Audiology, Au.D.

Clinical Doctorate in Audiology, Au.D.

Western Washington University is proud to announce the Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.). The first cohort of students were admitted and enrolled fall 2017.

The Au.D. received approval by Western Washington University, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), the nationally recognized accrediting agency for graduate programs in the profession. This status is used to identify a graduate education program that has submitted an Application for Candidacy and has met eligibility criteria to participate in the candidacy program.

The objectives of the clinical doctorate program in Audiology at Western Washington University are to prepare competent entry-level professionals in audiology and to prepare students for advanced study at the PhD level. The Au.D. is a full-time, four-year program. During the first three years, students enroll in coursework and clinical practica.

The program culminates in a fourth year externship taken after other academic and clinical requirements have been completed. Curricula and clinical experiences are designed to provide knowledge and skills for evidence-based diagnosis and treatment of hearing and balance disorders across the lifespan. Students meet with the graduate advisor early fall quarter to file a plan of study.


The Doctor of Audiology (A.uD.) education program in audiology {residential} at Western Washington University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Course Sequence

For a list of specific courses and additional graduate program requirements, please see the program lockstep:

Capstone Research

Part of the work of the audiology graduate program is student-lead research in collaboration with a faculty mentor. These "Captone" projects are presented yearly at the Au.D. White Coat Ceremony.

Contact Information

Technical questions regarding online application

Denise Mor, Information Technology Specialist
Western Graduate School
(360) 650-7704

Program content questions

Dr. Anna Diedesch, Associate Professor & Graduate Advisor
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Western Washington University, MS 9171
516 High Street
Bellingham WA 98225
(360) 650-3885

Western Washington University also offers diagnostic and rehabilitative audiological services at its Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic located on campus. The Clinics at Western provide unique educational opportunities to graduate students in both Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology while providing a valuable community service. Students who intend to seek employment in this profession are advised that certification/licensure at the state and/or national levels is required. Out-of-state students should recognize that other requirements may exist for employment in different geographic locations.

Our Facilities

All of the graduate courses are held on campus in our state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching labs. Western is regularly rated as a top university in the Pacific Northwest.

The graduate clinical experiences are completed in our onsite clinic and in offsite settings and culminating clinical externships are completed during the student's last year. These part-time and full-time clinical experiences are planned with the assistance of the internship coordinator. Internship sites typically include public schools, specialized clinics, or hospitals in Washington state and Canada. Special requests for internships in other geographic locations can be accommodated through the joint efforts of the graduate student and internship coordinator.

Ready to Apply to Audiology?

If you are interested in applying to our graduate program, please see Audiology Admissions.

Information sessions and site tours are available by request. To schedule an information session and/or a site tour please contact the department office at (360) 650-3885 or

If you have any other questions, please contact us!