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Clinical Doctorate in Audiology, AuD

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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Please note that the Clinical Doctorate in Audiology, AuD program has been approved by Western Washington University and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities: the intent is to enroll the first student cohort for the 2017-18 academic year. The Clinical Doctoral (AuD) program in Audiology at Western Washington University is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.

Graduate Faculty

Darling, Rieko M., PhD, audiology, amplification, geriatrics, central auditory processing disorders, aural rehabilitation.
Diedesch, Anna C., AuD, PhD, audiology, amplification, binaural hearing, psychoacoustics, central auditory processing, auditory neurophysiology.
Peters, Kimberly A., PhD, audiology, pediatric audiology, auditory physiology, aural (re)habilitation, cochlear implants, social cognition, social competence.
Sladen, Douglas P., AuD, PhD, audiology, cochlear implants, speech perception, aural habilitation and rehabilitation, auditory development, auditory aging.

AuD Graduate Program Director: Rieko Darling, AI 372, 360-650-3143.


The objectives of the clinical doctorate program in Audiology at Western Washington University are to prepare competent entry-level professionals in audiology and to prepare students for advanced study at the PhD level. The program is a full-time, four-year program. During the first three years of the program, students enroll in coursework and clinical practicum experiences developed and sequenced to provide knowledge and skills in the evidence-based diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders across the lifespan. The program culminates in a fourth year externship taken after other academic and clinical requirements have been completed.

Western Washington University also offers diagnostic and rehabilitative audiological services at its campus Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. The Clinics at Western provide a unique educational opportunity to graduate students in both Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology while providing a valuable community service. Students who intend to seek employment in this profession, whether in a public school, clinic, rehabilitation center or hospital setting, are advised that certification/licensure at the state and/or national levels is required. Out-of-state students should recognize that other requirements may exist for employment in different geographic locations.


Students must have completed an undergraduate major in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) or an equivalent professional core curriculum. The BA or BS in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech Pathology and Audiology) must have been completed within the past five years in order to be considered as an applicant for the graduate program in CSD. Grade point average requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate School.

Students must have completed the Graduate Record Exam, General Test or REVISED General Test beginning August 2011. Students who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate competence in written and spoken English. This can be done by submitting a satisfactory score on the international TOEFL, taken within one year of the date of application. A minimum composite score of 600 is required for the paper-based test; the scaled score for the computer-based test is 250; the Internet-based minimum score is 100. The TOEFL scores must be on file in the Graduate School prior to receipt of the application for graduate study.

Application Information

Enrollment is limited to 12 new graduate students per year.

Admit Quarter: Fall quarter only. The clinical doctorate in audiology is a lock-step program that offers courses in sequence once a year beginning in the fall.

Deadline: Application priority deadling is February 1, rolling admissions through June 1 until cohort is full.

TA Deadline: Application deadline is February 1.

Specific Test Requirements: Graduate Record Exam, General Test or REVISED General Test beginning August 2011. (No test scores are required if an applicant holds an advanced degree — MA, MS, PhD.)

Supporting Materials:

  • Application with $100 fee (subject to change)
  • Three recent letters of reference
  • One official transcript from every school attended (no more than two years old)
  • One-page statement of purpose
  • One-page résumé

Requirements (169 credits)

Additional Information

Clinical Competence

In addition to meeting academic requirements, students specializing in audiology must demonstrate satisfactory competence in diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders across the lifespan. Refer to course description for additional information. No student in CSD may participate as a primary clinician in the clinic or on an internship until cleared by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Federal Bureau of Investigation via a background check. Clearance is valid for specified time frames.

Procedure and fee information are provided to students upon acceptance into the graduate program. At times, the requirements for the completion of clinical practicum courses may fall outside the regular University calendar. Contact the department for further details. Students are permitted to retake a clinical practicum (CSD 564 and CSD 568) only once. If a grade of B is not achieved in the retake, students will not be permitted to continue in the practicum courses.

Not everyone is suited to work with clients in the clinical fields of speech-language pathology and audiology even though the student may maintain a satisfactory academic record. The faculty and staff of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders thus reserve the right to counsel students with this in mind, and to recommend a change of academic focus for the student who appears to have personality traits that would prevent the student from being successful in the discipline.


An internship is required for all CSD students. This experience provides an opportunity for each student to refine and expand basic clinical skills by participating in a supervised, full-time work experience in a professional setting. The terminal objective of this training phase is to facilitate each clinician’s transition from student in training to competent entry-level professional. As such, the internship is taken after other academic and clinical requirements have been completed with the exception of the capstone project. In addition to the required full-time externship (CSD 692), students must also complete three part-time internships (CSD 596). Both the full-time and part-time placements require assignment to clinical settings off campus (e.g., schools, hospitals, private clinics, et cetera).

Audiology Clinical Levels

All graduate students are required to pass, with a “satisfactory” grade, four audiology clinical level examinations prior to completing the clinical doctorate degree in audiology. These clinical levels are administered at the end of each quarter beginning in the winter quarter of the first year (CSD 505).

Capstone Project

All graduate students are required to complete a capstone project prior to completing their clinical doctorate in audiology. Capstone projects carry variable credit and include research-based and non-research based projects.

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