Audiology Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Audiology is the study and professional practice involving human hearing. Audiologists diagnose and treat hearing problems from infancy through adulthood. Audiologist's assistants repair hearing aids, help with tests and maintain equipment.

Selecting Audiology Schools and Colleges

First, the school or college should be regionally accredited. Furthermore, the audiology program should be accredited by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA); completing an accredited program is a requirement for eventual licensure in some states.

Choose a school that offers the level of training you seek. To become an audiologist, an entering freshman may start by completing a bachelor's degree program in audiology or communication disorders. Graduate study is then necessary; audiologists hold at minimum a master's degree and additional training and certification, but a Doctor of Audiology is becoming the standard for the profession.

The school's and faculty's research interests in audiology are an important concern for prospective graduate students. Most department websites include a list of the faculty members' research specialties, such as hearing loss in children or hearing aid technology, so that graduate applicants can find a match for their own interests.

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 resulting in certificates, associate's degrees or bachelor's degrees.

Audiologists need to pass ASHA's Praxis exam, and schools will often boast of the pass rate for their graduates. Audiology assistant programs may be weighed by the percentage of their graduates getting their licenses (in states that require one) or finding employment in their profession within six months.

Largest Schools and Colleges (by Student Enrollment)

College/University Student Population Institution Type
Arizona State University 67,082 4-year, Public
Ohio State University - Main Campus 53,715 4-year, Public
University of Florida 51,474 4-year, Public
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 51,140 4-year, Public
University of Central Florida 50,121 4-year, Public
The University of Texas at Austin 49,984 4-year, Public
Michigan State University 46,510 4-year, Public
University of South Florida 46,189 4-year, Public
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign 43,246 4-year, Public
New York University 42,189 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Wisconsin - Madison 41,620 4-year, Public
Purdue University - Main Campus 41,433 4-year, Public
Indiana University - Bloomington 40,354 4-year, Public
University of Washington - Seattle Campus 39,675 4-year, Public
Florida International University 38,759 4-year, Public
Florida State University 38,682 4-year, Public
University of Maryland - College Park 37,000 4-year, Public
University of Houston 36,104 4-year, Public
Temple University 35,490 4-year, Public
San Diego State University 34,889 4-year, Public

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