General Information

The audiologist is an autonomous professional who identifies, evaluate, diagnose, 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. Students must attend the Audiology Program on a full-time basis and 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 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.
  • Candidates must be proficient in written and spoken English and Spanish. The admissions process will include an interview by the Faculty, which may include verbal and written questions in both, English and Spanish.
  • Completion of pre-requisite courses.  Candidates must complete a minimum of 24 credits in the areas listed below.  Courses must be approved with a grade of C or better.  At the application due date, the candidate must have approved at least 7 of the 8 pre-requisite courses.  He/she must complete the resulting course by May of the application year.  Pre-requisite courses taken during the summer of the application year will not be considered.

 

Complete 24 credits on the following areas or their equivalent:
Pre-requisite Courses

Course / Equivalent areaCredits
General Physics3
Statistics3
Human Development throughout lifespan3
General Biology3
Pre-Calculus3
General concepts on individuals with special needs3
Psychology3
Social Sciences3
TOTAL24

 

Pre-requisite Courses: Convalidation Tables for Admission in 2018

Universidad de Puerto Rico
Universidad Interamericana
Pontificia Universidad Catolica
Universidad del Turabo

If your university or course is not listed in the convalidation tables, you can submit an electronic copy of the course syllabus to the Audiology Program Academic Coordinator for consideration.

 

Required Documents

  1. Completed online admission application (Payment Required).
  2. Official EXADEP or GRE score report.
  3. One official transcript to each of the following addresses:

Admission OfficeAudiology Program
Oficina Central de Admisiones Programa Doctoral de Audiologia Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Ciencias Médicas PO Box 365067 San Juan, PR 00936-5067Programa 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.
* The application deadline for 2018 has been extended through March 1st.​

Deadline to submit transcripts and exam scores: March 15 of the application year.
* The deadline for transcript and exam scores for 2018 has been extended through April 15th.​​

 

EXADEP:  Applicants must indicate in the admission application the month and year in which they plan to take or re-take the EXADEP.  If the applicant did not include the expected test date or decided to re-take the exam after they have submitted their admission application, they must notify the Admissions’ Official of the new test date.   Exam scores from February of the application year will only be considered if the Medical Sciences Campus was included as a score recipient in the ETS/EXADEP application and if the test date was either included in the admission application or the applicant notified the Admissions’ Official of the new test date prior to March 15.

Candidates that transferred to a different institution during their undergraduate degree: must submit official transcripts from all institutions.

Candidates that have not completed their undergraduate degree at the time of application: must request their transcripts after the January academic session has begun. Requesting the transcripts at this time ensures that the first semester grades are included in the transcript and that courses enrolled during the second semester are registered in the transcript.

Frequently Asked Admission Questions
Q – How many students are admitted to the Audiology Program each year?
A – The Program admits five students for each academic year.

Q – Should I take the GRE or the EXADEP admission test?
A – The Program will accept either test, however, our experience has been that Hispanic students perform better on the EXADEP than on the GRE.

Q – I understand that there is no minimum EXADEP score required for admission to the Audiology Program, but what is the average EXADEP score of students that are ultimately admitted to the Program?
A – The average EXADEP score of the students admitted to the AuD Program is 589.

Q – What is the tuition cost for the Audiology Program?
A – The tuition cost for our Program is $150 per credit. The Program requires 132 credits, so the total cost of the four-year Au.D. would be around $19,800.

Q – I qualify or have been granted tuition exemption. Can I use that exemption towards the Au.D.?
A – Unfortunately no. Our Program does not accept tuition exemptions.

Q – What does the class schedule typically look like? Are there any night classes?
A – There are no night classes. The Au.D. class schedule varies each semester and is different for every year (1st – 4th). First-year students typically have class from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at least four days a week. Second and third-year students do their clinical rotations one to three times a week from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and have class most days from 1:00 – 6:00 pm. Fourth-year students do not take theoretical courses since they are completing their internship which requires them to attend their clinical site on a full-time basis, based on the site’s work schedule.

Q – Can I keep my current job while attending the Au.D. Program?
A – Students must take into account that this is a doctoral-level program that is expected to require a greater time investment than undergraduate programs. In our experience, students have great difficulty maintaining a part-time job while enrolled in the Program.

Q – Does the Medical Sciences Campus provide work-study experiences for students who would like to earn an income while enrolled?
A – Yes. Our students qualify for the work-study Program and in fact, some of our students take part of this opportunity. However, the tuition exemption offered by the work-study program does not apply.

Q – What kind of financial aid is available for Au.D. students?
A – For up-to-date information regarding available financial aid please visit this link to the Financial Aid Office.

Q – I submitted my EXADEP score with my admission application in December but I later decided to re-take the exam in February. Will my February EXADEP score be considered for admission?  What happens if my February score is lower the score I had originally submitted with my application?
A – If the student notified the Admissions’ Official of the new test date prior to March 15, the new EXADEP score will be considered as part of his admission application.  Applicants may choose to take the admission exam as many times as they like.  The Admission’s Official will only forward to the Audiology Program the highest score that the applicant has submitted.

For questions or information regarding admission requirements to the Au. D. program, please contact Dr. Mitzarie Carlo at mitzarie.carlo@upr.edu.

 

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 132 semester credits hours with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
  • Complete a research project.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behavior.
  • Approve the comprehensive examination.
  • Approve the Clinical Competence Examination.
  • Complete a minimum of one year in a 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.

Accreditation

The Doctoral Program in Audiology at the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The current accreditation period runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2025.  

Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
2200 Research Boulevard # 310 Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 800-498-2071
E-mail: accreditation@asha.org
Website: http://caa.asha.org/

Student Outcome Data

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

Graduation YearNumber of Graduates that Took the PRAXIS examNumber of Students that PassedPercent of Students that Passed the PRAXIS
2016/20174375%
2015/20165480%
2014/201533100%

 

Program Completion Rates

Graduation YearNumber Students that Completed the Program Within the Expected Time FrameNumber of Students that Completed Later Than Expected Time Frame Through a Special Curriculum SequenceNumber of Students that Did Not Complete the ProgramPercentage of Students that Completed the Program
2016/201731267%
2015/2016410100%
2014/201521260%

 

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

Graduation YearNumber of graduatesPercent of Graduates Employed in the Profession Within 1 Year of Graduation
2016/2017Data not available yet
2015/2016580%
2014/20153100%
2013/20145100%
2012/20133100%

 

Student Resources

RCM Financial Aid Information

Student’s Affairs – School of Health Professions

Audiology Program Reference Documents

Click here to download the Program’s information sheet

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

Audiology Intramural Practice

Click here for information about our clinical services

Professional Audiology Sites

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

Faculty

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

Contact Persons

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

 

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.