If you already know what audiologists do and you're interested in what it takes to become one, you're in the right place.
How long will it take?
A master's degree in Audiology is the minimum requirement for an audiologist to practice in Canada. If you already have an undergraduate degree, you can complete a master's in audiology in two or three years (depending on the program).
What will it take?
Drive, perseverence, passion...and:
- Meet entry requirements for a Master's program in audiology (Canada has five);
- Depending on your undergraduate degree, you may have to take some additional prerequisite courses;
- You may have to complete volunteer work - preferably working in an audiology environment;
- Successfully complete a master's degree in audiology including a minimum of 350 hours of supervised clinical practicum;
- Many provinces regulate the profession of audiology. If you wish to work in a regulated province, you must register with the regulatory body (college) in the province or territory you wish to practice in.
Optional: Earn SAC Clinical Certification, a nationally and internationally-recognized standard of excellence as set by your peers. Learn more.
Is this the right choice for me?
Unfortunately, we can't answer that for you. However, doing a volunteer placement with an audiologist before you apply to a university program is probably the best way to find out. And, when you do, be sure to ask a lot of questions. Find out as much as you can about, not only that particular audiologist's job, but about what other worksettings are available to audiologists as well.
As an audiologist, you can work in many different environments, with a wide variety of issues and disorders across all age groups. Just because one particular path in the profession isn't right for you, doesn't mean the profession isn't right for you. Learn more about what audiologists do.