The University of Akron and Kent State University are nationally recognized for their strong audiology programs and are ideally suited to offer a collaborative professional doctorate. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation is internationally recognized as providing excellent health care. The collaborative nature of the Au.D. program merges the assets of these two strong audiology programs and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation into one unified professional doctorate degree program.
The structure of our Au.D. program results in optimal use of the schools' resources and represents a logical evolution of the schools' previous masters degree programs. Additionally, students obtain a broader range of experiences through placements at the Cleveland Clinic and its satellite facilities, as well as at other excellent health facilities in the Cleveland/Akron/Youngstown area. Research opportunities are available at both universities and at the Cleveland Clinic.
Kent State University continues to have a long-standing Ph.D. program in audiology. At present, the Au.D. and Ph.D. programs are undertaken sequentially. Contact the Kent campus NOAC coordinator for more details.
Audiologists are hearing care specialists who provide evaluation and treatment for individuals with hearing impairments. The scope of practice in audiology, at a minimum, has tripled over the last 35 years. In 2006 the doctoral degree was mandated in the state of Ohio as the entry level degree to the profession.