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Clinical Practicum Introduction

Course Code: HEAR 1310
Credits: 4.0
Semester: 6 weeks
Learning Format: Practicum
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course provides workplace learning opportunities for students in the Hearing Instrument Practitioner Program. Students will apply knowledge and skills from related theory and laboratory courses to the hearing clinic. Students will be placed into an approved hearing clinic, and will observe and participate in the entry level tasks involved in daily operations under direct supervision of a licensed hearing healthcare professional.

Course Content

  1. Introduction
    • clinical objectives
    • professionalism in the clinic
  2. Pretest procedures
    • pre-test equipment checks
    • infection control protocol
    • greeting the client
    • intake forms
    • medical history
    • otoscopy
  3. Audiometry
    • hearing tests along with peripheral tests as required
  4. Analyzing prior audiograms, amplification selection and fitting methods
    • troubleshooting client issues and concerns
    • adjustment of hearing aids for client suitability          
  5. Professional workplace interaction
    • client and co-worker interaction
    • using a positive approach
    • choosing product by suitability and price
    • follow-up care
    • interaction with other industry professionals

Methods of Instruction

1. Student to complete 20 hours of work each week with a CSHHPBC licensed hearing professional supervisor

2. Independent study of courseware

3. Regular telephone contact, site visits and practical assessments will be conducted by the instructor


Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College evaluation policy.  This is a mastery course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate professionalism in the clinical environment.
  2. Interact with co-workers, clients and family members in a professional manner.
  3. Conduct a pre-test client case history and identify contraindications to performing a hearing test.
  4. Refer client to appropriate medical provider based on case history and/or test findings.
  5. Identify appropriate amplification options based on test results and client case history.
  6. Provide instructions to the client and family on care and use of hearing aids during dispensing.
  7. Provide the client and their family with realistic expectations for amplification results based on type of hearing loss.
  8. Assist clients based on various issues and concerns with their hearing aids.

course prerequisites

HEAR 1100, HEAR 1200, HEAR 1211, HEAR 1212





curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.