Audiology

Audiology

Undergraduate program

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers a bachelor of arts degree in speech-language pathology/audiology. The curriculum fulfills preprofessional requirements for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in these disciplines.

Student conducts a hearing test

Undergraduates obtain an overview of speech production and perception, articulation, fluency, hearing, language, and voice. Anatomy and physiology courses provide foundations for understanding normal and abnormal communication processes over the lifespan. Methods of prevention and treatment are also addressed in the curriculum.

A three-course American Sign Language option is available. Students also observe and may assist professionals in The Children's Center, The DuBard School, and The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.

Undergraduate advisers*

A-D: Jennifer Salgo-Corie; E-H: Ed Goshorn; I-L: C.G. Marx; M-P: Steve Oshrin; Q-T: Mary Schaub; U-Z: Lee Terrio
*assigned by student's last name

Graduate program- standard

The Doctor of Audiology degree is an eleven semester, four year program of studies. Students accepted on regular admission status enroll for 12 credit hours in each of their first 8 semesters, then 9 credit hours in each of the remaining 3 semesters. Lectures and seminars are completed in the first three years of the program and address normal and abnormal communication processes, assessment, treatment, and prevention techniques over the lifespan. Topics include aural (re)habilitation, cochlear implants, counseling, electrophysiology, hearing aids, hearing conservation, pharmacology, and psycho-social aspects.

Students observe otoscopy

The curriculum emphasizes writing skills and a knowledge and application of research techniques. Qualifying exams are administered in the spring semester of the second year of the program, and a comprehensive exam is offered in the spring semester of the third year.

First year students complete on-campus practica in The Children's Center, The DuBard School, or The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Second year students transition to local audiology practices in the Laurel-Hattiesburg area, while third year students are placed at sites in Jackson and on the Gulf Coast. The fourth year externship is an intensive, 9 month experience with individual placements arranged by the off-campus coordinator.

Graduate program- advanced standing

Individuals who meet the following criteria can apply to the Advanced Standing Au.D. program:

  • hold a masters degree in audiology from an accredited program;
  • hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for a minimum of five contiguous years up to and including the time of application;
  • have a minimum of 5 years of work experience as an ASHA certified audiologist; and
  • are employed as an ASHA certified audiologist at the time of application.

Applicants to the Advanced Standing program are accepted on either a full-time or part-time basis. Students complete a 33 hour core and 21 hours of electives in order to fulfill degree requirements (54 hours total). Students must maintain ASHA certification while enrolled in the program. Electives are customized to the needs of individual students based on a qualifying exam, transcripts, and professional work experience; approval by the student’s advisory committee is required. Electives taken outside of the department must be approved by the student’s adviser.

The following 33 hour list of courses constitute the Advanced Standing program’s core: REF 602, REF/SHS 601, SHS 622I, SHS 703, SHS 708, SHS 733, SHS 735, SHS 736, SHS 743, and SHS 791 (6 hrs). Students choose 21 hours of electives from the following list: SHS 528, SHS 621, SHS 623, CHS 625, SHS 625, SHS 701, SHS 706, SHS 710, SHS 718, SHS 721, SHS 722, SHS 723, SHS 724, SHS 726, or SHS 740.

Application deadline: February 1   Apply

Audiology graduate students are admitted full-time in fall semesters. Applicants should submit official transcripts and GRE scores to the graduate school (international applicants to the Center for International Education). Online applications include assistantship requests; letters of recommendation (3 required) are also submitted online. All materials should be on file well in advance of the February 1st deadline.

A therapy session

Orientation

A mandatory two day orientation is held for new graduate students each fall. Students meet the department chair and program directors. Topics of discussion include: academic honesty, clinical policies, code of ethics, complaint/conflict resolution, HIPAA, KASA, off-campus assignments, scope of practice, and standard (universal) precautions.

Accreditation

The Au.D. education program in audiology at The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800.498.2071 or 301.296.5700.

Certification

Students must pass a standardized examination in Audiology (the PRAXIS II) in order to qualify for national certification (the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Any number of states also require the PRAXIS for professional licensure. Students who wish to take the national examination in Audiology are encouraged to do so during the fourth year externship.

Graduate adviser: Lee Terrio

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