Questions for prospective Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Students to consider and ask

  1.  Is the curriculum oriented toward practitioner skills, research or both?  (For the student to consider: Does this match your interests?)
  2. If there is financial student support available that involves work study, research or lab work, how much time will the work entail?
  3. Will the support be available every year?
  4. How current is the equipment which is used in the campus clinic and/or labs?
  5. What percent of audiology faculty members practice audiology currently?  Where are they practicing?  Do they take students into their practices to show them business models of practice?
  6. Are clinical rotations and externships quite broad?
    1. Are the rotations varied? Do they cover the full scope of practice for audiologists?
    2. Will the rotations include experiences in different settings such as medical clinics, hospitals, private practices, VA hospitals, ENT offices, schools, etc? 
    3. Do the rotations allow exposure to specialty areas such as pediatric audiology, dizzy/balance assessment and treatment, industrial audiology, recreational audiology, tinnitus management, as well as diagnostics and treatment (hearing aids), etc?
  7. Who arranges the clinical rotation experiences?  Is there a faculty or staff person who tracks student progress individually and arranges the experiences needed to provide a well-rounded education?
  8. Who arranges the fourth year rotation/s? Are students able to specify a geographic region of interest for the fourth year?
  9. What is the success rate for graduates of the program?  Percent who pass any required comprehensive exams and national exams? Percent who graduate on time?  Percent who successfully obtain licensure?
  10. Where have recent graduates begun their careers?
  11. How did the program staff and faculty help graduates with career placement/options?
  12. What are the strengths and interests of the faculty? (For the student to consider: Are there enough faculty with diverse interests to cover the teaching necessary? Are there faculty members with interests that match your interests? Does the program appear large enough to provide resources you need?)
  13. What is the mission and philosophy of the department and faculty? (For the student to consider: Is there a focus and emphasis on teaching students and supporting student needs or is the primary emphasis on research? Will the emphasis support the needs of students in a clinical degree program?)
  14. What other types of programs are housed in the university or within the same campus/college or school of the university?  Are there other professional healthcare programs where you would enjoy team approaches to solving problems?
  15. Is there a thesis or capstone project? How many credits and time is involved?
  16. Is the program accredited?  What is the accrediting agency?  Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) accredits Speech Language Pathology and/or Audiology programs.  Accreditation Council for Audiology Education (ACAE) accredits Au.D. programs.
  17. Are there cutting edge classes specifically covering topics such as vestibular assessment and treatment, practice/business development, pharmacology, modern treatment modes and cutting edge technology?
  18. Does the Au.D. program have a special track that combines Au.D/Ph.D in a shorter time period than it would normally take?  How long, on average, does a combined Au.D./Ph.D. track take for students to complete? (For the student to consider: Are you interested in earning a Ph.D. and considering a career in research and teaching others? Are career prospects in universities attractive to you? Are there good opportunities?)
  19. Will you enjoy a career dealing with people and helping them solve difficult problems, often with high tech devices? 
  20. Where do you plan to work? Here are some options to consider:
    • Private Audiology Practice 
    • Group Audiology Practice 
    • Hearing Care Manufacturing Industry 
    • Public Health Services 
    • Armed Forces 
    • Community Health Centers - Hospital Audiology Departments 
    • Health Maintenance Organizations 
    • Educational Audiology (School based practitioner)
    • Industrial Hearing Conservation - Investigative Audiology Practice 
    • Academic and Research Centers
  21. Overall, which program feels right for me?