Hearing Instrument Dispensary Admissions Packet

Thank you for your interest in the Hearing Instrument Dispensary Program (HIDP). This packet provides important information regarding HIDP. 

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HIDP certificate trains graduates for the various occupations, including hearing aid specialist, hearing instrument specialist and hearing aid dispenser. To qualify for employment as a Hearing Instrument Dispenser per Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines, the candidate must possess a minimum of an Associate's Degree, have completed specific coursework in audiology and hearing sciences, as well as pass the Written and Practical Exams for the Illinois Department of Public Health's Hearing Instrument Dispenser Licensing Program.

Program Profile

HIDP certificate prepares students for a career as a hearing healthcare provider and hearing instrument specialist. This program prepares hearing healthcare providers to administer and interpret hearing tests, select and fit hearing aids, adjust physical and electroacoustic parameters of hearing instruments and recommend assistive listening devices. Hearing instrument specialists work together with audiologists in medical settings, private practice, clinics and retail venues in order to meet the needs of the Hard of Hearing community. HIDP certificate is designed to provide students with didactic instruction and clinical practice skills in anatomy and physiology of the auditory mechanism, acoustics and hearing sciences, clinical audiometry, aural rehabilitation, professional ethics and hearing instrumentation. This program will prepare students for the Illinois Department of Public Health Hearing Instrument Dispenser Licensing Written and Practical Exams. This certificate includes twenty-two (22) credit hours. This is a selective limited enrollment program.

Graduate Outcomes

    • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the human auditory system including auditory pathways, peripheral and central
    • Explain auditory sensations and interpret auditory perception of complex sounds
    • Demonstrate the basic principles of audiological assessment across the lifespan
    • Demonstrate interventions aimed at minimizing the communication difficulties associated with hearing loss in people of all ages
    • Demonstrate knowledge of hearing aid components and systems, electroacoustic evaluation, methods of prescribing hearing aid gains and hearing aid signal processing
    • Explain hearing healthcare provider scope of service, licensure, workplace skills, resume writing and interviewing skills, professional ethics, employment settings, team membership and conflict resolution, universal precautions, culturally sensitive practice and the psychosocial impact of hearing loss



    • HIDP 1101: The Auditory Mechanism (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIDP 1102: Acoustics and Hearing Science (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIDP 1103: Introduction to Audiology and Audiometry for the Hearing Sciences (4 Credit Hours)
    • HIDP 1104: Aural Rehabilitation Across The Lifespan (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIDP 2101: Hearing Aids (4 Credit Hours)
    • HIDP 2102: Professional Ethics (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIDP 2112: Clinical Practicum (2 Credit Hours)

Total: 22 credits

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Clinical Education

Student clinical experience is acquired during the Clinical Practicum course after completion of college courses in Audiology and Hearing Sciences, as well as a receipt of the Temporary Hearing Instrument Dispenser License via Illinois Department of Public Health (written and practical exams do not have to be completed to receive the Trainee License). College of DuPage is centrally located and population dense with a multitude of local hearing aid dispensaries throughout District 502 and surrounding areas, in which clinical affiliation agreements would be entered.

Students are expected to comply with the rules, regulations and procedures of College of DuPage and the affiliated clinical hospital sites.Non-compliance with rules, regulations and procedures is a basis for dismissal from the program. The Health and Sciences Program Standards for Professional Conduct is available upon request and will be presented to the students upon their acceptance into the program.

Progress on General Education Requirements

There are no general education requirements for this certificate. It is assumed that students participating in this technical career program have completed the minimum general education courses required to complete an Associate in Applied Science degree at College of DuPage.

Technical Standards of Acceptance

Associate's Degree or higher with the following courses with a grade of "B" or better



Rubric / Rank Score

This section is not applicable to this program.

Determination of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified of their admission status via letter by the College of DuPage Admissions & Outreach Office. Individuals offered admission must respond via letter (as directed in the acceptance letter sent by the Office of Admissions & Outreach) within 5 days, or the offer may be withdrawn. Candidates who decline an offer of admission, or accept but fail to register for classes, are not guaranteed admission at a later date. Requests for admission are not automatically carried over to the following year. Applicants not accepted to the program may apply the following year; it is strongly recommended that individuals considering reapplying speak with the program coordinator regarding possible methods for improving their chances of admission.

Requirements after Acceptance

Following acceptance to the HIDP program, students receive a copy of the College of DuPage HIDP Program Handbook. Students are expected to comply with the rules, regulations and procedures of College of DuPage, HIDP and the affiliating clinical sites as outlined in the handbook. Students are expected to sign an acknowledgment of the Discipline Procedure, Informed Consent and Verification of Receipt, Review and Comprehension the HIDP Handbook (following a review of the handbook). Noncompliance is grounds for dismissal from HIDP.

Once admitted to the program, students receiving below an 80% in any HIDP course are placed on academic probation for a period no shorter than one semester, although this duration may be substantially longer. Students receiving a "D" or an "F" in any HIDP course or practicum are dismissed from the program. A dismissed student may apply for readmission to the program in the fall semester of the following school year; however the student is not guaranteed readmission. If the student is readmitted, the failed course must be repeated. Additional information regarding grade requirements, probation and dismissal is contained within the College of DuPage HIDP Program Handbook.
In order to ensure students acquire knowledge relevant to their clinical practice, students may be required to make up portions of failed exams or projects regardless of earning a passing grade in class.

Prior to being admitted into clinicals, which take place during the students' final fall term, students must complete and pass a pre-clinical examination. Students must sit for this examination on the last Thursday of July of the students' summer semester. Students who do not pass the exam will not be allowed to enter clinicals and will have the choice of either (1) exiting the program and reapplying at a later date if desired or (2) completing coursework and or self-study to remediate deficit areas and, pending successful performance on the exam the following January, enrolling in clinicals the following fall term.
Please note:Acceptance into HIDP does not guarantee successful program completion.

Licensure / Credentialing

The certificate includes twenty-two (22) credit hours and will help prepare students for the Illinois Department of Public Health Hearing Instrument Dispenser Licensing Written and Practical Exams.

In order to be eligible for employment as a Hearing Instrument Dispenser in Illinois the following criteria must be met:

    • Possess an Associate's Degree or higher degree (certificate program prerequisite)
    • Be eligible for Licensure via Illinois Department of Public Health
      • Pass both written and practical exams
    • Complete the prescribed college credit hours in the following didactic areas (included in certificate curricula design):
        • Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory System
        • Hearing Science
        • Introduction to Audiology
        • Aural Rehabilitation
    • Maintain IDPH Hearing Instrument Dispenser License with required continuing education


Admission Requirements

The program can admit only a limited number of students. A selection process has been established to admit the most qualified students.

NOTE: Admission Committees for all Health Science programs has the right to deny admission to any applicant that they feel is unable to fulfill these essential functions as described.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all material listed below have been completed and received by the Office of Admissions & Outreach, SSC 2207, by 5 pm on November 15, 2017.

  1. Attend a mandatory Hearing Instrument Dispensary Program Advising Session. View upcoming session dates and times and please make sure to RSVP for your session to secure your spot using the directions provided. It is required that an applicant attend an advising session within a 12 month period prior to the application deadline.

  2. Complete the College of DuPage General Admissions Application online or in person at the College of DuPage Office of Admissions & Outreach, SSC 2207. There is a $20 general admissions fee due upon submission. If you have previously attended College of DuPage, you can omit this step. This application is for general admissions to College of DuPage only; it is not an application to the Hearing Instrument Dispensary Program.

  3. To ensure that all of your eligible credits are evaluated towards the admission requirements turn in all official Transcripts from any schools that you have attended. Please follow the steps listed below: Submit your official transcript(s). Contact your previous institution(s) to order an official copy of your transcript to be sent to the College of DuPage, Office of Student Records, 425 Fawell Blvd, SRC 2150, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599. If College of DuPage is the only institution you have attended you do not need to request official transcripts.
    Verify receipt of your transcript(s). Login to your myACCESS account, click on 'myACCESS for Students', then select 'My Profile'. The receipt status of your transcript will be listed under 'Transcript Institutions'. NOTE: If you have an international transcript from high school or college, it must be evaluated by EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIAL EVALUATORS, Inc. Forms may be obtained from www.ece.org.

  4. Schedule an appointment with a Health Program Advisor by calling (630) 942-2259. The Health Program Advisor will help you develop an Academic Plan to ensure you complete all prerequisites.

  5. Please have your 7-digit Student ID # ready and complete the online Health Sciences Application. Select Hearing Instrument Dispensary Program when asked "which Health Sciences program are you applying to?" and Spring 2018 as your "anticipated entry term".
    NOTE: You can only submit the application online and must pay a $50 non-refundable application fee by credit card. If you do not have a credit card, you can purchase a prepaid credit card from your local retailer. Be sure you have selected the correct entry term for which you wish to be considered for admission. Once your term is selected and application submitted, you may not change this without submitting a new application and paying another $50 non-refundable application fee. If you previously applied to the Hearing Instrument Dispensary Program, you will need to complete this step again and pay another $50 non-refundable fee to be considered for this admissions cycle

  6. Complete the College of DuPage Residency Verification form by providing 2 proofs of residency to the Office of Student Registration Services, Student Services Center (SSC) Room 2221 by the program application deadline date. Note: If 2 proofs of residency have not been submitted to Registration by the program application deadline date the applicant will not be considered for admission.

  7. Completed an Associate's Degree or higher degree no later than January 1, 2018

  8. The following 2 courses with a final grade of "B" or better must be completed;
              a. HIDP 1101: The Auditory Mechanism
              b. HIDP 1102: Acoustics and Hearing Science

    Note: Applications submitted by students who are not currently enrolled and participating in HIDP 1101 and HIDP 1102 or have not previously completed HIDP 1101 and HIDP 1102 will NOT be considered for admission. In this circumstance, the student will forfeit his/her application fee.

"All application documents delivered to the College of DuPage pertaining to a health sciences admissions file become the property of the College of DuPage and will not be returned to applicants. This includes but is not limited to transcripts, letters of recommendation, clinical evaluation forms or outside test reports."

Priority for Admission:

a. In-district applicants
b. Out-of-District applicants working full-time in-district (proof of in-district employment will be required each semester)
c. Out-of-District applicants

Requests for admission are not automatically carried over to the following cycle. Applicants who were not accepted for the cycle in which they originally applied are asked to pay the $50 non-refundable Health Science application fee and submit any/all supporting documents as listed on the Admissions Checklist of the Application Packet requirements (if applicable).


Contact Information

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please

    1. Attend an advising session
    2. Visit a Health Career Program Advisor by calling (630) 942-2259 to make an appointment.
    3. For information or general inquiries, please send an email to healthcareadvising@cod.edu. (Please use above phone number only to schedule an appointment. Do not send an appointment request to this email).

Feedback/compliments/concerns regarding this Health Science Program. For general inquiries, please use contact information listed above.

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137

(630) 942-2800 (Main)

(630) 942-3000 (Student Services)

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