The Basics

Preparing to be an audiologist does not happen overnight. Most people know that it is important to have strong grades, but just as important is gaining experience to develop the skills, knowledge, and maturity necessary to be an effective healthcare provider. As with others on the healthcare team, the audiologist’s decisions and actions affect human life and well-being. They must have high ethical standards, communicate well with patients and other healthcare providers, maintain reliable records, and be knowledgeable about existing and new treatment techniques to ensure each patient has optimal results. 

Knowledge of Self and Profession

Throughout the application process, you will need to demonstrate knowledge of yourself (values, goals, motivations, strengths, weaknesses), an understanding of the profession, and a commitment to become an audiologist. You must clearly articulate your readiness to enter the profession as a result of first-hand experience in the field. There should be evidence in your application that you are committed to service and helping others. You must demonstrate your ability to work on a team, to lead, and to communicate with people with different backgrounds, values, and perspectives from your own.

Major and GPA

Most students will choose Speech & Hearing Science as their major to prepare for audiology graduate programs. However, that is not the only option for students. You can choose ANY major and be successful in your application to audiology school. Admissions personnel will review your GPA from a variety of perspectives…cumulative GPA, science/math GPA, prerequisite GPA. Choose a major that you will enjoy and allows you to successfully complete the required and recommended courses while also gaining experience outside the classroom. Consider a major that will provide many career options, recognizing that students commonly change majors and career plans multiple times as they learn about themselves and their career options.

Coursework

Audiology programs may require students to successfully complete prerequisite courses for admission. Below is a list of recommended courses. However, it is the student’s responsibility to research individual programs for specific admission requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

Category Prerequisite Area Minimum Recommendation Course Numbers
Biological Sciences Biology 1 Lecture and 1 Lab MCB 150/MCB 151 or IB 150/IB 151
Physical Sciences Chemistry or Physics 1 Lecture and 1 Lab CHEM 102/CHEM 103 or PHYS 101
Mathematics/Statistics Statistics 1 Lecture STAT 100 or PSYC 235 or CHLH 244
Social/Behavioral Sciences Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology or Public Health 1-3 Lectures PSYC 100, SOC 100, ANTH 101, CHLH 101
Speech & Hearing Science Speech & Hearing Science Courses required for admission SHS 200, SHS 240, SHS 300, SHS 301, SHS 320, SHS 450, SHS 451