Montclair State University's Doctoral Program In Audiology Granted Accreditation by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Only University in New Jersey Offering Doctoral Degree in Audiology

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- The doctoral program in audiology at Montclair State University has been granted accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The Montclair State's Sc.D. in audiology, established in 2005 with approval by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education, is New Jersey's only doctoral degree in audiology—the study of hearing, balance and related disorders—and one of just 69 universities in the country with such a program. This is significant, as the doctoral degree is now required to enter the field of audiology.

Students completing the program will be qualified for certification and licensure as doctors of audiology who can diagnose and treat individuals with hearing and balance disorders.

The audiology program has a diverse mix of students—some preparing to enter clinical practice, others focusing on academic research, and others who are already in the profession and seeking to upgrade from a master's degree to a doctorate.

Janet Koehnke, Ph.D., CCC-A, chair of the University's Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, described the program as a vital service for New Jersey and one that prospective audiology students in any state should consider.

"We have outstanding facilities, a great faculty and staff and—being in the metro New York City area—access to some of the best clinical sites in the country," she said.

Release date: October 18, 2007