George S. Osborne College of Audiology

International Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Degree Bridge Program

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives of the International AuD-Bridge degree program are designed so that our graduates can:

  • Develop an understanding of fundamental scientific principles of sound transmission from the outer ear to the cochlea
  • Learn to apply advanced principles in audiology by understanding signal and systems and how they relate to speech perception and sensorineural hearing loss
  • Develop an insight into  psychoacoustic principles as it relates to audiology practice and learn to apply these principles in the assessment and management of the hearing-impaired patient
  • Learn  general principles of pharmacology and the application of these principles to patient care situations
  • Develop an understanding of the psychophysics and speech perception of the profoundly hearing impaired
  • Develop an understanding of auditory anatomy and physiology as it relates to the understanding of various electrophysiological techniques used in the assessment of peripheral and central auditory mechanism and applications of the understanding to hearing rehabilitation
  • Understand the nuances of auditory development in the pediatric population, develop particular expertise in specific evidence-based diagnostic methods, accommodating appropriate intervention to include amplification, applying outcome measures and recommendations and managing academic and classroom issues of the hearing-impaired child
  • Gain insight and develop a deep understanding of physiologic and electrophysiologic techniques in diagnostic audiology and intra-operative monitoring
  • Learn the various issues with regards to electrophysiological measures, mapping, programming and speech coding, medical and surgical considerations, and behavioral methods related to implantable technologies including:
    • Cochlear Implants
    • Implantable amplification devices, and
    • Habilitation and rehabilitation issues
  • Develop an understanding of auditory neuropathy spectrum disorders ( ANSD) so as to be able to apply the science and principles in diagnosing and managing those with ANSD
  • Understand and learn to apply principles of vestibular function for balance assessment and vestibular rehabilitation
  • Understand and learn to apply principles of auditory physiology  and speech perception issues as it relates to assessment and rehabilitation in the elderly, including amplification strategies, candidacy issues for amplification, psychosocial issues in the elderly, outcome measures and advances in aural rehabilitation
  • Develop the ability to compare and contrast various issues related to advances in science of amplification, including signal processing strategies in hearing aid technology, ear mold acoustic techniques and associated technologies 
  • Learn to employ critical thinking skills to address issues relating to hearing aid evaluation procedures, test battery for assessing hearing aid candidacy, habilitation/rehabilitation methods and outcome measures
  • Understand and learn to apply psychoacoustic principles to noise assessment and classroom acoustics and gain an understanding of basic and advanced issues in FM technology
  • Understand and learn to apply principles of auditory physiology as it relates to auditory processing disorders, critically evaluate behavioral and electrophysiological assessment issues in auditory processing disorders, and develop a clear understanding of remediation and counseling issues for this pathology
  • Understand the relevance of educational audiology in the context of current technological advances and learn to apply sound principles to managing the hearing-impaired child in the class room
  • Learn the various issues related to tinnitus and hyperacusis including neurological implications, assessment techniques, medical interventions, advances in treatment methods and current research issues
  • Learn to apply advanced principles in audiology in forensic audiology, hearing conservation and recreational audiology
  • Employ critical thinking skills to develop an understanding of clinical research and practical issues in bridging the gap between research and clinical applications in audiology. Learn to adopt best practices in audiology as prescribed by the major professional organizations in audiology. 
  • Develop an insight into audiology management of the musician 
  • Understand basic computer applications that are relevant to the practice of audiology
  • Understand and learn to apply principles of medical issues in audiology, genetics  and epidemiology,  as they  relate to hearing, deafness and deafness research, and public health