AUDIOPROTHESIC TECHNIQUES Degree Program Profile
Bachelor Degree in AUDIOPROTHESIC TECHNIQUES
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
Number of Years/credits
3 years; 180 ECTS
Mode of Study
*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. AUGUSTO PIETRO CASANI
Department of PATOLOGIA CHIRURGICA, MEDICA, MOLECOLARE E DELL'AREA CRITICA
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Gianfranco Natale
Language of Teaching
Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
Obligatory selective/competitive entrance exam (numerus clausus).
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.
Graduated in Audioprosthesis Techniques are professionals with elevated scientific and technologic expertise concerning management, formation and research in the field of audioprosthetics. They should be able to apply a multidisciplinary approach and evaluate the pathological, educational, relational, social and ethical issues concerning prevention, assistance and rehabilitation of the ipo-acoustic patient.
At the end of the course, the student should possess a good level of decisional autonomy. He will be able to treat the mean acoustic disorders of the maternal, child, adult and old patient, according to the prescription of the physician, and to know those pathologies which cause loss of hearing. The student will be able to convert stage experiences into autonomous activities. He should learn scientific methods and audiological and audioprosthesical techniques for children, as well as special audioprosthesical technologies.
Key Learning Outcomes
The audiologist works on the basis of the specialist's indications, he/she is completely autonomous and responsible for his/her professional acts.
Graduates of the programm will able to produce the mold of the external ear canal, to construct and the apply of the aids to the external ear, and to measure the severity of the hearing loss.
They will be able to work together with other professionals in prevention and rehabilitation of hearing losses by providing hearing aids and by teaching patients how to use them.
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
The audiologist is the professionist with a valid university degree that works with hearing aids, being able to provide them to deaf patients, to adapt them and to controlled them.
Access to further study
The Laurea Degree in AUDIOPROSTHETIC TECHNIQUES normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.
Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading
Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).
**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.
Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification
The final exam, to which 9 ECTS are allocated, will consist in the discussion of a written text and in a practical exam aimed at demonstrating that the candidate has acquired the essential professional skills and competencies related to the professional p