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Doctor of Audiology

T. Clay Franklin, AUD Graduate Program Director
Professional Building, Room 247
Phone 417-836-6506

Program description

The Au.D. program in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is a full-time doctoral program requiring a minimum of 107 credit hours based on transcript evaluation, over approximately four (4) years consisting of both academic course work and clinical practicum.

The Au.D. program is designed to prepare professionals to enter the workplace with a high level of skills and knowledge through intensive academic and clinical experiences. The program is designed to prepare a person for a career in the hospitals, private practice settings, industrial settings, medical offices, clinical settings and rehabilitation centers.

Admission requirements

Completed application must be received by CSDCAS and noted as complete by January 15 to be considered for the fall semester. The number of students who can enter the program each year is limited. Admission to the program is competitive.

There are two admission processes for the Doctor of Audiology program, depending upon whether a student is admitted through the accelerated track, which begins in the senior year of the UG program or the traditional track, which begins after the UG degree has been awarded. Please be sure to follow the appropriate application process. If you are unsure which of the following two options to follow, please contact the CSD Department Head.

  • Applicants applying to the Doctor of Audiology program via the traditional track will start their graduate course work after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree.  Applications must be submitted via the CSDCAS application service, and be marked "complete" in CSDCAS by January 15 to be considered for admission for the following fall semester. For instructions on the application process, please visit the CSDCAS website at https://csdcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login. For those applicants that are selected and accept admission to the Doctor of Audiology program, data from the CSDCAS application can be sent to the Graduate College. Thus, it is not necessary to complete an application to the Graduate College.
  • Applicants applying to the Doctor of Audiology program via the accelerated track will start their graduate course work during the senior year of their undergraduate program.  Applications must be submitted via the CSDCAS application service by January 15th in the spring prior to the senior year to be considered for the following fall semester.  For instructions on the application process, please visit the CSDCAS website at https://csdcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login.
    • If accepted to the accelerated program, up to 12 hours of coursework may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Before enrolling in a course to be counted for both undergraduate and graduate credit, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and receive prior approval from the Department Head of CSD, and the Dean of the Graduate College using a Mixed Credit Form. Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the semester.

Admission to the program is competitive. Because the accelerated track is more rigorous than the traditional track, accelerated students must meet more stringent admission prerequisites, which include additional course work in the sciences. Students should contact the CSD Department Head for details regarding prerequisites.

Full admission to the accelerated program shall be based on the following components and application requirements/deadlines:

  1. Students must complete at least 75 hours of coursework at the undergraduate level, including college algebra, chemistry, biology, and physics. Please contact the CSD Department Head to determine which science classes are acceptable.
  2. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 (4.00 scale) on all coursework attempted, including transferred work.
  3. Students must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.  GRE scores must be submitted through the CSDCAS by choosing MSU designation (code 0741).  
  4. Students must submit three letters of recommendation. At least two of the three must speak to the student's academic potential for graduate school (i.e., current/former instructors/professors).
  5. Students must submit evidence of job shadowing experience. At least 25 hours of shadowing experience is required prior to application to the accelerated program. An additional 15 hours of shadowing will be required prior to initiation of graduate coursework in the senior year.

Full admission to the program via the traditional track shall be based on the following components and application requirements/deadlines:

  1. A Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university. While a degree in CSD is not necessary, undergraduate course work must include a biology course (or closely related, as determined by the department head), a physics or chemistry course, as well as a mathematics course.
  2. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (4.00 scale) on all coursework attempted, including transfer work.
  3. Students must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE scores). GRE scores must be submitted through CSDCAS by choosing the MSU designation (code 0741).
  4. Students must submit three letters of recommendation. At least two of the three must speak to the student's academic potential for graduate school (i.e., current/former instructors/professors).
  5. Students must submit evidence of job shadowing experience. At least 25 hours of shadowing experience is required for students with a CSD undergraduate degree. For students from a non-CSD background, 40 hours of shadowing must be documented. (Hours can be documented by a letter from a audiologist that was shadowed).

CSDCAS application service. Students will submit applications through a site called CSDCAS. For instructions on the CSDCAS application process, please visit the CSDCAS website at https://csdcas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login.

The department may contact a student at various times during the application process about his/her status. If students would like to schedule a visit to the department, please contact the CSD department office at 417-836-5368 or email csd@missouristate.edu.

Essential functions

The Essential Functions of Audiologists, Speech-Language Pathologists and Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing establish the expectations and requisite abilities considered necessary for professionals in the field of audiology, speech-language pathology and education of the deaf and hard of hearing. Students in the MSU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders are to achieve the level of competency required for graduation and practice. It is recognized that degrees of ability vary widely among individuals. Admission candidates who feel they may not be able to acquire the essential functions set forth are encouraged to contact the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Any admission candidate who may require academic accommodations to fulfill the essential functions due to a disability is encouraged to contact the Disability Resource Center at 417-836-4192 (voice) or 417-836-6792 (TTY). The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Missouri State University seeks to ensure that qualified persons with disabilities are not denied admission or subject to discrimination in admissions. The Department is committed to enabling students by any reasonable means or accommodations to complete their course of study.

The following Essential Functions are consistent with the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association or Council on the Education of the Deaf clinical skill performance guidelines and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines expected of the first year speech-language therapists in public schools. All essential functions are introduced and coached within CSD coursework and practicum.

Physical Abilities:

  • Participate in professional responsibilities/activities for up to four-hour blocks of time with one or two breaks.
  • Be self-sufficient when moving to, from and within the work setting.
  • Complete diagnostic or instructional evaluation/assessment.
  • Effectively implement necessary treatment plan/lesson plan. including use of materials/instrumentation and data collection.
  • Provide a safe environment for others in responding quickly to emergency situations including fire, medical and environmental (e.g. weather related) emergencies and in applying universal precautions (standardized approach to infection control).
  • Provide appropriate model of language and speech according to the needs of individual clients.
  • Visually and auditorally monitor patient responses and materials.
  • Make accurate judgments about speech and/or acoustic signals.

Behavioral and Social Attributes:

  • Maintain composure and emotional objectivity in demanding situations.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with people in person, by phone, and in written form by considering the communication needs and cultural values of the listener.
  • Understand and respect supervisory authority.
  • Maintain appropriate professional behavior, including punctuality, regular attendance and prompt completion of responsibilities.
  • Comply with administrative, legal and regulatory policies in multiple clinical and educational settings.
  • Demonstrate compassion, integrity and motivation in delivering professional services.
  • Collaborate with peers and other professionals.

Intellectual Abilities:

  • Solve clinical problems through critical analysis.
  • Seek relevant case information, synthesize, and apply concepts and information from various sources and disciplines.
  • Write discipline-specific papers and clinical reports in standard edited English at an appropriate level.
  • Analyze, synthesize, interpret and retain ideas and concepts in academic and diagnostic/treatment/classroom settings.
  • Maintain attention and concentration for sufficient time to complete clinical activities for up to eight hour blocks of time.

The Department is committed to enabling students by any reasonable means or accommodations to complete the course of study leading to the Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders or an AuD degree.

Program requirements

A minimum of 107 semester hours shall be completed, including the following:

  1. Academic course work requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CCC-A).
  2. Clinical practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CCC-A).
  3. Completion of a Doctoral Project or Thesis.
  4. Comprehensive Examinations.
  5. Praxis examination scores must be submitted prior to graduation.
  6. Clinical Externship

Additional program requirements

Students must pay for and pass both a background/crime records check and drug test prior to their first clinical placement. The CSD Background Check and Drug Testing Policy and Procedure document is available in the CSD Department Office (Professional Building, room 237).

Retention requirements

  1. To remain in the program, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in their graduate coursework.
  2. To remain in the program, student must earn a "C" or better in all courses.  Any grade below a "C" will not count toward the graduate degree and may be grounds for dismissal from the CSD program. Additionally, accumulation of more than 9 hours of grade "C+" or below will result in program dismissal. Clinical hours from a class where a grade of "C+" or below was earned will not be counted toward required clinical experiences.
  3. Students must progress satisfactorily through the levels of clinical practicum as defined in the Clinic Handbook.  Dismissal from a clinical offsite or externship experience will automatically result in a grade of "F" and program dismissal unless it can be proven that extenuating circumstances were present.
  4. Professionalism is expected and HIPAA policies are enforced. Student who violate HIPAA policies and/or display a lack of professionalism (in on-campus classes and clinical experiences as well as off-campus clinical placements) will be subject to program dismissal.
  5. While grades are important, the student’s continuation in the CSD Program is based on the composite picture of the ability of the student to perform satisfactorily in the clinical phase of training as well as the academic components.

The CSD Department reserves the right to refuse enrollment or program continuation to any student. This refusal will be determined by the judgment of the CSD Graduate Faculty and CSD Department Head based upon the student’s ability to successfully complete clinical practicum assignments or to assume patient care responsibilities and/or function as a clinician/teacher.

According to the Missouri State University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities, The Codes of Ethics of American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and requirements of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, academic integrity and honesty are the foundation of the University community. Students are expected to practice academic and clinical integrity in all assigned work. Students are also expected to be honest in all interactions with other students, faculty, and staff, and be professional in attitude, actions and attire.

The University, and the CSD department, has the inherent right to promulgate appropriate rules and regulations for the orderly conduct of University business and the protection of the health and safety of the University community. Students are expected to comply with all published and stated rules and regulations. If a student is accused of violating any code (theft, academic dishonestly, possession of drugs, etc.) they will be subject to warnings, loss of privileges, probation, suspension, and/or dismissal.

Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) curriculum - Total hours 107

First semester (fall intersession)
Course Code Course Title Hours
  Total hours 3 hrs
CSD 849 Basic Audiometry 3 hrs
First semester (fall regular session)
Course Code Course Title Hours
  Total hours 10 hrs
CSD 807 Auditory System Physiology/Neurophysiology 3 hrs
CSD 834 Diagnostic Audiology I 3 hrs
CSD 852 Advanced Hearing Science 3 hrs
CSD 895 Advanced Clinical Practice 1 hr
Second semester (spring)
Course Code Course Title Hours
  Total hours 11 hrs
CSD 868 Amplification Systems I 3 hrs
CSD 873 Educational Audiology 3 hrs
CSD 875 Medical Audiology 3 hrs
CSD 878 Professional Issues in Audiology 1 hr
CSD 895 Advanced Clinical Practice 1 hr
Third semester (summer)
Course Code Course Title Hours
  Total hours 8 hrs
CSD 850 Pediatric Audiology 3 hrs
CSD 876 Hearing Conservation and Calibration 3 hrs
CSD 880  Grand Rounds in Audiology 1 hr
CSD 895 Advanced Clinical Practice 1 hr
Fourth semester (fall)
Course Code Course Title Hours
  Total hours 12 hrs
CSD 835 Auditory Electrophysiology I 3 hrs
CSD 842 Vestibular Assessment and Rehabilitation 4 hrs
CSD 871 Amplification Systems II 3 hrs
CSD 895 Advanced Clinical Practice 2 hr
Fifth semester (spring)
Course Code Course Title Hours
  Total hours 12 hrs
CSD 800 Research Methods in Audiology 3 hrs
CSD 844 Auditory Electrophysiology II 3 hrs
CSD 848  Cochlear Implants and Other Assistive Listening Devices 3 hrs
CSD 900 Externship Preparation 1 hrs
CSD 895 Advanced Clinical Practice 2 hr
Sixth semester (summer) 
Course Code Course Title Hours
  Total hours 9 hrs
CSD 880 Ground Rounds 2 hrs
CSD 972 Advanced Auditory Re/Habilitation 3 hrs

CSD 884 OR

CSD 999

Doctoral Project OR

Doctoral Thesis

2 hrs
CSD 895 Advanced Clinical Practice 2 hrs
Seventh semester (fall)
Course Code Course Title Hours
  Total hours 9 hrs
CSD 945 Central Auditory Processing Disorders 3 hrs

CSD 884 OR

CSD 999

Doctoral Project OR

Doctoral Thesis

3 hrs
CSD 895 Advanced Clinical Practice 3 hrs
Eighth semester (spring)
Course Code Course Title Hours
  Total hours 9 hrs
CSD 879 Practice Management 3 hrs
CSD 866 Counseling in Audiology 2 hrs

CSD 884 OR

CSD 999

Doctoral Project OR

Doctoral Thesis

1 hr
CSD 895 Advanced Clinical Practice 3 hrs
Ninth semester (summer)
Course Code Course Title Hours
  Total hours 6 hrs
CSD 996 Audiology Externship 6 hrs
Tenth semester (fall)
Course Code Course Title Hours
  Total hours 9 hrs
CSD 996 Audiology Externship 9 hrs
Eleventh semester (spring)
Course Code Course Title Hours
  Total hours 9 hrs
CSD 996 Audiology Externship 9 hrs

Program accreditation

The AuD program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.