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Doctor of Audiology

The Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program is administered through the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The program is a four-year post-baccalaureate degree that replaced the Master of Science degree as the requirement for the entry-level practitioner of audiology. In contrast, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Audiology is offered to students interested in becoming a teacher/investigator.

At present, Vanderbilt’s AuD program is ranked #1 in the Nation by U.S. News and World Report. The Vanderbilt Audiology Program ensures that Vanderbilt continues to provide excellence in its efforts to meet the increasing national demand for high-quality professionals educated in the profession of audiology and to contribute to the improvement of hearing healthcare. The program pursues excellence by recruiting the very best students, exposing these students to nationally recognized faculty, and offering them unique and varied clinical experiences and special research opportunities.

Audiology is a relatively new healthcare profession concerned with the study, assessment, and treatment of both normal and disordered hearing in children and adults. The term “audiologist” typically refers to a hearing healthcare professional involved in the prevention, identification, and evaluation of hearing disorders, the selection, and evaluation of amplification, and the habilitation/rehabilitation of individuals with hearing impairment.

The Vanderbilt Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences is committed to recruiting, admitting, and training a diverse student body of future audiologists, speech-language pathologists, educators of the deaf, and researchers. Accordingly, we are continually working to establish and maintain equity and inclusivity in all areas of our educational mission. Our commitment to embrace and promote diversity, equity, and inclusivity is broad with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, nationality, disability, and differences, among others. This commitment is founded on our core belief in equality for all humans. Our goal is that our culture and the diversity of our department will reflect the diversity of the nation and the populations that we serve.  Furthermore, we strongly believe that our focus to embrace diversity is a critical element in education that will prepare our future audiologists, speech-language pathologists, educators, and researchers to serve the populations with whom we work in all settings.    

The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program in audiology (residential) at Vanderbilt University 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, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Class of 2022 Commencement – Photo: Anne Rayner