Program Highlights: Combined Au.D./Ph.D. Program

What is this program about?

The dual-degree option within the Doctoral Program in Clinical Audiology is a comprehensive educational program designed to provide knowledge and promote advanced competencies in the assessment, prevention, and habilitation/rehabilitation of disorders of hearing and vestibular function.  The initial stage (toward the Au.D.) entails clinical practicum and coursework that trains individuals to become professional audiologists; the second stage involves extensive research training so that graduates with a Ph.D. are able to develop an independent research program.   The program is streamlined to capitalize on overlap between these two components of training, such that many aspects of the program occur simultaneously rather than sequentially.

 

What is the focus?

  • Cutting-edge clinical and research issues, especially cochlear implants, assistive hearing technology, and auditory electrophysiology;
  • Exposure to diverse clinical populations, assessment procedures, and treatment methods;
  • Evidence-based practice;
  • Extensive laboratory-based research experience;
  • Training to promote success in a career in research, including dissemination of findings (presentations, publications) and grant preparation.

 

Why is the program great?

  • Graduate courses offered by world-renowned faculty with specific expertise in the courses they teach;
  • Students receive high quality clinical supervision, which fosters readiness for independence in clinical practice;
  • Numerous, off-site clinical placements in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area are unparalleled (e.g., NIH Clinical Center, Walter Reed Military Medical Center);
  • Students are fully engaged in research with internationally recognized faculty researchers in the department who publish their work in top peer-reviewed journals in the discipline;
  • Seminar series in the department and campus bring highly respected faculty to campus to interact with students;
  • Collaborative opportunities to work with faculty in other campus programs, and centers, including the Center for the Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing (C-CEBH), the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program (NACS), and the Maryland Language Science Center;
  • Strong ties to research programs of local investigators, especially at the NIH and Walter Reed Army Audiology & Speech Center, who welcome collaborations with CAUD students;
  • Opportunities to learn a variety of behavioral and electrophysiologic research methods, including imaging (fMRI, MEG), and to interact with graduate students in other hearing labs.

 

What can I expect from the program?

  • Number of credits required:  110 (includes academic, clinical, and research courses)
  • Typical number of years to complete:  6-7
  • Number of credits for pre-dissertation and dissertation research: 18

 

View the full program manual here.