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  Sep 21, 2017
 
 
    
Catalog/Bulletin 2017-2018

Audiology, AuD


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For full-time students in the Doctor of Audiology Program, the program duration for the Doctor of Audiology program is 11 to 12 semesters. Upon graduation, a student will have completed the appropriate academic and clinical practicum requirements for state licensure.

Admissions


A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution is required; however, the undergraduate degree does not have to be in communication disorders. Transcripts must show successful completion of courses in psychology or social sciences, natural or physical sciences, and mathematics. Limited deficits may be corrected during the graduate program.

For admission into the Docotr of Audiology, applicants must completed an application through the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Services (CSDCAS). An applicant must have either a combined GRE at least 300 (verbal + quantitative)  undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 or a combined GRE of at least 296 (verbal + quantitative) and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered for admission to the Doctor of Audiology program.  Three letters of recommendation are required and an interview may be required. Admission to the program is competitive. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Letters of recommendation, the interview, and the applicant’s Statement of Intent will be used to adjust the rank-order as appropriate. The Department of Communication Disorders, in accordance with LSUHSC policy gives preference to applicants who are residents of Louisiana. No transfer of credit is permitted for the AuD program.

Method of Application


As of the Fall of 2015, the Doctor of Audiology program utilizes the Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) in its application process.

Interviews

An interview may be required prior to admission to the Au.D. program.

Scholastic Requirements

1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.

2. A combined GRE of at least 300 and a GPA of at least 2.5

Or

A combined GRE of at least 296 and a GPA of at least 3.0

Meeting these standards does not guarantee admission. These standards are based on the students undergraduate GPA (all years, not just last 60 hours) and GRE (Quantitative and Verbal combined for new scoring system).

 

Notification of action taken by the Admissions Committee will be available to all applicants no later than eight weeks after the deadline for application. Registration and payment of all LSU System fees will be completed at the School of Allied Health Professions at the beginning of each semester or term. Note: See “GENERAL ADMISSION POLICIES” of the School for further requirements and procedures relating to admissions.

Standards


Technical Standards


The School of Allied Health Professions and Department of Communication Disorders does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability. When requested, the department will provide reasonable accommodation to otherwise qualified students with properly certified disabilities. The faculty and professional staff have responsibility for the welfare of students in the section and for the clients the students treat during their graduate program. To meet this responsibility, the section has established Technical Standards that must be demonstrated by students with or without reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the program and to complete it successfully. Reasonable accommodations will be made to students with disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. It is the responsibility of students, however, to review the technical standards for a given program and make their needs known. Guidelines for students with Disabilities can be found at: http://alliedhealth.lsuhsc.edu/Admin/studentswithdisabilities.aspx  

The School of Allied Health Professions has established Technical Standards for its programs of study delineating the minimum physical, cognitive, emotional, and social requirements necessary to participate fully in all aspects of academic and clinical education expected by a specified program of study. One’s ability to meet the technical standards is a prerequisite for admission and continuation in a program of study. Applicants and enrolled students must be able to meet all technical standards with or without reasonable accommodations.

Physical Health: The student must possess the physical health and stamina needed to carry out the program of Communication Disorders.

Intellectual Skills: The student must have sufficient powers of intellect to acquire, assimilate, integrate and apply information. The student must have the intellectual ability to solve problems and the ability to comprehend three-dimensional and spatial relationships.

Motor Skills: The student must have sufficient use of motor skills to carry out all necessary procedures, both those involved in learning the fundamental sciences and those required in the clinical environment. This includes the ability: (1) to participate in relevant educational exercises and to extract information from written sources; (2) use a computer to operate laboratory equipment, and (3) access transportation to all clinical and academic placements.

Communication: Consistent with CAA 4.2 proficiency in English, the student “must demonstrate communication skills sufficient to achieve effective clinical and professional interaction with clients and relevant others.” For oral communication, students must “demonstrate speech and language skills in English, which, at a minimum are consistent with ASHA’s most current position statement on students and professionals who speak English with accents and nonstandard dialects.” For written communication, students must “be able to write and comprehend technical reports, diagnostic and treatment reports, treatment plans, and professional correspondence.” (ASHA, 2005). Information must be communicated in a succinct yet comprehensive manner and in settings in which time available may be limited. These skills require the ability to assess and effectively communicate all relevant information including the significance of nonverbal responses. Also required is the ability to immediately assess incoming information to allow for appropriate, well-focused follow-up inquiry. The student must be capable of responsive, empathic listening to establish rapport in a way that promotes openness on issues of concern and sensitivity to potential cultural differences. He or she must express his or her ideas clearly and demonstrate a willingness and ability to give and receive feedback.

Sensory Abilities: The student must have sufficient use of the sense of vision, hearing, touch and smell to observe effectively in the classroom, laboratory and clinical setting. Students must possess the ability to observe both close at hand and at a distance.

Behavioral Qualities: The student must possess emotional health sufficient to carry out the tasks above, must have good judgment and must behave in a professional, reliable, mature and responsible manner. The student must be adaptable, possessing sufficient flexibility to function in new and stressful environments. The student must be able to critically evaluate her/his own performance, be forthright about errors, accept constructive criticism, and look for ways to improve. The student must show respect for individuals of different ages, ethnic backgrounds, religions, and/or sexual orientations. The student must exhibit professional behavior by conforming to appropriate standards of dress, appearance, language and public behavior. The student must uphold the Code of Ethics of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the code of Academic Conduct of the LSU Health Science Center’s School of Allied Health Professions.

Each student must continue to meet all of the TECHNICAL STANDARDS set forth above. A student may be denied permission to continue in the Communication Disorders program at the LSU Health Sciences Center should the student fail at any time to demonstrate all of the required TECHNICAL STANDARDS.

Academic Standards


Statement of Satisfactory Academic Progress


Graduate Professional Scholastic Requirements

Students dismissed from the School for academic reasons must reapply to the program to be considered for readmission.

 1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.

2. The minimum scholastic requirement for course work is a grade of C. However, no more than 6 credit hours of C grades may be counted toward a degree unless otherwise established by the department. In courses designated Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory, a grade of Pass or Satisfactory is required.

 

Provisions for Academic Progression

1. If an unacceptable grade is recorded in a non-prerequisite course, the student must satisfactorily complete the course when next regularly offered.

2. If an unacceptable grade is recorded in a course designated as a prerequisite course the student must satisfactorily complete the prerequisite course before continuing the program sequence.

3. Students may not participate in clinical, fieldwork or preceptorship courses until all prerequisite course work has been completed successfully.

4. Students who earn a grade of Unsatisfactory or Fail in clinical, fieldwork, or preceptorship courses will be placed on scholastic probation.

5. Students who fall from 1-10 quality points below a 3.0 cumulative GPA will be placed on scholastic probation.

 6. Students placed on scholastic probation must repeat those courses in which an unacceptable grade was earned when next regularly offered and earn a satisfactory grade. Students will remain on scholastic probation until this requirement is met and the minimum scholastic requirement for cumulative GPA is achieved. Failure to meet this requirement will result in dismissal from the School.

7. A course, including those designated clinical, fieldwork, and preceptorship, may be repeated one time only. Students who repeat a course but earn an unacceptable grade will be dismissed from the School.

8. Students who fail to attain a minimum 3.0 cumulative and/or semester professional GPA in two consecutive semesters can be dismissed from the School.

9. Students who fall more than 10 quality points below a 3.0 cumulative GPA will be dismissed from the School.

10. Students on scholastic probation are not eligible for graduation.

11.  Students must complete the program in a specified period of time.

12. Grades recorded in repeated course work do not replace the original grade. Both the original grade and repeated grade will appear on the academic transcript and both grades will be used in the computation of the academic grade point average.

13. Students dismissed from the School for academic reasons must reapply to the program to be considered for readmission.

 

The academic standards for the university are linked below: http://alliedhealth.lsuhsc.edu/Admin/academicstandards.aspx

Academic and Employment Workloads


The usual full-time academic load in the Department is 9 to 14 semester hours during Fall and Spring semesters; and 6 to 9 during the Summer semester. Students with outside commitments may not be able to enroll full-time. It is the responsibility of the student to be available for classes, clinical practicum, and other scheduled activities that may occur anytime from 7:30 AM to 9 PM Monday through Friday and, occasionally, on the weekend or during semester breaks. Activities may include attendance at professional conferences or seminars.

Students With Disabilities


Students with disabilities who require accommodations should check with the Department Head or Program Director early for information about departmental and SAHP procedures. 

Guidelines for students with disabilities:

http://alliedhealth.lsuhsc.edu/Admin/studentswithdisabilities.aspx

Curriculum


Each student is expected to be knowledgeable about the departmental regulations and requirements for the AUD degree in audiology. The department will determine the duration and content of each student’s program.

Licensure and Certification Requirements


Students must satisfy all applicable academic and clinical requirements for state licensure prior to graduation.

Academic Requirements


These represent minimum workload requirements for the AuD degree in Audiology assuming the student has successfully completed an undergraduate baccalaureate program. .

  1. Minimum of 85 semester academic credit hours at LSUHSC
  2. Required coursework specified by the Department
  3. Coursework as specified on the student’s individual plan of study

Clinical Practicum Requirements


  1. Audiology requires clinical enrollment each semester.
  2. Academic credit for clinical practicum cannot be applied to the minimum requirement 82 core curriculum academic credits in Audiology.
  3. Audiology students must complete the equivalent of 12 months full time clinical practicum prior to graduation.

Comprehensive Examination


The student must successfully complete comprehensive examinations.

Note:


In the event that any of these requirements has not been met, graduation may be delayed.

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