Externships

Externships

Fourth-year Au.D. candidates will complete an externship designed to extend and refine their clinical skills.  The extern will be under the supervision of a licensed and certified audiologist (the Preceptor) at a site external to the University of Louisville.  This will require the extern to relocate to another city in most cases. (Note: there may also be a limited number of opportunities to complete the externship in the city of Louisville).

The externship experience is intended to encompass general audiology practice.  The extership site should demonstrate the capacity to provide the desired clinical educational experience by providing documentation of staffiing, depth and breadth of clinical experiences, physical environment and facilities, adequate resourses, time for learning, complementary activities, supervisory controls and a willingness to participate in the evaluation of student competencies.

The extern is a "student-in-training" who receives supervision in compliance with professional, ethical and legal expectations.  The extern should not be licensed, either fully nor provisionally, to practice audiology independently.  The extern should not receive compensation as an employee.  The extern may receive stipends, traineeships, assistantships, tuition remission and/or grants commonly associated with student training.

The extern, with help from the University of Louisville faculty, will locate potential externship sites and preceptors during their third year of on-campus study.  The student, faculty and the preceptor will determine whether or not the site meets the needs of the student and external site.  Externships generally begin in May and end just before graduation the following year.

The extern is supervised and evaluated throughout the externship experience. The preceptor and a University of Louisville faculty liason are in constant communication concerning the extern's progress.  Externs also communicate with their faculty liason via telephone, e-mail and live group chats on the internet.  These encounters serve to guide and mentor the extern as they adjust to new clinical protocols and expectation of the externship site.

More detail guidelines about the 4th-Year Expenship experience are available in the Practicum Regulations document distributed to all audiology students in the Au.D. program.

Externship Guidelines

Externship Sites

Here is a partial list of the externship sites that recent Au.D. students have used to complete their clinical training . . . 

The Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, Arizona

The National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research
VA Medical Center
Portland, Oregan

Boston Childrens Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Rady Childrens Hospital
San Diego, California

Cincinnati Childrens Hospital
Cincinnati, Ohio

VA Medical Center
San Diego, California

Case-Western Reserve Hospital
Cleveland, Ohio

Audiological Consultants of Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia

University of Virginia Medical Center
Charlottesville, Virginia

Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Jefferson County Public Schools
Louisville, Kentucky

The Heuser Hearing Institute
Louisville, Kentucky

The Arizona Hearing and Balance Center
Phoenix, Arizona