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Audiology Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

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.

Professional audiology master's degree and doctoral programs are for bachelor's degree program graduates interested in working as audiologists. A career as an audiologist's assistant is another option for students interested in studying audiology at the undergraduate level. Audiologist's assistants are licensed in some states, and educational requirements vary.

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 and Fees (2015-2016, In-State)*
Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN 4-year, Private Doctorate $44,050 (Graduate)
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $8,104 (Undergraduate), $9,696 (Graduate)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 4-year, Public Master's, Doctorate $11,074 (Graduate)
University of Texas, Dallas Richardson, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Doctorate $10,864 (Undergraduate) $11,940 (Graduate)
University of Washington Seattle, WA 4-year, Public Doctorate $16,278 (Graduate) Washington University, St. Louis St. Louis, MO 4-year, Private Master's, Doctorate $47,620 (Graduate)
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $6,381 (Undergraduate), $12,737 (Graduate)
Northwestern University Evanston, IL 4-year, Private Master's, Doctorate $49,064 (Graduate)
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Private Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate $18,192 (Undergraduate), $22,060 (Graduate)
Rush University Chicago, IL 4-year, Private Doctorate $32,608 (Graduate)

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Audiology School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when selecting an audiology program:

  • Look for schools or colleges accredited by ASHA, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
  • Consider your career goals when selecting a program. Audiology assistant programs result in certificates, associate's degrees or bachelor's degrees; licensed audiologists have graduate degrees and additional training.
  • Some graduate schools have faculty with research specialties, such as hearing loss in children or hearing aid technology, which can enable you to study under someone whose interests match your own.
  • Audiologists need to pass ASHA's Praxis exam, and schools will often boast of the pass rate for their graduates.

Graduating from an accredited audiology program is a requirement for eventual licensure as an audiologist or audiologist assistant in some states. When choosing a program, accreditation, exam pass rates and the audiology research interests of the faculty are among the important concerns for prospective graduate students.

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