DOCTOR OF AUDIOLOGY
Three-YEAR TRACK 

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The three-year track offers an opportunity for highly motivated and well-qualified applicants to earn a Doctor of Audiology degree in three years. This program provides students the opportunity to complete all of the same audiology degree requirements in an accelerated 36-month, year-round, campus-based program

Each year, an entering class begins in August, and students enrolled in the three-year track earn the same credit equivalency as that of students in the four-year track.
 
Drawn from key features of our four-year track and consistent with the Osborne College of Audiology's (OCA) reputation for innovation and commitment to excellence, this unique curriculum emphasizes:
 
  • guided independent learning
  • lecture and laboratory instruction
  • small group learning
  • case-based learning and discussions
  • online and web enhanced instruction 

What’s New at Salus:

While the three-year track is 36-months long and the traditional four-year track is 44-months long, the credits earned are equivalent. The difference? The credits are distributed in a unique way, using a quarter system instead of the semester system. The three-year track is compressed and therefore more demanding with fewer breaks.

The three-year track was developed to successfully address the needs for qualified individuals to be able to complete their education in a shorter time frame and enter the workforce earlier. This also allows them to save their cost of living expenses up to $20,000 as they complete their education in three years.

The accelerated tracks/programs are not new in healthcare education. Accordinig to the 2010 Carnegie Report, “Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency,” highlighted how higher education is changing and the issues of cost and time associated with earning a medical degree is being reconsidered for students accelerating their education process to enter the workforce sooner.

While the four-year traditional track has between 28-32 students per class, the three-year track has a goal of four to six students for the pilot cohort. The structured patient care experiences and small student-to-faculty ratio of the three-year track provides close faculty mentorship, as students develop the critical thinking and clinical competencies necessary for audiology practitioners. 

The three-year track recognizes and develops individual student learning styles and leadership skills. Academically-talented and motivated applicants are carefully screened and accepted based on qualifications, history of academic performance, and career path. If you are highly motivated to complete your studies, have a strong academic record, are disciplined enough for guided independent learning, and want to begin your career in audiology as soon as possible, the three-year track at OCA may be the best pathway for you.
 
Interested applicants who would like to be considered for admission may contact Salus University's Office of Admissions at admissions@salus.edu or 800.824.6262
What is Guided Learning?
Guided independent study (GIS) provides students with the opportunity to work individually and in small groups with faculty mentors. 

Each course that uses the GIS model provides materials and reference resources to help the student achieve clearly defined course objectives.  As in traditional lecture courses, a GIS course describes the methods of evaluation used to determine the student’s grade.

Guided independent study provides students with opportunities for close one-on-one interactions between other students and their mentors through regularly scheduled meetings.   This level of supervision assures that the student has sufficient guidance and is making appropriate progress through the course materials.

In this learning process the student must be able to make a commitment to working on the course goals and to maintain continuous self-motivation.