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Overview

If you want to help people overcome hearing loss and improve quality of life, hearing instrument specialist could be just the profession for you.

In this program, you’ll learn how to test and analyze hearing; educate patients; and prescribe, fit and service hearing aids and instruments. Courses explore physiology and anatomy of the auditory system and provide social and technical training in the field. When you complete the program, you will have met all educational requirements to pursue state licensing as a duly authorized hearing aid/instrument specialist.

This two-year program is designed to prepare hearing instrument specialists for immediate employment in the hearing health care industry.

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Program Map for Associate in Applied Science - Hearing Instrument Specialist

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Required Credits: 108 - 126

First Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
Typical Term Offered
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring
HIS 101
Basic Hearing Instrument Sciences
4
Fall
HIS 104
Hearing Physiology and Anatomy
4
Fall
HIS 106
Healthcare and Business Ethics
4
Fall
Total Credits
 
17
 

Second Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
Typical Term Offered
HIS 123
Basic Audiometrics
5
Winter
HIS 125
Auditory Disorders
4
Winter
HIS 127
Hearing Healthcare Management I
4
Winter
Choose one from:
BUS 123
Practical Business Math Applications
5
Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring
Total Credits
 
18
 

Third Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
Typical Term Offered
HIS 134
Advanced Audiometrics
5
Spring
HIS 136
Hearing Instrument Technologies
4
Spring
HIS 138
Ear Couplers and Assistive Technologies
5
Spring
Choose one from:
BUS 280
Human Relations in Business
5
Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring
ICS 136
Improving Interpersonal Communication
5
Winter
Total Credits
 
19
 

Summer

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
Typical Term Offered
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring
Choose one from:
BUS 123
Practical Business Math Applications
5
Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring
Choose one from:
BUS 280
Human Relations in Business
5
Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring
ICS 136
Improving Interpersonal Communication
5
Winter
Total Credits
 
15
 

Fourth Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
Typical Term Offered
HIS 201
Hearing Healthcare Management II
4
Fall
HIS 206
Hearing Instrument Specialist Laboratory I
4
Fall
HIS 250
Perspectives on Disabilities
4
Fall
Total Credits
 
12
 

Fifth Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
Typical Term Offered
HIS 210
Clinical Methods I
5
Winter
HIS 213
Marketing/Sales
4
Winter
HIS 215
Hearing Instrument Specialist Laboratory II
5
Winter
Total Credits
 
14
 

Sixth Quarter

Couse ID
Course Title
Credits
Typical Term Offered
HIS 205
Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
5
Spring
HIS 222
Clinical Methods II
6
Spring
HIS 266
Cooperative Education Seminar
1 - 2
Spring
HIS 267
Cooperative Education Work Experience
1 - 18
Spring
Total Credits
 
13 - 31
 

Upon completion of this program, degree graduates will be prepared to:

  1. Assess the presenting problems and needs of hearing aid patients.
  2. Test and analyze hearing.
  3. Prescribe and analyze hearing aids.
  4. Fit, adjust and service hearing aids.
  5. Educate patients and maintain professional relationships.

Nationally, job placement opportunities for this program’s graduates are excellent. This field lacks a source of formally educated and trained professionals in the field of “hearing instrument specialist technologies”. Currently, only two programs offer a college degree in hearing instrument sciences in the state of Washington. These programs have been developed with the guidance of a cooperative government and industry published skills standards study. This field’s need for our students is considered to be statistically high both in the state of Washington and throughout the nation. The continued growth in an ever-increasing aging population suggests an increasing need for hearing health care professionals well into the future.

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    9,674
  • Non-Resident

    $
    12,322
  • International

    $
    22,391
  • Max. Books

    $
    942
  • Max. Course Fees

    $
    991
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    1,571