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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.

    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.

    Spanish is the language of instruction in all courses. All students should be proficient in speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Knowledge and comprehension of written and spoken English and Spanish is required.
    All candidates should be interviewed by the Faculty.
    Required Documents: Two official transcripts, official EXADEP or GRE score report, and completed online admission application:

    Send one official transcripts to

    Oficina Central de Adminisiones
    Programa Doctoral de Audiologia
    Universidad de Puerto Rico
    Recinto de Ciencias Médicas
    PO Box 365067
    San Juan, PR 00936-5067

    and one official transcript to

    Programa Doctoral en Audiologia-Oficina #630
    Escuela de Profesiones de la Salud
    Recinto de Ciencias Medicas
    Universidad de Puerto Rico
    PO Box 365067
    San Juan, PR 00936-5067

    Deadline to submit application and all required documents: 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


    If your university or a course 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. Mitzarie Carlo at mitzarie.carlo@upr.edu.

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

    Graduation Requirements:

    Complete 132 semester credits hoursObtain a grade point average of 3.00 or higher, in a scale of 0 to 4.00Complete a research projectDemonstrate appropriate professional behaviorApprove the comprehensive examinationApprove the Clinical Competence ExaminationComplete a minimum of a year of full-time clinical practice 


    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.


    The Doctoral Program in Audiology at the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico has been placed on probation 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. A program on probation is not currently in full compliance with the accreditation standards. Programs on probation remain accredited but must demonstrate compliance with the standards within one year. The CAA's Accreditation Action Report is available online on CAA's webpage for recent accreditation decisions (http://www.asha.org/Academic/accreditation/caaDecisions/)."

    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 Accreditation Action Report: http://www.asha.org/uploadedFiles/Accreditation-Approval-Status-Puerto-Rico-San-Juan-Aud.pdf


    PRAXIS Pass Rates for Graduates of the Au.D. Programe

    Academic Year Number of Graduates that Took the PRAXIS exam Number of Students that Passed Percent of Students that Passed the PRAXIS
    2014/2015 3 3 100%
    2013/2014 5 3 60%
    2012/2013 3 3 100%

    Program Completion Rates

    Academic Year Number Students that Completed the
    Program Within the
    Expected Time Frame
    Number of Students that  Completed Later Than Expected Time Frame Through a Special Curriculum Sequence Number of Students that Did Not Complete the Program Percentage of Students that Completed the Program
    2014/2015 2 1 2 60%
    2013/2014 5 0 0 100%
    2012/2013 3 0 0 100%

    Employment Rate of Au.D. Graduates Within One Year of Graduation

    Academic Year Number of graduates Percent of Graduates Employed in the Profession Within 1 Year of Graduation
    2014/2015 3 100%
    2013/2014 5 100%
    2012/2013 3 100%

    Puerto Rico Licensing Exam Pass Rates of Graduates of the Au.D. Program

    Academic Year Number of Graduates that Took the Local Licensing Exam Number of Students that Passed Percent of Students that Passed the P.R. Licensing Exam
    2014/2015 1 0 0%
    2013/2014 1 1 100%
    2012/2013 0 N/A N/A

    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


    Audiology Program Academic and Clinical Photo Album

    Click here to download the slide show


    Grace A. Owen, Sc.D, CCC-A, FAAA, Program Director
    Soami Santiago, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA

    Marisol Vincenty, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA Research Coordinator
    Wanda Lugo, Au.D., CCC-A, ABA, F-AAA, Clinical Coordinator
    Mitzarie Carlo, Au.D, Ph.D., CCC-A Academic Coordinator

    Contact Persons:

    Lays Miranda - Administrative Secretary III
    Phone Number: (787) 758-2525, ext. 4406
    e-mail: lays.miranda@upr.edu

    For questions or information regarding admission requirements to the Au.D. program please contact: Dr. Mitzarie Carlo at mitzarie.carlo@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
    Mailing Address:
    Programa Doctoral en Audiología
    Oficina #630
    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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