The Aviation program offers 3 options for study:
The Professional Pilot degree track prepares students to enter the aviation industry as a professional pilot for airlines, corporate aviation, air ambulance, mission/humanitarian aid and/or instructing. The Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot and Instrument Rating courses are approved under FAA Part 141. All other flight courses are conducted under FAA Part 61.
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Aviation-Professional Pilot—Four-year degree. 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.
- Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences (A.A.A.S), Aviation – Professional Pilot—Two-year degree. Graduates of this degree program are eligible to apply for a Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) certificate at 1,250 flight hours, pursuant to the provisions of 14 CFR Part 61.160.
Air Traffic Control:
The Air Traffic Control degree track prepares students to apply for an FAA Air Traffic Control position. This degree prepares students for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Selection and Training evaluations. Hesston College is an FAA Air Traffic-Collegiate Training Initiative school.
Program Admission Requirements: (all degree tracks)
- Have a high school diploma and an unweighted GPA of 2.5 or above OR a GED certificate;
- Have a minimum 1.75 GPA for all completed higher education work;
- Have achieved one (1) 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 a minimum of 236 on the ACCUPLACER test;
- Meet the FAA’s English language requirements; and
- Obtain a First Class (1st Class) FAA Airman Medical Certificate issued by a FAA-authorized Aviation Medical Examiner.
For international students, a minimum total score of 513 on the paper TOEFL or 65 on the Internet-based TOEFL or equivalent is required to begin flight training.
Students not meeting the above academic acceptance requirements may enroll in the Introduction to Aviation course. If they successfully complete the course, pass the FAA test on the first attempt and accomplish their Academic Contract Acceptance (ACA) agreement, they may enroll in the flight program the following semester. Any student beginning a term on an ACA agreement and/or academic probation will not be permitted to enroll in any flight courses during that term, possibly prolonging completion dates.