Audiology, Au.D.

COVID update

In the winter of 2022, all graduate courses and undergraduate courses will be face-to-face (see Classfinder for more details) unless moved online by the President's office. Clinical services in the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinics will be provided face-to-face beginning in fall 2021 with few exceptions. Although we are doing everything possible to avoid program extensions, it is possible that graduate students enrolled in the M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology will not complete their training program within the expected and published time frame. This is due to increased clinical supervision expectations, fluctuating availability of off-site clinical placements, and modifications to clinical service provision (shortened sessions to allow for health screens and disinfection, for example). 

Also due to COVID the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) will be waived for 2022 applicants to the SLP and Au.D graduate programs. 

Please contact the graduate school with questions:

(360) 650-3170

an audiologist checks a patient’s hearing.
A woman works on a sound board
an audiologist places a hearing aid into a patient's ear.

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.

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

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!

Contact Information

Technical questions regarding online application

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

Program content questions

Dr. Rieko Darling, Professor and Au.D. Program Director and Graduate Advisor
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Western Washington University, MS 9171
516 High Street
Bellingham WA 98225
(360) 650-3885


The Doctor of Audiology (A.uD.) education program at Western Washington University is an Applicant for Accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. Candidacy is a "preaccreditation" status with the CAA, awarded to developing or emerging programs for a maximum period of 5 years.