An Audiology student checks the hearing of a patient

Our major in pre-audiology is a pre-professional program that will prepare you to apply for a graduate or professional-level program.

Audiology is a rewarding healthcare profession involving the evaluation and rehabilitation management of people with learning or balance disorders. Audiology consistently ranks as one of the best careers in the medical field, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports rapid job growth during the next decade.

What You Will Learn

In this major, you will prepare for a professional-level of study by building a foundation in:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • math
  • physics
  • speech and hearing
  • business
  • psychology
  • technology

What It’s Like to Major in Pre-Audiology at Ball State?

The Ball State University Audiology Clinic strives to be an evolving clinical resource for the people of east central Indiana and is charged with providing the highest level of healthcare within our profession. The clinic offers the following comprehensive audiology services, usually conducted by audiology students under faculty supervision:

Diagnostic Services

  • newborn hearing evaluations
  • child hearing evaluations
  • adult hearing evaluations
  • tinnitus evaluations
  • auditory processing disorder evaluations
  • evaluation of dizziness and balance
  • fall risk assessment

Rehabilitative Services

  • hearing aid evaluations/fittings
  • cochlear implant evaluations/fittings
  • ear wax removal
  • assistive listing devices: amplified telephones, alerting devices, and classroom amplification (FM/DM systems)
  • hearing aid/cochlear implant repairs
  • balance rehabilitation program
  • swim molds
  • hearing protection (for musicians, hunters, or anyone exposed to loud sounds)

Learn More

At Ball State, you’ll be part of a student community that is as diverse as it is committed to excellence.

Students in both our undergraduate and graduate programs work alongside one another to achieve their academic and career goals.

Our program has teaching-focused faculty who are experienced professionals in the field of audiology and speech pathology.

Our student-to-teacher ratio is low, and all courses are taught by faculty, not graduate or teaching assistants.

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Students in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology gain valuable real world, hands-on experience during their time at Ball State.

Our graduates go on to become teachers, clinicians, researchers, managers, and a variety of other critical occupations in the exciting field of health care.

Major Requirements

Courses in this program prepare students to enter a clinical graduate or professional-level audiology program.

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Our programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Learn more.


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A few of the classes you will take include:

  • Survey of Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Clinical Phonetics
  • Speech Acoustics
  • Language Development
  • Introduction to Audiology

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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What Can You Do with a Degree in Pre-Audiology?

Ball State’s degree in pre-audiology is a pre-professional program only and prepares students for graduate studies in audiology.

Students who complete graduate studies in audiology work in:

  • medical settings
  • schools
  • private practice
  • community and university clinics
  • long-term care facilities
  • industrial settings

Paying for Your Education

Department Scholarships

On top of the dozens of funding options offered through Ball State’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, the Speech Pathology and Audiology department awards scholarships to our own students. Find a scholarship.

Apply to Ball State

Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all applications on an individual basis. Applying is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

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Want to Learn More?

The best way to get a true feel for Ball State is to spend some time here, so we encourage you and your family to schedule a campus visit. Take a tour, attend an information session, meet with a professor in our area, and ask plenty of questions. Or, if you’d rather speak to someone directly by phone or email, please feel free to contact us.

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