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Doctor of Audiology Program

Department of Audiology & Speech Pathology

The East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Doctor of Audiology program is a joint-program between ETSU and the Audiology Department at the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home. 

The collaboration between facilities provides extensive educational and clinical opportunities for our doctoral students.  The ETSU/VA faculty consists of 12 Ph.D. level, 3 Au.D. level, 2 Masters level audiologists, and several adjunct professors.  In addition to the vast clinical possibilites, the curriculum offered at our program prepares students for the educational demands in all areas of Audiology.

The doctoral (AuD) education program in Audiology at East Tennessee State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.  The program completed a multi-year self-study that culminated with a site review in October, 2011.  The most favorable outcome of such a review, which is re-accreditation for an 8-year period, was obtained.

The  Doctoral  program  in  audiology  at East Tennessee State University has been placed  on probation  by  the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and  Speech-Language  Pathology of the  American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 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.  Here is the link to the CAA Accreditation Decision page.

The Audiology program at ETSU is fully accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) until 2020. The program was placed on probation due to a three-year graduation rate that falls below the 80% rate mandated by the CAA.  Our three-year data may be accessed here (Student Outcome Data).  These data, while indicating a graduation rate of 75%, fall below the 80% cut-off, while the CAA materials indicate a 50% graduation rate. The difference relates directly to our incorrect reporting of students who extended their programs for health or personal reasons.  ETSU incorrectly reported students completing the program in 11 semesters as not graduating along the normal timeframe, however such students completed their programs in 11 non-consecutive semesters, due to their individual needs. The CAA calculated those reported numbers as indicative of students who did not graduate on time. Unfortunately, ETSU’s reporting did not make clear the nature of these program extensions.  The graduation rate as specified on our Student Outcomes Data should be used by the public and prospective students as the correct value of the program’s graduation rate.  Be assured that ETSU’s AuD program is fulfilling every obligation and meeting every requirement to maintain accreditation. Equally importantly, we continue to implement advising and student assistance intiatives to improve our graduation rate.   Please contact us ( if you have any questions.

Student Outcome Data: Program completion, praxis examination pass, and employment rates for the past three years

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