Doctor of Audiology (AuD)

Audiologists specialize in the prevention, identification, assessment, and rehabilitation of hearing and balance disorders, and serve those with congenital and acquired hearing losses. They prescribe and dispense hearing aids and instruct patients in using amplification, and provide aural rehabilitation and speech reading services to those with hearing aids or cochlear implants. Additionally, audiologists provide vestibular rehabilitation or balance re-training exercises for some balance disorders.


Upon graduation, students are employed in a variety of settings that reflect the diverse populations served by Audiologists. Some graduates are self employed in private practice clinics that provide speech, language and hearing services. Others function as members of interdisciplinary teams in healthcare settings or educational settings, or in research laboratories.

Our academic programs are fully accredited by the council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. Graduates accumulate the basic science, clinical course work and clinical experiences necessary for national certification (ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, CCC). 2016 Praxis pass rate for Northeastern students was 100%.

Graduation Information:

Accreditation Information
Council On Academic Accreditation

The doctoral education program in audiology at Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Students who graduate from an accredited program are eligible for licensure.


Contact Info
Sandra Cleveland

Sandra Cleveland
Tel: 617.373.2496
[email protected]


The Au.D program requires successful completion of 101 semester hours of course work, practica assignments, comprehensive examination and research project. In addition, a clinical internship year in an audiology service delivery facility is required. The clinical internship year will be completed as a continuous appointment during year four of the program.

The Doctor of Audiology Program is no longer accepting applications for admission.

Experiential Learning

The program’s clinical home is in the new Behrakis Health Sciences Building, which includes the state-of-the-art Northeastern Speech-Language, and Hearing Center, where patients from the NU community and surrounding areas come for services. Here, you will engage in rich clinical experiences in a realistic setting even before you are placed at an off-site practicum location.

Students work several days a week with an audiologist as a student clinician in Boston’s outpatient clinics, professional private practices, or prestigious hospitals that have included the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Mass Eye and Ear, and UMass Medical Center. Following ASHA requirements, students gain experience across the lifespan. Students’ practica provide hands-on experience with a variety of populations, including infants, children, and adults. Clinical areas include:

  • Congenital and Acquired Hearing Loss
  • Newborn Hearing Screening
  • Vestibular Disorders
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorders

  • Amplification and Assistive Listening Devices
  • Hearing Conservation
  • Aural Rehabilitation and Speechreading

While many of our external clinical sites are accessible by public transportation, not all are. Consequently, it is necessary for students to have access to a car during the semesters that they are enrolled in Advanced Audiology Clinics 3-8. Availability of a car increases the options for placement sites at which students have opportunities to gain diverse and extensive clinical experience.

Northeastern University emphasizes service to inner-city neighborhoods of Boston and to surrounding communities. Through some of the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Department’s community service links, students have opportunities to participate in speech-language-hearing screenings at local schools and hospitals and to facilitate children’s story-telling groups at local family homeless shelters.