The AuD is the entry-level degree in clinical audiology that emphasizes both clinical competency development and evidence-based practice. Students in the AuD program complete a four-year curriculum that includes academic coursework, clinical practicum and a capstone project. Students take advanced seminars in hearing science, clinical audiology and research methods.

Students have the opportunity to pursue clinical research in both laboratory and clinical settings, with faculty in a wide range of areas including electrophysiology, psychological acoustics, physiological acoustics, diagnostic evaluation and intervention procedures for newborns through geriatrics, advanced amplification, speech perception in noise, assistive technologies, cochlear implants, vestibular assessment techniques and aural habilitation and rehabilitation of individuals with hearing loss. Furthermore, students undertake clinical practica to develop competency across the scope of practice consistent with national clinical certification and/or licensure in audiology. Successful completion of the AuD at CU Boulder meets the requirements for certification in audiology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Currently, the AuD meet the educational requirements for licensure as an audiologist in every state. 

Students will have the opportunity to complete clinical rotations in several different settings including full use of laboratories and suites in the Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences. Clinical rotations occur at sites such as University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) in Denver and the UCH outpatient Boulder clinic, Children’s Hospital Colorado, local school districts, and other clinical settings throughout the metro Boulder and Denver area. Students complete fourth-year externships in clinical settings both in Colorado as well as across the United States.


Prerequisite Coursework

The AuD faculty recommends that students have undergraduate coursework in speech-language-hearing sciences including content knowledge in audiological evaluation and rehabilitation, hearing and speech science, language development, phonetics, and speech and language disorders. A strong foundation in college algebra and pre-calculus is also expected. A college-level course in statistics is required. 

Students who matriculate in the AuD program are required to document their background content knowledge and to address any missing competencies. See the department's Doctorate of Audiology webpage for a list of prerequisites and a sample course schedule.

Course Requirements

The AuD program requires a total of 89 credits. Below is a list of sample courses that fulfill this requirement.

SLHS 5576Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Communication3
SLHS 5674Signals, Systems, and Calibration in Audiology2
SLHS 5918Audiology Clinical Practicum: Lab1-3
SLHS 5928Audiology Clinical Practicum: Level 11-4
SLHS 5938Audiology Clinic Practicum: Level 2 Educational1-4
SLHS 5948Audiology Clinic Practicum: Level 2 Medical1-4
SLHS 6006Advanced Hearing Science3
SLHS 6544Auditory Processes: Adult Assessment3
SLHS 6554Auditory Processes: Child Assessment3
SLHS 6564Auditory Processes: Neurodiagnostics3
SLHS 6614Fundamentals of Amplification3
SLHS 6650Counseling and Multicultural Issues in SLHS3
SLHS 6670Aging and Hearing Loss3
SLHS 6938Audiology Clinic Externship Educational1-10
SLHS 6948Audiology Clinic Externship: Medical1-10
SLHS 7000Research Designs in Human Communication Sciences and Disorders3
SLHS 7200Business, Management and Ethics in Audiology3
SLHS 7450Audiology Capstone Project3
SLHS 7520Auditory Processes: Medical and Genetic Bases3
SLHS 7530Auditory Processes: Theory and Application in the School Environment3
SLHS 7540Auditory Processes: Physiology, Assessment, and Management of the Vestibular System3
SLHS 7550Prevention of Hearing Loss from a Public Health Perspective3
SLHS 7614Implantable Devices: Technology and Clinical Application3
SLHS 7640Communication Processes and Hearing Loss: Birth through Six3
SLHS 7714Advanced Topics in Amplification3

Dual Degree Program

AuD/PhD in Audiology and Speech, Language and Hearing Science

The department offers students the opportunity to pursue an integrated program of study leading to dual doctorate degrees in the fields of audiology and hearing science. The PhD/AuD dual degree program trains students in both clinical research and clinical practice in audiology. Students in the program gain training that will prepare them to become independent scholars, teach in higher education, conduct research, become certified clinical audiologists and gain leadership skills. The dual degree program allows students to pursue both their clinical training and their research training in a rigorous, intensive and streamlined program.