The program prepares students to meet the academic and clinical requirements for the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. The degree is designed to be completed in 4 years (including summers, with a common entry point in fall semester). A minimum of 102 credit hours including academic course work, independent research, and clinical practicum is required.

To obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology, a minimum of 1820 clock hours of supervised clinical experience must be completed while enrolled in an accredited educational program. KU's doctorate in audiology program is designed to provide the required clinical experience. Specific guidelines for certification are contained in the ASHA Certification and Membership Handbook, available on the ASHA website

Required Audiology Courses

AUD 810

Diagnostic Audiology


AUD 811

Hearing Disorders


AUD 813

Psychoacoustics and Theories of Hearing


AUD 814

Hearing Conservation


AUD 816

Speech Perception


AUD 817

Pediatric Audiology


AUD 818

Vestibular Systems and Disorders


AUD 819

Hearing Aids I


AUD 820

Rehabilitative Audiology and Counseling


AUD 821

Hearing Aids II


AUD 822

Electro-Acoustics and Instrumentation


AUD 823

Cochlear Implants and Hearing Assistance Technologies


AUD 824

Central Auditory Processing


AUD 828

Genetics and Hearing Loss


AUD 829

Anatomy and Physiology of the Hearing and Vestibular Mechanisms


AUD 851

Auditory Evoked Potentials


AUD 858

Business Audiology


AUD 853

Pharmacology for Audiology


AUD 940

Seminar in Audiology


AUD 941

Grand Rounds in Audiology (taken fall and spring of Years 1-3 for a total of 6 credits)


AUD 942

Investigation and Conference


PTRS 828

Medical Imaging


SPLH 888

Multicultural Considerations in Speech-Language-Hearing I


SPLH 889

Multicultural Considerations in Speech-Language-Hearing II


Audiology Clinical Courses

A minimum of 30 credit hours is required:

  • During Years 1 and 2: AUD 843 Clinic Practice in Audiology (minimum of 10 credit hours; 1 credit hour equals one-half day per week in clinic during fall and spring, 1 day per week in summer)
  • During Year 3: AUD 944 Clinical Rotation (minimum of 5 credit hours; 1 credit hour equals 1 day per week in clinic during fall and spring, 2 days per week in summer).
  • During Year 4: AUD 945 Clinical Externship (40 hours per week in clinic: 6 credit hours in fall and spring, 3 credit hours in summer).

Elective Courses

The Au.D. curriculum requires a total of 10 credits in elective courses; a minimum of 4 credits must be in statistics.

Choice of statistics and elective courses will be determined in consultation with the academic advisor.

Research Skills

All students must complete a minimum of 4 credit hours toward program requirements in research skills training. Two of the required 4 credit hours are obtained through enrollment in AUD 940 Seminar in Audiology during the fall and spring semesters of Year 3 (1 credit per semester). The remaining hours are obtained through enrollment in AUD 846 Independent Study and the completion of one of two research project options.

Comprehensive Exam

Students enroll in AUD 942:  Investigation and Conference (1 credit) during the semester in which they are preparing for their comprehensive exam.  Students must successfully complete the comprehensive examination during Year 3.

Note: Contact your department or program for more information about the Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship requirement for doctoral students. Also, please see this policy listed in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog and in the KU Policy Library.

Last modified: Sep 29, 2017
Prospective Students

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KU is here to answer questions and help students prepare for a rewarding career in audiology. Please contact the program office for advising assitance at

Each spring, the Student Academy of Audiology hosts an annual Au.D. Admitted Student Day. Students offered admission will be invited to attend Au.D. Admitted Student Day on Friday, March 31, 2017.