Online Audiologist Courses: Overview of Online College Courses for an Audiologist

Published Oct 15, 2009

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Audiologists work with infants, children and adults who may have audio disorders or deficiencies. Audiologists study courses, such as auditory disorders, audiology instrumentation, language development, language-hearing correlation and speech perception. Due to the clinical nature of audiology programs, online accredited courses are not available.

Overview of Audiologist Bachelor's Degree Courses

Most bachelor's degree programs in audiology or speech pathology are designed for students to gain admission to graduate school. These programs provide a solid general education plus an introductory foundation to audiology principles, techniques and theories. Students study English, mathematics and science as well as audiology courses in speech science, language disorders and the correlation between language and hearing. Students may also be introduced to audiology instrumentation and equipment. Upon completion of this degree program, future audiologists must pursue graduate or doctoral degrees for licensure.

Overview of Audiologist Master's Degree Courses

Students in an audiology master's degree program participate in both classroom coursework and clinical rotations. Coursework may include speech-language pathology, normal aspects of speech, acoustics and calibration, anatomy of audition, audiometry and auditory disorders. Students may also study pediatric audiology, neurodiagnostic audiology and audiology counseling.

Audiology graduate students are required to participate in supervised clinical rotation clerkships at local hospitals, clinics and schools. Licensure may be granted to graduates of an accredited master's degree program, but many graduates pursue professional or doctoral audiology degrees as recommended by the Accreditation Commission of Audiology Education and the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

Overview of Audiologist Doctoral Degree Courses

Many audiology doctoral degree programs are accredited clinical programs that last at least four years and grant state-mandated licensure upon successful completion. These programs are designed to prepare future audiologists to be able to test, diagnose and manage audiology patients. Students study aural rehabilitation, amplification, educational audiology, cochlear implants, electrophysiological testing, instrumentation, industrial audiology and private practice management.

Students also learn sign language, auditory pathologies, medical audiology, psychoacoustics, infant and child auditory invention techniques, geriatric auditory disorders and normal language development. Doctoral programs require at least one full year of an audiology practicum or clinical rotation within a hospital, clinic, private practice, school or eldercare facility.

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