Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.)

UConn Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) students gain the skills to work as hearing and balance health care providers in a variety of settings, serving patients of all ages and their families.

Our students take courses and gain clinical experiences to develop an appreciation of current knowledge, future research needs, and evidence-based practice. They also work closely with faculty members who are committed to providing an open, supportive learning environment for all students.

Program Overview

Audiology is a rich and rewarding field. An audiologist is concerned with hearing and is trained to provide diagnostic services, hearing aids, and aural rehabilitation for the hearing impaired.

Offered through the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS), UConn’s Au.D. program is one of the top in New England.

  • It is a four-year graduate program that includes three years of coursework and clinical experience plus one year of full-time residency.
  • The program offers diagnostic and rehabilitative services to a varied clinical population, has extensive research facilities, and serves as a resource for audiologists around the state and the nation.
  • UConn SLHS professors have strong foundations in both clinical services and applied research.
  • Our researchers engage in interdisciplinary collaborations with other programs at UConn – such as psychological sciences, neuroscience, otolaryngology at UConn Health, and the Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) – to broaden the scope of the clinical and research experiences of our students.

Our program prepares alumni for success and to fulfill all requirements set by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD). The program in audiology also allows students to meet all academic and clinical practicum requirements for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) and the State of Connecticut’s requirements for a license in audiology.
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Program Prerequisites

We encourage students from any undergraduate major to apply to the Au.D. program. Our students have diverse backgrounds, including study in the fields of biology, cognitive sciences, music, and more. Although no one standardized curriculum exists, it is required that students have evidence of broad-based coursework.

Minimum Required Coursework

Life Sciences — 3 semester hours
At least one life science course is required. Courses include human physiology and anatomy, human biology, or other similar biology topics. Other life sciences biological courses may also meet this requirement.

Physical Sciences — 3 semester hours
At least one physical science course is required. Courses include physics, physics for music, general chemistry, or similar topics. Other physical science courses may also meet this requirement.

Social Sciences — 3 semester hours
At least one social science course is required. Courses may include psychology, sociology, or human development.

Mathematics/Statistics — 3 semester hours
At least one college-level or higher algebra course or a statistics course is required. Research statistics within a psychology, social science, or mathematics department may also meet this requirement.

Additional Coursework

For clinical certification, students are required to demonstrate knowledge of normal development of speech and language; language and speech characteristics and their development across the lifespan; and phonologic, morphologic, syntactic, and pragmatic aspects of human communication associated with hearing impairment.

This knowledge is typically acquired through undergraduate coursework in communication disorders; however, knowledge can also be acquired as part of the Au.D. program through additional coursework, independent study, or other related activities. Students with non-traditional backgrounds are strongly encouraged to contact the admissions chair (Dr. Kathleen Cienkowski) with questions.

Program Requirements

Students must earn a minimum of 1,820 clinical hours during full-time enrollment in the graduate program; complete a minimum of 75 credit hours; complete a capstone research project; and pass a qualifying examination to earn their degree.

Students are required to register for clinical practicum (SLHS 5337) for each semester of the first three years of the program, beginning in the second semester of study. Students are required to register for GRAD 6930 or 6998 in their final year of study when they complete their clinical externship.

Visit the UConn Graduate Catalog for a full list of Au.D. academic requirements.


In addition to the required courses outlined in the UConn Graduate Catalog, Au.D. students must take three credits of a graduate-level statistics course and three credits of a graduate-level elective course. Students should select the appropriate statistics and elective courses in consultation with their major academic advisor.

Sample Course Sequence

Year One: Fall Semester
  • SLHS 5351. Amplification I.
  • SLHS 5354. Psychological Acoustics.
  • SLHS 5356. Audiologic Assessment.
  • SLHS 5375. Anatomy & Physiology.
  • SLHS 5337. Clinical Practicum.
  • SLHS 5327. Intro to Clinical Topics in Audiology.
Year One: Spring Semester
  • SLHS 5321. Otologic Bases of Hearing Loss.
  • SLHS 5362. Speech Perception.
  • SLHS 5373. Pediatric Audiology.
  • SLHS 6401. Amplification II.
  • SLHS 5337. Clinical Practicum.
  • SLHS 5327. Intro to Clinical Topics in Audiology.
Year One: Summer Term
  • SLHS 5324. Counseling for Persons with Hearing Loss.
Year Two: Fall Semester
  • SLHS 5322. Electrophysiology I.
  • SLHS 5344. Pediatric Rehabilitative Audiology.
  • SLHS 5337. Clinical Practicum.
  • SLHS 5328. Intermediate Clinical Topics in Audiology.
  • SLHS 5401. Research Methods.
  • Elective or Statistics.
Year Two: Spring Semester
  • SLHS 5325. Adult Aural Rehabilitation.
  • SLHS 5362. Speech Perception.
  • SLHS 5372. Central Auditory Processing.
  • SLHS 5400. Cochlear Implants.
  • SLHS 5337. Clinical Practicum.
  • SLHS 5328. Intermediate Clinical Topics in Audiology.
Year Two: Summer Term
  • SLHS 5337. Clinical Practicum.
  • SLHS 6319. Capstone Research.
Year Three: Fall Semester
  • SLHS 5309. Statistics.
  • SLHS 5323. Professional Issues.
  • SLHS 5326. Geriatric Audiology.
  • SLHS 6319. Capstone Research.
  • SLHS 5337. Clinical Practicum.
  • SLHS 5329. Advanced Clinical Topics.
Year Three: Spring Semester
  • SLHS 5369. Electrophysiology II.
  • SLHS 6402. Hearing Conservation.
  • SLHS 6319. Capstone Research.
  • SLHS 5337. Clinical Practicum.
  • SLHS 5329. Advanced Clinical Topics.
  • SLHS 6410. Vestibular System.
Year Three: Summer Term
  • 4th-Year Externship begins.
Year Four: Fall & Spring Semesters
  • SLHS 6930. 4th Year Externship.


Clinical Experiences

Students are introduced to clinical practice at the UConn Speech and Hearing Clinic beginning in their first semester. Our clinic operates year-round and serves pediatrics through geriatrics in an outpatient setting. It offers diagnostic evaluations, central auditory processing evaluations, electrophysiologic testing, and treatment services. Students also have the opportunity to participate directly in a variety of hearing screening opportunities both on and off campus. The clinic offers designated times on a weekly basis when Au.D. students can practice in the clinic on their own or complete assigned labs.

Students typically begin working with patients on a more regular basis from the second semester through their third year, including summer rotations. After successfully completing several on-campus rotations, students will move to contracted off-campus sites where they will be under the direction of licensed audiologists in a variety of settings.

Off-Campus Clinical Placements

From UConn Storrs, we have access to a diverse group of placements within about an hour’s drive of campus. Frequent hospital practice sites include:

  • Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.
  • Yale New Haven Hospital.
  • Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
  • Women’s and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.
  • UMass Memorial Hospital.
  • Baystate Medical Center.
  • VA Hospitals in RI, CT, and MA.
  • Birth-to-three educational and rehabilitation centers such as Soundbridge and the New England Center for Hearing and Rehabilitation.
  • A variety of private ear, nose, and throat offices and private audiology practices in the CT, MA, and RI areas.

    Technical Standards for Clinical Training

    Students in UConn’s Au.D. program must be able to carry out certain essential functions to be successful in clinical training. It is necessary for students to meet minimum technical standards noted below in order to carry out required activities, and to perform clinical activities competently and safely in supervised patient care experiences.

    1. Observation. Students need to be able to accurately observe clients’ physical status, including body type, posture, ability to ambulate, fine motor skills, and response to sensory stimuli. Additionally, students must be able to accurately observe clients’ behavior including verbal and nonverbal communication patterns. Finally, students must be able to comprehend and produce text, numbers, and graphs.
    2. Communication.
      1. Students must be able to:
        1. Communicate effectively, sensitively, and efficiently with clients and colleagues; comprehend technical, procedural, and professional materials; and follow instructions.
        2. Readily communicate observations and findings.
        3. Prepare progress notes and correspondence, as well as evaluation and treatment reports, in a clear, logical, and professional manner.
        4. Perceive the speech of clients and accurately judge its quality.
        5. Readily comprehend language expressed in oral, graphic, and gestural forms.
      2. In addition, the student's speech and English language skills must be such that:
        1. Colleagues and clients consistently understand them
        2. They are intelligible to permit the administration of speech understanding in a reliable and valid manner.
    3. Motor Coordination. Students must be able to travel to various clinical practicum locations, access and control equipment, and safely perform an otoscopic examination of the ear as needed.
    4. Intellect. Students must be able to problem solve effectively; and to analyze, integrate, and synthesize data concurrently in a multi-task setting. In addition, students must be able to comprehend multi-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of anatomical structures, physiology, and pathology.
    5. Behavioral and Social Attributes. Students must possess the emotional health required to exercise good judgment, and safely carry out responsibilities in a timely manner. They must be able to adapt to change, display flexibility, and function appropriately in stressful situations. Students must exhibit empathy for others and focus on the needs of the clients. They must exhibit polite behavior and integrity, and they must be able to manage criticism, be reliable and punctual, and be respectful of clients and their families.


    The Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) education program in audiology {residential} at the University of Connecticut 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 or 301-296-5700.


    Applications for the Au.D. program are due on January 1.


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