Top 10 Reasons to Choose UNL Audiology
#1 – Unique Spiral Curriculum
•First-year coursework begins with the basics and gradually builds as you progress through the program. This means you will revisit topics and learn more advanced aspects each semester.
•No waiting until the third year to start learning the basics about advanced topics such as cochlear implants or vestibular function.
#2 – Clinical Experience from Day 1
•Students see patients in the Barkley Clinic from the start of their first semester in the program.
•Barkley Clinic services include adult and pediatric hearing assessment, amplification, cochlear implants, electrophysiology, and vestibular assessment.
•Additional opportunities for diverse off-campus clinical placements, including private practice, ENT clinics, children's hospital, Veteran's Administration (VA) hospital, and public schools.
#3 – Funding Available Throughout the Program
•Each year from Fall 2017 through Spring 2021, more than 76% of students in our AuD program have been awarded some level of funding during that academic year.
•Types of funding available include: department fellowships, graduate assistantships, and federal, state and university grants and contracts. Learn more on our Funding Opportunities webpage.
#4 – State of the Art Training and Simulation Facilities for Experiential Learning
•Individual work stations equipped with CARL Simulation Heads, Verifit 2 units, otoscopes, and laptop computers downloaded with the most current software for practicing hearing aid and cochlear implant fittings.
•Otoscopy simulations for practice identifying outer and middle ear pathologies.
#5 – Opportunities to Engage in Faculty Research
•Auditory perception and amplification – Amplification and Perception Lab
•Cochlear implants – Cochlear Implant Research Lab
•Vestibular and sports concussion – The Concussion and Vestibular Evaluation Lab
•Ototoxicity and substance misuse – CIRL and CAVE Labs
#6 – Cochlear Implant Clinic and Dedicated Coursework
•Clinical services for all three CI manufacturers' devices
•Extensive coursework in auditory implants
#7 – Extensive Vestibular Clinical Training and Coursework
•UNL is one of the few programs in the country with seven hours of course credit in vestibular assessment.
•Fully equipped vestibular clinic in the Barkley Center.
#8 – Extensive Local, Statewide and International Outreach Opportunities for Students
•Clinic With A Heart – hearing screenings for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured
•Special Olympics Healthy Hearing – hearing screenings for Special Olympics athletes
•The Nebraska Hearing Aid Bank – provides amplification for low-mid income individuals across the state and across the lifespan
•Nebraska Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program – advocacy positions available for students
•Study Abroad in Nicaragua – opportunities for students to provide humanitarian hearing healthcare in Nicaragua
#9 – Student Academy of Audiology (SAA)
•Provides an opportunity for students across cohorts to network together to promote and advance the profession of audiology.
•Student-led fundraisers help support our community outreach programs.
#10 – Faculty with Diverse Expertise
Marc Brennan, PhD, auditory perception and hearing aid amplification
Katie Brennan, MS, aural rehabilitation
Hannah Ditmars, AuD, pediatric audiology
Michelle Hughes, PhD, cochlear implants and electrophysiology
Kelly Pritchett, AuD, adult audiology
Stacie Ray, AuD, community audiology
Amanda Rodriguez, AuD, PhD, sports concussion and vestibular function
Josh Sevier, AuD, cochlear implants
Emily Wakefield, AuD, occupational audiology
Margarita Protopopov, audiology assistant