Virginia has only one school that offers a doctoral degree program in audiology that qualifies graduates for licensure. This program is designed for master's degree holders or students who have earned a bachelor's degree and met certain course requirements. However, there are several other schools that offer audiology coursework through broader bachelor's and master's degree programs in communication sciences and disorders or speech-language pathology. These programs can prepare students to enter a doctoral program in audiology. Additionally, existing audiology degree holders can pursue a research-focused Ph.D. in communication sciences and disorders.
James Madison University
Students in Harrisonburg can study audiology by enrolling in the master's and doctoral degree programs in JMU's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders program focuses on research. Students can choose to conduct research one of four areas of study, like hearing and hearing disorders, and they can also take audiology classes in auditory anatomy and physiology and audiology equipment. The program concludes with a thesis in the chosen research area.
Students interested in a clinical degree program in audiology can consider the Doctor of Audiology program. This program helps prepare individuals for state licensure and ASHA certification. A bachelor's degree that includes specific prerequisite classes is necessary for admission; alternatively, a student with a master's degree can enter the program and complete a customized curriculum. The typical curriculum is comprised of classes and seminars in areas of psychoacoustics, geriatric audiology, pediatric audiology, tinnitus, and audiologic evaluations. Several clinical practicum experiences are also required.
A PhD program in communication sciences and disorders offers students who hold bachelor's, master's or audiology doctoral degrees an opportunity to conduct research. Students can customize their curricula according to their specific research interests. All students must complete classes in statistical methods and research design in addition to an internship and dissertation.
Longwood University (LU)
Farmville-based LU has a bachelor's degree program in communication sciences and disorders that includes audiology coursework. Some of the classes cover communication techniques for hearing-impaired people, anatomy, and physiology of the auditory system, hearing science, and human development. Students may be able to obtain observation field experience with licensed audiologists.
The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and ASHA accredit the communication sciences and disorders master's program at this school. Students need to complete several prerequisite courses, including auditory anatomy and introductory audiology concepts. In the program, students learn about aural therapy in addition to speech and language disorders. Clinical experience is required in each semester, and students must complete a thesis or comprehensive exam in order to graduate. This program does not meet the requirements for licensure in audiology. Students can join the campus chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Old Dominion University (ODU)
Norfolk is home to ODU, where students can earn bachelor's degrees in speech-language pathology and audiology. The program prepares students for graduate programs and gives them the chance to acquire hands-on training in the ODU Speech and Hearing Clinic. Classes delve into hearing anatomy, aural therapy, hearing conditions, and hearing science.
Radford University offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in communication sciences and disorders through the Waldron College of Health and Human Services. At the bachelor's level, students can complete a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program; both include courses in basic audiology. The 50-credit Master of Science program includes coursework in audiologic rehabilitation, language disorders, aphasia, and alternative communication, as well as a practicum experience. The 53-credit Master of Arts program includes a thesis requirement. The master's programs can prepare students for certification in speech pathology; however, students must complete further education for licensure in audiology.
University of Virginia - Main Campus
In Charlottesville, students can enroll in a bachelor's program in speech communication disorders with a focus in speech-language pathology and audiology through the Curry School of Education. Before applying to the program, students must first complete the first two years of undergraduate coursework. Audiology courses may cover hearing and speech anatomy, hearing science and introductory audiology. While this program does not prepare students for licensure, graduates may be prepared to enter graduate-level degree programs in audiology.
Working as an audiologist in Virginia requires that individuals be licensed through the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Applicants may qualify for licensure by obtaining a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), earning certification from the American Board of Audiology (ABA) or by passing a board-approved exam. To earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology, applicants must show documentation of passing the Praxis exam and earning a doctoral degree. To earn ABA certification, applicants must have doctoral degrees in audiology, pass a national exam and complete at least 2,000 hours of supervised practical experience.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Audiology Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|James Madison University||Four-year, public; small city|| Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders,
Doctor of Audiology,
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication Sciences and Disorders
|$11,640 in-state, $28,958 out-of-state (graduate)|
|Longwood University||Four-year, public; remote town|| Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders,
Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders
|$13,340 in-state, $29,300 out-of-state (undergraduate); $8,982 in-state, $20,412 out-of-state (graduate)|
|Old Dominion University||Four-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language and Audiology||$10,560 in-state; $29,460 out-of-state (undergraduate)|
|Radford University||Four-year, public; small city|| Bachelor of Arts or Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders,
Master of Arts or Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology)
|$11,210 in-state, $23,292 out-of-state (undergraduate); $12,203 in-state, $20,729 out-of-state (graduate)|
|University of Virginia - Main Campus||Four-year, public; small suburb||Bachelor of Science in Education in Speech Communication Disorders||$17,653 in-state, $49,032 out-of-state (undergraduate)|
Source: *NCES College Navigator