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

In-district Tuition: $8,128.00*
Out-of-district Tuition
: $11,392.00*
Average Length: 3.3 Years
Credits: 64*
Median Salary: $52,640*

Possible Careers

Hearing aid specialist
Otologist
Audiologist
Hearing screener
Otolayrngologist

*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.

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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
417-447-6644

Admissions

Admission to Ozarks Technical Community College is open to all individuals who can benefit from its educational programs. A focus of the college mission is on the academic, career and personal goals of the student. OTC may admit you as a First-Time student just completing their high school, GED or HiSET requirements or as a Transfer student coming from another institution finishing up a certificate or degree. For more information, visit OTC Admissions.

Wondering how you’re going to pay for college? At OTC, we believe that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to earning a degree. Our staff will work with you to make a financial plan. To browse the resources available to you, see paying for college.