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Superior Research and Clinical Training

With a busy on-campus audiology clinic and active research programs, UNC’s doctoral program in audiology  (AUD) provides you with unique opportunities for a strong career start. Recent graduates of our AuD program have had a 100 percent job placement rate as well as a 100 percent pass rate on the national Praxis exam in audiology.

Experience exceptional clinical training at the UNC Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Clinic, explore evoked potentials, processing disorders, cochlear implants, videonystagmography and other cutting-edge clinical applications. You can also collaborate with your professors on research projects related to noise-induced hearing loss, amplification technology, aural rehabilitation, otoacoustic emissions, balance disorders and animal audition issues.

Degree Option

AuD in Audiology

UNC has one of just two AuD programs in Colorado. Our AuD program is fully accredited. Upon completion of the audiology doctorate, you’ll be eligible to earn Board Certification in Audiology, the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology, and professional licensure granted by the Colorado Department of Education and/or Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.

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"I have seen what joy the gift of hearing can bring. One of my favorite experiences was reprogramming hearing aids on a man who was once a wonderful musician, but couldn’t stand the sound of music with his new aids. After adding a music program and making some slight adjustments, we tried out the sound by pulling up a YouTube video. I will never forget the look on his face when the first chords of Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” came on. Giving the gift of hearing is life changing, for both those receiving the care and those giving it."

—Michala Demars, AuD, Class of 2018, and one of two U.S. students selected for an international mission to Toluca, Mexico, sponsored by the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Your Future in Audiology

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 20-plus percent increase in demand for professional audiologists to meet the needs of America’s rapidly aging baby boom generation. Graduates of our AuD program have found employment in hospitals, ENT clinics, rehabilitation facilities, school districts, research institutes and university audiology departments. 

Consider UNC's Doctor of Audiology if  you are interested in:

  • Becoming a hearing healthcare professional
  • Clinical practice and research
  • Working with diverse populations including children, senior citizens and individuals with disabilities

You’ll learn about:

  • Clinical practice techniques and theories
  • Hearing and balance disorders, diagnoses and treatments
  • Research methods and technology
  • Current technology
  • Professional issues in hearing healthcare

Sample courses:

  • Medical Aspects of Audiology
  • Educational Audiology
  • Amplification 
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Vestibular Assessment and Management
  • Audiology Practice Management
  • Hearing Loss Prevention

Beyond the Classroom

Established in 1958, the UNC Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Clinic provides outstanding clinical training. Work with ASHA-certified practitioners in a state-of-the-art facility that performs a full range of diagnostic and rehabilitative procedures. The clinic’s services include cochlear implant mapping, aural rehabilitation, auditory brainstem response assessment, otoacoustic emissions testing, hearing aid assessment and fitting, middle ear testing, hearing loss prevention and assistive listening technology.

Where can your degree take you?

  • Clinical practice in hospitals, ENT clinics or private practice settings
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Hearing aid and cochlear implant sales and marketing
  • University clinical faculty positions
  • Product research and development
  • Public schools
  • Balance assessment and treatment clinics

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