Audiologists are health care professionals who provide patient-centered care in the prevention, identification, diagnosis, and evidence-based treatment of hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for people of all ages. The audiology degree at Grand Valley State University is a professional degree that is clinically focused, allowing the student greater application of knowledge upon graduation than other research-based programs. Students will be prepared to sit for the national examination and to qualify for state licensure upon completion of the program.
The audiology program is a three-year (nine consecutive semesters) postbaccalaureate program leading to a Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree. This is the entry-level degree for the practice of audiology. Without the audiology degree, an individual cannot be licensed nor certified to practice. The program is offered at the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, located on the vibrant medical mile.
The program requires completion of 84 credit hours. The degree requirements are designed to offer a comprehensive and rigorous program of study, encouraging the synthesis of information across didactic coursework and clinical experience. A final 12-month internship is required. As students progress through the program, they will transition from
- primarily didactic to primarily clinical coursework;
- in-house learning laboratory to full-time external clinical experience;
- limited variety to greater variety of disordered patients; and
- a focus on developing skills specific to treating hearing and balance disorders to preparing for independent practice.
There is no research requirement to this program.
- Private practice
- Hearing conservation and noise abatement
- Ear, nose, and throat practices
- Research and development
Why Study Audiology at Grand Valley?
- Faster. The program is an accelerated three-year curriculum, so you will graduate faster and start practicing sooner.
- In demand. The U.S. Department of Labor projects audiologist employment will grow 29 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than average for all occupations.
- Great pay. Median salary for certified audiologists with 1 - 3 years experience is over $65,000 per year. Doctorate or administrative positions typically earn over $100,000 per year.
- Less stress. Forbes magazine listed audiology as the #1 least stressful job within all professions.
- Experience. Students experience clinical placements every semester, working with diverse populations in multiple practice settings.
- Unique. Individual courses in pharmacology, tinnitus, and radiographic imaging distinguish our program from others.
- Skills. The program will provide the knowledge base, clinical skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and compassion for success as an audiologist.
The Fall 2019 start date is dependent upon receipt of approval from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).
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Department of Communication Sciences And Disorders