Associate of Applied Science Degrees (AAS) & Certificates
All occupational degrees are approved by the State Board for Community College and Occupational Education and have a minimum of 60 credits. The AAS degree prepares students for entry-level employment in a given occupation or upgrades employable skills. While not intended for transfer to a baccalaureate degree program, all AAS degrees have limited transferability. In each AAS program, some of the courses are articulated with and accepted by at least one specific baccalaureate program. Talk with an Academic Advisor for specific details.
NOTE: Students who have taken prerequisite courses more than seven years ago are strongly encouraged to take an assessment test over the prerequisite material to ensure adequate prior knowledge to be successful in future courses. The outcome of the assessment test will help the student determine whether or not he or she needs to re-take the prerequisite course. The assessment test is available in the CCD Testing Center.
For Health Science degrees, because of program accreditation requirements, students must have completed all science courses within the previous seven years before the first day of class in a health program.
Certificates are designed to provide students with skills needed for entry-level positions in occupational fields and to enhance skills of those already employed in occupational fields. To accelerate opportunities within an occupational field, students enroll in certificates that build to an AAS. Courses in certificates usually apply to Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degrees within the program.
Students may enroll in courses within their chosen program, if they meet the prerequisites, before declaring a program.