Doctoral Programs

A doctoral degree is the entry-level requirement for employment as an audiologist. Doctoral degrees for audiologists are categorized as either a clinical doctorate or a doctorate in philosophy. The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program at CSUN is a clinical doctorate, which emphasizes both academic instruction and clinical instruction, as well as being practice oriented.

The Doctor of Audiology program provides academic instruction, clinical instruction (assessment, treatment, rehabilitation) and participation in research investigations in the areas of normal hearing and balance, as well as disorders of hearing and balance. The program progresses students’ knowledge and skills for patient-centered care for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hearing, balance and a range of auditory disorders that occur in people across all ages of life. The program also emphasizes advancement of students’ knowledge and skills for existing and emerging technologies that are associated with the field.

Because the scope of practice for audiologists emphasizes treatment rehabilitative services, counseling and guidance to patients, the program’s pedagogy heavily emphasizes skill discovery and skill practice. This pedagogy is emphasized in both academic instruction as well as clinical instruction.

The program’s philosophy and curriculum are constructed to align with the Standards of the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), which is associated with the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), as well as with the Preferred Practice Patterns for the Profession of Audiology identified by the Council of Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (CAA), which is associated with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

Completion of the Doctor of Audiology program enables students to satisfy academic and clinical requirements for:

  1. License in the State of California (and most states) to practice in medical, rehabilitative or private practice settings.
  2. Education credentials for employment in public schools.
  3. Professional certification by the Council for Clinical Certification through the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

Doctoral Programs

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program is designed for those individuals who have already demonstrated leadership ability in diverse educational settings. The program will admit candidates who meet the academic requirements for the Ed.D. degree program and who possess personal qualities and professional experiences that suggest a strong potential for success as doctoral candidates and as educational leaders. Normally, the P12 leadership candidate will already hold an administrative services credential. Meeting the minimum requirements qualifies an individual for consideration, but does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission will be granted annually on a competitive basis.

The application deadline is July 1 for admission the following Fall semester.

A. Each applicant will submit:

  1. An application to the University.
  2. A department application to the doctoral program.
  3. Official transcripts of work completed at each accredited institution of higher education attended, including evidence of a minimum of a 3.0 upper division undergraduate GPA and successful completion of a master’s degree with a minimum of a 3.5 GPA.
  4. Three letters of recommendation (on letterhead) from persons who can attest to the applicant’s leadership experience or potential.
  5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores (three sections) taken within the last 5 years.
  6. A written statement outlining the reasons for seeking entrance to the program and how it relates to future professional goals.
  7. A professional resume.
  8. A sample of academic or professional writing.

All international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not earned a baccalaureate or master’s degree in an English-speaking country or from an institution in which the language of instruction is English must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination. A TOEFL score of 550 on the paper test or a score of 213 on the computer-based test is required for admission. After the Admissions Committee has reviewed all applicants’ materials, the most highly qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Doctoral Programs

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree prepares students for licensure as physical therapists. The program requires three academic years and three summers to complete. Full-time enrollment is necessary, including the summers. All students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program. To be eligible for licensure, both the didactic and clinical components of the DPT degree must be successfully completed.

Students are required to commute to affiliating hospitals and clinics for some professional courses, and some form of transportation is necessary. Students are also required to provide their own uniforms.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.