Individuals considering careers in audiology need to be aware that the scope of practice has grown considerably over the past 50 years, and as a result, the requirements for academic and clinical training have also expanded. The Au.D. is the designator for the professional doctorate, a degree which will replace the Masters degree as the standard entry level for the profession of Audiology. The transitioning period was completed in 2012; the Au.D. is now required to enter the practice of audiology.
About the Au.D. Degree
The AuD is the designator for the professional doctorate in the discipline of Audiology and requires a 4-year post-baccalaureate program. The 4th year of training includes externship experiences and additional training opportunities.
Specific prerequisite coursework currently varies somewhat by institution. Prospective Au.D. candidates are advised to check with each institution to learn about requirements or prerequisites prior to applying.
In addition to a degree, most states have licensure requirements in order to legally practice. Individuals completing an Au.D. program should contact the Department of Health in their state to learn about the licensure requirement and any continuing education requirements to maintain the license.