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Letter from the Director

I am delighted to announce our new professional doctorate degree program, Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Pacific's Au.D. program will be the first in Rupa BalachandranNorthern California. It will be one of four accelerated programs in the country, and the only one in California. This program will be located on the new San Francisco campus with clinics on both the San Francisco and Stockton campuses. This three-year accelerated program will serve a cohort of 20-22 students per year and will draw students with undergraduate majors in speech-language pathology, biology, and pre-health.This three-year accelerated program will serve a cohort of 20-22 students per year and will draw students with any undergraduate majors but especially those majoring in Speech-Language Pathology, Biology, and Pre-Health.

The first class of Pacific's Doctor of Audiology students will begin in the Fall of 2015, pending approval by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the two audiology accrediting agencies, the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE). The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) education program at the University of the Pacific is currently seeking candidacy status of the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) 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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, "employment of audiologists is expected to grow by 37% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Hearing loss increases as people age, so an aging population is likely to increase demand for audiologists. The early identification and diagnosis of hearing disorders in infants also will spur employment growth. Advances in hearing aid design, such as the reduction of feedback and a smaller size, may make the devices more appealing as a means to minimize hearing loss, leading to more demand for the audiologists who provide hearing aids." There is currently a shortage of audiologists in California since the only Au.D. Program in San Diego currently graduates eight to 10 audiologists per year.

The Audiology Clinic on the Stockton campus will serve as an additional clinical site for students and has successfully operated since 2004. The Audiology Clinic on the San Francisco campus along with anticipated collaborations with many Northern California medical and audiology centers will provide student clinical experiences. The San Francisco Clinic will begin seeing patients in October 2014 and will provide residents throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with audiology and hearing aid services through patient visits and community outreach events.

An audiologist shortage statewide makes this new Doctor of Audiology Program critically important to both the region and state health care systems. The program will continue Pacific's long history of producing graduates who are highly skilled health care practitioners. It will build upon Pacific's reputation and strengths in health sciences, reach new student markets, and align with our strategic plan, Pacific 2020.

We are pleased to offer a wonderful opportunity to create a permanent legacy by naming the new audiology clinic, classrooms, labs, sound booths, and offices. Naming opportunities are recognized forever in our beautiful new San Francisco Campus building. We invite you to partner with us. Contact Susan Webster at 209-946-3116 or swebster@pacific.edu for more information.

 
Rupa Balachandran, PhD
Audiology Program Director
Associate Professor of Audiology
Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology