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This page was updated on: June 14, 2024 .  Original posting: September 13, 2021 . 
Audiology Clinical Education Network

Within audiology, a relationship between academic programs and external clinical sites is necessary for students to meet experiential requirements.

Audiology's academic programs must rely on the generosity of local audiology practices and/or far-flung externship sites to be able to provide the necessary clinical experiences for their students.

  • The majority of academic programs in audiology are not associated with hospital-based clinics or faculty practices. 
  • Meanwhile, medical schools have access to teaching hospitals and faculty practices.

The most pressing issue identified was the timeline associated with the student application, interview, offer and acceptance process of the externship. 

  • increased efficiency for clinics,
  • reduce stress on students seeking a placement at our institutions.

The 2020-2021 trial commitment among institutions is strictly voluntary. 

  • Join with us in adhering to this timeline. 
  • We will solicit feedback from students, academic programs and externship sites in order to identify the challenges associated with the proposed timeline, and to determine areas for improvements.

Feasibility of standardizing other aspects of the externship process is being considered.

  • Reporting requirements,
  • timelines,
  • assessing competencies, 
  • standardized behaviors for the externship experience, and
  • sharing of best practices.

Intent is to standardize those aspects of the externship process to:

  • improve efficiency, 
  • remove redundancies, and
  • create positive outcomes for all. 
ACEN Timeline


With the ACEN process, a clinic director can get a flood of applications for limited openings. 


Directors can get a good handle on the applications and their respective supporting letters using an organizational tool such as Qualtrics.

Watch the demo from Lori, as she explains how materials are organized at UPMC. 

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Landing an audiology externship:

Coordination for the externships happens to help the life transitions for the young professionals.

Good luck in your journey.