Degree Requirements

1. Coursework: A minimum of 75 semester hours of academic coursework is required (exclusive of credit for clinical practicum). Graduate course credits may be transferred to this department only on approval of the Au.D. Advisory Committee and the Graduate School. It is expected that full-time students will complete their academic coursework within three years of enrollment in the Au.D. program.

The student must complete the following coursework as part of the qualifications for admission to candidacy:

* Students will take series of required courses in CDS (51 credits) and electives (18 credits) either in CDS or other departments.
* Competence in the use of research tools is required (9 credits). Students will complete a course in research methods (3 credits), at least one 3-credit statistics course, and either an Independent Study (CDS 600) or CDS 699 Doctoral Theory and Research.
* Students who enter the program without a background in speech-language pathology and audiology are required to complete a core of courses within the discipline.  

It is department policy that all CDS courses (excluding practicum) must be taken for a letter grade. In addition the required Graduate Statistics Course must be taken for a letter grade. Student may opt to take up to six credits of elective coursework for a grade of S/U (Satisfactory vs. Unsatisfactory). Students must contact the course instructor in writing of their desire to take a course S/U. It is the discretion of the instructor whether they grant the student's request. Additional information may be found at the Graduate School Website.

2. Grades: Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher. If a student achieves a semester GPA of less than 3.0, they will be placed on academic probation. Failure to earn higher than a 3.0 during the next semester will result in dismissal from the Au.D. program. If a student earns a D or an F grade, they must retake the course and earn a passing grade or they will be dismissed from the program.

3. Residency: All doctoral students are expected to be engaged in the department's activities, so consequently are expected to attend full time. A minimum of two academic years of full-time residency is required. Please note that university regulations stipulate that all graduate work credited to the doctoral degree must be completed within seven years of the first registration date in the doctoral program. Students must maintain continuous registration until the degree is conferred. (Summers are not counted, one credit each semester is sufficient).

4. Clinical Practicum: Students will register for clinical practicum in each semester during the first 3 years of the program. Following the first academic year, students must successfully complete a clinical practical exam (The Gateway Exam) prior to being assigned to an externship placement.

5. Fourth-Year Externship: Following three years of academic and practicum work, students will engage in a full time fourth-year externship dedicated to clinical practice. This placement can typically take place at any approved site within the United States that includes supervision by an audiologist with ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence.

6. Examinations:

* Gateway Examination: At the end of year 1, students must pass a practical exam that evaluates basic clinical skills and knowledge. The goal of this exam is to determine if each student has the basic technical abilities and interpretive skills for them to go to clinical placements outside of the UB clinic.
* Comprehensive Examination: During year 3 of the Au.D .program, students must pass a written comprehensive examination. The exam will include both essay and objective questions.
* ASHA Examination: Students must pass the ASHA (Praxis) examination prior to graduation. In most cases, students will be encouraged to take the ASHA examination during the spring semester of their third year of the Au.D. program.

7. Research Project: Each student must complete a clinical research project in an area of interest to the student. During the second year of the program, the student will identify a Research Advisor, who will help the student form a Research Committee (at least 3 faculty, including the Research Advisor - 3 committee members must hold the status of Graduate Faculty). A research proposal must be approved by the Research Committee prior to starting the project, and upon completion of the project, the final written report must be presented to the Research Committee and orally presented to the departmental faculty at a public forum. The project must be written up and a pdf version submitted to the CDS department on a computer disk. An electronic copy also needs to be submitted to the CDS department at the following site: S:\CDS\Public\Dissertations (PhD), Projects (AuD), and Theses (MA)\Projects(AuD). As of September 1, 2008 AuD students are no longer required to submit a copy of their Research Project to the Graduate School - only to the department.

8. Certification: The Au.D. program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, and graduates of the program will be eligible for clinical certification and state licensure. Certification requires the completion of 25 hours of clinical observation and basic competency in a vast array of clinical and academic knowledge and skill areas.