George S. Osborne College of Audiology

Doctor of Audiology Program (Residential)

Course Descriptions

AU710SAA – Issues in Audiology

Current issues in the profession of audiology including legislation and reimbursement, professional certification and licensure.

AU711FAA – Molecular and Cellular Processes

Integrates the fundamental anatomical, biochemical, histological and physiological processes of cells, beginning with stem cells. Proceeds through elements of normal and abnormal cellular processes using specific representation cells, ending with immunology and molecular biology. Provides conceptual framework for diagnostic and therapeutic management of patients.

AU712SAA – Integrated Organ Systems

Continues the integrated approach of anatomy, histology and physiology with pathology at the systemic level by looking at the specific organ systems. Addresses student’s ability to recommend needed laboratory and diagnostic testing in a thorough, prudent and methodical fashion.

AU713FAB – Auditory Biology

Anatomy and physiology of the outer ear to the temporal lobe presented, with emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of auditory pathologies.

AU714FAB – Head and Neck Anatomy

A structural and functional approach to the nervous system.

AU714SAA – Neurosciences

Head and neck anatomy follows with a structural and functional approach to the nervous system. Neuropathology examines disease conditions affecting the nervous system and forms the foundation for understanding the impact of neurological disease on the auditory system.

AU714SBC – Psychoacoustics

Physical and psychological attributes related to sound in normal hearing and impaired ears. Classical psychophysical methods discussed, with an emphasis on their application to audiological testing.

AU715FAA – Audiometric Principles 1

Overview of the evaluation of the auditory mechanism using otoscopy, pure tone, speech, immittance and electrophysiology tests. Experience with the interpretation of audiometric test results to determine site-of-lesion in the auditory system.

AU715FBB – Acoustics and Acoustic Phonetics

The principles of sound and its measurement. Information on the acoustic parameters of sound and perception of speech.

AU715SAA – Audiometric Principles 2

Evaluation of the auditory mechanism using speech audiometry, masking and advanced behavioral testing.

AU717FAA – Clinical Problem Solving 1

Presentation of case discussions, exercises, and group discussion aimed at facilitating student reasoning through clinical problems. Students will apply principles of evidenced-based medicine. This one-year sequence is offered Fall and Spring Semesters.

AU717FBB – Clinical Skills: Doctor/Patient Relationship

Issues related to the professional relationship between doctor-patients in the profession of audiology, with emphasis on the development of a humanistic approach to patient care. Effective communication skills addressed, especially as related to case-history taking and counseling.

AU717FCC – Clinical Skills: Evidence Based Medicine (EBM)

Development of the skills necessary to make decisions based on the scientific literature and the statistical validity and application of health data to the patient population.

AU717SAA – Clinical Problem Solving 2

Students continue to build clinical reasoning skills through a case-based approach and increase the ability to acquire, interpret, synthesize and record significant clinical decision making information to diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders.

AU720SAA – Audiology Grand Rounds

Utilizing an evidence-based approach, case presentations are made by students in a grand rounds format (presenting a particular patient’s medical problems and treatment to an audience) to other students and faculty regarding various new clinical practices and evaluation and treatment protocols.

AU721FAB – Pharmacology

Basic concepts and terminology of pharmacology and its various aspects, including pharmokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacogenitics. Legislation and regulatory issues related to drug clinical trials based on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be reviewed.

AU725FBC – Vestibular and Balance Evaluation 1

Anatomy and physiology of the vestibular mechanism, with emphasis on the disorders that can influence balance. Experience in determining which diagnostic tools may be appropriate for patients with balance disorders. Conduct and interpret the balance and dizziness test battery.

AU725FDD – Hearing Instruments 2

Advanced technology and signal processing schemes, advanced verification procedures and non-traditional treatment options. Specific fitting protocols will be provided for special populations (e.g., pediatric, geriatric).

AU725FEE – Auditory Electrodiagnostics 1

Evaluation of the auditory system using higher level electrophysiology tests. Demonstration of electrodiagnostic tests covered in this course is expected of students.

AU725RBB – Speech and Language Development and Disorders

Normal speech and language development will be addressed with speech-language disorders commonly found in children with hearing loss.

AU725RCC – Hearing Instruments 1

Theoretical and applied understanding of current technology in hearing aids. Electroacoustic analysis and programming of hearing instruments and verification of the performance of hearing instruments using objective and subjective measurements.

AU725SAB – Auditory Processing

Diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of auditory processing disorders. Emphasis is placed on auditory neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neuroplasticity. Students will obtain experience in administering and interpreting auditory processing tests and developing management plans.

AU725SBB – Vestibular and Balance Evaluation 2

Advanced balance assessment techniques with emphasis on VNG/ENG, CDP and Rotational Chair used to diagnose balance disorders.

AU725SDD – Nontraditional Amplification

Devices such as FM listening systems, infrared listening devices and devices for use with the television and telephone will be presented. Criteria for patient candidacy and fitting protocols will be addressed. Students will gain hands-on experience with the assistive technology for children and adults with hearing loss.

AU725SEE – Auditory Implantable Devices

Covers a variety of auditory prosthetic devices with emphasis on cochlear implants. Potential candidacy and fitting protocols will be explored.

AU727FAA – Clinical Problem Solving 3

Students continue to build clinical reasoning skills through a case-based approach and increase the ability to acquire, interpret, synthesize and record significant clinical decision making information to diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders.

AU727SAA – Clinical Problem Solving 4

Students continue to build clinical reasoning skills through a case-based approach and increase the ability to acquire, interpret, synthesize and record significant clinical decision making information to diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders.

AU727SBB – Introduction to Clinical Research

Introduction to research methods used in audiology. Overview of statistical analyses used in descriptive and experimental research. Students will attain the skills necessary to be consumers and producers of audiology research.

AU730FAB – Audiology Practice Management 1

Organization and management of an audiologic practice. Contract negotiations, establishing fees for services, business aspects of dispensing amplification systems, supervision of employees and third-party reimbursement for hearing and balance services.

AU730RAA – Ethics in Audiologic Practice

Overview of policy documents related to student code of ethics and professional code of ethics as relates to clinical practice. Case presentations of ethical issues and dilemmas related to clinical practice and research in audiology.

AU730SAB – Audiology Practice Management 2

Designing an audiology practice, basic accounting principles, marketing, coding, billing and reimbursement for audiological services. Students will have the opportunity to develop a business plan.

AU735FAA – Electrophysiological Evaluation of Auditory Processing Disorders

Study of middle and late latency potentials used in diagnosing auditory processing disorders in children and adults: BioMAP, MLR, LLR, P300 and speech evoked event related potentials.

AU735FCC - Auditory Electrodiagnostics 2

This course addresses the theory and rationale underlying the use of special auditory evoked response measurements including Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR) including second generation ASSR using the proprietary CHIRP stimulus, Stacked ABR (SABR), Cochlear Hydrops Analysis Masking Procedure (CHAMP), plus Electroneurography (ENOG), which is a procedure used to evaluate facial nerve function.  Additional topics will include Contralateral Suppression of Otoacoustic Emissions, Input/Output OAE Measurements. 

AU735SAB – Hearing Conservation and Environmental Audiology

Introduction to the basic principles of sound and its measurement, including Damage Risk Criteria and its application to noise-induced hearing loss will be addressed, as well as components of hearing conservation programs in a variety of settings and evaluation of their effectiveness in the prevention of hearing loss.

AU735SBB – Tinnitus Management

Theories and practices related to the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of tinnitus. Concepts related to tinnitus retraining will be explored.

AU735SCD – Interoperative Monitoring

Application of neurophysiological testing including somatosensory evoked potentials, motor evoked potentials, brainstem auditory evoked potentials, electromyography and electroencephalogy used in the intraoperative setting.

AU737FAA – Clinical Problem Solving 5

This final sequence focuses on advanced case studies with emphasis on integrative skills and the refinement of clinical decision making abilities.

AU737RAA – Clinical Application of Sign Communication/Deaf Culture

Introduction to deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL), with emphasis on signs most useful to audiologists.

AU816FAC – Clinical Skills: Audiometric Training 1

Supervised training and practice with certified patients with known pathologies to reinforce the skills acquired in Module 5 didactic classes.

AU816FBB – Professional Practice 1

Observation of patient care performed at the Pennsylvania Ear Institute. Students will be expected to be active observers; interacting with the patient, engaging in problem-solving to assist in the formation of the diagnosis of hearing and balance problems.

AU816SAC – Clinical Skills: Audiometric Training 2

Supervised training and practice with certified patients with known pathologies to reinforce skills acquired in Module 5 didactic classes.

AU816SBB – Professional Practice 2

Audiological clinical skills development through a combination of observation and participation in direct patient care performed at the Pennsylvania Ear Institute. This learning experience also includes a supervised Pre-clinical Training Lab 2. Students are expected to continue to develop new clinical skills and integrate the information developed through didactic preparation.

AU826FAC – Clinical Skills: Vestibular and Balance Lab

Supervised training and practice with certified patients with known pathologies to reinforce skills acquired in Module 5 didactic vestibular classes.

AU826FBB – Professional Practice 4

Direct patient care at the Pennsylvania Ear Institute, with emphasis on refinement of skills in case history taking, subjective and objective diagnostic tests and rehabilitation including hearing aid assessment and orientation. Vestibular and balance testing including VNG/ENG, CDP and Rotational Chair.

AU826FEE – Clinical Skills: Hearing Instruments Verification Lab

Advanced technology and signal processing schemes, advanced verification procedures and non-traditional treatment options. Specific fitting protocols will be provided for special populations such as pediatric and geriatric.

AU826FFF – Pediatric Assessment

Issues related to pediatric hearing loss including development of the auditory system, genetic aspects of hearing loss and diagnostic test protocols.

AU826FGG: Clinical Skills: Pediatric Assessment Lab

Issues related to pediatric hearing loss including development of the auditory system, genetic aspects of hearing loss and diagnostic test protocols.

AU826FHH – Clinical Skills: EP Training Lab

Supervised training and practice with certified patients with known pathologies to reinforce skills acquired in Module 5 didactic electrophysiology classes.

AU826RBB – Professional Practice 3

Direct patient care in the Pennsylvania Ear Institute with emphasis on refinement of skills in: case history taking, subjective and objective diagnostic tests and rehabilitation including hearing aid assessment and orientation. Vestibular and balance testing includes: VNG/ENG, CDP and Rotational Chair.

AU826RCC – Cerumen Management

In-depth anatomy and physiology of the external auditory meatus. Instruments and techniques used for effective removal of cerumen and prevention of complications that may arise in specific populations.

AU826RDD – Clinical Skills: Hearing Instruments Fitting Lab

Supervised training and practice with certified patients with known pathologies to reinforce skills acquired in Module 5 didactic hearing instruments classes.

AU826REE – Instrumentation and Calibration

Instrumentation and calibration of audiological equipment.

AU826SAB – Clinical Skills: Auditory Processing Lab

Supervised training and practice with certified patients with known pathologies to reinforce skills acquired in Module 5 didactic auditory processing classes.

AU826SBB – Professional Practice 5

Continue direct patient care in the Pennsylvania Ear Institute with emphasis on refinement of skills in case history taking, subjective and objective diagnostic tests and rehabilitation including hearing aid assessment and orientation. Vestibular and balance testing including VNG/ENG, CDP and Rotational Chair. Successful completion will result in students being placed in an external clerkship.

AU826SDD – Topics in Pediatric Hearing Assistive Technologies

Family-centered approach for children with hearing loss emphasized with information on intervention techniques including amplification, assistive listening devices, counseling and educational programming. Legislation as related to the provision of audiological services for children and families addressed.

AU836FAB – Geriatric Audiology

Biopsychosocial model of aging addresses the impact of aging on the auditory mechanism. Specific modifications that should be made when providing hearing and balance services to older adults will be emphasized.

AU836FBB – Professional Practice 7

External clerkship experience in an off-campus setting.

AU836FCC – Audiologic Rehabilitation and Psychosocial Aspects of Hearing Loss

Psychosocial aspects of hearing loss will be addressed. Outcome measurements used to assess the effectiveness of adult audiological rehabilitation programs will be addressed. Case study approach will be used to develop, implement and evaluate adult audiological rehabilitation programs.

AU836RAB – Vestibular Rehabilitation

Identification of treatment options for a variety of vestibular disorders.

AU836RBB – Professional Practice 6

External/clerkship experience in an off-campus setting.

AU836SBB – Professional Practice 8

External/clerkship experience in an off-campus setting.

AU848FAA – Clinical Externship

Full-time 4th year clinical externship and seminar.

AU848RAA – Clinical Externship

Full-time 4th year clinical externship and seminar.

AU848SAA – Clinical Externship

Full-time 4th year clinical externship and seminar.

AU848WAA – Clinical Externship

Full-time 4th year clinical externship and seminar.

02.01.2011