George S. Osborne College of Audiology

Doctor of Audiology Program (Residential)

Curriculum Modules/Module Descriptions
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Molecular and Cellular Processes Integrative Organ Systems & Disease
(Module 2)
  Clinical Externships
(Module 8)
Integrative Auditory and Systemic Disease (Module 3)
Integrative Neuro-Auditory Sciences (Module 4)
Audiometric Principles and Management of Hearing Problems (Module 5)
Principles and Practice of Audiologic Medicine (Module 6)
Research and Electives   (Module 9)
Strategies for Personal and Professional Development
(Module 10)

THE FIRST YEAR

Module 1 (Fall Term)
Molecular and Cellular Processes

Integrates the fundamental anatomical, biochemical, histological and physiological processes of cells, starting with stem cells. Using specific representation cells, the discussion proceeds through elements of normal and abnormal cellular processes, ending with immunology and molecular biology. The overall goal of the module is to provide an understanding of normal cellular organization, processes, and function as a basis for recognizing abnormal conditions. This provides the conceptual framework for diagnostic and therapeutic management of the patient.

Module 2 (Spring Term)
Integrative Organ Systems and Disease

Continues the integrated approach of anatomy, histology and physiology with pathology at the systemic level by looking at the specific organ systems. This module also addresses the student’s ability to recommend needed laboratory and diagnostic testing in a thorough, prudent and methodical fashion.

Module 3 (Fall Term)
Integrative Auditory and Systemic Disease

Builds on the model of the first two basic science modules and emphasizes auditory structures. The auditory biology sequence proceeds from outer ear to the auditory cortex over the course of the Fall and Spring Terms. The module presents the development, anatomy, histology, physiology and biochemistry of the auditory system, relating structure to function. The focus is the detailed presentation of the etiology, pathogenesis, differential diagnosis, treatment and management of outer, middle and inner ear disease.

Module 4
Integrative Neuro-Auditory Sciences

Begins in the first year with anatomy and progresses through coursework in neurosciences. Head and neck anatomy (Fall, Spring Terms) follows with a structural and functional approach to the nervous system. Neuropathology (Spring Term) examines disease conditions affecting the nervous system and forms the foundation for understanding the impact of neurological disease on the auditory system. Pharmacology courses discuss pharmaceuticals specifically related to nervous and mood disorders. Psychoacoustics course focuses on perceptual aspects of sound and acoustic representation in the auditory pathway.

Module 5
Audiometric Principles and Management of Hearing and Vestibular Problems

Includes basic and theoretical coursework in areas concerned with the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. Module 5 topic areas are arranged to coincide with applicable clinical skills activities experienced in Module 6.

Module 6
Principles and Practice of Audiologic Medicine (Fall Term)

Prepares audiology students with the skills, experiences and values necessary for responsible delivery of hearing healthcare. The clinical skills sequence includes didactic and laboratory instruction in diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of hearing and balance disorders. Students are exposed to the theoretical and basic aspects of audiology in Module 5 and practice the clinical aspects of these principles in Module 6.

Students master the cognitive, motor, interpersonal and problem-solving skills necessary to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage patient problems within the scope of audiologic practice.

Clerkships in the community and at the Pennsylvania Ear Institute on the Elkins Park campus provide the opportunity for students to further develop and apply their clinical skills. This includes active observation of audiologic practice on-and-off campus and assignments to community-based screening events.

The Audiology Patient and Society sequence begins the first year and focuses on the ethical, professional values and practices necessary in the changing healthcare system. Personal and professional development includes exercises in goal setting, career planning and the importance of financial planning and debt management.

Module 7
Integrative Approaches to Clinical Problem Solving

Begins the first year (Fall, Spring Terms) and presents case discussions, exercises, group discussions and computerized applications aimed at facilitating students as they reason their way through clinical problems. The first year program is especially important in developing the skills necessary to make decisions based on the scientific literature, and the statistical validity and application of health data to the patient population (Evidence-Based Medicine).

Module 9
Research and Electives

Provides students with opportunities to pursue special areas of interest, including mentored research projects or humanitarian projects. Students may choose to take one or more of these electives.

Module 10
Strategies for Personal and Professional Development

This four year building block strategy prepares graduates for the expectations and challenges of the future. The Patient and Society sequence begins in the first year, focusing on the ethical, professional values and the trends and challenges of diversity within the profession in the changing healthcare system.

THE SECOND YEAR

Module 2 (Summer Term)
Integrative Organ Systems and Disease

Continues the integrated approach of pharmacology at the systemic level by looking at the specific organ systems. It stresses the role of pharmacological agents in the management of systemic conditions, and their possible impact on the auditory system, with emphasis on ototoxic drugs.

Module 4
Integrative Neuro-Auditory Sciences

Continues in the second year (Summer Term) with neuropharmacology, which discusses pharmaceuticals specifically related to nervous and mood disorders.

Module 5
Audiometric Principles and Management of Hearing and Vestibular Problems

Continues with topic areas concerning the diagnosis, treatment and management of hearing and balance disorders. Topic areas continue to coincide with applicable clinical skills activities experienced in Module 6.

Module 6
Principles and Practice of Audiologic Medicine

Students continue to master the clinical skills associated with the audiology principles learned in Module 5 through on-campus instruction and laboratory activities in the Foundation Skills curriculum. Professional practice training proceeds with greater direct patient care involvement, encouraging the development of basic and advancing clinical skills and patient care through placements in community-based clerkships (Spring, Summer Terms), community screenings, and on-campus clinical assignments (Fall Term). Increasing emphasis is placed on problem-solving and patient management skills while continuing the development of more advanced evaluation and treatment techniques for hearing and balance disorders.

Module 7
Clinical Problem Solving

During the second year (Fall, Spring Terms), students build their clinical reasoning skills through a case-based approach. Students master the ability to acquire, interpret, synthesize and record significant clinical decision making information in an effective and efficient manner, using principles of Evidence-Based Medicine.

Module 9
Research and Electives (Optional)

Provides students with opportunities to pursue special areas of interest, including 36 courses from the Osborne College of Audiology’s six-week online programs covering all areas of Audiology. Students may also elect to pursue various research activities and may choose to take one or more of these electives.

THE THIRD YEAR (ON-CAMPUS)

Module 5
Audiometric Principles and Management of Hearing and Vestibular Problems

Continues with topic areas concerning the diagnosis, treatment and management of hearing and balance disorders. Topic areas continue to coincide with applicable clinical skills activities experienced in Module 6.

Module 6
Principles and Practice of Audiologic Medicine

Clinical activities and responsibilities associated with professional practice progress during the third year to include greater examination efficiency, enhanced diagnostic and rehabilitation abilities, and development of logical management plans (Summer Term). The sequence concludes with the highest expectation of cognitive, technical and analytical skills necessary for transition to the more intensive clinical demands of externships. (Fall Term)

Module 7
Integrative Approaches to Clinical Problem Solving

Concludes with advanced case studies, with emphasis on integrative skills and the refinement of clinical decision-making. Special attention is given to the responsibility for life-long learning and maintaining continuing competency. (Fall Term)

Module 9
Research and Electives (Optional)

Provides students with opportunities to pursue special areas of interest, including 36 courses from the School of Audiology’s six-week online programs covering all areas of Audiology. Students may also elect to pursue various research activities. They may choose to take one or more of these electives.

Module 10
Strategies for Personal and Professional Development

The curriculum continues with special emphasis on third party reimbursement and audiologic jurisprudence. In anticipation of professional contribution to the audiology clinical research literature, students learn necessary clinical research methods and statistics. Students are oriented to the major organizational issues facing the areas of Medicare, Medicaid, HMOs, managed care and public and private financing options. (Fall Term)

THE FOURTH YEAR (CLINICAL YEAR)

Module 8
Clinical Externships

Clinical externships are the culmination of patient care preparation. Both the on-campus and off-campus clinical experiences (Professional Practice I-VII) during the first three years of the core program prepare the student in the clinical skills necessary to assume the more intensive clinical demands of externships.

Externships are available in the greater Philadelphia region as well as across the nation. Audiology externships include hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, educational settings, private practice, nursing homes, Veteran’s Administration Medical Centers and industrial hearing conservation programs.

Module 9
Research and Electives (Optional)

Provides students with opportunities to pursue special areas of interest, including 36 courses from the Osborne College of Audiology six-week online programs covering all areas of Audiology. Students may also elect to pursue various research activities. They may choose to take one or more of these electives.

SEQUENCE OF COURSES - While the sequence of modules and module content represent the most accurate information available at the time of printing, module content and/or sequencing and/or module credit units may change.

10.31.2009