Audiologists make a positive contribution to people’s lives. Although we often take hearing and communication for granted, these processes are extraordinarily complex. Anyone at any age can be affected by hearing loss. According to the World Health Organization, over 5% of the world's population has disabling hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children). It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people worldwide will be affected by a significant hearing loss. With the changing makeup of our population comes the need for audiologists who are skilled at working in a complex and diverse global society. For people with the appropriate education and flexibility, employment prospects are excellent.
Western's Clinical Doctorate in Audiology offers engaging courses and clinical experiences for students who are ready for the challenge. Graduate students at WWU benefit from using the latest equipment and software. Our fully-mediated and well-equipped classrooms and teaching labs provide optimal learning environments. Research laboratories, collaborative spaces, and multiple computer stations further contribute to a supportive and high-quality learning experience.
Western's Clinical Doctorate in Audiology is a full-time, four-year program. During the first three years, students enroll in coursework and clinical practicum experiences developed and sequenced to provide knowledge and skills in the evidence-based diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders across the lifespan. The program culminates in a fourth year externship. We train competent entry-level professionals in audiology and prepare students for advanced study at the Ph.D. level.
Western Washington University also offers diagnostic and rehabilitative audiological services at its campus Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. The Clinic at Western provides a unique educational opportunity to graduate students in Audiology while providing a valuable community service.
Clinical Doctorate in Audiology Testimonials
Haley Prins, Graduate Student Clinician
I knew I wanted to pursue my Au.D. at WWU to continue learning with our amazing faculty and for the opportunity to get as much hands-on training as possible. Since beginning the program, I have been exposed to a wide variety of clinical experiences, making me feel knowledgeable and prepared as I enter the professional world. In the WWU Au.D. program, I have found a network of support among my peers and our faculty. For anyone considering a rewarding career in audiology, I would highly recommend WWU.
Rachel Miller, Graduate Student Clinician
Going into Audiology, I would have never guessed how I would develop not only professionally, but personally. If a career in Audiology is of interest to you or you want to use your life to impact others, consider continuing your education to obtain your doctorate in Audiology at Western Washington University.
Steve Brazel, Graduate Student Clinician
The WWU audiology experience has given me more than I could have imagined. Is it hard? Absolutely! However, WWU audiology is setting a high standard that I believe rivals the most prestigious of audiology programs. I’m very proud to be a part of such a great group of people.
Nicole Nichols, Graduate Student Clinician
During my time as an Audiology student at Western, I have grown in ways that I could not have imagined. The faculty and staff have pushed me to be the best clinician that I can be and have supported me through these years. I have met some of my best friends and I have built relationships with people who I know will always be an important part of my life. Four years is a long time, but it is definitely worth it.
- All applicants must complete the Graduate School's ApplyWeb application and pay the $100 application fee.
- Within the application you will be prompted to upload an unofficial transcript from each institution attended. If admitted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
- Additional application materials are specified below. Applications will not be forwarded to the department for review until all required materials have been received by the Graduate School.
- International Applicants: Please review the requirements for information regarding Degree Equivalency, English Language Proficiency and student VISA requirements.
Additional Application Requirements
- A baccalaureate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders/Speech Pathology and Audiology completed within the past 5 years
- Three (3) Letters of Reference
- One-page resume
- Statement of Purpose: The Department of CSD at Western has a responsibility to the public to produce fully competent and caring audiologists, capable of doing benefit and not harm. Thus, it is important that persons admitted possess the intelligence, integrity, compassion, humanitarian concern, and physical and emotional capacity necessary to practice audiology. We particularly value applicants who can demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, curiosity, maturity, self‐motivation, dedication to the profession, and established strategies for managing stress. Within this context, submit a one page statement describing your academic experiences, professional experiences, research experience (if applicable) and personal qualities that make you a strong candidate for graduate training in audiology. In addition, discuss your future plans for your professional career. Please be aware that your statement will be read by a review committee who will not only evaluate you based on the content of your answer, but also on your writing ability (e.g., clarity, organization, writing mechanics).
- Priority deadline: Jan. 15. Applications will continue to be accepted until cohort is full.