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Friday, November 26th, 2010
3:02 pm
Number of schools to apply to
I'm a post-bac communication disorders student at UMass, and am starting to do all of my grad school applications. It seems like most schools have very small programs, like 5-8 students, so does that mean that they are all incredibly selective?

The schools that I am most likely applying to so far are:
UMass Amherst
Harvard/MIT Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology Ph.D. program

Maybe also UConn and/or Northeastern, but I haven't decided yet-applications are expensive!

I'm wondering if I should apply to more to increase my chances of getting in to at least one school. I graduated with a 3.61 from a top 25 school (3.85 for the last 2 years), and will most likely have all A's in my prereq courses this semester. My GRE was a 1350 with a 5.0 in writing. I have a year of teaching experience and am bilingual in Spanish. I've been told all of this should make me a competitive applicant at most schools, but I'm not sure given how small the programs are.

How many programs did you all apply to, and how many did you get in to?

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
10:45 pm
Admission Information
Howdy all!

I'm in the US and I am planning to apply to graduate school in 2011 for the 2012 school year. I was curious to know in the meantime if is there any place to view the admissions rate and ranking of AuD programs. I've googled to no avail. Should I just be checking at individual school's websites?

Thanks for any assistance. :)

Current Mood: chipper
Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
11:46 am
Help on CAPD testing and coding

I'm in a new job, working for a holistic ENT and he's agreed to let me start doing CAPD testing. Problem is, I need some help formulating a battery and figuring out the Medicare (etc) coding. I've been trying and trying to get information on this from the web - and have found some of the tests to be sure, but none of the coding...and no one seems to be willing to give information. Can someone help me please? There's nearly no one in this area doing good CAPD work, particularly with the adults, the non-English speakers, and the people working on accent reduction.

Sunday, October 4th, 2009
8:03 pm
Funding for AuD
Hello all. I have a few questions for any of you who have completed your AuD via distance ed. First of all, which program did you choose, and why? (I'm 98% sure which program I'm going to apply to, but wanted to hear some other points of view) Second, how was the program financed for you (private loans, scholarships, employer, etc.) Are there any good scholarships/grants/etc out there for these programs? Thanks in advance.
Monday, September 21st, 2009
9:56 pm
Hello everyone!

My name is Brittany, and I'm currently a senior at Penn State in Communication Sciences and Disorders hoping to go on for an Au.D. I'm amazed that out of 350+ undergrads, I'm one of a handful going on for audiology. So I have a lot of credit for all of you, and I hope to meet some of you within the field someday.

I have two related questions. The first question I was wondering is: has anyone here has ever gone to or looked into Lamar University or Texas Tech? I've tried looking everywhere for students' opinions of their programs because they both seem very interesting, but I haven't seen anything. I was just wondering if there were any Ph.D./Au.D. students here that would be willing to let me pick their brains. I would appreciate it forever!

Also, I'm not sure how credible this is, but has anyone seen this certificate program? It's undergrad and has been advertised a lot in The Hearing Review and Advance for Audiologists but I haven't seen any endorsement from the ADA, AAA, or ASHA. It might be something to look into between undergrad and grad school, but I was just wondering if anyone knew anything more about it or its credibility.

That's really all the questions I have for now. I was very excited to find this community. Good luck with your courses and/or work!
Sunday, August 16th, 2009
3:03 pm
Hi all

My name is Sarah, and I'm an audiology student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, hoping to also get into the AuD program there also in due time.

My question is about finding locations to observe at, and how to go about doing it effectively. My main interest is in helping military personnel and veterans with their unique hearing problems, mainly with NIHL and other sorts of trauma to the hearing mechanism during service. There is a VA hospital about half an hour away from me, and I've tried for a long while to get permission to observe treatment there, but this doesn't seem like a  possibility now, due to red tape and the continual lack of response from the center itself. There is an air force base in the area as well, but I'm not sure what the proper channels are for asking permission to observe.

Does anyone have experience with this field? I really would like to work with veterans, as my fiance is one - I have a great respect for their efforts and would like to give back to them this way.  But I am frustrated, as it seems that there isn't anyway to get observational experience before applying for jobs like that, and one would think observing in that environment would be an important pre-req for employment!

Any advice at all on the subject would be most appreciated. Thank you.

Current Mood: frustrated
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
12:58 pm
Otitis externa and ear molds
Hi all,

Just wondering if anyone has any novel way of dealing with the problem of those clients with a severe to profound hearing loss who cannot wear their hearing aids for extended periods of time without the development of otitis externa.

In a less severe hearing loss I'd go with open fits or making the vent bigger, but for these people I've found that just results in a) insatisfactory amounts of gain b) a large amount of feedback (esp. if extra gain is provided).

All the best...
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
4:32 pm
Northeastern University
Hello everyone!

Do any of you attend Northeastern University for your Au.D. or have you heard anything about their program? I would love to hear if you can share!

Friday, December 5th, 2008
2:59 pm
Has anyone done the switch to AuD from SLP?
I'm two weeks away from having one semester of an MS program under my belt. It has crossed my mind to switch over to Aud, they seem to have more interesting things to study, and it is more clear cut. Sometimes in speech-path i wonder if we're really helping at all. I was just wondering if anyone made the switch, particularly if you were already part way through you masters program. Also, I'm a CA resident, I looked into the SDSU/UCSD program, and it said the total cost is 62K for in-state. So, I'm wondering if there are other states that have programs that have a lower total cost (for out of state) or are really generous with funding. Also, in general any statements that you'd like to make to help me decide if I should become a "traitor". :P Thanks. If you need more details just let me know.
Thursday, December 4th, 2008
3:57 pm
Prospects and advice
Hey everyone,

I'm looking for some advice/knowledge from those of you in the know. I'm currently finishing off my BA (linguitics/psyc), and I'm looking to either get my MA and practice for a while (I'm canadian), or go directly to the states to get my AuD. My question is, I know the field is extremely competitive as far as admissions, and I'm looking at my profile, and wondering about my prosective "chances" of being accepted.

My current situation is that I have completed 63/120 credit hours for my Advanced BA. My current GPA is 2.98 (on a 4.5 scale) or 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale). This semester I've finished 4 courses, and will prolly pull my GPA up to just under 3.0 (3xA, 1xB). So that leaves me with my remaining courses to finish out my degree. I've figured it out, that if I get an A in every course up until I get my BA, I'll end up with somewhere around a 3.2-3.4 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

I do have a excellent recommendation from a Audiologist (Au.D, M.Sc. CCC-A, BC-HIS), and will most likely be able to get a good one from a professor or two. At the moment I don't have any volenteer experience, but this is because of limitations in Canada. I'm unable to shadow/achive a student liscene unless enrolled in a hearing aid dispenser program. I have worked at a Clinic because, but nothing related to Audiology.

So, my basic question is, am I a lost cause? My GPA has steadily increased since my first year, once I had a goal. I started with a 1.8 GPA, and my last two years achieved a 3.3 and a 3.2 GPA each year. It's steep however looking at the harsh requirements, competition, and outlook for my prospects.

Anyone have any advice or words of wisdom?
Saturday, November 29th, 2008
1:18 pm

I was hoping to get some guidance about applying for Audiology programs this winter. I graduated from Vanderbilt with a degree in Communication studies about a year ago and now work for a nonprofit devoted to education policy. I've been volenteering at a speech path. and audiology clinic for about 6 months and really love many aspects of audiology.

My gpa at Vanderbilt was only about a 2.95. My gre scores- 1220. I think I have a good string of recommendations and the volenteer experience behind me, but would applying this winter be a waste of time? Should I wait another year and gain more volenteer experience or take some classes?

I had thought of applying to Towson, UMD, CU Boulder and possibly James Madison.

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008
1:50 am
grad programs in the Mid west
Hi Everyone....I am a senior undergrad in hearing and Speech at Ohio University.....I am preparing to apply to graduate schools very soon. Does anyone have any experience or advise about Audiology programs in this area?

The ones that I am planning on applying to currently are
NOAC (akron kent)
Eastern Tenn
N. Ill
W. Mich
U of Pitt
Central Mich.

So if anyone has any information about those schools good or bad or any other ones in this area of the country that would be great! Thanks!
Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
10:01 am

I'm into my first semester of graduate school in SLP and I hate it. I have always had a passion for Audiology and thats what I wanted to do for graduate school. I applied earlier this year to start this fall, and unfortunately did not get accepted and SLP was my backup plan. I'm so frustrated because I know I want to do Audiology, and I would have to go to school locally because moving is not an option, so I'm not sure what my chances are of getting in this coming year, even though I was denied this past year. Audiology is my passion and I'm so torn because that's what I want to do.

Does anyone have any recommendations as to what I should do to make my application look more desirable to this school? Any advice in general would be very much appreciated.
Friday, October 3rd, 2008
8:03 pm
Hi all,
I'm majoring in speech language and hearing sciences and its time to start thinking about graduate school. So I was just wondering if any of you applied for both speech pathology programs and audiology graduate programs at the same time? I like both fields and am having a difficult time choosing-luckily I have a few months before apps are due. Do you think it would be foolish or detrimental if I applied for both programs at the same school (I'm getting the feeling that it would look pretty hypocritical in my statement of intent if I did that) ?
Thanks for your time!
Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
9:27 am
Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Dual Certification
Hi! I just finished my freshman year at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and am very keen on obtaining a dual certification in audiology and speech-language pathology. I have a long way to go before grad school, but I want to make sure I know everything about these professions before I get into them. I have a lot of questions!!

I'm specifically looking to get a dual certification because I think it may offer more opportunities. For example, if I want to open a speech-hearing clinic, it can offer both services. Is this a good idea, or is it better to stick to one field? I'm thinking I would have to get my masters in speech pathology first, and then join the doctoral program in audiology, but I'm not sure. If I do my masters in SLP first, will grad schools look at my post-bac grades or undergrad grades?

I've visited many university websites, and they all say they look at the GPA for the last 2 years of the undergrad program. In GPA calculation, do they still look at your overall GPA, or only the last 2 years? What is a competitive GPA? What is a competitive GRE score?

From my personal research, many AuD programs are small with only 12-15 seats. However, I found that Rush University offers 40 seats. What other grad schools offer a large program?

For prerequisites, how many physical science (chemistry and physics) credits are required? I took General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II, Intro to Physics and Waves & Mechanics in my freshman year. Is this enough? Do I need to take organic chemistry and advanced physics?

Do Grad schools look at the specific major you took?
At my school, we don't have a CSD major and I've taken the Honours Life Science major which is really general but allows me to take the pre-requisites for SLP and AuD. Also, Is it okay to apply even if you may not have all of the prerequisites? I have the basic science, math, psych, linguistics covered, but my school doesn't offer specific courses like the Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism. Do most schools offer an opportunity to complete missing prerequisite work before the program begins?

As a career, is audiology still quite new? Is it still developing, with the transition to the AuD? How much can I expect to earn with a dual certification in SLP and AuD? Is it useful to have both degrees?

I really appreciate any help or advice you can give me. Thank you so much for your time. :)

Current Mood: anxious
Sunday, April 6th, 2008
7:52 pm
Transferring qualifications
So, I could do with some help.

Currently I have a masters of clinical audiology (the standard degree required for clinical practice in Aus - what five years of university will get you), and have just completed my graduate internship... so that I should be considered a full member and certified clinical practitioner here.

But... my husband has been asked to consider making a move over to San Francisco in the USofA (not in the near future but say 12-18 months away). And I'm seriously confused as to what I'd need to make my qualifications transferable. So basically my questions are:
Who would I need to register with?
Is an AuD required, or is Masters enough to qualify my right to work?
Are audiologists allowed to do both hearing aids and diagnostic assessments (as they are here without anyone screaming about conflict of interests)?
Does anyone have any experience of picking up US CCC-A based upon a foreign equivelant? And what would I need to do?

I think those are the main questions.... here's hoping someone can help... Thanks... :)
Friday, February 29th, 2008
4:54 pm
Hope this is the right forum - I've been wearing those shiny new hearing aids for 2 hours since the appointment.

therein lies long-winded guilt about itCollapse )
Friday, February 1st, 2008
5:25 pm
Thank you all for taking the time out to post thoughtful responses to all of my qusetions. I have a job shadow with an audiologist in my area scheduled next week.

I do have one more question about audiology admissions. I know volunteer work is very important. Is it important that I try and volunteer at a hospital in the audiology department or do grad schools just like to see volunteer work in general? I have two volunteer positions already and I'd prefer not to give them up.
Friday, January 25th, 2008
7:40 am
Questions about audiology
I hope I'm not intruding, but I figured it would be great to get current students or audiologists to help answer my questions. Thanks in advance! :)

I'm currently working in the corporate world and even though my job pays very well, I can't see myself staying in the corporate environment for the next 35 years so I'm considering healthcare careers.

I was considering Speech-Language Pathology but after shadowing an SLP yesterday, I'm not sure if it's for mine. I was in a private pediatric office and I'm just not sure I could keep up the energy level to do 7 hours worth of therapy with kids, some of which are cognitively low. I think I might enjoy the medical aspect of Audiology more versus the therapy aspect of SLP. That said, here are my questions:

1. Is there any similarity between an audiologist and hospital-based SLP in terms of getting to do medical related stuff?
2. Is it difficult to find jobs with an Au.D?
3. How competitive is admission into a clinical audiology program? I graduated with a very low (below 3.0 GPA) in a science major from a super-competitive Ivy. I do plan on doing post-bac work to help raise my GPA. I'm kind of worried about this because I know that most audiology programs are pretty small.
4. Is it possible to work while going to school? I'm guessing it's fairly difficult but as a non-traditional student, I do have some bills that need to get paid, like my mortgage.

Thanks for taking the time out to answer my questions! I really appreciate it.
Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
12:59 pm
Thank you so much for answering my previous question! If you don't mind, I have a couple of other questions that have come up as I've done research (sorry if these are too basic):

How clinical is audiology in practice compared to dispensing? I find the clinical/medical aspects of the field interesting, but the dispensing element always makes me warry. I wouldn't want to own a hearing aid shop, just out of personal preference--a clinical setting would be more my thing.

How is the work itself--varied, interesting, dull?

What made you get into audiology?

How's, to your knowledge, the job market for AuD.'s, particularly in rural areas? I have my eyes set on something other than the big cities or "desirable" states (think WY, MT, AK, etc.), and the lack of job postings I see in those areas are unsettling. Is audiology like medicine where most jobs are by word-of-mouth and not open advertisement?

Thank you for your time!
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