This eleven semester, four year program addresses normal and abnormal communication processes, assessment, treatment and prevention over the lifespan. The curriculum emphasizes writing skills and a knowledge and application of research techniques.
Students must pass a qualifying exam in the second year of study and a comprehensive exam in the third year. There is no thesis requirement.
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.
What Will I Learn?
Course topics include aural (re)habilitation, cochlear implants, counseling, electrophysiology, hearing aids, hearing conservation, pharmacology and psycho-social aspects.
First year students complete practica in on-campus facilities. Second year students may transition to local audiology practices in the Laurel-Hattiesburg area, while third year students are placed with off-campus affiliates. The fourth year externship is an intensive, 9 month experience.
Students must pass the national examination in Audiology (Praxis II) in order to be eligible for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-A) and state licensure.
Application deadline: February 1st for fall.
Requirements: A Communicative Disorders bachelor’s degree*, transcripts, GRE scores, 3 letters of recommendation and 4 ZeeMee videos (zeemee.com): introduction, a fun fact, specific interests and reason(s) for attending Southern Miss. (Technical support: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
A minimum TOEFL/iBT of 79 is required as applicable.
*Other bachelor’s degree holders must complete “leveling-in” courses with a letter grade no lower than “B” prior to applying: BSC 104+L, CHE 104+L or PHY 111+L and the following SHS classes: 201, 202+L, 221, 301, 302, 306, 313, 411, 421, 431 or 432 and 450.
The Audiology graduate program receives an average of 45 complete applications each year; 10 students are accepted annually.
The following are mean GPAs and GRE scores and [ranges] for Audiology graduate students accepted into the program from the three most recent years:
On-campus and in-state, off-campus clinical supervisors hold the CCC-A (Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensure from The Mississippi Department of Health.
The Hellen Heidelberg Cuellefer Award in Audiology is sponsored by the Hattiesburg Sertoma Club and is conferred to that student who achieves the highest qualifying exam score in his/her cohort.
Assistantships are assigned by the school director.
New graduate students attend an annual fall orientation which covers topics that include code of ethics, clinical procedures, scope of practice, HIPAA, infection control and conflict resolution.
Professional Licensure Disclosure
Successful completion of the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree graduate program at the University of Southern Mississippi will meet the requirements for certification in audiology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Certification by ASHA is required by Mississippi as well as by most states to acquire a state license to practice the profession of audiology or for employment as a certified/licensed audiologist. The University of Southern Mississippi highly recommends that you contact the appropriate state licensing board in the state or locality in which you wish to practice or be employed to determine whether the program you are considering will meet that state’s licensing requirements as we are unable to determine that state licensure requirements are met in states outside of Mississippi. Information about various licensures for all states can be located through the sites listed below:
Education licensing Contacts: http://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html
Behavior Analysis Certification Board: https://www.bacb.com/licensure-regulation/
For questions, please contact Dr. Charles Marx at Charles.MarxFREEMississippi
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