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AuD Overview

Audiology Doctorate Program (AuD)

The professional doctorate (AuD) program is a 4-year post-baccalaureate degree that is designed to meet all requirements for national accreditation and clinical certification in audiology. The program also admits qualified students who already have a Master’s degree in audiology. The fourth year of clinical practice will be waived for post-Master’s students who already hold licensure or certification in audiology. The research requirement may also be waived for those students who have completed a Master’s thesis. Drawing upon the strengths of the location of our program in the College of Health, the curriculum offers a broad range of clinical education and training.

Diverse Career Opportunities in Healthcare

Audiology is one of the fastest growing healthcare professions in the United States offering a diverse range of practice settings and the opportunity to positively impact the lives of children and adults with hearing loss. At least 80% of audiologists work in healthcare settings today, providing both diagnostic and rehabilitative clinical services. The AuD focuses on educating future audiologists for professional practice as specialists in the evaluation and management of individuals with hearing impairment and balance disorders. 

Career Paths for Audiology Graduates

Expected outcomes of an AuD Program at the U of U are graduating students will meet the American Speech Language Hearing Association mandated requirements for entry to the practice of audiology. Graduating students will be qualified to enter a wide range of professional careers in private practice, clinical settings in hospitals and outpatient facilities, educational settings, and industry.

The professional doctorate is for those who are pursuing clinical practice, while the PhD degree in Audiology is for individuals who are pursuing careers in research and academics. Many choose to do a dual AuD/PhD program and will receive both degrees.

Hearing test with a student

Have a Master's degree in Audiology?

While the AuD program at the University of Utah is designed chiefly for students coming out of undergraduate programs, it can also be adapted for audiologists practicing with a master's degree. Contact AuD Program Director Dr. Sarah Hargus Ferguson if interested. 



Contact Us

Sarah Hargus Ferguson PhD, CCC-A

Director of Graduate Studies-Audiology

Leigh Ann Benevides

Program Information Coordinator