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How do I Choose the Best Audiology Programs?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 03 September 2018
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There are four items to consider when choosing the best audiology programs: program length, education level, career path, and overall cost. Audiology programs provide training in hearing, sound, and technology used to overcome hearing problems. An audiologist is responsible for diagnosing hearing problems and prescribing a solution or technology to assist the client. Auditory technologists conduct hearing tests, manage the office, and work under the guidance of the audiologist.

Audiology programs are available at the college, university undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. While all four options will result in academic credentials in audiology, it is important to review the different programs and decide which is best for you and your career goals. The option selected determines the job opportunities available to you.

An audiology program at the college level is two to three years in length. These programs are usually available part time, as well as full time. This allows students to work and study simultaneously. However, this doubles the length of time required to complete the program. An undergraduate degree is four years long. In order to qualify for admissions to a master's degree, candidate must have completed a bachelor's degree. The master's program is an additional two years. A doctoral degree is after the master's and requires a total of eight years of education to obtain.

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The careers paths available for someone who completed audiology programs at the college level include daily interaction with clients and conducting hearing tests. Any career advancement into management or supervisory level requires additional training. This type of career is most rewarding for people who find helping others personally satisfying.

The audiology programs available at the university level are designed to train candidates for managerial or professional positions. The career paths available include professional work for a government agency or health services firm. Candidate with graduate degrees can work for universities, hospitals, and research services firms.

As with everything, cost is a determining factor when looking for the best audiology programs. Look at the total cost of the different programs and then compare that to the salary available for the positions requiring that level of education. Think about the time and dedication required to achieve that type of career and decide what is best for you.

Many audiologists open their own private practice, working in a health care center with other professionals, such as ophthalmologists, chiropodists, and other health care professionals. The most economical decision is often to complete the first level of college or university, find employment, pay off any student loans, and then pursue further education. The average working life is 40 years. If you want to pursue further education during that period, you will take the required steps to achieve that goal.

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