NOAC FAQs

1. Why an AuD?

2. Can I also earn a Ph.D. within this program?

3. Why the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium?

4. What is a consortium?

5. What advantages does NOAC provide over traditional Au.D. programs?

6. Where do I take classes?

7. Where are my clinical sites?

8. What is the distance between Akron and Kent?

9. How do I handle parking?

10. How many students will be in my class?

11. What will my diploma say?

12. What are the admission criteria?

13. Should I apply to Kent or Akron or both?

15. Is financial aid available?

16. How will I know where to go and what to do?

17. How do I find out more information about NOAC?


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1. Why an AuD? 

Audiologists are hearing care specialists who provide evaluation and treatment for individuals with hearing, balance and tinnitus disorders. The scope of practice in audiology, at a minimum, has tripled over the last 35 years. In 2006, the doctoral degree was mandated as the entry level degree to be a licensed audiologist in the state of Ohio.

2. Can I also earn a Ph.D. within this program?

Kent State University continues to have a long-standing Ph.D. program in audiology.  At present, the Au.D. and Ph.D. programs are undertaken sequentially.  Contact Dr. Hawks (jhawks@kent.edu), the Kent campus Audiology graduate coordinator, for more details.

3. Why the Northeast Ohio AuD Consortium?

The University of Akron and Kent State University are nationally recognized for their strong audiology programs and are ideally suited to offer a collaborative professional doctorate. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation is internationally recognized as providing excellence in health care. The collaborative nature of the Au.D. program merges the assets of these two strong audiology programs and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation into one unified professional doctorate degree program.

The structure of our Au.D. program results in optimal use of the schools’ resources and represents a logical evolution of the schools’ previous master degree programs. Additionally, students obtain a broader range of experiences through placements at the Cleveland Clinic and its satellite facilities, as well as at other excellent health facilities in the Cleveland/Akron/Youngstown area. Research opportunities are available at both universities and at the Cleveland Clinic.

4. What is a consortium?

A consortium is an alliance.  In the case of the Northeast Ohio Au.D. Consortium (NOAC), it is a partnership among the audiology programs of The University of Akron and Kent State University, in affiliation with The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. The two strong and established audiology programs have joined together with a nationally recognized comprehensive medical facility to offer a unified Au.D. program. The combined strengths of the constituent institutions provide world class education in audiology.

5. What advantages does NOAC provide over traditional Au.D. programs?  

With the synergy generated by the alliance of Kent State University, The University of Akron and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation students will benefit from the Power of 3! – The program is one of the largest residential Au.D. programs in the country and boasts of the largest faculty with over 20 full-time audiologists.  With the impressive facilities of the partner members including state-of-the-art technology and the comprehensive audiologic diagnosis and treatment services provided, NOAC provides students with the opportunity to become competent in all aspects of diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology.

6. Where do I take classes?

You will take classes at both The University of Akron and Kent State University.  Classes are taught by both Kent State Faculty and faculty of The University of Akron.  Classes are scheduled so that you will not have to travel between the two sites in any given day.  The University of Akron holds classes in the Polsky Building, while Kent State offers classes in the Center for the Performing Arts Building. 

7. Where are my clinical sites?  

Clinical activities will occur in the Audiology Clinics of both universities as well as at sites throughout the Northeast Ohio region.  With 4.3 million people, Northeast Ohio has the fourteenth largest concentration of population in the nation.  This insures an extensive and varied clinical population base. Northeast Ohio is also one of the leading areas for health care in the nation and provides a wide range of quality external training sites.  We have over 35 externship sites for student placements including hospitals, medical centers, ENT practices, audiology practices, and schools.  You will be given information about how you will be assigned at orientation meetings that will occur during the first week of classes.

8. What is the distance between Akron and Kent?

Kent and Akron are 15.2 miles apart, portal-to-portal.  Options for traveling between the two universities include use of interstate or surface highways. Public transportation is also available.

9. How do I handle parking? 

You will need to purchase a parking permit through your admitting university.  With the regular university permit, you will also be issued a YACK sticker at no additional cost.  YACK stickers allow you to park at Youngstown State, Akron, Cleveland State, and Kent State with no additional charge or additional permit.  Just remember to park in designated student areas.  Surface parking lots are available at Kent State University  that are adjacent to the Performing Arts.  The Polsky Parking Deck offers ample parking at The University of Akron.

10. How many students will be in my class? 

Students enroll in the NOAC program through either Kent State University or The University of Akron.  Once admitted, all students take classes together and are considered to be a single NOAC class.  Typically, 10 to 12 students are admitted through each university on a yearly basis for a class total of 20 to 24 students per class.

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11. What will my diploma say?  

Diplomas will be issued through your admitting university.  Each diploma will also indicate that the Au.D. degree is being conferred through the joint NOAC program.

 

12. What are the admission criteria?

To be considered for the NOAC program, students must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average, and submit three letters of recommendation, Graduate Record Examination  (GRE) scores, a personal statement of purpose, and a personal interview on-site or via Skype.  The admission requirements are the same for both Kent State and The University of Akron.

13. Should I apply to Kent or Akron or both? 

Admission applications should be made to either Kent State or Akron.  Decisions concerning admissions to NOAC are made by the joint NOAC Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee consists of four or more members of the Audiology Faculty.  To enroll in NOAC:

  • Students must apply either to The University of Akron or Kent State University.  Please do not apply to both programs.  The joint admissions committee, consisting of faculty members from the Consortium, will evaluate applications and make recommendations concerning admission for both universities, regardless of the application’s origin.  Students shall be admitted to NOAC only with majority approval of the Admissions Committee.
  • The enrolling university will be responsible for maintaining the students’ transcripts and official student information.  The student will register for classes and receive his or her diploma from the enrolling university.
  • The University of Akron and Kent State University each retain the right to make the final determination of whether to admit Program applicants to their respective universities.
15.  Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available on a competitive basis.  Each university has a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and fellowships that it can award.  Contact the Coordinators at each of the schools for more information.

16.  How will I know where to go and what to do?

During the summer prior to your enrollment, you will be provided with information about scheduling and orientations.  The school year begins with a White Coat Ceremony during which you are given a white lab coat to mark your transition from student to clinician.

17.  How do I find out more information about NOAC?  

For more information about NOAC, we encourage you to explore this website. For more information about The University of Akron, see our web site at  http://www.uakron.edu/sslpa/dap/ or call 330-972-8160.  For more information about Kent State see our web site at http://www.kent.edu/ehhs/hs/spa or call 330-672-2672.