George S. Osborne College of Audiology
Doctor of Audiology

Residential Program

Course Descriptions

OCA-AUD-7100-AA  Molecular and Cellular Processes

Integrates the fundamental anatomical, biochemical, histological and physiological processes of cells, beginning with stem cells. Proceeds through elements of normal and abnormal cellular processes using specific representation cells, ending with immunology and molecular biology.

OCA-AUD-7200-AA  Integrated Organ Systems

Continues the integrated approach of anatomy, histology, physiology and pathology at the systemic level by looking at the specific organ systems. Introduces the student to diagnostic laboratory testing. The presentation of the materials leads the student to an appreciation of how the disciplines interact in establishing a diagnosis and a management plan for the patient.

OCA-AUD-7201-AA  Pharmacology

Basic concepts and terminology of pharmacology will be explored, including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and ototoxic drugs. Medications that may contribute to or treat audiologic and vestibular diagnoses will be discussed.
Legislation and regulatory issues related to drug clinical trials and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be reviewed.

OCA-AUD-7300-AA  Auditory Biology

Anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, including an overview of the etiology of hearing impairment and its prevention and treatment.

OCA-AUD-7400-AA  Head and Neck Anatomy

The study of structures is used to discuss functional human gross anatomy of the head and neck. This course emphasizes anatomical relationships that support clinical application, including imaging and the relationship of the head and neck to organ systems.

OCA-AUD-7401-AA  Neurosciences

The first part of the course deals with the structure and function of the nervous system. This is applied to the understanding of neuropathology later in the course. The course forms the foundation for understanding the impact of neurological disease on the auditory system.

OCA-AUD-7402-AA  Psychoacoustics

Physical and psychological attributes related to sound in normal hearing and impaired ears. Classical psychophysical methods discussed, with an emphasis on their application to audiological testing.

OCA-AUD-7500-AA  Acoustics and Acoustic Phonetics

The principles of sound and its measurement. Information on the acoustic parameters of sound and perception of speech.

OCA-AUD-7501-AA  Cerumen Management

In-depth anatomy and physiology of the external auditory meatus and tympanic membrane. Instruments, equipment and techniques used for effective removal of cerumen and prevention and treatment of complications that may arise in specific populations. Related professional topics such as infection control, reimbursement, and professional liability.

OCA-AUD-7502-AA  Instrumentation and Calibration

This course focuses on the technology and instrumentation used in the assessment of auditory and balance functions, as well as the verification of hearing instrument performance. The many types of transducers used with screening and diagnostic instrumentation are described. The technology and procedures to properly perform instrument calibration to standards promulgated by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) are covered along with those defined by the manufacturer. Also covered in this course are basic equipment setup and troubleshooting, basic electricity and electronics concepts, and the design and characteristics of audiometric test enclosures.

OCA-AUD-7503-AA  Speech and Language Development and Disorders

Normal speech and language development will be addressed with speech- language disorders commonly found in children with hearing loss. The collaborative roles of the audiologist and the speech-language pathologist in the evaluation and treatment of speech-language disorders are overviewed.

OCA-AUD-7504-AA  Pediatric Assessment

Issues related to pediatric hearing loss including development of the auditory system, genetic aspects of hearing loss and diagnostic test protocols.

OCA-AUD-7505-AA  Auditory Processing Disorders

Diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of auditory processing disorders. Emphasis is placed on auditory neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neuroplasticity.
Students will obtain experience in administering and interpreting auditory processing tests and developing management plans.

OCA-AUD-7506-AA  Nontraditional Amplification

Technology such as extended-wear devices, FM devices, infrared listening devices, loop systems, and methods to interface with telecommunications will be presented. Surgical alternatives to hearing aids and cochlear implants will be discussed, including bone-anchored hearing aids and active middle ear implants. Criteria for patient candidacy and fitting protocols will be addressed. Students will gain hands-on experience with the assistive technology for children and adults with hearing loss.

OCA-AUD-7507-AA  Auditory Implantable Devices

Covers a variety of auditory prosthetic devices with emphasis on cochlear implant technology. History, pediatric and adult candidacy, signal processing strategies and fitting protocols will be explored in detail.

OCA-AUD-7508-AA  Pediatric Amplification and Intervention

This course will help prepare students to address the unique audiological needs of children with hearing impairment. The focus of the course is the support of children with hearing impairment and their families-from diagnosis through intervention, including amplification, assistive listening devices, supporting development and transitioning into educational programs.

OCA-AUD-7509-AA  Clinical Application of Sign Communication

Introduction to Deaf Culture and American Sign Language (ASL), with emphasis on signs most useful to audiologists working clinically. This course is taught in a “voice-off” environment conducive to learning for students with differing previous experience.

OCA-AUD-7510-AA  Vestibular Rehabilitation

Identification and administration of selected treatment options for a variety of vestibular disorders.

OCA-AUD-7511-AA  Electrophysiological Evaluation of Auditory Processing Disorders

Study of middle and late latency potentials used in diagnosing auditory processing disorders in children and adults. Tests include, but are not limited to, Biological Marker of Auditory Processing (BioMARK), Middle Latency Responses (MLR), Late Latency Responses (LLR), Event Related Potentials (P300) and speech-evoked event-related potentials.

OCA-AUD-7512-AA  Geriatric Audiology

Bio-psychosocial model of aging addresses the impact of aging on the auditory mechanism. Specific modifications that should be made when providing hearing and balance services to older adults will be emphasized.

OCA-AUD-7513-AA  Audiologic Rehabilitation and Psychosocial Aspects of Hearing Loss

Psychosocial aspects of hearing loss will be addressed. Outcome measurements used to assess the effectiveness of adult audiological rehabilitation programs will be addressed. Case study approach will be used to develop, implement and evaluate adult audiological rehabilitation programs.

OCA-AUD-7514-AA  Hearing Conservation and Environmental Audiology

Introduction to the basic principles of sound and its measurement, including Damage Risk Criteria and its application to noise-induced hearing loss will be addressed, as well as components of hearing conservation programs in a variety of settings and evaluation of their effectiveness in the prevention of hearing loss. On course completion, students will be eligible to obtain certification from the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC).

OCA-AUD-7515-AA  Management of Tinnitus and Hyperacusis

Theories related to the etiologies of tinnitus and hyperacusis. Practices of the evaluation and treatment of tinnitus and hyperacusis, including sound therapies, counseling, and the potential for future pharmacological treatments.

OCA-AUD-7516-AA  Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring

Application of neurophysiological testing including somatosensory evoked potentials, motor evoked potentials, brainstem auditory evoked potentials, electromyography and electroencephalogy used in the intraoperative setting.

OCA-AUD-7530-AA  Audiometric Principles 1

Evaluation of the auditory mechanisms from otoscopy thru theories of comprehensive audiometric testing leading up to sites-of-lesion.

OCA-AUD-7531-AA  Audiometric Principles 2

This course is a continuation of the audiometric principles course sequence. Evaluation of the auditory mechanism including theory for site of lesion testing necessary to determine differential diagnosis of auditory pathologies.

OCA-AUD-7540-AA  Vestibular and Balance Evaluation 1

Anatomy and physiology of the vestibular mechanism, with emphasis on the disorders that can influence the balance system. Experience in determining which diagnostic tools may be appropriate for patients with balance disorders. Conduct and interpret the basic case history, bedside evaluations, and ENG/VNG test battery.

OCA-AUD-7541-AA  Vestibular and Balance Evaluation 2

Advanced diagnostic vestibular techniques and functional balance assessment with emphasis on rotational chair, evoked potentials, and computerized dynamic posturography. Integration and synthesis of various tests as well as case studies to further clinical knowledge.

OCA-AUD-7550-AA  Hearing Instruments 1

Theoretical and applied understanding of current technology in hearing aids. Electroacoustic analysis and programming of hearing instruments and verification of the performance of hearing instruments using objective and subjective measurements.

OCA-AUD-7551-AA  Hearing Instruments 2

The theoretical and clinical aspects of advanced signal processing schemes and verification procedures are taught. Focus is placed on advanced hearing aid and wireless technology including frequency lowering, connectivity options, and open fittings. The selection and fitting of amplification for special conditions (e.g., conductive and unilateral hearing loss) and special populations (e.g. pediatric and geriatric) will be reviewed.

OCA-AUD-7560-AA  Auditory Electrodiagnostics 1

An introduction to otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) and the early auditory evoked potentials (AEPs; e.g., cochlear potentials and auditory brainstem responses), including the applications of OAEs and early AEPs in current and future audiologic practice. The practical skills of OAE and early AEP recordings are taught in an accompanying laboratory course.

OCA-AUD-7561-AA  Auditory Electrodiagnostics 2

Further study of electrodiagnostic testing including, but not limited to, Auditory Steady-State Response (ASSR), Cochlear Hydrops Analysis Masking Procedure (CHAMP), Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP) and suppression Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE).

OCA-AUD-7700-AA  Doctor/Patient Relationship

Issues related to the professional relationship between doctors of audiology and patients in the clinical practice of audiology, with emphasis on the development of a humanistic approach to patient care. Effective communication skills addressed, especially as related to case-history taking and counseling.

OCA-AUD-7701-AA  Evidence Based Practice (EBP)

Using a combination of onsite and online instruction, EBP tools are defined and strategies are explored as to the application of these tools in clinical decision making.

OCA-AUD-7702-AA  Introduction to Clinical Research

Introduction to research methods used in audiology. Overview of statistical analyses used in descriptive and experimental research. Students will attain the skills necessary to be consumers and producers of audiology research.

OCA-AUD-7730-AA  Clinical Problem Solving 1

First course in the five-course CPS series. Students build clinical reasoning skills through a problem-based learning approach and develop the ability to acquire, interpret, synthesize and record significant clinical decision making information to diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders.

OCA-AUD-7731-AA  Clinical Problem Solving 2

Students continue to build clinical reasoning skills through a problem-based learning approach and increase the ability to acquire, interpret, synthesize and record significant clinical decision making information to diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders.

OCA-AUD-7732-AA  Clinical Problem Solving 3

Students continue to build clinical reasoning skills through a case-based approach and increase the ability to acquire, interpret, synthesize and record significant clinical decision making information to diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders.

OCA-AUD-7733-AA  Clinical Problem Solving 4

Students continue to build clinical reasoning skills through a case-based approach and increase the ability to acquire, interpret, synthesize and record significant clinical decision making information to diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders.

OCA-AUD-7734-AA  Clinical Problem Solving 5

This final course in the CPS sequence focuses on advanced case studies with emphasis on integrative skills and the refinement of clinical decision making abilities. Activities include student development of a model CPS case using a team-based approach.

OCA-AUD-7900-AA  Issues in Audiology

Discussion of current issues in the profession of audiology including audiology scope of practice, audiology employment opportunities, state licensure requirements to practice audiology, and professional certification options for audiologists.

OCA-AUD-7901-AA  Audiology Grand Rounds

Utilizing an evidence-based approach, case presentations are made by students in a grand rounds format (presenting a particular patient’s medical problems, diagnostic testing results and treatment effects) to other audiology students and faculty incorporating various clinical practices and evaluation and treatment protocols.

OCA-AUD-7902-AA  Ethics in Audiologic Practice

Overview of policy documents related to student code of ethics and professional code of ethics as relates to clinical practice. Case presentations of ethical issues and dilemmas related to clinical practice and research in audiology.

OCA-AUD-7930-AA  Audiology Practice Management 1

Introduction to the basic principles in accounting, marketing, coding, billing and reimbursement for audiological services. Initial discussion related to staffing and human resources. Students will have the opportunity to develop an initial business plan for an assigned career path or career path of their choice.

OCA-AUD-7931-AA  Audiology Practice Management 2

Advanced principles in accounting, marketing, coding, billing and reimbursement for audiological services. Continued discussion related to staffing and human resources. Skill development in the area of developing and running a practice to ensure short and long term profitability. Varied traditional and non-traditional career paths will be explored. Students will have the opportunity to enhance and modify the initial business plan for an assigned career path or career path of their choice.

OCA-AUD-8601-AA  Clinical Skills: Pediatric Assessment Lab

Students receive hands-on experience in the assessment of hearing in the pediatric patient population including case history, otoscopy, immittance measures and behavioral assessment using visual reinforcement and conditioned play audiometric techniques. Course culminates in a credentialing exam to verify the student’s abilities.

OCA-AUD-8602-AA  Clinical Skills: Auditory Electrodiagnostics Training Lab

Supervised training in the recording and analysis of otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) and auditory brainstem responses (ABRs) to put into practice knowledge acquired in Module 5 didactic classes (Auditory Electrodiagnostics 1). The course culminates in a credentialing examination to verify the student’s abilities.

OCA-AUD-8630-AA  Clinical Skills: Audiometric Training 1

This course provides the opportunity for students to develop foundational audiometric clinical skills. Training labs may include the use of standardized and certified patients in order to provide students with an opportunity to develop the reliability of their test skills and independence in a non-clinical setting. These learning experiences culminate in a credentialing exam to verify competence in foundational clinical skills.

OCA-AUD-8631-AA  Clinical Skills: Audiometric Training 2

This course is a continuation of the clinical skills sequence in audiometric training combining lecture and lab formats. These learning experiences culminate in another credentialing exam to verify competence in foundational clinical skills.

OCA-AUD-8640-AA  Clinical Skills: Hearing Instruments Lab 1

Supervised training and practice to reinforce knowledge acquired in Module 5 didactic Hearing Instruments classes. Lab includes information and activities on the hearing aid evaluation and selection process; and hearing aid checks, repairs and modifications culminating in a credentialing examination to verify the student’s abilities.

OCA-AUD-8641-AA  Clinical Skills: Hearing Instruments Lab 2

Supervised training and practice to reinforce knowledge acquired in Module 5 didactic Hearing Instruments classes. Lab includes information and activities on hearing aid fitting, verification and validation techniques, as well as hearing aid adjustments using various hearing aid manufacturers, culminating in a credentialing examination to verify the student’s abilities.

OCA-AUD-8650-AA  Professional Practice 1

Audiologic clinical skills development through a combination of observation and participation in direct patient care performed at the Pennsylvania Ear Institute. Students will be expected to be active observers by interacting with the patient and engaging in problem-solving to assist in the formation of the diagnosis of hearing and balance problems.

OCA-AUD-8651-AA  Professional Practice 2

Audiologic clinical skills development through a combination of observation and participation in direct patient care performed at the Pennsylvania Ear Institute. Students are expected to continue to develop new clinical skills and integrate the information developed through didactic preparation.

OCA-AUD-8652-AA  Professional Practice 3

Direct patient care at the Pennsylvania Ear Institute with emphasis on refinement of skills in: case history taking, subjective and objective diagnostic tests and rehabilitation, including hearing aid.

OCA-AUD-8653-AA  Professional Practice 4

Direct patient care at the Pennsylvania Ear Institute, with emphasis on refinement of skills in case history taking, subjective and objective diagnostic tests and rehabilitation, including hearing aid assessment and orientation and exposure to vestibular and balance testing.

OCA-AUD-8654-AA  Professional Practice 5

Co-managed patient care with preceptors at Pennsylvania Ear Institute and/or off-campus clerkship within commuting distance of the campus. Emphasis on refinement of skills in case history taking, subjective and objective diagnostic tests, and rehabilitation including hearing aid assessment and fitting. When the opportunity presents student will be exposed to vestibular and balance testing, which many include VNG/ENG, CDP and/or Rotary Chair depending on clinical site.

OCA-AUD-8655-AA  Professional Practice 6

Clerkship experience is expanded to off-campus regional locations to include experience in one of the following four environments: private practice, hospital, pediatric, or medical offices (ENT/otologist/neuro-otologist). Off campus rotations allow for student clinicians to experience a rich variety of patient types and scope of practice. Consideration of rotation site in an adjacent state will be considered on an individual student basis.

OCA-AUD-8656-AA  Professional Practice 7

Clerkship experience is expanded to off-campus regional locations to include experience in one of the following four environments: private practice, hospital, pediatric, or medical offices (ENT/otologist/neuro-otologist). Off campus rotations allow for student clinicians to experience a rich variety of patient types and scope of practice. Consideration of rotation site in an adjacent state will be considered on an individual student basis.

OCA-AUD-8657-AA  Professional Practice 8

Clerkship experience is expanded to off campus regional locations to include experience in one of the following four environments: private practice, hospital, pediatric, or medical offices (ENT/otologist/neuro-otologist). Off campus rotations allow for student clinicians to experience a rich variety of patient types and scope of practice. Consideration of rotation site in an adjacent state will be considered on an individual student basis.

OCA-AUD-8800-AA  Clinical Externship

Summer Term. Beginning of the full-time fourth year clinical externship. Opportunity for national site placement. Intent is to offer student clinician the means to focus full time on fine tuning clinic skills in a variety of settings and to focus on areas of interest as desired.

OCA-AUD-8801-AA  Clinical Externship

Fall Term. Continuation of the full-time fourth year clinical externship. Opportunity for national site placement. Intent is to offer student clinician the means to focus full time on fine tuning clinic skills in a variety of settings and to focus on areas of interest as desired.

OCA-AUD-8802-AA  Clinical Externship

Winter Term. Completion of the full-time fourth year clinical externship. Opportunity for national site placement. Intent is to offer student clinician the means to focus full time on fine tuning clinic skills in a variety of settings and to focus on areas of interest as desired.

OCA-AUD-8803-AA  Clinical Externship

Spring Term. Continuation Conclusion of the full-time fourth year clinical externship. Opportunity for national site placement. Intent is to offer student clinician the means to focus full time on fine tuning clinic skills in a variety of settings and to focus on areas of interest as desired.

06.07.2014