- Annual AuD Open House
- AuD Program Information Sheet
- AuD Program Student Handbook (pdf, updated Aug. 2019) – for current AuD program students
San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) offer a joint doctoral program (AuD) in Audiology. The AuD Joint Doctoral Program includes faculty from the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in the College of Health and Human Services at SDSU, and from the Division of Surgery (Otolaryngology) in the School of Medicine at UCSD. The joint doctoral program in audiology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA).
The AuD program is a four-year graduate degree program designed for individuals who intend to specialize in clinical practice and to meet current professional standards requiring a clinical doctorate as the entry-level degree for a certified/licensed audiologist. It is expected that students will come into this program from a variety of different science backgrounds, including speech, language, and hearing sciences, biological and physical sciences, engineering, psychology, nursing, or a pre-med curriculum. For more details, see the AuD Student Handbook (pdf).
The Joint Doctoral (AuD) education program in audiology at San Diego State University and University of California-San Diego is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071, 301-296-5700.
The mission of the School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences encompasses all academic programs in the school:
The professional programs of the School are designed to prepare individuals to serve the communication needs of children and adults from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds; to meet state credential and licensure requirements in each of the areas of specialization; to meet the highest professional standards and criteria set by accrediting bodies; and to prepare graduates to serve in a variety of interdisciplinary setting as clinicians, consultants, educators, resource and program specialist, researchers, and speech and hearing scientists.
Mission of the SDSU/UCSD AuD Joint Doctoral Program
The mission of the SDSU/UCSD AuD Joint Doctoral Program is to prepare graduates who will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to practice as doctoral-level audiologists; who will be thoroughly prepared to enter the work force and to meet the current and future needs of our culturally and linguistically diverse communities; who are knowledgeable of scientific inquiry; and who are capable of undertaking the future challenges of the profession.
The Strategic Plan for the School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences serves as the Strategic Plan for all academic programs within the school. Please see the Executive Summary for the SLHS Strategic Plan.
AuD Doctoral Program Goals
- To provide graduate education culminating in an AuD degree and to prepare students to meet the most current professional standards that will be in effect for those applying for clinical certification and
- To use an interdisciplinary faculty from otolaryngology, neurosciences, epidemiology, and audiology to prepare students to have a broad understanding of normal and disordered hearing/vestibular systems, including medical aspects of hearing/vestibular disorders, neurophysiological underpinnings, and effects of hearing/vestibular disorders on the lives of patients/families, and a full-range of diagnostic and treatment
- To give students a wide range of clinical experiences, including behavioral hearing assessments, fitting, validating, and verifying sensory aids, physiologic monitoring/diagnostics, hearing prevention/ screening, and aural rehabilitation, through practicum experiences in a variety of clinical
- To prepare graduates who are knowledgeable in applied and theoretical issues in assessment, intervention, clinical decision-making, and ethical/legal aspects of practice.
- To provide opportunities for inter-professional education and collaboration.
- To prepare graduates who are competent to serve the communication needs of children and adults from diverse cultural and linguistic
- To provide highly qualified graduates to meet the workforce needs of the community, state, and nation in a wide variety of settings, including medical facilities, private practice, government, industry, and
- To prepare graduates who are able to critically evaluate research literature, apply evidence based practice, and contribute to research in the discipline.
- To give students knowledge and opportunities to engage in precepting, and to promote a life-long professional commitment to clinical teaching.
The target enrollment for the AuD program is 10 students per year. Students must be enrolled full-time (12-15 units/semester) for four years (including some summer enrollment). Students will complete about 134 semester units, over 11-12 academic terms. The begins in Fall term, and graduation occurs spring or summer of 4th year depending on when the externship ends. Students participate in the graduation ceremony in May.
The academic and clinical components of the AuD program are based on proficiency (understanding and use) of English, in oral and written forms. Students enrolling in the Joint SDSU/UCSD Doctor of Audiology Program must satisfy the English proficiency requirements of both universities.
For admission to the Joint AuD Program, students applying from an international institution must submit one of the following as proof of English proficiency:
- Transcripts indicating that the student has studied full-time for one uninterrupted academic year at a university-level institution where English is the language of instruction and in a country where English is the dominant language.
Scores must be from within the past two years.
English Language Proficiency Requirements for SDSU and UCSD:
- English Language Proficiency Requirements for SDSU
- English Language Proficiency Requirements for UCSD
The program is comprised of the following six components (see the AuD Student Handbook (pdf) for details).
- Academic Component
(required didactic courses: Years 1 and 3 at SDSU, Year 2 at UCSD)
- Research Component
(a research methods course, a research methods lab, and a doctoral research project)
- Clinic Component
(clinical staffing courses, clinical methods lab, supervised clinics at both campuses, and field work at community agencies; ~900 hours prior to the Clinical Externship)
- Full-time Clinical Externship
(A 12 month, full-time, clinic placement at an approved agency; at least 1850 hours of clinical experience)
(First and Second Year Qualifying Exams; Third Year Exam)
Successful completion of the SDSU/UCSD program will allow students to meet the prerequisite requirements for licensure in the state of California. Although most externships are in California, occasionally students elect to complete the externship in another state. No determination has been made about whether the program meets the licensure requirements in states other than California.