The position statement identifies the critical need for improvement in the quality of education that future audiologist-practitioners will receive. It emphasizes the importance of student-practitioners being exposed in depth and breadth to a variety of work settings and role models.

Key Points

The American Academy of Audiology endorses the concept of the professional doctorate in audiology as the appropriate entry-level degree for the practice of audiology. The advanced level of training the professional doctorate mandates is necessary to ensure the provision of the highest standards of delivery of service to individuals with auditory and other related disorders and to their families. The professional doctorate establishes audiologists in a clearly defined and prominent role within the hearing health care delivery system and strengthens their position as autonomous practitioners and providers of audiological services.

Get Involved

Whether serving on a clinical document development panel or participating as peer reviewers, volunteers have regular chances to deepen their engagement with the Academy and make important contributions benefiting the field of audiology. If you are interested in clinical document development, please volunteer to express interest and submit a CV to the Academy’s guidelines staff by email.

To view the list of guidelines and strategic documents in development and to learn more about the Academy’s clinical document development process, visit the Academy’s Practice Resources website. Information from interested members is accepted on an ongoing basis, and members will be contacted as clinical document volunteer openings occur.

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