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Doctoral Degree Required Courses


The following courses are required. In addition to these courses, students will be required to acquire 12-15 elective credits. One hundred graduate credits are required for graduation. Please also see the degree requirements for the doctor of audiology degree.

(Please note that courses are continually being reviewed. Course descriptions may change and courses may be added/deleted from this list.)


SPAA 562 - Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Speech, Language, and Hearing.

Overview of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with a concentration on neurological mechanisms related to speech, language and hearing. Prerequisite: SPAA 161. Not open to students who have credit in SPAA 361. Open only to AuD students.

SPAA 648 - Hearing Anatomy, Physiology, and Disorders.

Graduate level study of the anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism and of conductive, sensorineural, and central hearing disorders. Prerequisite: SPAA 343.

SPAA 655 - Diagnostic Audiology.

Standard audiological testing and interpretation. Masking. Speech audiometry. Functional disorders: symptoms and diagnostic procedures. Immittance testing and interpretation. Prerequisite: SPAA 260, 343.

SPAA 656 - Speech Perception and Hearing Aids.

Hearing loss and speech perception as related to amplification. Overview of hearing aids. Prerequisite: SPAA 655.

SPAA 657 - Advanced Diagnostic Audiology.

Site-of-lesion tests other than immittance, evoked potentials, and electronystagmography. Central auditory processing disorders: nature, diagnosis, and management. Prerequisite: SPAA 655.

SPAA 660 - Otoacoustic Emissions.

Nature, use, administration, and interpretation of otoacoustic emissions. Relationships of otoacoustic emissions to other diagnostic procedures. Prerequisite: SPAA 343, 648; permission of the department chairperson. Open only to students enrolled in the AuD program.

SPAA 650 - Pediatric Audiology.

Topics specific to the nature and management of auditory problems in children. Development of the auditory system. Genetics of hearing loss. Syndromes associated with hearing loss. Educational audiology. Prerequisite: SPAA 343, 344.

SPAA 651 - Auditory Problems and Management in Adults.

Topics specific to the nature and management of auditory problems in adults. Tinnitus, cerumen management, assisting devices, adult and aural rehabilitation and hearing aid orientation, self assessment scales, consumer groups and advocacy. Prerequisite: SPAA 343, 344.

SPAA 601 - Introduction to Research in Speech Pathology and Audiology.

Orientation to research in speech-langauge pathology and audiology. Develops the abilities to read, evaluate, apply, and conduct research. Includes research writing style, critical reading, literature searches, research design, basic statistics, and computer applications. Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

SPAA 654 - Evoked Potential Testing.

Nature, use, administration, and interpretation of evoked potentials. Relationship of evoked potentials to other diagnostic procedures. Prerequisite: SPAA 161, 343, 648; permission of the department chairperson.

SPAA 766 - Hearing Aids 2.

Advanced course on hearing aids, including middle ear implants. Prerequisite: SPAA 656.

SNLNG 551 - American Sign Language 1.

Introduction to sign language systems including fingerspelling and American Sign Language (ASL). Development of receptive and expressive skills in sign language is emphasized.

SPAA 653 - Balance Function and Assessment.

Anatomy and physiology of balance. Assessment of balance function through electronystagmography, evoked potentials, and other available measures. Diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders as related to the audiology scope of practice. Prerequisite: SPAA 161, 343; permission of the department chairperson.

SPAA 658 - Private Practice and Related Professional Issues.

Consideration of issues related to private practice audiology. Includes information on how the history of audiology and hearing aid dispensing has affected the profession. Other professional issues, such as certification and licensing, will be discussed.

SPAA 661 - Cochlear Implants.

Cochlear implants, including candidacy, devices, speech perception and production, aural rehabilitation, and educational implications. Includes brainstem implants. Prerequisite: SPAA 343, 344, 648, 650, 654, 656, 657.

SPAA 663 - Counseling Issues in Audiologic Practice.

Counseling issues related to the practice of audiology. Prerequisite: SPAA 650, 651, 655.

SPAA 664 - History and Issues of the Profession of Audiology.

History of the profession of audiology. Past, present, and future issues facing the profession. Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. Open only to students enrolled in the AuD program.

SPAA 652 - Psychoacoustics, Instrumentation, and Calibration.

Psychoacoustics and acoustic phonetics. Calibration of audiologic equipment. Prerequisite: SPAA 260, 659.

SPAA 659 - Industrial and Other Audiologic Settings.

Audiologic practice in industrial and other settings. Prerequisite: SPAA 655.

SPAA 771 - Clinical Project in Audiology.

Capstone clinical project on an approved audiologic topic. Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. Open only to third-year AuD students.

SPAA 662 - Pharmacology for Audiologists.

Pharmacology as related to the practice of audiology, including ototoxic agents and interdrug reactions. Prerequisite: SPAA 648, 655.

SPAA 793 - Audiology Externship.

Full-time, 12-month externship in an approved audiologic facility under the joint supervision of the university audiology faculty and the externship site professional staff. Externship may be completed at one or more sites. Taken for three consecutive semesters. Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. A total of 9 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term. Open only to students enrolled in the AuD program.

SPAA 770 - Grand Rounds in Audiology.

An in-depth review and analysis of a variety of clinical cases and topics related to the professional practice of audiology. Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. Open only to third-year AuD students.

SPAA 749 - Audiology Practicum.

Supervised clinical practicum in audiology on and off campus. Experience in a variety of diagnostic and rehabilitative procedures. Prerequisite or parallel: SPAA 343, 655; permission of the department chairperson. A total of 26 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 4 in any one semester or term. Open only to AuD students.

SPAA 692 - Directed Study in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Individual directed study in speech-language pathology and audiology. Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.






Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
Arts and Communications Building, Room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: 8 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Friday (Summer Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Phone: 765-285-8161
Fax: 765-285-5623