Speech-Language Pathology and AudiologyCollege of Arts and Sciences

What you will learn

The undergraduate program in Communication Disorders is a pre-professional program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The curriculum introduces you to the many facets of the professions and prepares you for professional study at the M.S. level in speech-language pathology or at the Au.D. or Ph.D. level in audiology. Undergraduate course work in the junior and senior years focuses on normal aspects of hearing, speech, and language. Most of what you take in your freshman and sophomore years will apply to the undergraduate major requirements.

If you are a junior or a senior and you are convinced that audiology is for you, certain speech pathology courses normally taken by students that have not made up their minds about which profession to follow can be skipped. It is important to discuss your decision with the chief undergraduate advisor of the College AND ALSO with a member of the audiology faculty.

Career Opportunities

The Audiology section of the Department no longer offers the masters degree. There are two doctoral (Au.D. & Ph.D.) programs in the Audiology Section of the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln – the Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) and the Research Doctorate in Audiology (Ph.D.).

The Clinical Doctorate in Audiology culminates in eligibility for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A), awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and for Licensure in Audiology in most states. The graduate program in Audiology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The Clinical Doctorate program is designed to prepare the student to be an expert practitioner in Audiology.

The Research Doctorates provides comprehensive training for the scholar in Audiology and Hearing Science. These programs are planned around the special needs of individual students. Upon admission to the doctoral program, the student is teamed with a faculty mentor who shares similar scholarly interests with the student. Students interested in doctoral study are encouraged to consult with their mentor as they develop plans of study. The Department has developed a unique cooperative agreement with Boys Town National Research Hospital that allows for students to have easy access to BTNRH laboratories and faculty mentors.

The NEBRASKA difference

Facilities in the Audiology section include four sound isolated suites dedicated for research purposes. There are four hearing aid consultation rooms and associated working areas. Immittance and emission measuring equipment is housed in a separate, dedicated area. The balance and dizziness labs contain a rotary chair, computerized posturography equipment, VNG and VEMP capabilities as well as a gait assessment laboratory. Specialized equipment is maintained for a wide array of neurophysiological and psychoacoustic research. Students in the Audiology section often work in the labs of professors in other departments on the campus. In addition to the facilities of the Audiology section, the Center also has diagnostic therapy suites and equipment, closed circuit television, a microcomputer lab for student use, a resource/library center, and a variety of laboratories dedicated to the investigation of speech and language disorders. Cooperating departments at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, including the Department of Electrical Engineering, the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Veterinary Science, provide additional laboratory space and offer expanded research opportunities.

Facilities

Facilities in the Audiology section include four sound isolated suites dedicated for research purposes. There are four hearing aid consultation rooms and associated working areas. Immittance and emission measuring equipment is housed in a separate, dedicated area. The balance and dizziness labs contain a rotary chair, computerized posturography equipment, VNG and VEMP capabilities as well as a gait assessment laboratory. Specialized equipment is maintained for a wide array of neurophysiological and psychoacoustic research. Students in the Audiology section often work in the labs of professors in other departments on the campus. In addition to the facilities of the Audiology section, the Center also has diagnostic therapy suites and equipment, closed circuit television, a microcomputer lab for student use, a resource/library center, and a variety of laboratories dedicated to the investigation of speech and language disorders. Cooperating departments at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, including the Department of Electrical Engineering, the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Veterinary Science, provide additional laboratory space and offer expanded research opportunities.