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.
- 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).