The Bill Daniels Center for Children’s Hearing at Children's Hospital Colorado provides the most comprehensive diagnostic and rehabilitation programs for children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing and their families in the Rocky Mountain region. Because education of graduate students in audiology and speech-language pathology is part of our mission, we enjoy sharing our experience and expertise with Au.D. students. The Bill Daniels Center for Children’s Hearing currently offers externships for fourth year Au.D.students. Externs receive intensive training in diagnostic and rehabilitative audiology services for infants and young children including behavioral audiometry, electrophysiological measures performed while a child is in natural sleep or under anesthesia, advanced technology hearing aid evaluation and fitting, bone conduction sound processor fittings and evaluation and some cochlear implant training. All preceptors maintain ASHA certification.
Students enrolled in a four-year Au.D. program at an accredited university may apply for an externship at Bill Daniels Center for Children’s Hearing, Children's Hospital Colorado.To be eligible for placement, students must have successfully completed the first three years of their university required coursework and clinical rotations.
Externship site expects the extern to have mastered these skills before they begin their clinical externship:
The ability to interact with children and families and motivation to learn from an experienced staff of Audiologists. Some experience with behavioral audiometry including VRA, conditioned play, standard audiometry, and electrophysiological measures, as well as hearing aid fitting, verification, and validation is preferred.
Externship site expects the extern to learn/demonstrate these skills during their clinical externship:
Proficient in diagnostic testing of infants and children including behavioral testing (VRA, CPA, standard audiometry) and electrophysiologic evaluations. Demonstrate competence in hearing aid consultation, fitting, verification and validation. Independent counseling regarding identification of hearing loss, implications of hearing loss in the pediatric population and habilitative measures. Collaborate with other professionals such as early intervention providers, Speech-Language Pathologists and educational Audiologists.
Primary Practice Setting:
Number of Audiology Students each year:
0 1st year AuD Clinical Rotations 0 2nd year 2 3rd year 2 4th year Externships
Does the externship site provide orientation to relevant clinical policies and procedures?
Does the externship site provide instructions about patient's rights and providing patient education?
Does the externship site provide orientation to quality assessment, quality assurance and quality improvement?
Number of Audiologists at the site:
0 FTE Masters Degree 28 FTE Au.D. 1 FTE Ph.D. 0 FTE Other Doctorate (ScD) 5 FTE professional support staff (technicians/audiometric assistants) 5 FTE Clerical Support Staff
Clinical opportunities that will be given to the extern:
Pediatric evaluations: infant/toddler
Pediatric evaluations: school-age
Adult hearing evaluations
Auditory processing evaluations
Evoked potential assessments
Intra-operative monitoring cases
Hearing aids dispensed
Hearing aid selection/fitting
Audiologic rehabilitation (group or individualized)
Cochlear implant evaluations
Cochlear implant rehabilitation
None Other – Please Describe No stipend offered. Opportunity for part time (<15 hours/week)employment(no benefits) doing newborn hearing screenings and clinical assistance.
Continuing education opportunities?
Yes We encourage continuing education and allow externs time to participate.
Travel to satellite centers required?
Yes Up to 25 miles.
Consortium or collaborative arrangements with other sites?
How frequently will the externship site communicate with the university during the externship?
Communication or other support do expected or required from the university during the externship:
Student externship reviews/evaluations are provided to the university per program requirements. Other communication as needed.
Letters of Recommendation Resume Transcript Letter of request/intent All externs MUST have worker's compensation insurance per Colorado state law.
Steps for the student/university to follow in the application process:
Contact program for more detailed instructions regarding application process.
Contact Person: (preceptor, supervisor or extern coordinator)