Audiology Technician Degrees and Certificate Programs
Audiology Technician Degree and Certificate programs prepare students to work as audiology technicians and audiologists. Programs address diagnosing and treating disorders related to oral communication, hearing and balance and teach methods and technology used to assist speech language pathologists and audiologists as they assess and provide treatment for oral communication and hearing pathologies.
Aspiring audiology technicians can enroll in associate's programs in audiology or speech and hearing science, or they may enroll in bachelor's programs in speech and hearing science. Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) programs related to speech and hearing fields prepare graduates for work as audiology technicians. Meanwhile, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs in speech and hearing science are interdisciplinary, covering concepts from the natural and social sciences.
- Program Levels in Audiology: Associate's. Bachelor's.
- Program Fields: Audiology and speech and hearing science.
- Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED equivalent. SAT or ACT scores for Bachelor's degree.
- Program Length: 2 years for Associate's. 4 years for Bachelor's.
- Other Requirements: Strong skills in mathematics, English composition and the natural sciences.
- Experiential Learning: Hands-on experience using equipment relevant to the field.
Associate's Degree in Audiology or Speech and Hearing Science
Students learn about the methods and technology used to assist speech language pathologists and audiologists as they assess and provide treatment for oral communication and hearing pathologies. Most A.A. and A.S. programs give students hands-on experience using equipment relevant to the field. They also cover medical terminology, patient care and medical billing. To enter one of these programs, a high school diploma or GED certificate is required; other admissions requirements vary by program.
The coursework in speech language science or audiology associate's degree programs emphasize practical skills used to help speech language therapists and audiologists. Students learn the basic theoretical and practical aspects of speech and hearing science and have the chance to use diagnostic technology. Courses often cover:
- Physiological acoustics
- Hearing physiology
- Language development
- Physiology of speech
Bachelor's Degree in Speech and Hearing Science
Prospective audiology technicians or audiologists study the theories behind language acquisition, hearing and communication. Programs address diagnosing and treating disorders related to oral communication, hearing and balance. Students often complete clinical experience as part of their coursework.
Classes in speech and hearing science bachelor's degree programs provide students with a theoretical understanding of hearing and oral communication. Students often take lessons in linguistics, speech pathology, anatomy and statistics. Topics may include:
- Communication disorders
- Speech pathology
- Audiology pathology
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
In 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (ww.bls.gov) reported that the average annual salary for health technicians and technologists was $45,620. Expected job growth from 2012-2022 for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations, including health technicians and technologists, was 21.5%, according to the BLS.