About the Program
Pacific’s Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) educational program offers a streamlined path for aspiring Audiologists who are eager to enter the workforce. We welcome applicants with a passion for hearing and a Bachelor’s degree in any major. From their very first day, our students are immersed in a student-centered learning experience and hands-on clinical education. Classes are conducted on the ultra-modern San Francisco campus surrounded by the city’s SoMa district.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an 11% growth in Audiologist employment from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average across all occupations. This increase can be attributed to the prevalence of hearing loss in an aging population and advancements in hearing aid technology, amplifying the demand for audiology services. Additionally, the emphasis on early detection and treatment of hearing disorders in infants and young children will further boost demand.
Three-year accelerated program
Located in vibrant downtown
Committed to diversity and inclusion
On-campus audiology clinic
- As the first accredited Au.D. program in Northern California, we have an established network of world class medical center internship and externship placements.
- The accelerated program allows you to begin employment after 3 years of education; 100% employment rate after graduation.
- Expert team of full-time faculty provide personalized clinical and academic education, with the option to participate, present and publish with our research faculty.
Student Outcome Data
- On-time program completion rates
- Praxis examination pass rates of test-takers
- Employment rates of graduates
Pacific’s Audiology staff and faculty are at the top of their field and are here to guide you.
Gabriella Musacchia, Department Chair, Program Director
Joe Hu, Vice-Chair, Director of Clinical Education
Gail Amornpongchai, Clinical Associate Professor, Clinic Director (Stockton)
Julia Chung, Clinical Assistant Professor, Clinic Director (San Francisco)
Fadi Najem, Assistant Professor
Celia Zhang, Assistant Professor
Melanie Rosenblatt, Clinical Assistant Professor
Munirah Awad, Clinical Assistant Professor
Hearing and Balance Center
The University of the Pacific Hearing and Balance Center provides the highest level of evidence-based, comprehensive and professional audiological care, from prevention to rehabilitation, for individuals of all ages. Our goal is to optimize your hearing and make listening effortless, ensuring an improved quality of life through better hearing and balance.
San Francisco Campus Information
The San Francisco campus is located at 155 Fifth Street in San Francisco's vibrant South of Market neighborhood. The building is home to both the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and the University of the Pacific Center. The Dugoni School moved into this newly completed building in 2014 and the Pacific Center opened in August 2015 to offer professional programs including a doctoral program in Audiology and masters programs in Data Science and Music Therapy.
To empower aspiring audiologists to achieve the highest quality of education in an accelerated timeframe. We emphasize academic excellence, student-centered learning, holistic patient care, community service, and innovation in research. Our graduates are highly skilled, forward-thinking professionals who advance the field of audiology and provide exceptional care to individuals with hearing and balance disorders.
The strategic plan for Pacific’s Department of Audiology integrates educational enhancements, research excellence and robust community engagement, aiming for holistic healthcare education and research leadership. It plans to adapt to evolving accreditation standards, enhance curriculum and strengthen faculty and partnerships. With a focus on community outreach and patient satisfaction, it aligns with health sciences and audiology standards. Sustainable funding and national recognition are targeted, positioning the program as a leader in addressing health disparities and setting benchmarks in audiology education and community service.
Graduates of the Doctor of Audiology program will demonstrate:
Comprehensive knowledge of audiology theories, principles, and practices. Benchmarks are high academic performance and successful completion of coursework that aligns with accreditation standards.
Clinical competence, including the ability to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals with hearing and balance disorders. Graduates meet or exceed all clinical education accreditation standards.
Professionalism and ethical behavior in audiological practice, adhering to the highest ethical standards in patient care and research.
Engagement in research activities, such as designing experiments, conducting studies, and presenting findings, contributing to the advancement and understanding of evidence-based audiological knowledge.
The Doctor of Audiology (AuD) program at University of the Pacific is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE), 11480 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 220, Reston, VA 20191 (703) 226-1056, https://acaeaccred.org, for the period of April 1, 2018 – April 30, 2028.
The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program in audiology (residential) at University of the Pacific is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.
Read our Admissions information for everything you need to know about prerequisites, how to apply, and more.
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The Program is an equal opportunity institution of higher learning and is firmly committed to nondiscrimination in its delivery of educational services and employment practices. In compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, such decisions will be made irrespective of the individual's race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except for minors), sex, marital status, citizenship status, military service status, sexual orientation, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic condition), disability and/or any other status protected by law. For further information, please see the University’s policy