Montclair State Expands Audiology Doctoral Program with New Clinical Designation

Clinical and Research Audiology Doctorates are the Only Offered in NJ

December 14, 2010—Montclair State University will offer a new degree designation for its clinical doctorate in audiology, beginning in fall 2011.  The clinical doctoral program, which will now lead to a Doctor of Audiology (AuD) degree, is designed for those who are interested in a clinically oriented career.  The program enables graduates to conduct audiological assessments and to provide treatment to children and adults who have hearing loss and balance problems.  

The University also offers a research doctorate in audiology designed for individuals who wish to pursue academic and research careers.  This program confers a Doctor of Science in audiology (ScD) degree. The AuD and the ScD at Montclair State are the only doctoral programs in audiology in New Jersey and are among about 70 such programs nationally.

Prior to the new designation, recipients of the University’s clinical doctorate and research doctorate in audiology were awarded the ScD degree.  The change in designation for the clinical doctorate mirrors the national trend.   

“Now, potential students at Montclair State can associate clinical training with the AuD degree because we are using the same degree designation as other programs in the country,” said Janet Koehnke, chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.         

Both of the programs at Montclair State involve advanced academic coursework, a clinical practicum, and research.  Each program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

Montclair State University’s doctoral programs in audiology are located off-site (1515 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ), about two miles from the main campus located in Montclair, NJ.  The state-of-the-art facility includes seminar/conference rooms, research and clinical/teaching laboratories, an audiology clinic, a hearing aid dispensary, a program specific library, and faculty and staff office space.  The program is staffed by five audiology faculty members, a program services specialist, two clinical preceptors, and a clinic director.
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