Pre-Requisite Coursework for AuD Program

Program of Study leading to licensure in the state of North Carolina and in compliance with accreditation standards (Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education and Council on Academic Accreditation)

ACAE 22.1 The student will be able to explain basic cell, organ, and body systems, with special emphasis on the auditory and vestibular/balance systems and their interrelationships to the body as a whole over the lifespan, including newborns, infants, children, adolescents, adults, elderly and special needs individuals.

ACAE 22.7 The student will be able to describe the structures and processes contributing to the development of auditory, vestibular and communication disorders and abnormalities.

CAA 3.1.A Instruction in foundations of audiology practice must include opportunities for students to acquire knowledge in the following areas: anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and embryology, and development of the auditory and vestibular systems

Competitive applicants to the AuD program at UNC-CH demonstrate a strong basic science background. Minimally, the following coursework related to these accreditation standards is required:

  • Life Science: Biology with an accompanying Biology Lab focusing on human biology. Other courses may be accepted (e.g. Genetics) as some students with strong AP experiences in high school may elect to take higher level life science coursework. There must be at least one course in Life Sciences within the college program of study.
     
  • Physical Science: Physics or Chemistry. Either of these courses will provide foundational content relevant to audiology. First year coursework requires an understanding of the physics of sound and its perception. Other coursework requires understanding of the biochemical processes in the human body and ear.
     
  • Behavioral Science: Psychology or Sociology. Other courses may be accepted if the applicant has strength in the two other basic science areas. Some applicants with numerous courses in life sciences or physical sciences have substituted coursework such as Anthropology which would satisfy the requirement. It is noted that basic psychology or sociology will have more relevance to the practice of audiology.
     
  • Anatomy: Basic Human Anatomy, Neuroanatomy or Anatomy of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism. There is graduate level coursework covering the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, so this is not required as a prerequisite.

ACAE 22.2 The student will be able to describe the development of normal auditory and communication processes including the embryology and development of the auditory/vestibular, central nervous and related systems.

CAA 3.1.A.F.15 Instruction in foundations of audiology practice must include opportunities for students to acquire knowledge in the following areas: Development of speech and language production and perception

  • Normal Language Development: At least one course in the area of normal language. Often these courses are offered within Psychology or Linguistics Departments. Either is acceptable. The focus of the course should be on the typical development of spoken language in humans.

ACAE 22.12 The student will be able to critically evaluate the research foundation for hearing, balance and communication sciences.

CAA 3.1.A.F.10 Instruction in foundations of audiology practice must include opportunities for students to acquire knowledge in the following areas: principles and practices of research, including experimental design, evidence-based practice, statistical methods, and application to clinical populations.

  • Statistics: At least one course in basic statistics. Representative coursework may be offered within a variety of academic departments. This must be taken within the college program of study (AP credit will not satisfy this requirement).

Division of Speech and Hearing Science Requirements:

  • Introduction to Audiology:  The Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences requires that applicants have taken an introductory course related to Audiology. The purpose of this requirement is to assure that applicants understand the full scope of Audiology practice. For applicants in schools that do not offer any courses of this nature, experiences that suggest the applicant has an understanding of audiology practice in its entirety may be substituted. Alternately, an online course would also satisfy this requirement.

 

SUMMARY:

CategoryEligible Courses
Anatomic and Physiologic BasesHuman Anatomy, Neuroanatomy or Anatomy of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
Introduction to Audiology Introduction to Audiology
Life Science Biology & Lab or Genetics
Physical Science Physics or Chemistry
Behavioral Science Psychology or Sociology
Linguistic and Psycholinguistic Bases Normal Language Development
Statistics Statistics (taken at the college level)