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Doctor of Audiology

NIU’s Doctor of Audiology program prepares students to become independent providers of hearing and balance care to patients of all ages. Accredited and clinically-oriented, the Au.D. program is an entry-level professional degree designed for students who wish to be involved in direct patient care.

The curriculum of our audiology program is designed to emphasize evidence-based practices and hands-on clinical skills. Students gain immediate practicum experience at NIU’s Speech-Language Hearing Clinic—an unparalleled clinical training facility housed in the same building as the academic classrooms. Throughout the program of study, Doctor of Audiology students take increasingly active roles at the clinic and at external rotation sites that are a part of our diverse audiology network.

The program boasts an enthusiastic academic and clinical faculty who are devoted to working together to guide student development, as well as an Au.D. alumni advisory board of prominent audiologists who contribute critical input to NIU’s audiology program. We emphasize accountability and carefully track our students’ skill development through both the in-house and external clinical rotations. Students are assigned to clinical advisers each year who monitor their progress and regularly suggest goals for more intensive work.

Graduating students are eligible for national certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and may also be able to obtain American Board of Audiology Certification.

Learn more about the Doctor of Audiology program coursework and curriculum or sign up to attend our next open house. For more information about applying to NIU’s Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program, read our current admission requirements.

Undergraduate students who wish to prepare for an Au.D. degree should earn a B.S. in Communicative Disorders, available at Northern Illinois University.