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Hearing Instrument Practitioner

Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 60.0
Length: Two years
Campuses: Coquitlam
Credential: Diploma
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Learning Format: Full-time
Offered: Fall
program overview

Are you passionate about helping people, drawn to health care and love to work with equipment and technology? Then kick off a diverse and rewarding career with a Hearing Instrument Practitioner Diploma.

In this two-year program — the only one of its kind in B.C. — you’ll acquire the skills and training to help improve quality of life for people with hearing loss. Learn how to test people’s hearing, dispense and program hearing aids, and counsel patients on managing ongoing hearing loss.

Plus:

  • Get hands-on experience working with industry professionals during three supervised practicums.
  • Study at our Coquitlam Campus in new, state-of-the-art classrooms and labs.
  • Gain the knowledge and training to challenge the provincial licensing exams for Hearing Instrument Practitioners once you graduate.

Employment outlook

With the increase in the number of baby boomers retiring over the next decade, demand for hearing instrument practitioners is expected to grow.

curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 25% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College 

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

CMNS 1111

Workplace Communications

3.00

HEAR 1100

Hearing Aids and Bioacoustics I

2.00

HEAR 1101

Anatomy and Physiology of the Ear

3.00

HEAR 1111

Introduction to Hearing Aids

3.00

HEAR 1112

Introduction to Hearing Testing and Clinical Practices

4.00

HEAR 1200

Hearing Disorders

3.00

HEAR 1211

Introduction to Hearing Aid Fitting, Analysis and Verification

4.00

HEAR 1212

Introduction to Audiometry

4.00

HEAR 1310

Clinical Practicum Introduction

4.00

HEAR 2100

Hearing Aids and Bioacoustics II

2.00

HEAR 2101

Hearing Instrument Practitioner Regulation

2.00

HEAR 2111

Advanced Fitting and Clinical Practices

3.00

HEAR 2112

Audiometry II

4.00

HEAR 2200

Hearing Impaired Patient Interaction

2.00

HEAR 2201

Peripherals and Assistive listening Devices

3.00

HEAR 2210

Clinical Practicum II

4.00

HEAR 2212

Audiometry III

4.00

HEAR 2310

Clinical Practicum III

6.00

Total Credits

60.00

admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • High School Graduation (successful completion of two three-credit university transfer courses may be substituted for high school graduation)
  • Foundations of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11 or the former Principles of Math 11/12 with a minimum of C (or equivalent)
  • Signed documentation of a Hearing Clinic tour or signed attendance at a Douglas College Information Session for the Hearing Instrument Practitioner Program
  • Criminal Record Check (CRC) - This program requires students to train in an environment that requires individuals to provide proof of a satisfactorily completed, current CRC for the protection of the clients. To meet this requirement, prospective students must submit to a current CRC as a condition of entry to the program. All costs related to the completion of this search are the responsibility of the individual student.  The Registrar's Office will provide instructions on obtaining a CRC after an offer of admission is made
  • Applicants may be required to attend a personal interview that will be used for the purposes of providing information and academic counseling
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

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

upcoming info sessions
Tuesday 5:00 PM July 24, 2018 COQ room: #A2040 register»
Tuesday 5:00 PM September 25, 2018 COQ room: #A1470 register»
Tuesday 5:00 PM October 16, 2018 COQ room: #A1470 register»
Tuesday 5:00 PM November 13, 2018 COQ room: #A1470 register»
Tuesday 5:00 PM December 04, 2018 COQ room: #A1470 register»