In the United States, master’s level audiology training programs have been phased out to be replaced by the four-year clinical doctorate, the Doctor of Audiology degree (AuD), earned after a bachelor’s degree. Salus University Osborne College of Audiology helped steer this course of action for practicing audiologists in the United States to transition from a master’s degree to an AuD degree by offering an online AuD-bridge program from the years 2000 to 2010. Our current goal is to extend a similar program to international audiologists so that they can maintain high standards of practice by staying in touch with the current state of the science of audiology.
The intended program start date of the International AuD-bridge degree program is August (fall term) of each year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The Admissions Committee review and selection begins after applicants have sent all the necessary documents to the Office of Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org). To receive priority consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply early and complete the application requirements as soon as possible. Please note: Each new cohort will begin once a year every August, because of this, the entire application process may occur over a six month period.
Please note: The admission requirements of WES (as necessary), TOEFL (as necessary) and recommendation letters must be met as soon as possible after submitting the online application.
What is the goal of International AuD-Bridge degree program?
While a master’s degree prepares audiologists to learn the skills and techniques necessary to provide clinical services for the hearing impaired, the Salus AuD program prepares the audiologists to integrate evidence-based practice and advances in research into clinical practice. The objective of this international AuD-Bridge degree program is to develop and deliver post-master’s level education to those seeking a clinical doctorate. Towards that end, we developed a comprehensive didactic curriculum and hands-on practicum courses that permit mid-career audiologists to become better clinicians and consumers of research literature so that they may implement evidence-based techniques in their practice setting.
Who should enroll in the International AuD-Bridge degree program?
The international AuD-Bridge degree program is intended for practicing audiologists who have (a) completed a master’s degree or equivalent (for example, MD in Audiology), and (b) completed a post-graduate clinical fellowship year and at least two years of work experience, or three or more years of experience without a fellowship year.
How will this international AuD–Bridge degree program be of to benefit me?
The AuD degree has replaced the master’s degree in the United States as the profession’s entry-level clinical degree for the practice of audiology. The AuD degree defines the role of the audiologist as an independent professional and provider of audiology diagnostic and treatment services to those with hearing and balance disorders within the medical and healthcare service delivery.
We believe that the first step to achieving professional autonomy is by expanding the knowledge base within the profession and developing competencies to match the demands of the profession. Our curriculum is focused on enhancing the breadth of knowledge in both the current trends and recent advances in the field of audiology, hearing science and diagnostic and rehabilitative technologies, so that practicing audiologists can upgrade their skills towards leveling the capabilities around the world.
How is the Salus University Osborne College of Audiology International AuD-Bridge degree program different from other online AuD programs?
The courses and content of the Salus University International AuD-Bridge degree program were developed with the intent of bringing parity with our residential AuD program, and to ensure that our graduates are prepared to provide the highest standards of service delivery to individuals with hearing and balance disorders.
What are the admission requirements to enroll in this program?
Requirements for admission into the program are:
- a master’s degree or medical degree in Audiology, or an equivalent,
- one year clinical fellowship and two years of clinical experience in audiology, or
- minimum of three years clinical experience in audiology,
- two letters of recommendation and
- personal goal statement
The Admissions Committee recommends that applicants take the ETS PRAXIS exam in Audiology (Test code number 0341-Audiology). The results of this exam will be used solely as a diagnostic tool to help us create an individualized program of study and will not be used as a criterion for admission into the program. The test should be taken as soon as possible after the application is submitted. You may contact the Director of Distance Education by email at email@example.com
for further guidance on taking the PRAXIS exam.
International students whose degree was completed outside the US will be required to use the Word Education Service (WES) credentialing agency, or an equivalent accredited agency, to have a document-by-document evaluation of their transcripts.
International students whose degree was completed outside the US will be required to take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 500 (paper-based test) / 61 (internet-based test) is required for admission to the program.
Is there any other paperwork I need to complete for this International AuD –Bridge degree program?
Applicants are also required to complete the Personal Clinical Assessment Form so that the admission committee can use it as an additional tool to determine the applicant’s clinical and professional experience.
How many courses must I take - and is the program completely online?
All students will be required to enroll in a minimum of 30 courses. Twenty-eight of these courses are didactic and will be offered online. Students will be required to take two out of the multiple practicum courses that will be offered on our campus in Elkins Park, PA or that will be arranged to coincide with various national and/or international audiology conferences that occur in July and August.
Must I take all 28 courses listed?
Yes. All students are required to enroll and complete the requirements towards 28 didactic courses and two practicum courses. The courses are all advanced level post- masters courses, each with 1.5 academic (semester) credits for a program total of 45 academic credits.
Are the courses offered in sequence, or may I register for these courses at various times in the year?
The course calendar has been constructed towards advancing knowledge in the core areas of neurosciences, clinical sciences, rehabilitation sciences and public health and professional issues, with an emphasis on evidence-based practice in each area of study. Each six-week session consists of two courses and the two courses are related to each other to form one unit. We recommend the sequential approach of the calendar so that the student can derive maximum benefit from the comprehensive course of study that has been put together towards a clinical doctorate in Audiology.
How long will this program take to complete?
This entire post-graduate degree program consists of 30 courses and can be completed in two years. We recommend that students register for two courses in each six-week session. For those who cannot complete the program in two years, the program coordinator will work with the student to develop an alternative schedule. The maximum length of time recommended for program completion is four years.
What are the fees for this program? What is the payment schedule?
- A one - time, non-refundable, application fee of $100 applies. Application fee payment is due with the student’s application to the program. · Tuition and fees are due the first day of each term. For tuition and technology fee amounts, please click here.
- Tuition is charged per semester credit. The degree requirement is 45 semester credits for 30 courses
- University technology fees are charged per quarter. (Note: the year has four academic quarters and each quarter has two, six-week academic sessions. University technology fees are paid four times per year.)
Will I receive an AuD degree from Salus University after I complete the program - and is this the same AuD degree that residential program graduates of the Salus University Osborne College of Audiology receive?
Yes. Students who graduate from the International AuD-Bridge degree program will receive the same Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree that residential students receive after completing their four year professional doctorate program.
It must be noted however, that the AuD-bridge program is delivered in combination with a student’s current master’s degree program. The AuD-bridge program does not include the clinical practicum required for US-based certification or US state licensure. Upon completion of the degree program, the University can only attest to the student’s accomplishment through the International AuD-Bridge degree program and not to the clinical credentials of the audiologist.
Is the Salus University Osborne College of Audiology program an accredited program?
The Salus University Osborne College of Audiology has been granted degree-granting authority for the International AuD-Bridge degree program by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Will I be able to work in the USA with the AuD degree from Salus University?
Each state in the US has guidelines for issuing audiology license and students who wish to acquire either US certification or US licensure in audiology will need to contact national associations (e.g. AAA, ASHA) for certification rules and individual states for the licensure rules.
How will the courses be offered and who will be teaching them?
All instruction will be delivered via the Internet. All programs will be delivered in English. The International AuD-Bridge Degree Program includes utilization of Salus Blackboard portal to deliver web-based instruction to students. Instruction will consist of weekly, asynchronous, two-hour teaching and half hour review of postings, combined with asynchronous threaded discussion with students.
The faculty members for the International AuD-Bridge degree program are leading academics and professionals with particular expertise in their field of study, who are internationally recognized and have contributed significantly to the knowledge base of audiology and hearing science.
Will there be a specific day and time that the student will be required to log-in to the course?
Students will be given an entire week to log-in, review material for the week, respond to threaded discussions and complete the assignment for the week. There is no specific day and time that the student will have to login. It will be to the student’s advantage however, if they log-in as soon as the lesson for the week is posted, so that the student has adequate time to participate in the threaded discussions and complete the week’s assignment(s).
How will the student interact with the instructor?
The students and the instructor will interact via threaded discussions and email. Threaded discussions are prompted and led by the instructor. Students will be required to respond to the instructor’s prompts as well as to the other students’ responses. The instructor will set the parameters of threaded discussion for each class.
Will there be readings, tests and exams?
Yes. The instructor will assign readings, assignments and tests. Students will be required to abide by the parameters of assessment set by the instructor.
Do I need to enroll in two courses per session and how many hours of study will I be required to set aside per week if I enrolled in two courses per session?
Students must enroll in two courses per session if they want to complete the program in two years. The two courses will be taught on different days of the same week. The courses have been organized to complement one another, so there is continuity between the courses. As each course is 1.5 credits worth, the students are effectively working towards a 3-credit course and the advantage is that it is broken up into two sections. Instructors will teach each course for two hours. Students will participate in threaded discussions and will have reading assignments and other homework assignments. These assignments and homework will not exceed what is required of 1.5 credits for each course.
Will the student have technical assistance if there are problems with the internet-based learning platform?
Pearson eCollege Learning Studio has a 24 x 7 x 365 Help Desk available. The decision to utilize the Pearson eCollege platform was based mainly on their ability to accommodate their support for international students. (An earlier version of this same platform was used for delivering our initial online AuD program from 2000 – 2010). We have used the current version of this platform in our 40-week web-based Advanced Studies in Cochlear Implants certificate program and students have reported the Help Desk assistance to have been very-good to excellent.