Apparently, ETSU integrates a clinical within the Au.D. students' first year. From what a faculty member told me they have the student do courses mostly in the evening because they want the students in clinical during the day. The faculty make this known as something that sets their program apart from others of its kind throughout the country. I was very surprised at this; has anyone else heard of this sort of methodology being instituted in other programs at another university? Forget a part-time job...more Dorito dinners. Seems to me like this would be detrimental to students. It is difficult enough getting adjusted to graduate school & going "fat in the fire" in some cases getting re-settled in a new area. Not getting paid with the whole clinical thing on top of doing bookwork leaves a heavy burden on even the most prepared students. I asked what the attrition rate was; one year it totalled 50%...I was not surprised. Most students who dropped ended up doing so in their freshman year. This does not sound like the most optimal of curriculum structure.