Academic Programs - NIU - School of Allied Health & Communicative Disorders (AHCD)

AHCD Academic Programs

School of Allied Health & Communicative Disorders
323 Wirtz Hall, DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-1484

Academic Program Areas


The Doctor of Audiology at Northern Illinois University is a clinically-oriented program which prepares students as independent providers of hearing and balance care for patients of all ages.  The curriculum is designed to emphasize evidence-based practice and hands-on clinical skills.  Graduating students are eligible for national certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and an additional opportunity to obtain American Board of Audiology Certification. The program boasts an enthusiastic academic and clinical faculty who are devoted to working together to guide student development. 

Physical Therapy

To practice as a Physical Therapist, an individual must be licensed by the state in which he or she wishes to practice. Requirements for licensure include successful completion of an accredited program in physical therapy and meeting all licensing requirements of the state. The Physical Therapy Program has been fully accredited since its inception, and will undergo re-accreditation in 2013.

Rehabilitation Services and Rehabilitation Counseling

The objective of the Rehabilitation programs is to provide students with the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become highly-qualified rehabilitation professionals. As a rehabilitation professional, you will be able to facilitate employment, independent living, and community integration of individuals with disabilities, so that they may become or remain productive and personally fulfilled.

Speech-Language Pathology

Students in this emphasis are often preparing for professional practice as either audiologists or speech-language pathologists although some graduates choose to not pursue a graduate degree and use the acquired knowledge as a strong foundation for employment in human services careers. The undergraduate curriculum provides the requirements preparatory to graduate study in the professional areas.