, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Nebraska.