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Rupa Balachandran, Ph.D.

Audiology Program Director

Program Offered

Doctor of Audiology

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor's degree in any major with a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 units, acceptable GRE scores, and three letters of recommendation.

Doctor of Audiology

Students must complete a minimum of 124 units with a Pacific cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in order to earn the doctor of audiology degree.

AUDI 301Anatomy and Physiology of Hearing3
AUDI 303Signals and Systems3
AUDI 305Diagnostic Audiology I3
AUDI 307Diagnostic Audiology II3
AUDI 309Diagnostic Electrophysiology I3
AUDI 311Pediatric Audiology3
AUDI 313Central Auditory Processing - Diagnosis & Management3
AUDI 315Amplification I3
AUDI 317Amplification II3
AUDI 319Amplification III3
AUDI 321Auditory Implants3
AUDI 325Aural Rehabilitation3
AUDI 331Vestibular Assessment I3
AUDI 337Speech-Language Pathology for Audiologists3
AUDI 339Deaf Culture and Communication Systems3
AUDI 341Psychoacoustics3
AUDI 343Research Methods3
AUDI 345Hearing Disorders3
AUDI 347Tinnitus Assessment and Treatment3
AUDI 349Industrial Audiology3
AUDI 353Professional Issues3
AUDI 355Practice Management3
AUDI 357Pharmacology3
AUDI 359Tinnitus Management3
AUDI 361Comprehsensive Differential Diagnosis3
AUDI 363Diagnostic Electrophysiology II3
AUDI 365Advanced Topics in Research, Practice and Technolgoy3
AUDI 367Vestibular Assessment II3
AUDI 369Physical and Behavioral Health for Audiology3
AUDI 385AAudiology Practicum I1
AUDI 385BAudiology Practicum II1
AUDI 385CAudiology Practicum III1
AUDI 387AInternship I2
AUDI 387BInternship II2
AUDI 388AExternship I9
AUDI 388BExternship II9
AUDI 388CExternship III9
AUDI 389AExternship Seminar I1
AUDI 389BExternship Seminar II1
AUDI 389CExternship Seminar III1
Total Hours124

Audiology Courses

AUDI 301. Anatomy and Physiology of Hearing. 3 Units.

An in-depth course on the anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism primarily as it related to hearing.

AUDI 303. Signals and Systems. 3 Units.

Basics of signal processing for hearing aids and equipment that measure hearing. IEC/ANSI standards of performance for the instrumentation, calibration procedures, and compliance.

AUDI 305. Diagnostic Audiology I. 3 Units.

Foundation and orientation to audiological equipment and testing. Basic audiometric tests and underlying principles, case history and universal precautions.

AUDI 307. Diagnostic Audiology II. 3 Units.

Evaluation of middle ear function by using the principles of acoustic immittance. Principles underlying optoacoustic emissions. Implementation of tests and formulation of diagnosis based on test results.

AUDI 309. Diagnostic Electrophysiology I. 3 Units.

Diagnostic electrophysiological techniques, assessment of hearing using auditory evoked responses across all age ranges. Evidence-based best practices for determining threshold and neurophysiological integrity with the auditory brainstem response (ABR).

AUDI 311. Pediatric Audiology. 3 Units.

Diagnostic assessment of children from ages 0-18. Embryology and hearing development and genetics of hearing loss.

AUDI 313. Central Auditory Processing - Diagnosis & Management. 3 Units.

Assessment (screening and diagnostic) and treatment options for auditory processing disorders.

AUDI 315. Amplification I. 3 Units.

Theoretical and applied understanding of current technology in hearing aids. Electroacoustic analysis and programming of hearing instruments and verification of the performance of hearing instruments using objective and subjective measurements.

AUDI 317. Amplification II. 3 Units.

Theoretical and clinical aspects of advanced signal processing schemes and verification procedures are taught. Selection and fitting of amplification for special populations.

AUDI 319. Amplification III. 3 Units.

Advanced application of knowledge and skills obtained in AUDI 315 and AUDI 317. Personal and sound field FM systems, classroom listening, and assessment beyond the sound booth, classroom acoustics, assistive listening devices and counseling techniques.

AUDI 321. Auditory Implants. 3 Units.

This course covers a variety of auditory prosthetic devices with emphasis on cochlear implant technology. History, pediatric and adult candidacy, signal processing strategies and fitting protocols will be explored in detail.

AUDI 323. Pediatric Aural Rehabilitation. 3 Units.

This course is an overview of current management options for the (re)habilitation of children with hearing loss.

AUDI 325. Aural Rehabilitation. 3 Units.

Rehabilitation of children and with hearing loss. Current rehabilitation strategies and outcome measures that assess patients’ success.

AUDI 327. Auditory Verbal Therapy. 3 Units.

Key principles and components of a successful auditory-verbal program along with procedural outlines to formulate a strategy to implement goals, including audiological monitoring, parent training and therapy components.

AUDI 331. Vestibular Assessment I. 3 Units.

Anatomy and physiology of the vestibular mechanism, diagnostic tests, case history, bedside evaluations, and ENG/VNG test battery.

AUDI 333. Vestibular Treatment. 3 Units.

Didactic and hands on approach to management and treatment of vestibular disorders. Causes and pathophysiology of vestibular loss, treatment programs. Interdisciplinary approach to the patient management.

AUDI 335. Speech and Language Development. 3 Units.

Overview of the normal processes underlying speech and language development across the lifespan.

AUDI 337. Speech-Language Pathology for Audiologists. 3 Units.

Overview of the speech and language disorders, screening and identification of children at risk for speech and language disorders. Basic phonetics and transcription, basic speech and language screening protocols.

AUDI 338A. Externship I. 3 Units.

Clinical Experience in an off-campus placement to develop advanced audiology skills and provide patient care. Minimum of 500 hours of clinical experience required.

AUDI 339. Deaf Culture and Communication Systems. 3 Units.

Introduction to Deaf Culture and American Sign Language (ASL), with emphasis on signs most useful to audiologists working clinically.

AUDI 341. Psychoacoustics. 3 Units.

Physical and psychological attributes related to sound in normal hearing and impaired ears. Classical psychophysical methods discussed, with an emphasis on their application to audiological testing.

AUDI 343. Research Methods. 3 Units.

Introduction to research methods used in audiology. Statistical analyses in descriptive and experimental research.

AUDI 345. Hearing Disorders. 3 Units.

Etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the outer, middle, inner ear and the central auditory system. Syndromic and non-syndromic genetic disorders along with their impact on the development and function of the auditory system.

AUDI 347. Tinnitus Assessment and Treatment. 3 Units.

Causes and pathophysiology of tinnitus. The various therapies, pharmacological agents, and management of tinnitus.

AUDI 349. Industrial Audiology. 3 Units.

Introduction to the basic principles of sound and its measurement, including Damage Risk Criteria and its application to noise-induced hearing loss will be addressed, as well as components of hearing conservation programs in a variety of settings and evaluation of their effectiveness in the prevention of hearing.

AUDI 353. Professional Issues. 3 Units.

Current issues in the profession of audiology including audiology scope of practice, audiology employment opportunities, state licensure requirements to practice audiology, and professional certification options for audiologists.

AUDI 355. Practice Management. 3 Units.

Operational and business management of a clinical practice setting. Developing an appropriate business plan; startup and long term planning; essential legal considerations.

AUDI 357. Pharmacology. 3 Units.

Basic concepts and terminology of pharmacology will be explored, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and ototoxic drugs. Medications that may contribute to or treat audiologic and vestibular diagnoses will be discussed. Legislation and regulatory issues related to drug clinical trials and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be reviewed.

AUDI 359. Tinnitus Management. 3 Units.

Management of the tinnitus patient with various therapies including pharmaceuticals, cognitive behavior therapy, and hearing devices.

AUDI 361. Comprehsensive Differential Diagnosis. 3 Units.

Comprehensive review of use of auditory and vestibular test batteries in different diagnosis and management of patients.

AUDI 363. Diagnostic Electrophysiology II. 3 Units.

Advance assessments of hearing using auditory evoked responses across all age ranges. Evidence based review of the measurement and interpretation of the neurophysiological and electrophysiological methods of auditory function assessment in adults and children. Prerequisite: AUDI 309.

AUDI 365. Advanced Topics in Research, Practice and Technolgoy. 3 Units.

Advance topics of current trends in the field of audiology. Seminars in contemporary research topics, developments in evidence-based practice, and advancement in technology in the industry.

AUDI 367. Vestibular Assessment II. 3 Units.

Anatomy and physiology of the vestibular mechanism, case history, bedside evaluations, advanced diagnostic tests, introduction to vestibular rehabilitation, and advanced topics in vestibular research. Prerequisite: AUDI 331.

AUDI 369. Physical and Behavioral Health for Audiology. 3 Units.

Referral and management of common health conditions including physical and behavioral health. Implications for hearing loss and clinical management.

AUDI 385A. Audiology Practicum I. 1 Unit.

Guided observations of a variety of audiologic activities and preliminary structured participation as aide in diagnostic evaluations under the guidance of clinical supervisors. Students will accrue a minimum of 40 patient observations and/or contact hours.

AUDI 385B. Audiology Practicum II. 1 Unit.

Guided clinical experience of a variety of audiological activities in diagnostic evaluations and hearing aid fittings under the guidance of clinical supervisors. Students will accrue a minimum of 40 patient contact hours.

AUDI 385C. Audiology Practicum III. 1 Unit.

Guided clinical experience of a variety of audiological activities in diagnostic evaluations and hearing aid fittings under the guidance of clinical supervisors. Students will accrue a minimum of 40 patient contact hours.

AUDI 387A. Internship I. 2 Units.

Clinical Experience in an off-campus placement to develop beginning audiology skills and provide patient care. Minimum of 200 hours of clinical experience required.

AUDI 387B. Internship II. 2 Units.

Clinical Experience in an off-campus placement to develop intermediate audiology skills and provide patient care. Minimum of 200 hours of clinical experience required.

AUDI 388A. Externship I. 9 Units.

Clinical Experience in an off-campus placement to develop advanced audiology skills and provide patient care. Minimum of 500 hours of clinical experience required.

AUDI 388B. Externship II. 9 Units.

Clinical Experience in an off-campus placement to develop advanced audiology skills and provide patient care. Minimum of 500 hours of clinical experience required.

AUDI 388C. Externship III. 9 Units.

Clinical Experience in an off-campus placement to develop advanced audiology skills and provide patient care. Minimum of 500 hours of clinical experience required.

AUDI 389A. Externship Seminar I. 1 Unit.

Utilizing an evidence-based approach, case presentations are made by students in a grand rounds format (presenting a particular patient’s medical problems, diagnostic testing results and treatment effects) to other audiology students and faculty incorporating various clinical practices and evaluation and treatment protocols.

AUDI 389B. Externship Seminar II. 1 Unit.

Utilizing an evidence-based approach, case presentations are made by students in a grand rounds format (presenting a particular patient’s medical problems, diagnostic testing results and treatment effects) to other audiology students and faculty incorporating various clinical practices and evaluation and treatment protocols.

AUDI 389C. Externship Seminar III. 1 Unit.

Utilizing an evidence-based approach, case presentations are made by students in a grand rounds format (presenting a particular patient’s medical problems, diagnostic testing results and treatment effects) to other audiology students and faculty incorporating various clinical practices and evaluation and treatment protocols.