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Dr. Pat Roush leads a training lab where first-year audiology students learned about visual reinforcement audiometry.
Dr. Pat Roush leads a training lab where first-year audiology students learn about visual reinforcement audiometry.

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)

Required coursework:

  • Life Science: A minimum of 4 credits of biology, preferably with lab. The ideal student will have 2 or more courses with content including for example:  cell biology, human biology, genetics, physiology, biochemistry.  Advanced Placement (AP) credit does not fulfill this requirement.  Courses in ecology, plant biology, and nutrition for example, are also not accepted.  Graduate coursework requires an understanding of the biology and biochemical processes of the ear and human body.
  • Physical Science: A minimum of 4 credits of physics or chemistry, ideally both. Both of these sciences provide foundational content relevant to audiology. First year graduate coursework requires an understanding of the physics of sound and its perception. Advanced courses like Pharmacology in Clinical Practice build on knowledge of fundamental biochemical principles.  AP credit will not fulfill this requirement.
  • Behavioral Science: Psychology or sociology. Other social sciences courses may be accepted on an individual basis.
  • Anatomy: Human anatomy and physiology is preferred, but courses on human anatomy alone, neuroanatomy, or anatomy of the speech and hearing mechanism are acceptable.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Introduction to Audiology:  The program 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. An online course can satisfy this requirement if the applicant is from a school that does not offer any courses of this nature or who is a post-grad.  Alternatively, an applicant may demonstrate an understanding of audiology practice in its entirety through substantial and varied observation, work and /or volunteer experiences.  Contact the Admissions Office in advance for an evaluation of your experience.
Category Eligible Courses
Anatomic and Physiologic Bases Human Biology (that includes anatomy and physiology), Human Anatomy, Neuroanatomy or Anatomy of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism
Introduction to Audiology Introduction to Audiology
Life Science Biology with Lab or higher level courses like Genetics, Physiology, Biochemistry
Physical Science Physics with lab or Chemistry with lab
Behavioral Science Psychology or Sociology
Linguistic and Psycholinguistic Bases Normal Language Development
Statistics Statistics (taken at the college level)