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Audiología

General Information:

The audiologist is an autonomous professional who identifies, evaluates and manages hearing loss and balance disorders. In addition the audiologist:

  • Provides audiologic habilitation for infants/children and audiologic rehabilitation for adults.

  • Selects, prescribes and programs hearing aids and other amplifications systems and assistive communication devices.

  • Prevents hearing loss through education to consumers, selection and fitting of hearing protectors and counseling regarding the effects of noise on the auditory system.

  • Participates in research in the areas of prevention, identification and treatment of hearing loss, tinnitus and disorders of the balance system.

  • Employment Setting:

    Audiologists are qualified to work in private practice, hospitals and government agencies such as Department of Health, Education and Family Services. Other employment opportunities are available in Federal Programs, Private Institutions and Universities.

    Academic Description of the Program:

    The Doctor in Audiology (Au.D.) is a professional entry-level degree. The Program is a four-year, full-time, post-baccalaureate program which includes academic, research and clinical experiences. The academic, research and clinical experiences are guided toward the acquisition of critical knowledge and skills in four areas: foundation of practice, prevention and identification, evaluation and treatment of hearing, and balance disorders. The curriculum also reflects the scientific knowledge, skills, and the use of technology that characterizes the current scope of practice in Audiology. The Program requires the approval of 132 semester credit hours of post-baccalaureate study, and a practicum experience which is equivalent to a minimum of 12 months of full-time, supervised clinical experience. The student has a maximum of 7 years to complete the degree requirements, after initial registration as a first year student.

    U.P.R. - MSC Audiology Program Completion Rates

    Graduation Year 2011 2012 2013
    Number of graduates that completed the Program within expected time frame 4 5 3
    Number of students that completed the Program later than the expected time frame ->1 0 2*
    Number of students that did not complete the Program 0 0 0
    Percentage of graduates that completed the Program within the expected time frame 80% 100% 60%

     -> Program completion date: May2012

    *Students in a special curriculum sequence

    Admission Requirements:

    Possess a Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited university.

    Possess a General and Specific Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.00. The specific grade point average refers to the 24-27 credits which are pre-requisites for admission into the Audiology Program.

    Completion of the “Examen de Admisión a Estudios de Posgrado” (EXADEP) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The exam must be taken within five calendars years of the application date. No minimum score is required for either exam.

    Knowledge and comprehension of written and spoken English and Spanish. This will be evaluated during the faculty interview.

    Interview with the programs faculty.                              

    Required Documents: Two official transcripts, official EXADEP or GRE score report, and completed online admission application.,

    Deadline to submit application: January 31 of the application year

    Complete 24 credits on the following areas or their equivalent:

    Pre-requisite Courses

    Course / Equivalent area Cr
    General Physics 3
    Statistics 3
    Human Development throughout lifespan ** 3
    General Biology 3
    Pre-Calculus 3
    General concepts on individuals with special needs 3
    Psychology 3
    Social Sciences 3
    TOTAL 24

    Pre-requisite Courses: Convalidation Tables

    Universidad de Puerto Rico
    Universidad Interamericana
    Pontificia Universidad Católica
    Carlos Albizu University
    Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez
    Caribbean University

    If your university is not listed please submit to the Audiology Program the descriptions of the prerequisite courses for evaluation.

    At the application due date, the student may only have one pre-requisite course in progress. Pre-requisite courses taken during the summer of the application year will not be considered.

    For questions or information regarding admission requirements to the Au. D. program, please contact Dr. Marisol Vincenty at marisol.vincenty@upr.edu.

    General Requirements: Students must attend the Audiology Program on a full-time basis.

    Graduation Requirements:

    • Complete 132 semester credits hours
    • Obtain a grade point average of 3.00 or higher, in a scale of 0 to 4.00
    • Complete a research project
    • Demonstrate appropriate professional behavior
    • Approve the comprehensive examination
    • Approve the Clinical Competence Examination
    • Complete a minimum of a year of full-time clinical practice 
       

    Licensure:

    In order to practice the profession of Audiology in Puerto Rico it is necessary to obtain a license through the Puerto Rico Department of Health Examining Board for Speech-Language Pathologists, Speech Therapists, and Audiologists. The license requirements are to hold a Masters or Doctoral degree in Audiology and to approve one of the following exams: Audiology graduates may choose to take the P.R. Examining Board local licensing exam or the Praxis Series national exam in Audiology.

    Licensing Exam Results
    The table below summarizes the results for each exam and the percentage of students that became eligible for licensure by approving at least one of the exams.

    Graduation Year 2011 2012-13
    Number of graduates 4 6
    Number of students that took the Praxis exam 4 9*
    Number of students that passed the Praxis exam 4 7
    Praxis exam passing rate 100% 78%
    Number of graduates that took the P.R. Licensing Exam 0 2
    Number of graduates that passed the P.R. Licensing Exam n/a 2
    P.R. Licensing Exam passing rate n/a 100%
    Percentage of graduates that became eligible for licensure 100% 100%

    *Third and Fourth year students-January 2012 to January 2013

    Employment rate for U.P.R.-MSC Au.D. Graduates

    Graduation Year 2011 2012 2013
    Number of graduates 4 6 3
    Number of students that were employed within 6 months of graduation date 4 6 3
    Employment rate 6 months after graduation rate 100% 100% 100%

    Accreditation:

    The Doctoral Program in Audiology at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). 

    Any questions regarding the Programs current accreditation status may be addressed to the CAA at:

    Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology 
    2200 Research Boulevard # 310 Rockville, MD 20850 

    Phone: 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700                                                         

    E-mail: accreditation@asha.org

    CAA Accredited Program Listing (page 31) http://www.asha.org/uploadedFiles/CAAAccreditedPrograms.pdf

     

    U.P.R-MSC Audiology Program's Strategic Plan

    RCM Financial Aid Information

    Student's Affairs - School of Health Professions

    Program Brochure
    Click here to download the Program's information sheet

    Audiology Intramural Practice
    Click here for information about our clinical services

    Related Sites

    www.audiology.org
    www.audiologist.org
    www.asha.org
    www.asha.org/careers/professions/audiology/
    www.audiologospr.com

    Audiology Program Academic and Clinical Photo Album

    Click here to download the slide show

    U.P.R.-MSC Au.D. Students' Educational Facebook Page

    Click here to access the Facebook Page

    Faculty:

    Soami Santiago, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA Program Director
    Marisol Vincenty, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA Academic and Research Coordinator
    Wanda Lugo, Au.D., CCC-A, ABA, F-AAA, Clinical Coordinator
    Grace A. Owen, Sc.D, CCC-A, FAAA
    Mitzarie Carlo, Au.D, Ph.D., CCC-A

    Nydia Santiago, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA Recently Retired

    Contact Persons:

    Mrs. Carmen Merced, Audiology Program Secretary - Phone Number: (787) 758-2525, x. 4406

    For questions or information regarding admission requirements to the Au.D. program please contact: Dr. Marisol Vincenty at marisol.vincenty@upr.edu.

    Central Admissions Office
    Phone Number: (787) 758-2525, ext. 5230

    Office of Students Affairs - School of Health Professions
    Phone Number: (787) 758-2525, ext. 4000

    Physical Address:

    School of Health Professions Building
    Office # 630
    Medical Center Complex
    San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Temporary Location: University Parking-Trailer 8

    Mailing Address:

    Programa Doctoral en Audiología
    Escuela de Profesiones de la Salud
    Universidad de Puerto Rico
    PO Box 365067
    San Juan, PR 00936-5067

    The Medical Sciences Campus at the University of Puerto Rico prohibits all discrimination in the education and rendering of services due to race, skin color, gender, age, social status, civil status, ideals, spiritual beliefs, political beliefs, sexual preference, nationality, ethnic origin, physical handicap, or veteran status.

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