Hearing Instrument Science Degree (A.A.S.)

The Hearing Instrument Science (HIS) Program prepares graduates to practice as hearing instrument specialists in a variety of hearing healthcare settings including private practice. In addition to traditional classes, the HIS program offers a flexible distance-learning alternative with part-time and full-time enrollment options. Classes feature both lecture-based and hands-on coursework including supervised clinical experiences in state-of-the-art laboratories. The required courses will train students to conduct hearing tests, recommend assistive devices and configure instrument fittings among other foundational skills. The HIS Program requires a separate application in addition to the application for general admission to OTC. To view application details, visit otc.edu/alliedhealth. Graduates can immediately seek licensure and apply for examination from the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBC-HIS).

The Hearing Instrument Science Program is supported by the Missouri Hearing Society and International Hearing Society.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Help patients find the right hearing instruments for their needs
Teach patients techniques to improve their hearing
Assist hearing specialists

Program Snapshot

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Average Length: 3.3 Years
Credits: 65*
Median Salary: $52,640*

Possible Careers

Hearing aid specialist
Hearing screener

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
Pre-Admission Requirements
credit hours
Program Specific Courses
credit hours
Humanities and Fine Arts

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Rebecca Krouse
Hearing Instrument Science Program Director


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