About the HIS Program

Learn more about the HIS program (Hearing Instrument Science). OTC designed this program to prepare graduates to practice as hearing instrument specialists in a variety of hearing healthcare settings, including private practice. This program offers a flexible distance learning alternative with both part time and full time enrollment options. Therefore, local students as well as out of state students can be accommodated.


This program includes both lecture-based and hands-on coursework as well as supervised clinical education experiences. This program prepares graduates to function as a member of a hearing healthcare team. Such individuals may include: hearing instrument specialists, otologists, audiologists and otolaryngologists. The May 2014 Occupational Employment statistics Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the estimated mean national wage for hearing instrument specialists is $47,820.


National standards and best practice curriculum prepare students to apply for licensure as a Hearing Instrument Specialist in the State of Missouri and other states. Each state has specific guidelines that applicants/students must meet for supervision and licensure.  Faculty can assist all students with the licensure process.  Students who graduate with an A.A.S.-HIS from OTC and attain licensure are immediately eligible to apply and take the National Board Certification Examination from the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBC-HIS).

The OTC Hearing Instrument Science program will prepare students to:

  • Conduct hearing tests
  • Recommend assistive listening devices
  • Complete custom ear impressions
  • Recommend hearing instrument fittings
  • Adjust physical and electroacoustic parameters of hearing instruments
  • Counsel patients on outcomes and expectations

The program encourages all applicants to attend a Hearing Instrument Science Informational session. These sessions teach students what the program requires prior to and during the application process. We offer Hearing Instrument Science Informational sessions frequently, and no appointment is necessary.


Direct questions to the HIS program via phone (417-447-6644) or email (hearingprogram@otc.edu). You can also contact the Health Sciences office in Lincoln Hall, room 210, on the OTC Springfield campus at (417) 447-8803, 447-8804, or 447-8954.