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Audiology

A Doctor of Audiology (AuD) is a healthcare professional who provides services related to hearing, balance and related disorders. Audiologists specialize in identifying and assessing hearing and balance problems, preventing hearing loss and rehabilitating a person with a hearing or balance disorder. An audiologist works with their patients by evaluating hearing, counseling patients, fitting hearing aids, and teaching communication strategies. They are experts in the non-medical diagnosis and management of disorders of auditory and balance systems. Audiologists typically work in a variety of settings such as clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and more. They can also specialize in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, balance, cochlear implants, hearing aids and more. There are 73 AuD programs in the United States.

How do I apply to a Doctor of Audiology program?

Depends on the program. Some AuD programs require you to apply to them directly through their university website. Other programs require you to apply through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Applicaiton Service (CSDCAS).

Do I need to take a graduate school entrance exam?

Typically audiology (AuD) programs require students to take the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). However students s​hould check each individual school to learn about their specific requirements.

Cost: The 2017 GRE costs $205.00

What are the prerequisities for applying to an Audiology program?

Audiology programs have a variety of different prerequisites depending on the program. Students should check each individual program website carefully for the courses that are required. Some courses that may be required include:

​1  Year General Biolgoy ​1 Year General Chemistry
1 Year Physics
​1 Quarter Statistics
2 Quarters Sociology
2 Quarters Psychology
​1-2 Quarters College Level Math

There are some programs that require courses in communication science disorders such as phonetics, anatomy of the ear, nose and throat, and more. At this time, DePaul does not offer courses related to communication science disorders.

What is considered a competitive GPA and entrance exam for Audiology programs?

Most schools require at minimum a 3.0 GPA. However, most competitive candidates typically have a 3.4-3.5 overall GPA and a GRE score of 150 Verbal, 150 Quantitative and a 4.0 analytical.

**Important note: If you are interested in an MS in Speech Language Pathology (SLP) or Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, please be aware that DePaul does not offer the required 'leveling' prerequisites to pursue an MS in SLP.  However, some MS in SLP programs might welcome you to apply before being required to complete the leveling courses before they allow you to continue with the MS classes.  Please contact the graduate schools directly to inquire.   

It is important for students to check each school's requirements carefully as some schools will require information not listed above. Students are responsible for checking the prerequisites for the classes above and for the prerequisites for each individual professional school. For more information about a specific program, please contact that school directly.