Audiology and Communication Sciences

The Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS) provides training and graduate programs in the fields of clinical audiology, deaf education, and speech and hearing sciences. Established at Central Institute for the Deaf (CID) in 1914, the training programs are now a member of a consortium of programs known as CID at Washington University School of Medicine, which also includes affiliated clinical services and research programs operated by the Department of Otolaryngology.

Doctor of audiology (AuD)

The Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program is a four-year course of study that prepares students as independent clinical audiologists. Established in 1947, the program is among the oldest and most prestigious of its kind. Today, its curriculum serves as a national model, immersing students in academic course work, clinical experiences and research opportunities. A Pediatric Audiology Specialization is available to qualified students admitted to the program.

The audiology program is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE). Graduates are eligible for national certification by ASHA.

Master of science in deaf education (MSDE)

The Master of Science in Deaf Education (MSDE) program is a two-year course of study that prepares students as teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing. With its origins going back to 1914, the program is recognized internationally as one of the most prestigious of its kind in the word. The program’s intensive curriculum, emphasis on immersion in practice teaching and experienced faculty attract students nationally from a wide variety of backgrounds.

The deaf education program is accredited by the State of Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Council on Education of the Deaf (CED). Graduates of the program are eligible for teacher certification in the State of Missouri (Deaf/Hearing Impaired, Birth-Grade 12) and for national certification by CED.

Doctor of philosophy (PhD) in speech and hearing sciences

The PhD program prepares students for academic and research careers in speech and hearing sciences. Established in 1947, the program is dedicated to fostering scientific inquiry in speech and hearing sciences and related disciplines. The program is administered through the Graduate School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Minor in speech and hearing sciences

The Minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences is designed for current undergraduate students interested in exploring topics related to human communication. Course work provides an overview of the fields of hearing, deafness, language and speech, with opportunities to explore related topics in more depth. This minor is especially valuable for students in fields such as psychology, education, philosophy-neuroscience-psychology (PNP) and linguistics, but has broad applicability for many fields of study. Course work completed as part of this minor can also be used to fulfill prerequisites for graduate studies in audiology, deaf education and speech-language pathology.

Further information

Further information, including complete admissions details and full program descriptions, may be obtained by contacting:

Washington University School of Medicine
Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences
Campus Box 8042
660 S. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Phone: (314) 747-0104
Fax: (314) 747-0105
Email: pacs@wustl.edu
Web: pacs.wustl.edu