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Curriculum

You will work closely with faculty who are world-renowned leaders in hearing loss diagnosis and management, speech perception, psychoacoustics, amplification devices, cochlear physiology, auditory neuroscience and electrophysiology, and auditory learning. Through academic courses, supervised clinical practicums, and a mentored capstone research project, you will learn and work with the latest advances in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with hearing and balance disorders.

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 Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning (NUCASLL) ensure outstanding practicum experiences from the very first day in the program.

You will also have opportunities to gain experience with diverse clinical populations by participating in practicum at more than 30 off-campus sites. These include 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 NUCASLL 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

REQUIRED COURSEWORK:

YEAR 1

Fall

CSD 302 Anat. & Phys.- Peripheral Hearing
CSD 401 Signals, Systems & Acoustics for the Communication Sciences
CSD 423 Evaluation of Peripheral Hearing
CSD 423 Lab
CSD 409-1 Foundations of Clinical and Professional Practice- Introduction  

Clinic Enrollment
Clinical Skills Benchmark Exam

Winter

CSD 306 Psychoacoustics
CSD 411 Hearing Aids I
CSD 411 Lab
CSD 422 Anat. & Phys. of Central Hearing
CSD 409-2 Foundations of Clinical and Professional Practice- Leadership

Clinic Enrollment
Clinical Skills Benchmark Exam

Spring

CSD 406 Medical Aspects of Audiology
CSD 408-1 Business Practices  (0.5)
CSD 420 Pathologies
CSD 425 Electrophysiology of the Human Auditory System
CSD 425 Lab
CSD 409-3 Foundations of Clinical and Professional Practice- Integration (0.5)

Clinic Enrollment
Clinical Skills Benchmark Exam
Written Qualifying Exam

Summer

CSD 419 Pediatric Assessment
CSD 428 Fundamentals of Vestibular Science
CSD 522 Hearing Loss Prevention and Conservation (0.5)
CSD 409-4 Foundations of Clinical and Professional Practice- Critical Thinking (0.5)  

Clinic Enrollment
Clinical Skills Practical Exam

YEAR 2

Fall

CSD 424 Eval. & Treatment of CAPD  (0.5)
CSD 427 Otoacoustic Emissions (0.5)
CSD 429 Vestibular Assessment & Treatment
CSD 508 Capstone Research Methods
CSD 409-5 Foundations of Clinical and Professional Practice- Cross-Cultural Competency

Winter

CSD 407 Implants
CSD 410 Biological Foundations of Speech & Music
CSD 570-1 Seminar: Capstone
CSD 409-6 Foundations of Clinical and Professional Practice- Alternate Delivery Models

Clinic Enrollment
Clinical Skills Practical Exam
Capstone Progress Presentation

Spring

CSD 408-2 Business Practices (0.5)
CSD 414 Hearing Aids II
CSD 521 Cognition and Aging (0.5)
CSD 523 Assess. & Mgmt. of Tinnitus & Sound Tolerance (0.5)
CSD 570-2 Seminar: Capstone
CSD 409-7 Foundations of Clinical and Professional Practice- Ethics (0.5)

Clinic Enrollment
Written Comprehensive Exam
Capstone Progress Presentation

Summer

CSD 519 Pediatric Amplification & Educational  Audiology
CSD 570-3 Seminar: Capstone
CSD 409-8 Foundations of Clinical and Professional Practice- Precepting

Clinic Enrollment
Capstone Poster Presentation

YEAR 3

FallCSD 580-1 Externship
WinterCSD 580-2 Externship
SpringCSD 580-3 Externship
SummerCSD 580-4 Externship