Professor Ferrand, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-5508,
Dr. Levi A. Reiter, Audiology Program Head, Levi.A.Reiter@hofstra.edu
The Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Department, in cooperation with
Adelphi and St. John’s Universities, offers a professional doctorate in
audiology (Au.D.). The primary objective of the program is to produce
highly skilled practitioners who are competent to perform the wide
variety of diagnostic, remedial, and other critical services within the
scope of practice for audiologists.
Students enrolled in the program will be required to complete a
minimum of 80 semester hours of post-baccalaureate study. The program
can accommodate post-baccalaureate students as well as post-M.A.
students. The program comprises four years/levels, with 50 s.h.
completed by the end of level 2. A Comprehensive Examination must be
successfully completed at the end of level 2 in order to progress to
level 3. During years three and four, all students will take academic
courses totaling a minimum of 38 s.h. Students who have not
obtained ASHA certification/state licensure will be required to take
five one-credit Clinical Seminars, as well as a full-time clinical
practicum in the fourth year. In addition, a clinical research project
will be required of each student.
The curriculum includes advanced course work in vestibular assessment,
hearing aid technology, early intervention, and electrophysiology. In
addition to classes being scheduled during traditional semesters, a
variety of instructional formats such as intensive one to eight week
institutes and weekend workshops will be offered.
The Audiology Faculty Council, comprised of faculty and staff of each
participating institution, will be charged with making recommendations
for admission to the home institution. The home institution is defined
as the university where the student completes at least one third of the
credits needed for the degree. The home institution will be responsible
for maintaining student transcripts, providing advisement, as well as
monitoring ASHA certification and New York state licensing requirements. The home
institution will award the degree, noting that it was completed in
conjunction with the two other universities in the consortium. Requests
by applicants for a specific home institution will be honored if
possible. In order to balance the enrollment among the participating
schools, the Council may assign students to another campus.
A transcript and a 300-word essay describing why one wants to pursue a
doctoral degree is required of each student applying. Students
applying without a master’s degree should submit GRE scores. A portfolio
review for post-master’s level applicants with considerable
clinical experience will be conducted by the Audiology Faculty Council.
Following recommendations by the Council, applicants may be exempt from
specific course work for which academic and clinical expertise has been
demonstrated. However, at least 30 semester hours of post-master’s course
work must be completed in the program.
Students’ progress through the program will be monitored through
academic advising, assessment of educational and clinical performance,
and periodic competency based evaluations administered to students at
regular intervals throughout the program.
En-Route Master of Arts
An en-route M.A. degree will be awarded following successful completion
of level 2, including a comprehensive examination. The M.A.
degree will be awarded by the student’s home institution. The en-route
M.A. does not qualify the student to apply for ASHA certification.
Students will receive a diploma from their home institution upon
successful completion of the Au.D. degree requirements. The diploma
will note that the degree was awarded in conjunction with the two other
universities in the consortium.
Plan of Study
The first two levels of study include 50 s.h. of graduate work. The third and fourth levels of study will begin following completion of all level 2 requirements and the comprehensive examination. In the third level, students must complete a minimum of 32 s.h., with at least 30 s.h. in academic course work and two 1-s.h. Clinical Practicums (AUD 565 and 361). In the fourth level, students will prepare for their clinical research project by taking a 3-s.h. Advanced Research Seminar (AUD 517). If necessary, students may register for a maximum of two additional semesters to complete the research project by taking AUD 601 (3 s.h.). Students must complete their research project within 3 semesters. In addition, students will take two 1-s.h. Clinical Externship Seminars, for a total of 38 credits over the third and fourth levels.
Prerequisite Course Work
Students who have a bachelor’s degree in a major area other than communication sciences and disorders will be required to complete 23-30 s.h. of prerequisite coursework under advisement in the following areas prior to admission:
SPCH 5A - Phonetics, 3 s.h.
SPCH 6 - Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism, 3 s.h.
SPCH 8 - Introduction to Hearing Science, 3 s.h.
SPCH 102A - Normal Language Development, 3 s.h.
SPCH 137- Introduction to Audiology, 3 s.h.
SPCH 235- Speech and Language Disorders, 3 s.h.
SPCH 235L - Clinical observation (25 hours), 2 s.h.
Physical Sciences, 3 s.h.
Statistics, (PSY 40 or equivalent), 4 s.h.
Biological Sciences, 3 s.h.
Levels 1 & 2 (50 s.h.)
The first two levels of study are completed at the home institution. Course work is comparable at all three schools. This course work includes but is not limited to the following topics:
Anatomy and Physiology of the Hearing and Speech System
Aural Rehabilitation – Children and Adults
Electrophysiology I (OAE/ENG/Multifrequency Immitance)
Electrophysiology II (ABR)
Hearing Aids I
Hearing Aids II
Pathologies of the Auditory System
Speech Perception in the Hearing Impaired
Clinical Internship and Seminar Level 1
Clinical Internship and Seminar Level 2
Level 3 (minimum 32 s.h.)
In addition, students must take 6 s.h. of elective credit, under advisement.
*Continuous matriculation until project completion.
Post-Master’s Plan of Study
Students who have earned a master’s degree in audiology from an ASHA-Audiology accredited program may apply to level 3 of the Au.D. The student will be encouraged to select courses to expand his/her present knowledge base obtained through prior course work and professional experience as outlined in his/her portfolio. There are two categories of post-master’s students:
- Students who enter the program directly following completion of the master’s degree in audiology (without ASHA Certification/State Licensure):
Students may enter the program directly from an accredited Audiology Master’s degree program. Students will complete levels 3 and 4 of the Au.D. (38 s.h.).
- Students who enter the program with the master’s degree in audiology and ASHA Certification/State Licensure:
Students seeking to upgrade their audiology master’s degree to an Au.D. will be required to select a minimum of 27 credits from the advanced courses offered in the level 3 curriculum. They may also take courses offered in levels 1 and 2 if they have not been taken previously. Based upon individual portfolio review by the Audiology Faculty Council, specific clinical externships may be required. In addition, students must complete a clinical research project and register for a 3-credit Clinical Research Seminar (SPCH 400). If necessary, students may register for a maximum of two additional semesters to complete the research project by taking SPCH 401A (1 s.h.) and SPCH 401B (1 s.h.). Students must complete their research project within three semesters. Thus, total semester hours required for post master’s students will be a minimum of 30 semester hours.