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Doctor of Audiology
Thank you for your interest in the Doctor of Audiology program at California State University, Sacramento! The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree is offered through the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSAD) in the College of Health and Human Services at Sacramento State. The Au.D. program at Sacramento State is a four-year clinical doctorate that is designed to prepare students for professional practice of audiology. The Au.D. program provides coursework in the theoretical foundations of audiology practice and evidence-based practice, as well as varied clinical training experiences in the Sacramento community and surrounding areas. The program requires full-time study for 11 consecutive semesters (including summer).
The Department seeks qualified Au.D. program applicants and faculty who can contribute to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion and who share values of honesty and integrity, compassion, a growth mindset, and a desire to support individuals from underserved communities through excellence in clinical care.
The Doctor of Audiology program has received approval from the CSU Chancellor’s Office and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). In addition, the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE) has granted the program "Developing Status,” and the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program in audiology at California State University, Sacramento is a Candidate for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a “pre-accreditation” status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of five years.
Why Sacramento State?
- Contemporary curriculum grounded in our department’s mission to provide theory before practice. Classes include amplification, central auditory processing, genetics, practice management, diagnosis and management of the vestibular system, pharmacology and ototoxicity, aging and the auditory system, pediatric and educational audiology, billing and coding, research methods, aural rehabilitation, and more! See the Au.D. program catalog for a list of courses and descriptions.
- New state-of-the-art Speech-Language and Audiology clinics in Folsom Hall that serve our community and provide on-site training for our Au.D. students.
- Interprofessional education activities for students from other health-related degree programs (e.g., collaboration with nursing, physical therapy, developmental behavioral pediatrics, social work, psychology, genetics, and special education).
- Various off-campus placements within and outside the Sacramento area. Placement types include private practices, medical centers, and local school districts.
- Class sizes that emphasize support from instructors in the classroom, clinic, and outside of class time.
- Knowledgeable, engaged, and caring faculty who are passionate about audiology, training and supporting students through their teaching and research.
- Opportunities to engage in research with faculty through a doctoral research project.
- Developing Status award from ACAE and a Candidacy award from CAA.
- Diverse community to engage with in the Sacramento area.
- An affordable, state-funded program.
In Fall 2021, we open the doors to the new Maryjane Rees Language, Speech, and Hearing Center Audiology Clinic on the first floor of Folsom Boulevard. This state-of-the-art clinic provides evidence-based practice and research space for students and faculty, serving as the on-campus training site for the Au.D. program. The Audiology Clinic includes five sound booths, hearing aid workrooms, a vestibular lab with rotary chair, electrophysiology equipment, consultation rooms, a student computer lab, reception area and waiting room, and collaborative education space. The space complements the existing Maryjane Rees Language, Speech, and Hearing Center and the interprofessional education environment within Folsom Hall, which will provide opportunities to students to engage and work with students from other health professions.
Maryjane Rees Language, Speech, and Hearing Center on the Second Floor of Folsom Hall
The waiting room:
The reception desk. The Circle of Golden Hearts logo represents our endowment, which supports the Center and training for our students and clients
Along the hallway to the audiology labs, we have displayed posters from various faculty and student research projects as part of a showcase of the work being done in the department and clinic.
The second floor includes four audiology rooms:
an audiology suite and sound booth
a hearing aid workroom,
a consultation room,
and a vestibular lab with a rotary chair.
The Maryjane Rees Language, Speech, and Hearing Center will be expanding to a new Audiology Clinic on the first floor of Folsom Hall, adding 5000 square feet of clinic and research space to the Center. The new Audiology Clinic will have four booths, four consultation rooms, a student computer lab, collaborative education space, a workroom, the Clinic Coordinator’s office, reception, and waiting room. The booths and rooms will contain state-of-the-art equipment, supporting Au.D. students in evidence-based practice and research while supporting our local community. The space will also complement the existing interprofessional education environment within Folsom Hall, which will provide opportunities to students to engage and work with students from other health professions. Construction on the new space is expected to be completed in Fall 2021.
Student meeting/breakroom/study space # 178
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Spacious waiting room and public education space #179
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Student and faculty locker room #185
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Collaborative Education Space #186
Student computer lab #187
Clinical Education Coordinator office #188
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Clinical Reception Office #193
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There is one application cycle per year for the Au.D. program. Information about admissions and the application process is provided below. Please read through this page in its entirety before applying. Failure to do so will result in an incomplete application. Admission to the Au.D. program is determined by the Au.D. Program Admissions Committee.
In addition to the Sacramento State application, the Au.D. program utilizes the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS) for admissions. Applications may be submitted between October 1 and February 15 . Applications must be received before February 15. The Au.D. Program Admissions Committee will only review CSDCAS-verified (i.e., applications that have verified grades and verified GRE scores, three letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) and complete applications that are received by February 15. We encourage applicants to apply early.
1. Students must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
2. Students must have completed a course in each of the following
- Human Development Across the Lifespan
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introduction to Statistics
- American Sign Language
- Biological Science
- Physical science
3. Students must also have completed the equivalent of the following Sacramento State Communication Sciences
and Disorders courses:
- CSAD 110 Physics of Sound and Phonetics
- CSAD 111 Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
- CSAD 112 Language Science and Development
- CSAD 125 Developmental and Acquired Neurogenic Language Disorders Across the Lifespan
- CSAD 130 Introduction to Audiology
- CSAD 133 Introduction to Aural Rehabilitation
4. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.00 and a 3.00 GPA in the undergraduate major.
5. Domestic applicants with foreign documents and international students (F-1 or J-1 visa applicants) must consult the Office of Graduate Studies and Global Education/International Admissions Department for specific application instructions. These students must also submit TOEFL scores. The CSAD department-specific TOEFL scores are: Paper-based 560/Computer-based 220/Internet-based 100
6. GRE scores obtained in the last 5 years. It is recommended that applicants have a minimum combined score of 291 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the test, and a minimum score of 3.5 on the analytical writing portion of the test. GRE scores are optional for 2021-2022 cycle.
7. Three letters of recommendation, two of which must come from university faculty who can speak to the student’s academic potential and one must come from a professional reference in the field of audiology.
8. Written essay (see additional information below)
9. Resume (see additional information below)
10. Documentation of 25 completed observation hours in communication sciences and disorders, of which at least 50% must be in audiology. All hours must be documented using the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Audiology Student Observation Hours Log.
Please be advised that applying to the Au.D. program is a two-step process: 1) Sacramento State Graduate Studies Application (Cal State Apply), and 2) CSDCAS.
Prospective applicants can view the admissions requirements below.
2021-2022 Application Cycle for Fall 2022 Admissions
For students who have an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or the equivalent:
- Apply to Sacramento State through Cal State Apply or visit Graduate Studies Application Information And Procedures website.
- The personal statement will be submitted through CSDCAS. In the personal statement category, type “Essay submitted directly to department.”
- Select “Doctor of Audiology” as the “Degree Objective.”
- One set of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (including Sacramento State) should be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies at Sacramento State. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should also be submitted to CSDCAS.
- If you graduated or are graduating from Sacramento State, you do not need to submit additional transcripts to OGS unless you attended another college(s) after you graduated.
- You will receive a confirmation email from the Office of Graduate Studies with your Sac State ID number and instructions regarding how to set up your SacLink account (if not already set up).
- For information on financial aid, review the Graduate Financial Aid Options & Process document.
- If you have any questions about the University application, please call the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) at 916-278-6470.
- Apply to Sacramento State through the CSDCAS web-based application.
- The portal opens on October 1, 2021. Applicants should create an account and profile with CSDCAS.
- The deadline is February 15, 2022
- Applications, official transcripts for all prior coursework, letters of recommendation, and payment must be submitted online by this date.
- Applications submitted after this date will not be reviewed.
- CSDCAS applications are due at midnight Eastern Time (ET) on the date listed above.
- NOTE: The deadline of midnight ET is 9:00 PM in California.
- For questions regarding the CSDCAS application:
- Student Customer Service: 617-612-2030 (available Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM EST) or email@example.com
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to follow all CSDCAS instructions and meet deadlines.
For students who do not have an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders or the
- The Admissions Committee will determine course equivalency by reviewing the course description and syllabus. Applicants may submit these two items to Dr. Laura Gaeta at any time
- The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders does not offer pre-requisite courses for students who are not currently enrolled in the CSAD undergraduate program.
- Prospective applicants who wish to fulfill these pre-requisites at Sacramento State may apply to the Sacramento State College of Continuing Education (CCE). The Sacramento State CCE offers limited enrollment in the six CSAD-prefix courses listed above. Please note that this coursework must be completed by the anticipated enrollment date (e.g., to enroll in the Fall 2022 cohort, all pre-requisite coursework must be completed by August 2022).Completion of this coursework does not guarantee admission into the Au.D. program at Sacramento State, and conditional admission decisions will not be granted.
For domestic applicants with foreign documents:
- Domestic applicants with foreign documents must consult the Office of Graduate Studies for specific application instructions. International students (Those on or who intend to apply for F-1 or J-1 visas) must consult the Office of Graduate Studies and Global Education/International Admissions Department for specific application instructions. Domestic applicants with foreign documents and international students whose native language is not English must also submit TOEFL scores.
- Communication Sciences and Disorders department-specific required TOEFL scores are as follows: Paper-based 560/Computer-based 220/Internet-based 100.
Additional Admissions Information
- Under “Academic History,” applicants must list all coursework from all transcripts, including any coursework planned or in progress, from all institutions attended.
- Applicants must list all grades received in coursework through January 31, 2022.
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that transcripts are received with ample time for CSDCAS to verify the grades.
- Transcripts from all institutions must be submitted through CSDCAS. An “academic update” is provided by CSDCAS. During this time, applicants may update coursework completed since the application was submitted online (e.g., students who submitted applications prior to receiving grades for coursework completed in Summer or Fall). This update must occur within the timeframe specified by CSDCAS and prior to the application due date. Grades for courses that are in progress or planned for after the application due date are not needed at the time of the CSDCAS submission.
- Undergraduate completion date should be estimated based on planned coursework.
- Official transcripts must be sent to CSDCAS at the address below:
CSDCAS Verification Department
P.O. Box 9113
Watertown, MA 02471
- Additional sets of official transcripts must also be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies at Sacramento State.
Students must have an overall GPA of no less than 3.00 overall and a GPA of no less than 3.00 in the major (i.e., CSAD-prefix courses). This requirement must be met by all applicants, even those who do not have the undergraduate degree in CSAD but who completed the pre-requisites at a later date.
Letters of Recommendation
- Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation electronically through CSDCAS.
- The letters of recommendation must be submitted before the application deadline.
- Two letters must come from university faculty who can speak to the student’s academic potential in a challenging Au.D. program, and one letter must come from a professional reference in the field of audiology.
- If more than three letters are submitted, three letters will be selected based on the date received. If less than three letters are received, the applicant’s packet will be considered incomplete.
GRE Scores (optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle)
- Applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores by the application deadline.
- GRE scores must be obtained in the last five (5) years.
- Students must report their GRE scores on the CSDCAS application AND have the scores sent directly by ETS to Sacramento State and CSDCAS for verification (institution code #: 0702; audiology code #:0602).
Observation Hours (deferred for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle)
- Applicants must submit any hours that have been completed at the time of submitting their materials.
- Applicants must submit documentation of 25 completed observation hours in CSAD, and at least 50% of those hours must be in audiology. Applicants should seek to complete observation hours in the community, observing local audiologists in practice.
- All hours must be documented using the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Audiology Student Observation Hours Log. Logs must be complete in order to be reviewed.
- Hours completed on a different form or through Master Clinician Network must be transferred to the observation hours log form provided by the department in order to be evaluated. Please additionally attach original observation hours log form(s).
- The observation hours log must be uploaded to CSDCAS under “Other.”
Applicants must submit a resume. Resumes should be no more than two pages and must be uploaded to CSDCAS under “CV/Resume”
Resumes should include the following sections:
- Educational background
- Work and/or volunteer experiences, including dates of employment and/or volunteering, time span and hours, job title, and a brief description of responsibilities
The following sections are optional:
- Recognitions (e.g., Dean’s list, scholarships, leadership positions, etc.)
- Research experience. Include area or topic, supervisor, responsibilities, and duration.
- Clinical experience (observation hours should be recorded on the observation hours log). Include site and population, supervisor, nature of the experience, and duration.
Statement of Purpose
Applicants are required to submit a written personal statement discussing their motivation for pursuing the Au.D. and how it relates to their future career goals. The statement of purpose must be no more than 500 words and must be uploaded to CSDCAS under “Personal Statement.”
The statement of purpose must address the following prompt: Discuss the experiences and personal qualities that make you an ideal candidate for the Au.D. program at California State University, Sacramento.
Applicants are required to submit a written essay in response to the question below. The essay must be no more than 500 words and must be uploaded to CSDCAS under “Other.”
The written essay must address the following prompt: What are the barriers encountered by people with hearing loss who are from culturally and linguistically diverse populations when accessing audiology services?
Admission into the Au.D. program does not guarantee that students will obtain a license, certification, or credential. These requirements are set by agencies unaffiliated with Sacramento State, and requirements are subject to change. Tuition, fees, and associated costs will not be refunded to students who determine, after being admitted, that they cannot meet licensure requirements.
The 2021-2022 tuition for the Au.D. program is approximately $7371.00 / semester. The total cost (tuition only) is approximately $81,081.00. See the Sacramento State Current Tuition & Fees webpage for updated tuition and campus fees.
- Do I need to have taken physics or chemistry to apply to the Au.D. program?
No, but you must have taken a course in a physical science.
- What if I don’t have the CSAD pre-requisites for applying to the Au.D. program?
If you have a Bachelor’s in another field (i.e., a major other than CSAD) and wish to take the pre-requisites at Sacramento State, you can apply to the Sacramento State College of Continuing Education (CCE) program. The six CSAD-prefix courses are offered through this program.
- Is advising for prospective students available?
Yes. You can make an appointment for office hours by emailing the Au.D. Program Director, Laura Gaeta, Ph.D., or you can attend the information/advising sessions posted on the department calendar.
- When should I take the GRE?
GRE scores must be reported by the application deadline. We recommend that students take the GRE in the summer before applying to the program to allow time for a retake (if necessary). Scores are valid for five years.
- Do I need to have completed all of the pre-requisites before applying to the program?
No, but all pre-requisites must be completed by the program start date. At the time of applying, you must indicate that pre-requisite completion is in progress and will be completed by program start date.
- Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders?
No, a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSAD) is not required, but you must have completed the pre-requisites listed on this webpage, including those in CSAD, before starting the program.
- How are applications evaluated?
We consider all aspects of the application, including but not limited to: academic performance and potential (e.g., pre-requisites, overall and major GPA, GRE scores, transcripts, written communication), letters of recommendation, observation hours, related experiences (e.g., employment, pre-clinical courses, research, community service, employment), diversity (e.g., personal statement, essay, CV/resume, volunteer and/or work history), commendations (e.g., honors/awards, leadership, CV/resume), interpersonal skills (e.g., personal statement, letters of recommendation), and clinical potential.
- How are classes and clinics scheduled?
The Sacramento State Au.D. program is designed so that the early semesters have more didactic classes than clinical coursework. Later in the program, this ratio changes to fewer didactic classes and more clinical coursework in order to prepare students for the full-time externship in the fourth year.
- Does the program offer any specializations?
The Au.D. is a generalist degree, meaning that students will learn about and gain experience in all areas of audiology. We have a wide range of classes and internships available so that students can explore all of these areas through coursework, clinical practica, and research projects. We can take student interests and goals into account when assigning clinical rotations as long as minimum requirements are still achieved. Our program partners with our interprofessional education center, so opportunities to learn from and work with students in other health fields are available and embedded within the curriculum.
- Do I need to find clinical placements on my own?
No. The program will coordinate off-campus clinical placements, including the externship year. Internship placements around the greater Sacramento area are already established.
- What kinds of placements are available?
For at least the first three semesters, students will complete rotations in our Maryjane Rees Language, Speech, and Hearing Center in Folsom Hall. In the second and third years, students will be enrolled in off-campus practica, such as private practices, medical centers/hospitals, and schools.
- Is research a part of the program?
Yes. Although the Au.D. is a clinical doctorate (i.e., it is not a Ph.D. or a research doctorate), research is incorporated in all courses and clinics through learning outcomes, assignments, and evidence-based practice. Students are also required to complete a doctoral research project starting in the second year and culminating in a paper and presentation in the third year. Each project is developed and supervised by a committee of faculty. Students will identify faculty as committee chairs and members based on their interests and the research interests of the faculty.
- What support is available for students with disabilities?
As part of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Au.D. program is committed to supporting all students. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSWD) at the start of the Au.D. program.
- Are there comprehensive exams?
Yes. There are two exams that students must pass in order to continue in the program; CSAD 510 is a progress exam at the end of the first year, and CSAD 520 is a comprehensive exam near the end of the third year.
- Is there a student organization?
Yes! Our Au.D. students launched a chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) at CSUS. More information about SAA and its activities is available below.
- Are there any requirements related to starting clinical practica?
Yes. Prior to enrolling in any clinical practica, students must fulfill the following criteria. Addtional information related to clinical requirements will be presented in orientations and courses.
- Proof of required immunizations consistent with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Immunization Policy
- Completion of background check consistent with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Policy on Background Check.
- Current certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers.
Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) Chapter
Visit our SAA chapter website: www.saacsus.com