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Doctor of Audiology Program

The Louisiana Tech University College of Liberal Arts and the School of Communication offer the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree. Our academic program emphasizes excellence in clinical practice and advanced research. The Doctoral, Au.D., education program in audiology at Louisiana Tech University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),  2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The program meets the ASHA 2014 accreditation standards, and received its latest full accreditation in February 2014 (currently accredited through 2021).


The Au.D. degree is a clinically-focused professional doctoral program that provides an academic and clinical foundation for professionals who provide a wide range of services to children and adults with auditory impairments.  Although the Au.D. is not a research-oriented degree, students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to critically evaluate clinical research and assess intervention outcomes.  These skills will be developed through courses in research methodology and through the development of original research activities.


The minimum time required for completion of the Au.Ddegree at Louisiana Tech University is four years and includes the summer quarters.  The program includes three years of didactic and laboratory course work and clinical experiences in addition to a 12-month full-time residency.  This residency is typically completed in the 4th year of study.  The Au.D. will be awarded upon successful completion of course work, clinical practica, qualification and comprehensive examinations, a dissertation, and clinical residency requirements.  Students who graduate from our program meet both the academic and practicum requirements for clinical certification from the ASHA.  For complete details about ASHA membership and certification as well as state-by-state information on professional licensure, visit ASHA's Membership, Certification, and Licensure page.  


The academic curriculum in the Au.D. program at Louisiana Tech University is tailored to provide students with knowledge in all areas of the discipline.  The curriculum includes study areas in anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, audiological assessment, diagnosis and treatment of vestibular systems, hearing science, hearing disorders, psychoacoustics, instrumentation and calibration, pediatric audiology, aural rehabilitation, research methodology, amplification, hearing conservation, physiological testing, auditory processing, professional seminars in audiology, and rehabilitative audiology.  Students will be required to complete coursework for the practice of audiology established by the CAA of the ASHA. For descriptions of the coursework required click here.  

The Au.D. program is a minimum of 133 semester hours.  Students obtain the following approximate number of hours in the following categories:

  1. 60 semester hours of academic coursework at the 500 and 600 levels;
  2. 21 semester hours of directed research in audiology for dissertation purposes;
  3. 9 semester hours of related course work that will be chosen from, but not restricted to, areas such as Business/Marketing, Counseling, Statistics, Professional and Technical Writing, Biomedical Engineering, or Educational Psychology;
  4. 18 quarter hours of clinical practice in audiology;
  5. 24 quarter hours of residency in audiology;
  6. qualifying examination to be completed during the first week of the 2nd Year, Fall Quarter; and
  7. comprehensive examination to be completed during the 3rd year of study. 


Clinical Practicum/Externship

In addition to completing a rigorous academic curriculum, students will receive an extensive clinical experience in a variety of settings.  The clinical experience is designed to prepare students for autonomous professional careers in audiology.  To this end, the Louisiana Tech University Au.D. program offers a variety of clinical practicum sites both on and off campus. Furthermore, the Louisiana Tech Speech and Hearing Center offers complete diagnostic and treatment services, serving approximately 500 clients per year.


Furthermore, during the 2nd and 3rd years of study, students will obtain clinical experiences in a variety of off-campus placements in the Ruston area.  Students will be given the opportunity to work with people of all ages in many different settings including private audiology practices, hospitals, ENT clinics, and schools.  Students will be placed off-campus once they have met expected competencies during on-campus practicum.  See External Clinical Affiliations for a list of recent external clinical sites.


Fourth-Year Residency

After passing comprehensive examinations and having been admitted to candidacy, students will complete a fourth-year residency.  Fourth-year residencies are selected by students after being approved by the Residency Coordinator.  See Residency Affiliations for a list of current and past residency sites.



Although the Au.D. is not a research oriented degree, students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to critically evaluate clinical research and assess intervention outcomes through courses in research methodology, research activities, and through the development of a dissertation or research project. Through the completion of such research, students will be provided the opportunity to pursue areas of special interest as well as to present the research at professional conferences and potentially publish research findings.


Departmental Financial Aid-Graduate Assistantships

Students must submit a separate application to be considered for a graduate assistantship.  These assistantships, consisting of a monthly stipend and an out-of-state tuition waiver, are awarded to highly-qualified incoming students based upon letters of recommendation and past academic performance.  Students will be expected to work 20 hours per week assisting professors with research projects, clerical work, or in the clinic office.  These positions are typically nine-month appointments (September-May).  Students must apply for a Graduate Assistantship annually as continuation of the Graduate Assistantship is based on academic performance and Graduate Assistantship evaluations.  Students who are not awarded an assistantship upon entry are eligible for the award in Years Two and Three.  



Student Outcome Data


Program Completion Rate

Academic Year

Program Within 
Time Frame

 % Completing
Within Expected 
Time Frame

2015-2016 3 100%
2014-2015 5 100%
2013-2014 3 100%

Praxis Examination Pass Rates of Graduates

Academic Year # Taking Exam  # Passing Exam Pass Rate (%)
2016-2017 3 3 100%
2015-2016 5 5 100%
2014-2015 3 3 100%

Employment Rates of Graduates within One Year of Graduation

Academic Year Employment Rate in Profession
  # of Graduates % of Graduates
2016-2017 3 100% 
2015-2016 5 100%
2014-2015 3 100%


For information concerning admission requirements and application procedures, click here.

Students who are interested in the program should contact:

Brenda Heiman, Ph.D., Head School of Communication 
Louisiana Tech University
P.O. Box 3165
Ruston, LA  71272
(318) 257-2588

Students are typically allowed to enter the program only in the Fall Quarter and the application deadline is January 15th.