Audiologists identify hearing and balance disorders, provide rehabilitative services, assess amplification devices, and serve as industry consultants on issues concerning environmental and noise-induced hearing loss.

A Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) is an independent professional who specializes in the assessment and rehabilitation of hearing impairment. Audiologists treat patients from birth through adulthood.

In providing hearing care, audiologists:

  • Diagnose and treat hearing problems, including balance function and disorders
  • Treat most hearing impairments through modern hearing technology, including programmable and digital hearing aids and other hearing assistive technology systems
  • Program cochlear implants and serve on multidisciplinary cochlear implant teams
  • Develop and implement prevention, screening, and early detection programs
  • Recommend hearing protection in industrial, military, travel, music, and other settings
  • Provide treatment services to enable individuals to communicate effectively

Audiology is closely connected to the field of speech-language pathology (SLP). Some audiologists also become certified speech-language pathologists, but each profession is a distinct career in its own right.



Undergraduate requirements (varies by program):

 Biology (1-2 courses)  BIO 150, BIO 233
 Chemistry (2 courses)  CHEM 125, CHEM 126*
 Physics (2 courses)  PHYS 124, PHYS 125
 Psychology (1 course)  PSYCH 125
 Math (1 course)  MATH 120
 Statistics (1 course)  STATS 110 or STATS 212
 Social Sciences (2-3 courses)  Variety of course options

*St. Olaf General Chemistry options:

  1. CHEM 125 (Fall), CHEM 126 (Spring)
  2. CHEM 121 (Fall), CHEM 123 (Interim), CHEM 126 (Spring)
  3. CH/BI 125 (Fall), CH/BI 126 (Interim), CH/BI 127 (Spring, also counts as a semester of general biology)
Be sure to check the admission requirements for the specific programs you will be applying to! 


Strongly advised to have at least 30 hours of observation in audiology prior to application. Many institutions require CPR certification.

Entrance exam:

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – Usually taken in the summer or fall after your junior year.

General application:

CSDCAS – Costs $100 for the first school and $45 for each additional school.

Graduate programs are four years with coursework and clinical experience. Graduates can practice general audiology or acquire post-graduate training in various audiology specialties. 


St. Olaf Campus Contact:

  • Jeremy Loebach, Psychology Department
    • Extension: 3957
    • Office: Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences 232

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