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Program overview

Program length: 1 year
Class size: 2 students
Location: Jacksonville, Florida

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers a one-year Audiology Externship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida. This program provides in-depth clinical knowledge and skills that enable practitioners to provide quality comprehensive audiology care. Education focuses on patient care, providing state-of-the-art clinical audiology services to a primarily adult population. In-depth clinical experiences are provided to develop a well-rounded, competent audiologist.

Application process

The application is open from June 17 through September 18. Your application and all supporting documentation must be received by September 18. The program runs from June 1 to May 31 annually.

We encourage all interested applicants to apply for the Audiology Externship, though applicants coming from Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education (ACAE)-accredited programs are given priority.


To be eligible to apply for the Audiology Externship, you must:

  • Be enrolled in an accredited Doctor of Audiology program
  • It is preferred for candidates to have completed the didactic portion of the degree before being admitted to the externship. Candidates enrolled in accelerated programs will be considered on an individual basis. 

View the program technical standards for the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Audiology Externship.

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
    • Select - Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Select - Audiology Externship
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section

Additional required items

  • CV/resume
  • Essay/personal statement of professional goals
  • Three letters of recommendation, two of which must be from healthcare professionals
  • Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Summary of clinical practicum hours
  • GRE test scores (optional)

Interview process

Applicants will be contacted for a telephone or video interview.


Notification of acceptance will be provided at the conclusion of the interview process. Your appointment to the program is dependent upon successful completion of the health review, drug screen, and background check.

Admission policies

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is open to U.S. workers in the four categories below. Therefore, visa sponsorship is not available.

  1. U.S. citizens
  2. U.S. nationals
  3. Lawful permanent residents
  4. Asylees and refugees

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). Scores from the speaking portion of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions. Learn more about the exam and register online at the Educational Testing Service.

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences code for the TOEFL iBT is 5784.

Educational transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the examination and credential-evaluation services.

See further Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

Stipend and benefits

A stipend of $39,000 for the Audiology Externship is paid to the student in biweekly installments over the course of the 12 months. The stipend amount is subject to change. There are no tuition fees.

Living expenses such as transportation, housing, and meals are the responsibility of the student.


Education focuses on patient care, providing state-of-the-art clinical audiology services to a primarily adult population. In-depth clinical experiences are provided to develop a well-rounded, competent audiologist, including:

  • Audiologic evaluations
  • Posturography and videonystagmography
  • Rotational chair testing
  • Canalith repositioning procedures
  • Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials
  • Auditory brainstem testing
  • Otoacoustic emissions
  • Hearing aid dispensing
  • Adult aural rehabilitation programs
  • Cochlear implant evaluations and rehabilitation

You gain experience in the many facets of an active audiology practice. Close and positive relationships with otolaryngologists offer a unique learning environment.

The Audiology Externship requires participation in a research project during the course of the externship. You are encouraged to travel to a national conference to present your research findings (financial assistance is available). 

During this time, you acquire a thorough understanding of departmental philosophy and mission, as well as skills to identify and solve practice problems using policy development. You learn the elements of performance improvement and participate in the process through departmental initiatives, especially as they relate to patient safety.

You have the opportunity to take part in a monthly teleconference where research and clinical cases are presented. Participants include audiologists from Mayo Clinic's campuses in Rochester, Minnesota, and Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as various Mayo Clinic Health System locations.


For the majority of the externship, you are in the clinic setting Monday through Friday.

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews

Mayo's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Graduation and certification

Upon successful completion of the Audiology Externship, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.


The Audiology Externship is coordinated and taught by the clinical, scientific, and technical staffs of Mayo Clinic. Faculty members are chosen for their commitment to teaching, as well as their clinical practice and research. Many have published and lectured extensively and are highly regarded in their fields.

Core faculty

The Division of Audiology includes 11 people; eight are audiologists:

  • Kaleigh Browning, Au.D. (vestibular assessment and diagnostics)
  • Rebecca Burden, Au.D. (vestibular assessment, hearing aids, and diagnostics)
  • Millicent Garry, M.A. (diagnostics and cochlear implants)
  • Courtney Luffler, Au.D. (hearing aids, diagnostics, and cochlear implants)
  • Terri Pratt, Au.D. (vestibular assessment, diagnostics, and cochlear implants)
  • Greta Stamper, Au.D., Ph.D. (hearing aids and diagnostics)
  • David Walker, Au.D. (hearing aids and diagnostics)
  • David Zapala, Ph.D. (vestibular assessment and diagnostics)

You have direct access to these individuals throughout your training, giving you the opportunity to learn from some of today's best practitioners in audiology.

Accreditation information

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

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