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Presented by Central Michigan University and Vanderbilt/ Bill Wilkerson Center
Central Michigan University’s online Doctor of Audiology program is no longer
accepting applications. The following information is provided for current Au.D.
The Au.D. program is based on a minimum 36-credit-hour sequence that consists of
three parts: a core sequence, an elective sequence and a Doctoral Project. A
comprehensive examination must be passed after completing the core and elective
The comprehensive examination, given after you complete your course work, is
designed to evaluate your theoretical and practical knowledge in a clinically
The heart of the Au.D. online learning program is the 6-credit-hour Doctoral
Project. It gives you the greatest opportunity to customize your degree to meet
your specific personal needs.
In consultation with a project director, the successful candidate will complete
a Doctoral Project that is an in-depth study of an area related to audiology. It
fosters the student's appreciation for evidence-based practice, and enhances the
candidates capacity as a critical thinker and consumer of audiologic research.
The doctoral project experience is not limited to research projects. Rather the
intent is to provide an experience that will: 1) enhance your capacity to be a
critical consumer of audiologic research; and 2) create an opportunity for you
to engage in an in-depth study of an area of audiology. We believe Au.D.
students must understand that a new paradigm for practicing audiology is
emerging – one that is more evidence-based, one that de-emphasizes unsystematic
experience and clinical intuition as sufficient grounds for clinical
decision-making, and one that stresses the examination of results from clinical
The doctoral project is designed to complement that paradigm. In general, most
projects will entail a literature review of a specific aspect of the practice of
clinical audiology followed by an assessment of impact upon existing clinical
practices. Examples of other acceptable projects may include: 1) investigation
into a topic in clinical audiology; 2) development and assessment of models
applied to service delivery; 3) formulation and evaluation of student/peer or
employee training and/or supervision protocols (e.g.; outcome-based measures);
4) meta-analysis; or 5) a case study using single subject design concepts. We
consider this experience to be an exciting and innovative learning module that
will provide you with opportunities to demonstrate critical thinking on clinical
issues within a maximally flexible curriculum.
Associate Director, Student Services International & CMU Online
Mike Nerbonne Ph.D.
Fred Bess PhD.
Professor and Associate Director
Vanderbilt/Bill Wilkerson Center
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