Joint Doctoral Program between San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego
Professional Doctorate in Audiology (AuD)
A professional doctorate in audiology (AuD) is offered jointly by San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego). The joint doctoral program in audiology is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The AuD program is a four-year graduate degree program designed for individuals who intend to specialize in clinical practice and to meet professional standards requiring a clinical doctorate as the entry-level degree for a certified audiologist. Graduates of this program will have the knowledge base, research exposure, and advanced clinical skills to enter the workforce in any setting, and will be prepared to function as independent audiology professionals in the expanding health-care arena. The program encompasses academic, clinic, and research experiences in audiology and otology, through the combined resources from the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at SDSU and the Department of Surgery (Otolaryngology) in the School of Medicine at UC San Diego. More information can be found at http://slhs.sdsu.edu/ and at http://meded.ucsd.edu/jdp/audiology. Faculty members of the cooperating institutions teach courses, provide clinic instruction and research experiences, and are available as members of joint doctoral committees and advisers for student doctoral projects.
Students will apply to the AuD Joint Doctoral Program through SDSU. It is expected that students will come into this program from a variety of different science backgrounds, including communicative disorders, biological and physical sciences, engineering, psychology, nursing, or a premed curriculum. Applicants for admission to the AuD program must meet the general requirements for admission to both universities with classified graduate standing as outlined in the respective catalogs. Applicants must also meet the special requirements of this program. These include (a) overall grade point average of 3.20 or better in undergraduate courses and in any graduate courses completed; (b) submission of scores on the GRE with satisfactory performance on both quantitative and verbal portions of the examination; (c) prerequisite completion of at least one course in statistics, one course in biological sciences, one course in physical sciences, and one additional course in either biological or physical sciences, two courses in behavioral/social sciences, and one course in American Sign Language. Deficiencies in these areas may be completed after admission to the program if approved by the admissions committee.
Applicants must submit transcripts of all post-secondary course work, three letters of recommendation from former or current professors, supervisors, or other appropriate persons able to judge their academic potential, and an applicant essay (statement of purpose) indicating their interests and strengths relative to their career objectives. Details of these requirements are available on the SDSU school’s website. Assuming that students meet the requirements for admission outlined above, each student admitted to the program will have a program adviser evaluate their preparation in view of their needs and career goals, as well as professional certification requirements.
Applicant files are reviewed as a group by an admissions committee composed of AuD program faculty from each campus. Other AuD program faculty may review files and make recommendations to the admissions committee. Given the limited number of spaces available (ten new admissions each year are anticipated, subject to available facilities), the Admissions Committee will select the best-qualified applicants to fill the available spaces. No minimum set of qualifications will guarantee an applicant admission to the program. The Admissions Committee will make recommendations for admission to the graduate deans from each campus.
Students seeking admission to the AuD program should consult the SDSU school’s website and Graduate Bulletin. For additional information, write directly to the AuD Program Directors, School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (mail code 1518), San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182.
Students will be admitted to the AuD program only in the fall semester (first year is at SDSU). Complete applications must be received by the deadline posted on the SDSU AuD website (http://slhs.sdsu.edu/) to be considered for the program beginning in the following fall semester.
Post Master’s Degree Admissions: Students admitted to the AuD program with a master’s degree in audiology will be expected to complete the four-year AuD curriculum. However, some students may have had a master’s preparation in audiology in which some of the course work was similar to some of the foundation courses in the AuD program. Upon entering the program, each individual will be assessed to determine competencies/knowledge in material that would put them on par with expectations for the AuD program. For some of the foundation core courses offered the first year at SDSU, e.g., Audiology 705, 710, 725, students may be given credit for the courses or be required to substitute a Doctoral Special Study (Audiology 798) course for one or more of these courses to ensure competencies or remediate deficiencies if approved by the program faculty. Credit for some of the first year clinic units may also be approved based on work experience; however, a full complement of expected clinical skills must be demonstrated.
Specific Requirements for the AuD Degree
Upon admission to the program, each student will be assigned a faculty adviser. The faculty adviser will help the student select a program of study to meet all program requirements. The AuD program is a four-year program, including summer semesters after year one through three. An exact unit minimum is not specified due to the mixing of semester units (SDSU) and quarter units (UC San Diego) and differences in clinical hours at different settings; however, the program is approximately 134 semester-equivalent course units. All students in the AuD program will fulfill the following requirements. Any alternative method of fulfilling these requirements requires advanced written permission from the program directors.
After formal admission to the AuD program, the student must complete a minimum of course hours equivalent to one year’s full-time enrollment at each campus. The definition of residence must be in accord with the regulations of San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. The program is designed to be shared, as equally as possible, between the two campuses. The first year is entirely at SDSU, the second year is entirely at UC San Diego, and the third year will have options from both campuses. The fourth year of the program will be a full-time clinical externship at a program-approved clinic agency or site. Both campuses will share equally in the academic, clinic, and research components of the program.
The program for each student will consist of prescribed set of courses, with the first year of courses entirely at SDSU and the second year of courses entirely at UC San Diego. The student’s faculty adviser will approve any changes to the standard curriculum.
Each student will progress through a variety of clinical experiences involving patient assessment and management throughout their program of study. Clinic experiences will require concurrent enrollment in clinic courses appropriate for the campus in which they are doing the clinical work. These supervised clinical experiences are completed in the SDSU Audiology Clinic, UC San Diego Otology Clinics, and in community field sites. Clinic courses may be repeated as needed and require adviser approval prior to enrollment. Prior to the fourth year externship, each student will obtain approximately five hundred hours of clinic experience. A minimum of two thousand clinical hours is required by the end of the program.
- Preceptorship in Otology. All students will have at least one quarter of a clinical rotation with otology staff associated with UC San Diego. Students will accompany otology faculty during their clinics and surgeries, and receive training in one or more of the following areas: clinical otology, pre- and post-operative assessment of patients, pharmacology related to otology, design and implementation of clinical trials with balance disorders, and pediatric otology.
- Clinical Staffings. In addition, all students will be required to regularly participate in formal clinical case study/staffing experiences. At SDSU, these clinical staffings include student and faculty presentations and discussions of interesting cases seen in their clinics. At UC San Diego, these staffings include the Chairman’s Conference and Grand Rounds, where AuD students/residents and medical staff discuss otological problem cases and disorders, and the Neurotology Conference, where UC San Diego and community physicians, and students/residents discuss cases dealing with neurological diseases and vestibular disorders.
- Fourth-Year Externship. The fourth-year externship is a full-time clinical experience in an approved agency/site. These externships may require a competitive interview process by the agency. Externship sites may be in other parts of the country. All students in their fourth-year externship must also enroll in the online clinical seminar at SDSU each semester.
All students in the program will be evaluated at the following levels:
- First Year Evaluation. Students must have achieved a 3.0 grade point average on all core and elective courses during the first year, and have appropriate clinical skills as determined by the student’s clinic supervisors. The student’s ability to integrate the academic material and clinic procedures appropriate for the end of the first year will be assessed through a first year qualifying exam. This examination will be a written and practical examination to be taken at the end of the spring semester. The first year qualifying exam may be repeated once following additional directed study by the student’s adviser. Students must pass the first year evaluation in order to enroll in second year courses.
- Second Year Evaluation. Students must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on all core and elective courses, and have appropriate clinical skills as determined by the student’s clinic supervisors. The student’s ability to integrate the academic and clinic procedures appropriate for the end of the second year will be assessed through a second year qualifying examination. This examination will be a written examination to be taken at the end of the spring quarter. The second year qualifying examination may be repeated once following additional directed study by the student’s adviser. Students must pass the second year evaluation in order to enroll in third year courses.
- Comprehensive Examination. At the end of the third year, and after Advancement to Candidacy (see below), the student will take a comprehensive examination, which has an integrative written component and a practical component involving clinical procedures. The comprehensive examination must be passed before a student can be registered for the externship.
Advancement to Candidacy
Candidates will be recommended for advancement to candidacy after successfully completing all course, laboratory rotation, and clinic requirements for Year 1 and Year 2 (with a minimum grade point average of 3.0), satisfactory performance on the first and second year evaluations, and approval of the doctoral project proposal. Students cannot enroll in the doctoral project course, take the comprehensive examination, or register for their externship until advanced to candidacy. The program’s Executive Committee recommends students eligible for advancement to candidacy to the graduate deans of both institutions
Each student will complete an innovative doctoral project. The doctoral project will consist of a research-based investigation. Each student will select a Doctoral Project Committee of two AuD program faculty (one from each campus) and at least one additional tenured faculty member from either campus external to the program. The chair of the committee can be from either campus. The executive committee will approve each student’s Doctoral Project Committee. All doctoral projects will be written in a format approved by the student’s doctoral project committee. The student’s final written document will be approved by the student’s Doctoral Project Committee and presented in a forum open to all faculty and students. Each student will enroll in the appropriate doctoral project course depending on the campus in which their committee chair resides.
The Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree will be awarded jointly by the Regents of the University of California and the Trustees of the California State University in the names of both cooperating institutions.
Funding for graduate students cannot be guaranteed, although every effort will be made to provide some financial support for as many students as possible, through graduate/teaching assistantships, research grants, clinical traineeships, and/or scholarships. Financial support will be awarded consistent with the policies of the two universities. Tuition and fees will be charged in accordance with the extant policies at the campus in which the student is matriculated in a given year.