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.
  • Official report of the score obtained in the “Prueba de Admisión a Estudios de Posgrado (PAEP)“. There is no minimum exam score required to apply. Exam must be taken within three years of the application date. Please click on the PAEP link to access the application form and visit the following website for general information about the test and to view sample questions https://www.laspau.harvard.edu/taking-paep-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 assessment of verbal and written skills in both, English and Spanish; fulltime commitment to the program’s curriculum; and multidisciplinary teamwork disposition.
  • 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 6 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

Convalidation Tables for  Pre-requisite Courses

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

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 admission exam score report.
  3. One official transcript to each of the following addresses:

 

Deadline for admission application and payment: February 15ᵗʰ of the application year.

Deadline to submit transcripts and exam scores: March 15ᵗʰ of the application year.

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

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 – What is the tuition cost for the Audiology Program?
A – The cost per credit for the Audiology Program is $205.  Additionally, there are technology ($50), maintenance ($100), and laboratory ($100) fees that are charged per semester, as applicable.

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.

Student Outcome Data

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

Academic Year Number of Graduates that Took the PRAXIS exam Number of Students that Passed Percent of Students that Passed the PAXIS
Recent Year 5 4 80%
1 year prior 5 5 100%
2 years prior 5 4 80%
Three-year average 87%

 

Program Completion Rates

Period Number Completing on Time Number Completing Later Than on Time Number Not Completing
Recent Year 5 1 0
1 Year Prior 5 0 0
2 Years Prior 4 0 0
Three-year average: 93%

 

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

Academic Year Number of Graduates Employed Number of Graduates Not Employed Within 1 year of graduation
Recent Year 5 0
1 Year Prior 4 0
2 Years Prior 6 0
Three-year average: 100%

 

Puerto Rico Licensing Exam Pass Rates for 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
Recent Year 0
1 Year Prior 0
2 Years Prior 1 Information not available Information not available
Three-year average: Information not available

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 Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program 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 or 301-296-5700.
E-mail: accreditation@asha.org
Website: http://caa.asha.org/

Student Outcome Data

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 Person

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.