In Texas, graduate programs in audiology are most commonly offered at the doctoral level and aim to prepare students for national certification through the PRAXIS exam. Students in these programs are exposed to a variety of research and clinical experiences. Here we discuss a few of the schools in Texas and their audiology programs in detail.
Schools in Texas with Audiology Graduate Programs
The University of Texas at Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas offers a Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program that totals 100 credit hours. According to the school's website, the program accepts less than 10% of its applicants (very competitive) and its PRAXIS pass rate is 100% for graduates. Students in the program gain hands-on learning through clinical rounds, practicum experiences and doctoral internships. Students are also required to participate in a mentored research project and may have the opportunity for additional research experiences and/or presentations at conferences in the field.
The University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin has a combined AuD/PhD program and a traditional AuD program that totals 100 to 108 credit hours and is designed to be finished in 4 years. Students develop and practice their clinical skills through practicum experiences and an externship. Throughout the AuD program, these hands-on learning experiences total 1,820 hours and provide students the opportunity to work in clinical settings off-campus and on-campus at the Speech and Hearing Center. This is an on-campus program that is only available full-time.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Lubbock's Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center provides an AuD program that can be completed in 4 years with 110 credits. Students participate in multiple advanced clinical practicums and externships for hands-on learning. Students can also participate in a wide range of research opportunities with faculty members in areas such as educational audiology, cochlear implants, selective auditory attention or psychoacoustics. The program has 35 to 40 students to ensure small class sizes and allow for mentoring relationships with faculty.
Lamar University in Beaumont offers an AuD program that boasts a 2 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio, according to the school's website. The 4-year program totals 99 credits and includes clinical experiences and an externship in the student's particular area of interest. Students in the program take an on-campus practicum experience where they work in various areas of the school's Speech and Hearing Center, like the Hearing Aid Clinic, Electrophysiology Clinic and Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Clinic. Students may opt to complete a capstone project and participate in research as a graduate assistant.
University of North Texas
The University of North Texas in Denton has an AuD program that totals 114 semester hours and can be completed in 11 semesters, including summers (about 4 full years). Of those 114 semester hours, 44 of the hours are clinical work through internships, clerkships and an externship. The externship must be off-campus, is full-time and takes place at a site of the student's choosing. Before starting their externship, students must complete a research project or an additional graduate course.
Common Entrance Requirements
Admission requirements for graduate programs in audiology in Texas vary slightly from school to school, but most programs require applicants to submit their official transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, resume and statement of purpose with their application. The statement of purpose or personal essay may include information concerning a student's research interests, career goals and/or interest in the program and audiology. Some of these schools may require students to meet a minimum GPA, such as a 3.0. While most programs require at least a bachelor's degree, some programs may require the degree to be in speech, language and hearing sciences or a closely related field and/or have prerequisite coursework in areas like math, speech disorders, language disorders and the life sciences.
AuD programs are fairly common at universities throughout Texas and typically take 4 years to complete. These programs prepare students for national certification through a range of clinical experiences.