Audiology Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Professional audiology programs involve completing a bachelor's degree and then graduate study. Audiologists hold, at minimum, a master's degree with additional training and certification. Completing a Doctor of Audiology program is becoming the standard for entering the profession. Program requirements for audiology assistants vary by state and different programs can lead to a certificate, an associate's or a bachelor's degree.

How to Select an Audiology School

Audiology programs should be accredited by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). 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.

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.

Schools With Top Audiology Programs

College/University Institution Type
Vanderbilt University 4-year, Private
University of Iowa 4-year, Public
University of North Carolina,Chapel Hill 4-year, Public
University of Texas, Dallas 4-year, Public
University of Washington 4-year, Public
Washington University, St. Louis 4-year, Private
University of Florida 4-year, Public
Northwestern University 4-year, Private
University of Pittsburgh 4-year, Private
Rush University 4-year, Private

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