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Why should I consider the Au.D. program at NIU?NIU was and award-winning first model program for training audiologists in hearing aid dispensing in 1978. We continue to honor that heritage. Our clinical/professional and research faculty members work collaboratively to ensure program cohesion and optimal student training. Our program is clinically intensive, with an unparalleled clinical training facility housed in the same building as the academic classrooms, and an excellent network of diverse external rotation sites. We emphasize accountability, and carefully track our students’ skill development through in-house and external clinical rotations. Students are assigned to clinical advisers each year who monitor their progress and suggest goals for more intensive work.
What are the costs of the program?Please see the NIU Bursar's Website on graduate tuition and fees for the most current information.
Can I work while in the program?The Au.D. is a very challenging and time-consuming program of study. Many classes are scheduled in the evenings, and clinical rotations vary by semester. Some students choose to maintain employment through their studies, but are encouraged to limit their work to less than 20 hours per week, and to inform employers of their schedule variations and educational demands.
What does the program consider in its admission process?Our minimum admission requirements are: GPA 3.4; GRE Verbal, 150: GRE Quantitative: 142; writing: 4. The application deadline is Jan. 15. Apply here.
What is needed for me to practice as an audiologist?Graduates of the Au.D. program are eligible for the voluntary Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Though not required for licensure in any state but Alaska, the CCC is used by many states as a means of simplified transportability of credentials. The American Board of Audiology also offers voluntary national Board Certification in Audiology, typically completed within the first year following graduation from an Au.D. program. Every state requires licensure or registration of audiologists; specific requirements vary by state but NIU Au.D. graduates are eligible to apply in all states.
What is an Au.D. versus a Ph.D?The Au.D. (Doctorate in Audiology) is an entry-level professional, clinical degree, for students whose intended career path involves direct patient care. The Ph.D. prepares students for careers in research and academia. NIU does not offer a Ph.D. at this time.