Associate in Applied Science - Hearing Instrument Specialist
Spokane Falls Community College
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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. Graduates of the Hearing Instrument Specialist program are equipped for a wide variety of careers in the industry; including:
Upon completion of this program, degree graduates will be prepared to:
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.
You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.
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Hearing Instrument Specialist AAS map
Total Credits: 97
Mpuana is excited to take on the role of Program Specialist. She previously worked in Title III at Spokane Falls Community College, which gave her time to learn about the community through engagement with students and staff. Through her studies, she has finished her A.A. at North Idaho College and is close to finishing her B.A. in English and Cultural Communication at the University of Hawaii.
Mpuana is happy to help serve as the Program Specialist and point of contact for students in the Allied Health programs, Addiction Studies, and Social Behavioral Sciences.
Number of students each start: 28
Applications deadline: The eligibility process begins every October. The date the eligibility forms are received by the program, establishes placement and waitlist status.
Notes: This is a low-residency program, meaning: A) Students in the Spokane area complete lab work on the SFCC campus. B) Students not within commuting distance need to find a licensed hearing instrument specialist to supervise their lab activities.
(The lab hours start winter quarter of the first year and continue through the sixth quarter.)
All students are required to visit campus three times each year - once per quarter for three days. These visits are REQUIRED for practical testing. Distance students are REQUIRED to have a guaranteed mentor in place to secure their seat in the program.
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