Doctor of Audiology: Course Descriptions
The first number
listed for courses is for the UAMS College of Health Related
Professions; the second (in parenthesis) is for the University of
Arkansas at Little Rock.
(7360)—Research Methods in Communication Disorders
Introduction to research methodologies in audiology and speech
pathology. Includes prospectus development, funding sources, data
collection and analysis, and professional research writing and editing
in communicative disorders and/or speech sciences.
(7380)—Basic Diagnostic Audiology
techniques for basic audiologic evaluation, including pure tone testing,
speech audiometry, and the clinical application of masking, immittance,
and otoacoustic emissions. Relevant calibration issues will also be
The delivery of audiology services to a school-based population.
Includes the development, management, and utilization of hearing and
middle ear system screening programs, classroom acoustics, selection and
fitting of classroom-based amplification, and federal laws associated
with children who have special needs.
Lab instruction in
clinical procedures and methods for evaluation and treatment of clients
and care, maintenance and use of technology in audiology clinical
practice. Perform evaluations and rehabilitation procedures under
(7331)—Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory and Vestibular Systems I
information of the anatomy, physiology, electrophysiology, and
neurophysiology of the auditory and vestibular systems.
(7332)—Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
regarding the physics of sound, the measurement of sound and an
introduction to the psychoacoustic basis of hearing and its clinical
overview, differential assessment, and treatment of adults and children
with auditory processing disorders (APD). Intended to blend theoretical
knowledge with practical clinical methods and techniques. Prerequisites:
AUD 5023 (7380).
AUD 5073 (7381)-Advanced Diagnostic Audiology
Principles of and techniques for advanced audiometric evaluation,
including speech audiometry, reflex decay, audiometric special tests and
otoacoustic emissions. Report writing and making appropriate
recommendations will also be discussed.
AUD 5083 (7382)—Clinical Electrophysiologic
techniques in the use of evoked potentials to assess auditory function.
Includes case studies and analysis of waveforms. Lecture and laboratory.
the major pathologies of the auditory and vestibular systems, as well as
medical/surgical treatment of those pathologies. Audiologic assessment
and management of the disorders will also be discussed. Prerequisites:
AUD 5023 (7380) and AUD 5043 (7331).
(7321)—Instrumentation in Audiology & Speech Pathology
basic principles of electronics and electrical safety and to proper use
and care of equipment used in the evaluation and treatment of the
auditory and vestibular systems.
information regarding how listeners with normal hearing and those with
hearing loss process sound. Topics include: loudness, frequency
selectivity, temporal processing, pitch perception, space perception,
object/pattern perception, speech perception, experimental design, and
signal detection theory. Prerequisites: AUD 5053 (7332).
perception of speech sounds and the prosodic features of speech. Several
theories of speech perception presented and discussed, and the effects
of hearing loss on speech production and perception explored.
AUD 5133 (7367)-Infant-Toddler Communication:
Investigates prelinguistic/early linguistic communication and
feeding/swallowing development. Multidisciplinary assessment and
intervention for infants and toddlers (birth to five) with special needs
and their families. Current formal and informal assessment tools
and techniques, current intervention strategies, enhancing the
therapeutic process across environments, utilizing team collaboration,
and facilitating parent-infant interaction.
AUD 5143 (7323)—Advanced Electrophysiologic
techniques in the use of mid- and late evoked potentials to assess
auditory function. Includes case studies and analysis of waveforms.
Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: AUD 5083 (7382).
(7261)-Organization and Administration
Organization, administration and accreditation of school,
university, and community programs. Private practice and billing
procedures. Various and alternative career opportunities including
corporate speech pathology practice. Issues related to medicaid,
medicare and other third party payers, as well as current legislation.
Governmental and professional practice issues.
AUD 5153 (7334)—Pediatric Audiology
development and theoretical, clinical, and practical issues involved in
screening, assessment, and management of children with hearing loss.
Prerequisite: AUD 5023 (7380).
(7224)—Genetics of Hearing Loss
on the genetic basis of hearing loss and an overview of syndromic and
non-syndromic hearing losses. Strategies for referral to genetic
counselors and other health care professionals will be included.
Prerequisite: AUD 5103 (7383).
(7320)—Auditory Based Speech/Language Intervention
speech and language intervention with infants and toddlers who are deaf
and hard of hearing. Emphasis is on the principles of the normal
development sequence of the listening skills, assessment of skills
obtained within the hierarchy, and intervention aimed at teaching skills
not yet acquired. Auditory based intervention for infants and toddlers
requires family participation; therefore, learning styles of parents and
caregivers will be discussed.
(7365)—Counseling in Communication Disorders
counseling for working with persons with communication disorders and
their families throughout the life span. Students will review major
theories of counseling and will select those most useful for the various
settings and practices of audiology and speech pathology.
(7326)—Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Practice
outcomes research, and the levels of evidence supporting clinical
practice. Students will understand the principles of critical evaluation
of diagnostic procedures and critical evaluation of the evidence for
treatment efficacy and effectiveness as well as the importance of
practice guidelines that define best practices.
AUD 5192 (7230-Cultural Competence in Audiology
Knowledge and skills needed by audiologists to provide culturally
competent services to diverse clients. Sources of diversity and
application of concepts to the field of audiology will be discussed.
AUD 5193 (7336)-Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory and Vestibular
Continuation of the first anatomy and physiology course with greater
focus on skull anatomy and on peripheral and central nervous system
embryology, neuroanatomy, and neurophysiology.
Prerequisite: AUD 5043 (7331).
(7087)—Topics in Audiology
with emphasis on topics related to clinical or rehabilitative audiology.
May be repeated for additional credit not to exceed 6 hours total.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
OSHA requirements, occupational noise management, recreational audiology,
and designing and implementing hearing conservation programs for adults
and children. Prerequisites: AUD 5023 (7380); AUD 5112 (7221).
(7228)—Professional Issues in Audiology & Speech Pathology
professional ethical values and their applications to dilemmas
encountered in the clinical practices of audiology and speech pathology
will be explored with students. Preferred practices and criteria for
quality services will be topics for discussion.
Effective use of
hearing aids and auditory training equipment. Includes their component
parts, electroacoustic analysis, hearing aid orientation/counseling, and
approaches to hearing aid evaluation. Prerequisite: AUD 5023 (7380).
(7229)—Audiology: Practice Management
audiologists in meeting the needs of the communicatively impaired.
Students will understand preferred practices, criteria for quality
services and quality improvement through the evaluation of service
delivery models and exploration of the laws affecting service delivery
in health care and educational settings.
AUD 5233 (7385)—Pediatric
Amplification and Intervention
specific to pediatric hearing assessment, applicable technologies and
management utilizing a family centered approach to intervention.
AUD 5243 (7386)—Audiologic
audiologic rehabilitation for adults, including diagnosis, counseling,
use of amplification and other assistive devices, and communication
strategies. Various models of audiologic rehabilitation will be
presented. Prerequisite: AUD 5023 (7380).
Advanced study of
amplification systems, including strategies to assess benefit and
satisfaction, binaural/bilateral considerations, alternatives to
conventional hearing aids, and speech perception issues related to
hearing loss. Prerequisite: AUD 5223 (7384).
(7350)—Evaluation & Treatment of the Balance System
on the evaluation and treatment of balance disorders. Topics: anatomy
and physiology of the vestibular, oculomotor, and proprioceptive
systems; clinical tests of electronystagmography, dynamic posturography,
and rotary chair. Medical and surgical treatments and rehabilitation
strategies for vestibular/balance pathologies. Prerequisite: AUD
AUD 5273 (7325) - Implant Device Technology
Overview of history of cochlear implants, corporation technology in the
cochlear-implant industry, and contemporary speech processing strategies
for cochlear implants. Discussion of surgeries, audiological
evaluation procedures used pre- and post-operatively, patient
performance, counseling, and current research topics.
Prerequisite: AUD 5223 (7384).
An introduction to the characteristics, definitions, etiologies,
assessment, and therapeutic procedures in the treatment of children
diagnosed with learning disabilities. Emphasis placed on the scope
of practice for speech-language pathologists in the due process
procedures for these children.
(7371)—Gerontology in Audiology
Basic information on
the aging process and a discussion of how the aging process affects
people with hearing loss. The cognitive, physical, and social
aspects of aging will be discussed.
Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of instructor.
Directed readings in audiology and/or speech/language pathology,
individual discussion with a faculty member/ (1 - 3 hours) May be
repeated for up to 6 hours credit.
AUD 5313 (BIOM
topics in descriptive biostatistics and epidemiology, database
principles, basic probability, diagnostic test statistics, tests of
hypotheses, sample-size estimation, power of tests, frequency
cross-tabulations, correlation, non-parametric tests, regression,
randomization, multiple comparisons of means and analysis of variance
for one and two-factor experiments. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
AUD 5352 (7263)-Sociolinguistics
The linguistic structure of language, nature, and forms of symbolic
behavior. Human uses of symbols from various groups and
socio-economic levels, particularly in communication.
Prerequisite: Courses in phonetics and normal language
individual investigation for graduate students. Credits earned may be
applied toward meeting degree requirements if the program approves and
if a letter grade is given. Repeated registration is permitted.
supervised practicum experiences for graduate students that encompass
the breadth of the current scope of practice with both adults and
children from culturally diverse backgrounds. Repeated
registration is permitted.
AUD 546V (7091) - Clinical Externship
Full-time, applied, supervised practicum experience for graduate
students in residence, encompassing the broad scope of diagnostic and
rehabilitative audiology clinical practice (4-9 hours). Repeated
registration is permitted.