Since 2007, Audiologists have been required to obtain a clinical doctorate, known as the Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) degree, before entering the profession.
The Au.D. degree reflects the increasing scope of practice for audiologists, and the need for further training given the major advancements in technology and professional responsibilities. Audiologists now complete at least 8 years of college before being eligible to practice (4 years undergraduate degree, 4 year Au.D. program).