Student Manual and Policy Information

Student Manual and Policy Information

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Audiology Policy Manual

Policy Document

 

Last Edited 8/2016

I. Admissions Policy

 

Students are admitted to begin in the Fall term only. Criteria for admission to the program includes the following:

  • completed application form, including application fee
  • submission of undergraduate grade point average (Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to apply)
  • submission of GRE scores (Minimum cumulative quantitative & verbal score of 300 to apply)
  • three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic preparation
  • an interview with the admissions committee

 

We are looking for students who have a passion for audiology.  In a personal statement or during your program interview be prepared to describe your experience with audiology (e.g. observations, shadowing, personal experience) and why you want a future career as an audiologist.

 

Applications must be completed and received by January 1st

 

The criteria listed above are program minimums. The Audiology Program adheres to the minimum guidelines for doctoral and master's graduate education at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Students meeting these criteria are not guaranteed admission. The program in Audiology adheres to the Essential Functions policy for all students (see below). Interviews and campus tours are generally scheduled for February with admissions decisions completed soon thereafter. Applications should be completed on-line.

 

We welcome all applicants. Pleases call us at 502-852-5274 or contact us online for more information.

 

Suggested Coursework

Students who apply to our program who do not have an undergraduate degree in Communicative Disorders (or Speech and Hearing Sciences) are encouraged to apply. Undergraduate coursework in the following areas is useful for success in our program:

  • Life Sciences - which may include Human Anatomy, Physiology, Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Genetics
  • Physics of sound
  • Behavioral Sciences - which may include Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology
  • Mathematics - which may include trigonometry or Statistics

 

 

II. Essential Functions

The graduate degree in Audiology is recognized as a broad degree requiring the acquisition of general knowledge and basic skills in all applicable domains of audiology.  The education of audiologists requires assimilation of knowledge, acquisition of skills and development of judgment through patient care experience in preparation for independent and appropriate decisions required in practice. The current practice of audiology emphasize collaboration among speech language pathologists, audiologists, otolaryngologists, other health care and education professionals, the patient/client, and the patient/client’s family.

The University of Louisville Audiology program endeavors to select applicants who have the ability to become highly competent audiologists.  As an accredited Audiology program, the University of Louisville curriculum in Audiology adheres to the standards and guidelines of the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology.  Within these guidelines, the University of Louisville Audiology Program has the responsibility for selecting and evaluating its students; designing, implementing, and evaluating its curriculum; and determining who should be awarded a degree. Admission and retention decisions are based not only on satisfactory academic achievement but also on other essential functions, which serve to ensure that the candidate can complete the essential functions of the program required for graduation.

The Department has a responsibility to the public that its graduates can become fully competent and caring audiologists, capable of doing benefit and not harm.  Thus, it is important that persons admitted possess the intelligence, integrity, compassion, humanitarian concern, and physical and emotional capacity necessary to practice audiology.

In order to acquire the knowledge and skills requisite to the practice of audiology to function in a broad variety of clinical situations, and to render a wide spectrum of patient care, individuals must have essential skills and attributes in five areas: communication, motor, intellectual-cognitive, sensory-observational, and behavioral-social.  These skills enable a student to meet graduate and professional requirements as measured by state and national credentialing agencies.  Many of these skills can be learned and developed during the course of the graduate program though coursework and clinical experience.  Failure to meet or maintain the Essential Functions may result in action against the student, including, but not limited to dismissal from the program.

  1. A.   COMMUNICATION

A student must possess adequate communication skills to:

  • Communicate proficiently in both oral and written English language.
  • Possess reading and writing skills sufficient to meet curricular and clinical demands.
  • Perceive and demonstrate appropriate non-verbal communication for culture and context. Modify communication style to meet the communication needs of clients, caregivers, and other persons served.
  • Communicate professionally and intelligibly with patients, colleagues, other healthcare professionals, and community or professional groups.
  • Communicate professionally, effectively, and legibly on patient documentation, reports, and scholarly papers required as a part of course work and professional practice.
  • Convey information accurately with relevance and cultural sensitivity.
  • The University of Louisville requires that applicants whose first language is not English, and who earned their college degree(s) from an institution in another country, provide evidence of English proficiency as part of the application process. The test used by the University to show proficiency is the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The internet based TOEFL is made up of four scales: reading, listening, speaking, and writing. There are two criteria for passing the TOEFL as set by the University of Louisville and the Division of Communicative Disorders. Both of these criteria must be achieved for admission.

1)    The University of Louisville requires a total test score of at least 79.

2)    The Division of Communicative Disorders requires that subscales be equal to or greater than the values listed below.  These values represent the midpoint of the Intermediate or Fair ranges specified by Educational Testing Service (ETS).

  1. Reading         18
  2. Listening       18
  3. Speaking       21
  4. Writing           20

 

  1. B.   MOTOR

A student must possess adequate motor skills to:

  • Sustain necessary physical activity level in required classroom and clinical activities.
  • Respond quickly to provide a safe environment for clients in emergency situations including fire, choking, etc.
  • Access transportation to clinical and academic placements.
  • Participate in classroom and clinical activities for the defined workday.
  • Efficiently manipulate testing and treatment environment and materials without violation of testing protocol and with best therapeutic practice.
  • Manipulate patient-utilized equipment (e.g. durable medical equipment to include, hearing aids, etc.) in a safe manner.
  • Access technology for clinical management (i.e. billing, charting, etc.).

 

  1. C.   INTELLECTUAL / COGNITIVE

A student must possess adequate intellectual and cognitive skills to:

  • Comprehend, retain, integrate, synthesize, infer, evaluate and apply written and verbal information sufficient to meet curricular and clinical demands.
  • Identify significant findings from history, evaluation, and data to formulate a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.
  • Solve problems, reason, and make sound clinical judgments in patient assessment, diagnostic, and therapeutic plan and implementation.
  • Self-evaluate, identify, and communicate limits of one’s own knowledge and skill to appropriate professional level and be able to identify and utilize resources in order to increase knowledge.

 

  1. D.   SENSORY / OBSERVATIONAL

A student must possess adequate sensory skills of vision, hearing, tactile, and smell to:

  • Visually and auditorily identify normal and disordered (communication, hearing and balance disorders, social interaction related to communication).
  • Identify the need for alternative modalities of communication.
  • Visualize and identify anatomic structures.
  • Discriminate text, numbers, tables, and graphs associated with diagnostic instruments and tests.
  • Recognize and adjust when a client and/or client’s family does or does not understand the clinician’s written and/or verbal communication.
  • Identify and discriminate a client’s spoken responses.
  • Accurately monitor through both visual and auditory modalities, equipment displays and controls, including those of hearing instruments, used for assessment and treatment of patients.

 

  1. E.   BEHAVIORAL / SOCIAL

A student must possess adequate behavioral and social attributes to:

  • Display mature, empathetic, and effective professional relationships by exhibiting compassion, integrity, and concern for others.
  • Recognize and show respect for individuals with disabilities and for individuals of different ages, genders, race, religions, sexual orientation, and cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Conduct oneself in an ethical and legal manner, upholding the ASHA Code of Ethics and university and federal privacy policies.
  • Maintain general good physical and mental health and self-care in order not to jeopardize the health and safety of self and others in the academic and clinical setting.
  • Adapt to changing demanding environments (which includes maintaining both professional demeanor and emotional health).
  • Manage the use of time effectively to complete professional and technical tasks within realistic time constraints.
  • Accept appropriate suggestions and constructive criticism and respond by modification of behaviors.
  • Dress appropriately and professionally.

 

The University of Louisville is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. Enrolled students who believe they have a disability for which they seek accommodations should request disability accommodation from the University Disability Resource Center http://louisville.edu/disability.

III. Clinic Prerequisites

The student must have current CPR certification, malpractice insurance, HIPAA training (both clinical and research) and a TB test on file before being allowed to see patients in the clinic.  If any of the above expires and the student does not provide evidence of renewal, (s)he will be suspended from patient care activities until evidence of currency is provided.  If suspended, students will not be allowed to count any clinical hours during that time.  This may affect the grade assigned for that rotation.  Note: Some clinic sites might require additional vaccinations or training. Consult your supervisor.

The University of Louisville requires you submit a form documenting your immunizations. This form can be found at this link. (Ctrl-Click to follow hyperlink)