Aviation – Professional Pilot (B.S.)

Bachelor's Degree
Bachelor's degree graduate Tobias Yoder at the 2023 Aviation Commencement open house

Graduates of this degree program are eligible to apply for a Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) certificate at 1,000 flight hours, pursuant to the provisions of 14 CFR Part 61.160.

Program Requirements

  • Have a high school diploma and an unweighted GPA of 2.5 or above OR a GED certificate;
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA for all completed higher education work;
  • Have achieved one of the following: a minimum composite score of 19 on the ACT, a minimum combined critical reading and mathematics score of 990 on the SAT or an ACCUPLACER Next-Gen Score of 255 in Reading and 255 in Writing – only one ACCUPLACER retake allowed;
  • English language proficiency – All Hesston College Aviation students, in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 61, must be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language in order to meet the minimum eligibility criteria established by the FAA for airman certification. The FAA’s determination of English proficiency directly correlates to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s established criteria for Level 4 Operational Proficiency.
  • Airman Medical Certificate – Each Hesston College Aviation student must obtain a First Class (1st Class) FAA Airman Medical Certificate issued by a FAA-authorized Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). Further information about obtaining an Airman Medical Certificate will be communicated upon acceptance to the Hesston College Aviation program.

Flight Training Prerequisites

Below are required items needed to start flight training at Hesston College

    1. FAA Requirements: The student must be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language, meet the physical standards for a third-class medical certificate and possess a valid student pilot certificate. The student must be 16 years old to solo, and 17 years old to gain certification.
    2. Medical Requirements: You are required to make an appointment with an FAA approved medical doctor to acquire your medical certificate. We ask that you get a first class medical. It is imperative that you have this medical certificate in hand before you fly. We can provide you with names of qualified physicians in your area or you can visit the following informative websites on aviation medicals located at The FAA’s Find an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) They may help answer questions you have.
    3. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Requirements: We are required to verify proof of U.S. citizenship. We need to see an ORIGINAL birth certificate and a current driver’s license or a current passport. TSA requires us to see the original (we will return your original to you after we have verified and copied the documentation).If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need to register with the TSA online at www.flightschoolcandidates.gov. This registration process takes approximately 1-2 weeks. Flight training will begin ONLY when we have a final approval from the TSA.

Plan of Study

First Year Program Courses

Fall Courses

  • Private Pilot Principles I
  • Private Pilot I
  • Intro to Professional Aviation
  • Meteorology
Recommended Courses
  • First-Year Experience
  • Speech Communication
  • mathematics course

Spring Courses

  • Private Pilot Principles II
  • Private Pilot II
  • Airspace and Air Traffic
  • Aviation Regulations
Recommended Courses
  • Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
  • written communication course
  • social science course

Second Year Program Courses

Fall Courses

  • Instrument Flight I
  • Instrument Flight II
  • Instrument Flight Principles
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Human Factors
Recommended Courses
  • natural science course

Spring Courses

  • Commercial Flight I
  • Commercial Pilot Principles
  • Aerodynamics and Aircraft Performance
  • Aviation Safety
Recommended Courses
  • Biblical Literature
  • intercultural competence course

Third Year Program Courses

Fall Courses

  • Commercial Flight II
  • Aviation Weather
  • Advanced Aircraft Systems
Recommended Courses
  • mathematics course
  • written communication course

Spring Courses

  • Flight Instructor – Airplane
  • Flight Instructor – Instrument
  • Flight Instructor Ground School
  • Advanced Aircraft Performance
  • Mountain Flying
Recommended Courses
  • natural science course

Fourth Year Program Courses

Fall Courses

  • Multiengine Ground School
  • Airplane Multiengine Land
  • Aviation Law
  • National Airspace System
  • Professional Internship

Spring Courses

  • Crew Resource Management
  • Air Carrier Operations
  • Safety Management
  • Professional Internship

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