Laser & Optics Technology (A.A.S.)

Associate of Applied Sciences (A.A.S.)

If you want to begin a rewarding career in an industry that is rapidly growing every single day, the Laser & Optics Technology program at Indian Hills Community College is the right choice for you! You can choose to begin your career in the medical, military, manufacturing, aerospace, research & development industries, or many others!

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Total Cost: $18,839
Entry Term: Fall
Length: 7 Terms or 21 Months

“If you want to get an education that will lead to a successful career, I recommend Indian Hills. The instructors believe in the mission of changing students’ lives and teaching what you need to know to grow in your future career.”

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  • In-state tuition: $203 per credit hour
  • Out-of-state tuition: $255 per credit hour
  • Your total bill will be based on the number of credit hours for which you are enrolled. Some programs of study will require you to purchase a uniform, books, tools, or other items, and it is important to budget for these costs as well.
  • For more information on the Cost of Attendance, please visit our Financial Aid page.

Yes, we have five residence halls including apartment-style and traditional style dorms.

Indian Hills has articulation agreements and transfer plans with many four-year colleges and universities. However, not all credits are guaranteed to transfer because of differences in programs and requirements among various institutions. An Academic Advisor will also assist you in your future academic plans.

The first step in order to receive financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete and submit the FAFSA online. It is important to file the FAFSA as soon after October 1st as possible to ensure you receive priority processing.

Our school code is 008298.

Most degrees at Indian Hills can be completed in approximately 2 years depending on program and individual circumstances such as transfer credits and time away from school.

View detailed program requirements in our catalog.



The Laser & Optics Technology Program would like to thank Gentec-EO, an expert in the laser beam measurement field, for their generous contribution to our program. Following the college's participation at the Gentec-EO Laser Lab Awards in 2023, Indian Hills Community College was selected as 1 of 12 colleges and universities in the world to receive a prize of a new pyroelectric detector for laser energy measurement with INTEGRA module (QE25LP-H-MB-INT-D0). This new equipment will offer our students the rare opportunity to gain hands-on experience with another piece of high quality technology - knowledge that they can then apply to their careers after graduation. Thank you Gentec!

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Michael Shay

Michael Shay
Instructor, Laser/Electro-Optics

641.683.5111 x1765
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Cole Wilson

Cole Wilson


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Jeff Henderson

Jeff Henderson
Associate Dean, Advanced Technologies

641.683.5111 x1757
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