The course of study will bring the professional up to date on the state of the science in cochlear implant technology and methods of treatment. The outstanding faculty for the program, from both Canada and the USA, are experts in cochlear implant science, technology, and clinical protocols.
The program is a 40-week, six-course, online course of study. Students who complete the program will receive 10 semester (academic) credits and receive a graduate certificate in Advanced Studies in Cochlear Implants from Salus University Osborne College of Audiology. This program is open to college degree holders (BS, MS, AuD, MD, PhD, etc.) of audiology or audiology-related professions in the United States and other countries. Courses are taught in English. The Advanced Studies in Cochlear Implants program utilizes the Pearson eCollege Learning Studio platform via the AuDonline.org portal to deliver web-based instruction to students.
The Advanced Studies in Cochlear Implants certificate program is ideal for the following:
- practicing professionals who have an audiology or audiology-related degree with an interest in cochlear implants, as the program of study is designed to expand their current level of experience in cochlear implants, while focusing on the core cochlear implant competencies;
- employees of cochlear implant companies who have an audiology or audiology-related degree and need a broader view of the sciences and clinical skills involved in provision of successful cochlear implant services;
- college faculty who have an audiology or audiology-related degree and who teach cochlear implant courses and desire additional and updated information; and
- fourth-year audiology clinical doctoral (AuD) students who are at an externship site with an established cochlear implant center. A letter of support is required from the program director.
The purpose of offering the Advanced Studies in Cochlear Implants graduate certificate program from the Salus University Osborne College of Audiology is to fill the need that the advancing technology has created in the body of knowledge surrounding cochlear implants. Most cochlear implant clinicians have completed an Introduction to Cochlear Implants class as part of their degree program, but have not been exposed to the depth of science underlying cochlear implants. All three cochlear implant manufacturers offer technical-training courses to those that use their products, but this process generally does not include the broad scientific knowledge base that is essential for clinicians to generalize the information and make evidence-based decisions based on scientific principles. This online program will offer both depth and breadth of instruction, emphasizing materials and methods to provide the framework for best practices in the provision of cochlear implant services.
This certificate program is offered for matriculated students who take the entire course of study, and non-certificate students, who desire to take individual courses. With the limited enrollment for the program, matriculated students will have priority in admissions over non-certificate students.