RE: Turner, R. (1993). Editorial. American Journal of Audiology, 2(2), 2 Please add my name to the list of NB (nonbackground) student audiologists. In the most recent edition of AJA, you observed that it is more difficult to enter the profession of audiology through the NB route. This is absolutely correct. NBs must typically spend an additional year to complete the ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   March 01, 1994
RE: Turner, R. (1993). Editorial. American Journal of Audiology, 2(2), 2
 
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  • Sharon A. Lesner
    The University of Akron (OH)
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Hearing Disorders / Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   March 01, 1994
RE: Turner, R. (1993). Editorial. American Journal of Audiology, 2(2), 2
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 84. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.84a
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 84. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.84a
Please add my name to the list of NB (nonbackground) student audiologists. In the most recent edition of AJA, you observed that it is more difficult to enter the profession of audiology through the NB route. This is absolutely correct. NBs must typically spend an additional year to complete the coursework necessary to meet certification requirements. Because of scheduling difficulties, lack of financial assistance, and the burden of spending 3 years to obtain a master’s degree, many potential NBs are discouraged from entering audiology.
Yet my experience, and my observations of other NB students, convinces me that obtaining a broad undergraduate background in the sciences and humanities is a distinct advantage over the route taken by most communication disorders (CD) students, who tend to concentrate on speech and audiology courses at the undergraduate level. The advantages that NB students experience are also present with the proposed AuD model of professional education.
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