Professional audiology programs involve completing a bachelor's degree and then graduate study. Selection of the appropriate school could possibly be key to a student's success in the field.
Schools With Top Audiology Programs
Several educational institutions are known in the field for having strong audiology programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)|
|Vanderbilt University||Nashville, TN||4-year, Private||Doctor||$43,620|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor||$40,910|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill, NC||4-year, Public||Master's, Doctor||$26,354|
|University of Texas, Dallas||Richardson, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Doctor||$42,262|
|University of Washington||Seattle, WA||4-year, Public||Doctor||$53,535|
|Washington University, St. Louis||St. Louis, MO||4-year, Private||Master's, Doctor||$47,300|
|University of Florida||Gainesville, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor||$42,939|
|Northwestern University||Evanston, IL||4-year, Private||Master's, Doctor||$68,060|
|University of Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor||$42,462|
|Rush University||Chicago, IL||4-year, Private||Doctor||$32,608|
Audiology School Selection Criteria
Audiology programs should be accredited by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). A career as an audiologist's assistant is another option for students interested in audiology. Audiologist's assistants are licensed in some states, and educational requirements vary. Look for audiology assistant programs that are regionally and professionally accredited.
Consider the following when selecting an audiology program:
- Accreditation- The school or college should be accredited by ASHA, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
- Degree Level- Audiology assistant programs result in certificates, associate's degrees or bachelor's degrees; licensed audiologists have graduate degrees and additional training.
- Areas of Specialization- Some schools have faculty with research specialties, such as hearing loss in children or hearing aid technology, enabling graduate applicants to find a match for their own interests.
- Professional Exams- Audiologists need to pass ASHA's Praxis exam, and schools will often boast of the pass rate for their graduates.
Graduating from an accredited program is a requirement for eventual licensure in some states. The audiology research interests of the school and faculty in are an important concern for prospective graduate students.