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Academic Award Levels

Columbus Technical College offers programs of study at the technical certificate of credit, diploma, and associate of applied science degree and associate of science degree levels. In subsequent sections, this catalog lists the curriculum and requirements for specific programs for the five schools of the College: Applied Business, Health Sciences, Sciences, General Studies and Professional and Technical Services. Students are responsible for both general requirements and specific requirements for their chosen program of study.

Associate of Science Degrees

Associate of Science degree programs differ primarily from diploma programs in general core requirements. Degree programs include general education core classes such as college algebra, English, humanities, chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, sociology, and speech as well as major specific course requirements. Associate of Science Degrees can lead to career fields but are not restricted to a specific occupational expertise. Full-time students can typically complete degree programs in 24 to 29 months.

Associate of Applied Science Degrees

Associate of Applied Science degree programs differ primarily from diploma programs in general core requirements. Degree programs include general education core classes such as college algebra, English, humanities, chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, sociology, and speech. Program courses are directly related to a field of study specific to a career/occupational filed. Full-time students can typically complete degree programs in 24 to 29 months.

Diplomas

Diploma programs include more coursework than certificate programs and generally take twelve (12) to fifteen (15) months for full-time students to complete. All diploma programs include a general education core that usually requires at least one math course, one English course, and one psychology course. While some diploma programs, like certificate programs, are terminal, many have associate degree options. Students who graduate from diploma programs that have related associate degree options may transfer all or most program courses completed at the diploma level to the associate degree level with no loss of credit. Students wishing to transfer diploma courses to an associate degree program should discuss the transfer with their advisor.

Technical Certificates of Credit

Technical certificate of credit programs are short programs of study that usually take fifteen (15) to thirty (30) weeks to complete if students are able to attend full-time (12+ credit hours per semester). Most certificate programs are segments of longer diploma or degree programs. In addition, many certificate programs do not include a general education (English, math, etc.) core. Many courses completed at the certificate level may transfer to a related diploma or degree program with no loss of credit to students. Some certificate programs, however, are considered terminal. Terminal certificate programs generally do not lead to a diploma or degree. In these cases, some of the coursework completed at the certificate level may be transferred to some diploma or degree programs to meet elective requirements. Students wishing to transfer certificate courses to diploma or degree programs should discuss the transfer with their advisor.

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