Letter to the Editor Humes and Diefendorf outline strategies for transition to the AuD degree as the exclusive entry-level degree for the practice of audiology. Although I agree with their premise that the professional doctorate should be the path for the future, I have concerns over their transition plan and its impact on the ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   March 01, 1994
Letter to the Editor
 
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  • David Citron, III
    South Shore Hearing Center South Weymouth, MA
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Letter to the Editor   |   March 01, 1994
Letter to the Editor
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 91-92. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.91b
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1994, Vol. 3, 91-92. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0301.91b
Humes and Diefendorf outline strategies for transition to the AuD degree as the exclusive entry-level degree for the practice of audiology. Although I agree with their premise that the professional doctorate should be the path for the future, I have concerns over their transition plan and its impact on the profession.
Early reports of the AuD (ADA, 1988; Goldstein, 1989) outline an 8-year (4+4) professional degree program virtually identical to medicine, dentistry, and optometry, not a 2+4 program. As a participant at the 1988 Academy of Dispensing Audiologists’ professional education conference, I can say, without hesitation, that the proposed AuD is a 4+4 model. We did, however permit the opportunity for a select group of individuals to enter AuD programs who meet all of the pre-audiology curriculum requirements, including basic sciences (ADA, 1988), with less than 4 years of undergraduate education. These individuals would comprise the cream of the crop, and these brighter students would be restricted to under 10% of total applicants.
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