Program Highlights: Doctoral Program in Clinical Audiology (CAUD)

 

What is this program about?

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Audiology (CAUD) is a comprehensive, integrated educational and clinical program designed to train clinical audiologists to serve the hearing health care needs of individuals with hearing loss, from newborns to the very old. Through extensive coursework and varied clinical practicum experiences, the CAUD program contributes substanitally to the academic and clinical practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC)It entails four years of full-time study that includes graduate-level coursework, on-site and off-campus clinical placements, a clinically oriented capstone research project, and a fourth year clinical internship residency. 

 

What is the focus?

  • Cutting-edge clinical and research issues, especially cochlear implants, assistive hearing technology, and auditory electrophysiology;
  • Significant exposure to diverse clinical populations, assessment procedures, and treatment methodologies;
  •  Evidence-based practice;
  • Providing students with clinical research experiences;
  • Training students to evaluate the efficacy of emerging technologies and procedures;
  • Extensive hands-on experiences in classes, clinic, and the laboratory.

 

Why is the program great?

  • Graduate coursework is offered by world-renowned faculty with specific expertise in the courses they teach;
  • Students receive exceptionally high quality clinical supervision with the goal of fostering readiness for independence in clinical practice;
  • Students have the opportunity to be fully engaged in research with internationally recognized faculty researchers in the department, on the UMD campus, and in the local vicinity, and many publish their work or present their work at national conferences;
  • Numerous, off-site clinical placements in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area are unparalleled (e.g., NIH Clinical Center, Walter Reed Military Medical Center, Children’s Hospital in DC, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, etc.), and permit students to explore clinical specialties of interest;
  • Small class cohorts ensure individualized attention by program faculty;
  • Department-wide seminar series brings highly respected faculty to campus to interact with students;
  • 100% success rate in passing Praxis exam and placing students in 4th-year clinical internships and professional positions shortly after graduation.

 

What can I expect from the program?

  • Number of credits required: 93 (includes academic and clinical courses)
  • Typical number of years to complete: 4
  • Semesters in on-site clinic: 4; Semesters in off-site clinic: 3 (range of 2-4)
  • Full-time clinical internship residency:  12 months
  • Prerequisites:  5 undergraduate hearing and speech courses in specific areas
  • Typical cohort size: 7 (range of 6-10)

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