Salus University Osborne College of Audiology offers a Master of Science in Clinical Audiology degree (MSc) that includes a core curriculum consisting of 15 semester credits and two fellowships for audiologists who hold a bachelor’s degree in Audiology or related science and have a minimum of two years clinical experience.
The first cohort of the MSc in Clinical Audiology degree program began in Spring 2018. This degree program is for Audiology practitioners desiring to advance their knowledge and skills in audiologic care and management and seek to gain specialized fellowship training within a specific content area. This degree program features biomedical and audiologic sciences, clinical sciences, research design and application, and small group learning experiences, delivered in 54 semester hour credits over a two year period. All didactic instruction is delivered online and clinical skills training for the first year is scheduled for three days at the Salus University campus through hands-on workshops. Supervised clinical training that is part of the second year fellowship program is also held at the Salus University campus. Face-to-face supplemental instruction is designed for students whose country of residence does not recognize online education and these will be held at both the Salus University campus and in other countries when indicated. All students enrolled in the MSc in Clinical Audiology Program can attend this face-to-face instruction, if they so choose.
The Admissions committee begins the review and selection after applicants have completed and submitted all required documentation to the GradCAS centralized application portal (see the Application Process
). To receive priority consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply early and complete the application requirements as soon as possible.
Please note: The admission requirements of a foreign credential evaluation (as necessary), TOEFL/IELTS (as necessary) and recommendation letters must be met as soon as possible after submitting the online application.
What is the goal of Master of Science in Clinical Audiology?
While a bachelor’s degree prepares audiologists to learn the basic skills and techniques necessary to provide clinical services for the hearing impaired, the Salus University MSc in Clinical Audiology program prepares the BSc audiologists to develop clinical competency and skills consistent with current Best Practices. The objective of MSc in Clinical Audiology program is to prepare practicing audiologists who hold a bachelor’s degree gain mastery over specialized areas of practice. Towards that end, we developed a comprehensive didactic curriculum and Fellowship Programs for practicing bachelor’s level audiologists to gain knowledge and techniques that can be directly applied in their practice setting.
Who should enroll in the Master of Science in Clinical Audiology?
The Master of Science in Clinical Audiology is intended for practicing audiologists who have (a) completed a bachelor’s in Audiology/ Speech and Hearing/Communication Disorders or equivalent (b) have at least two years of clinical audiology work experience.
How will this Master of Science in Clinical Audiology be of benefit to me?
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. Audiology is changing at a rapid pace and the clinical skills and knowledge needed to deliver audiology services is becoming more efficient and scientific at the same time. Our curriculum is focused on enhancing the depth of knowledge through our unique Fellowship programs and the breadth of knowledge via the core curriculum courses. Students will be able to apply the knowledge gained directly into their in clinical practice.
How is the Salus University Osborne College of Audiology Master of Science in Clinical Audiology different from other online MSc Programs?
To our knowledge there is no other online or hybrid MSc in Clinical Audiology Program. Additionally, the Salus University Master of Science in Clinical Audiology program was developed with the intent of providing specialty tracks to Bachelor’s level practicing audiologists. This MSc program was constructed by reviewing the Master’s degree requirements in many countries to ensure that our curriculum compares with the requirements of other Master’s level programs and our goal is to make sure 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?
Is there any other paperwork, in addition to the listed admission requirements I need to complete for this Master of Science in Clinical Audiology?
The Admissions Committee may request additional information as deemed necessary.
How many courses must I take?
See summary below.
Summary of MsC in Clinical Audiology Program
|Online Didactic Courses for Core Curriculum in Clinical Audiology (7 Course Modules, each module worth 3 credits)
|Face-Face Clinical Skills Training at the Elkins Park Campus or in Partner Country
|Required Studies Total Credits
||24 Semester Credits
|Fellowship in Cochlear Implants
|Fellowship in Hearing Aid Technologies
| Total Credits (2 Fellowships-See details below)
|MSc in CLINICAL AUDIOLOGY TOTAL CREDITS
In order to complete all the requirements for the MSc in Clinical Audiology Program students will be required to complete all the mandatory courses, including:
Summary of Fellowship Programs Delivery Model
|Cochlear Implants: 15 credits
|| Hearing Aid Technologies: 15 credits
1. Basic and Applied Science (3 credits)
1a. Neuroscience of CI
Assessment Issues in CI
1. Basic and Applied Science 1 (3 credits)
1a. Principles of Amplification
1b. The Damaged Auditory System Peripheral & Implications for Amplification
2. Assessment Techniques (3 credits)
2a. Objective Measures in CI
2b. Aural Rehabilitation
2. Basic and Applied Science 2 (3 credits)
2a. Amplification 1: Signal Processing Strategies in Hearing Aid Fittings
2b. Pediatric Amplification
3. Intervention Techniques (3 credits)
3a. Programming CI
3b. Emerging Issues and Case Studies
3. Rehabilitation and Professional Issues (3 credits)
3a. Issues in aging: Implications for Amplification
3b. Emerging trends in Amplification
4. Rehabilitation and Professional Issues (3 credits)
4a. Hands-on Workshop: Hearing Assessment & Identification in Infants/Young children
4b. Hands-on Workshop: Programming Cochlear Implants
4. Intervention Techniques (3 credits)
4a. Hands-On Workshop: Amplification 2: Assessment, Selection and Outcome Measures in Hearing Aid Fittings
4b. Hands-On Workshop: Assistive Listening Technologies
|5. Clinical Training (3 credits - 150 hours)
||5. Clinical Training (3 credits - 150 hours)
- Seven course modules
- Three Clinical Skills training practicum
- Two Fellowship Programs. Each Fellowship Program is composed of didactic courses in the specialty area of study, two Hands-On Workshops and 150 clinical hours supervised by a preceptor approved by Salus University OCA.
Must I take all courses listed?
Yes. All students are required to enroll and complete the requirements towards core curriculum and Fellowship programs. The courses are all web-based lectures delivered asynchronously, each with 1.5 academic (semester) credits for a program total of 54 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 module. 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 MSc in Clinical Audiology.
How long will this program take to complete?
This entire MSc in Clinical Audiology degree program consists of 54 courses and can be completed in two years. We recommend that students register for one module in each six-week session. Each module is composed of two distinct courses and students will typically register for one module. For those who cannot complete the program in two years, the program director will work with the student to develop an alternative schedule. The maximum length of time required for program completion is four years.
What are the fees for this program? What is the payment schedule?
Is the Salus University Osborne College of Audiology program an accredited program?
The Salus University Osborne College of Audiology has been given degree-granting authority for the MSc in Clinical Audiology program by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Salus University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) www.msche.org. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
How will the courses be offered and who will be teaching them?
All didactic instruction will be delivered via the Internet. All programs will be delivered in English. Students will access and review the web-based material and interact with course instructor in threaded discussions. The MSc in Clinical Audiology program will utilize SU Blackboard platform to deliver instructional material. Instruction will consist of weekly, asynchronous, two-hour teaching and half hour review of postings, combined with asynchronous threaded discussion with students.
Face-to-face instruction is directed to those students who live in regions where online instruction is not recognized. However, all students are welcome to attend this additional instruction. These lectures will be led by Salus University faculty who will utilize the same content material for furthering formative instruction and evaluation.
The faculty members for the MSc 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 a Comprehensive Exam and/or Thesis required to complete the program?
Yes, the instructor will assign readings, assignments and tests via our online platform and there will be a comprehensive exam following the Core Curriculum courses. In countries that require a thesis option, a thesis mentor will be appointed to guide and assess the thesis. It will be in one of the two Fellowship categories.
Do I need to enroll in one module which includes 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 one module which contains two courses per session if they want to complete the program in two years. 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 online. 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.
Where will the workshops be held?
Students will need to complete two workshops for each of the Hands-On Workshops. These Workshops will be held in the Elkins park campus, Pennsylvania as well as in other countries based on enrollment. Students will be notified of these locations at least 6 months prior to the workshops.
Will the student have technical assistance if there are problems with the internet-based learning platform?
The Technology and Learning Resource Center Service Help Desk provides students, faculty, and staff with a single point of contact for assistance with all technological and computer issues on campus.
For all other issues regarding the internet, computers, projection equipment, the phone system, etc., please contact the Help Desk directly using the contact information listed below and someone will be happy to help you.
Phone (from an on-campus telephone): ext. 1444
Phone (from an off-campus telephone): 215-780-1444
Email address: email@example.com
Note: Please contact the Help Desk directly (and not a staff member) when you are first reporting the issue. The Help Desk will assign a staff member to assist you based on the nature of your request.
Will I be allowed to practice in the US with the MSc degree?
No, the entry level for Audiology practice in the United States is an AuD Degree; however, completion of the MSc in Clinical audiology program will qualify the student to apply to the AuD Degree Bridge Program
, so long as the audiologist has the required three years of clinical experience.
Could you provide examples of related Audiology majors/specialties?
Those with a medical degree in Audiology or Otology may apply to the program. ENTs are encouraged to apply.
Please explain the license requirement.
Most countries require that audiologists hold a license to practice and this could be in various forms; we require that those practicing audiologists provide the license, which may be in the form of registration or other terms used to indicate a license.