School of Communication

Doctor of Audiology (AuD)

The accelerated AuD program of excellence prepares you to become an independent practitioner in private practice or in a medical clinic, hospital, or university setting. Alumni of our audiology training program are employed in a variety of settings, providing direct clinical service, supervising clinical practitioners and overseeing clinical service programs, or teaching clinical courses in university settings. Accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Council on Academic Accreditation and within a department ranked among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the AuD program prepares you to meet the challenges of audiologic practice today and tomorrow.

Quick AuD Program Facts
2012-2013 Enrollment: 41
Program Duration: 12 Quarters
Student Outcome Data

Approximately 12 students join the program each year, allowing us to ensure an outstanding faculty-to-student ratio. You will work closely with faculty who are world-renowned leaders in hearing loss diagnosis and management, speech perception, psychoacoustics, amplification devices including modern hearing aids and cochlear implants, cochlear physiology, auditory neuroscience and electrophysiology, and auditory learning. Through academic courses, a supervised practicum, a mentored clinical research project and electives, you will learn and work with the latest advances in evaluation of hearing and treatment of hearing loss.

Most courses are taught on the Evanston campus in the Frances Searle Building, a facility designed for instruction in communication sciences and disorders. State-of-the-art clinical facilities and experienced clinical instructors at the Northwestern University Audiology Clinics ensure outstanding practicum experiences from the very first day in the program. You will also have opportunities for experience with diverse clinical populations by participating in practicum at more than 30 off-campus sites, including hospitals, specialty clinics in balance disorders and hearing conservation, private practices, research and development facilities of leading hearing aid manufacturers, and schools. Experts from other universities, private practice and industry are frequently invited to campus to discuss the clinical implications of their research with students.

The foundational strengths of the School of Communication’s AuD program include:

  • The opportunity to work closely with faculty who are established international leaders in their fields
  • A plan of study that develops knowledge and skills across the scope of practice for audiologists based on a strong foundation of basic science
  • Extensive practicum experiences from the beginning of the program with clients of all ages and all types of hearing and balance disorders in Northwestern's Hearing Clinic and a variety of Chicago-area settings
  • Emphasis on evidence based practice, critical thinking, and clinical problem solving through applied research during individual Capstone Projects mentored by faculty and other experts
  • Opportunities to individualize academic and clinical experiences by enrolling in electives and independent study
  • Exposure to research and practice at the forefront of audiology through a Visiting Scholars program that brings international leaders of the profession to campus for workshops and seminars