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2022-2023 Updated Catalog 
  
2022-2023 Updated Catalog

AS Degrees, Certificates, and Applied Technology Diploma



Associate in Science Degrees (AS), Applied Technology Diploma (ATD), and Certificates/Career Certificate Programs (CCC/CCP)

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

The Associate in Science degree provides students with college credit curricula designed to prepare them for employment in various semi-professional, technical, and supervisory fields. The AS degree programs include a minimum of 60 college credit hours, of which at least 18 are general education courses. The AS degree is not generally intended for transfer; however, many students eventually pursue upper division study after completing the AS degree. In recognition of this practice, the general education courses required for the AS degree meet all applicable Gordon Rule , Speaking-Across-the-Curriculum , and Civic Literacy Competency  standards and minimum grade requirements; all are transferable as general education credits to upper division institutions in the Florida State University System. Many of the technical courses in the AS degree are also transferable, but students should work closely with a Student Success Navigator in selecting technical courses if transfer is an eventual goal.

Companion Certificate Programs

Many of the technical certificate programs offered by NWF State College provide the initial step in meeting selected course requirements for an AS degree in a related area. Courses from those certificates are the same as or equivalent to comparable courses in the companion degree program. Likewise, courses used in the degree program may be applied to a certificate in a related area; in many cases, completion of the technical courses in the degree program can automatically qualify the student to receive the companion certificate.

Graduation Requirements for an AS Degree

AS degree students must satisfy the following requirements:

Customizing an AS to Meet a Specific Career Goal

In order to provide a student with the strongest technical background feasible, some technical courses within a given degree program may be adjusted to meet the student’s targeted career goal. In these special cases, course substitutions may be approved upon request of the appropriate department chair to the Dean of Career and Technical Education.

Applied Technology Diploma (ATD)

In accordance with Rule 6A-10.024, Florida Administrative Code, A.T.D. programs shall have a guaranteed transfer period of up to three years following the A.T.D. award date. Applied technology diploma students entering an associate degree program shall meet the admissions standards as outlined in section 1007.263, F.S. Additional admissions requirements for limited access programs may be established by the Florida College System institution board of trustees.

Career Certificate Program (CCP)

Career Certificate Programs are comprised of vocational credit hour courses and are designed to prepare students for direct entry into employment. The certificates are generally less than one year in length and are designed to prepare students for employment in selected occupational skill areas. The curriculum is heavily oriented toward problem solving and skill application. In certain circumstances, the skills acquired through completion of a Career Certificate Program may be articulated into comparable college credit work and applied to college credit certificate, or AS degree programs. Students should work closely with an Student Success Navigator to plan their studies in a way to take advantage of this opportunity.

College Credit Certificates (CCC)

College credit certificates range from nine (9) to forty-two (42) credits in length, although most are comprised of thirty (30) credits, and require approximately one academic year to complete. Courses in these certificates include professional and technical skills, with an emphasis on practical application.

Each of the NWF State College credit certificates is paired with a companion AS degree program. Upon successful completion of the college credit certificate, the student may receive credit toward approximately 45% to 50% of the course requirements in the companion degree program. Conversely, students who successfully complete the technical credits within a companion degree program may qualify for graduation from the appropriate certificate program. In this manner, students may receive two graduation credentials from the college. Students should work closely with an advisor to plan their studies in a way to take advantage of this opportunity.

Graduation Requirements for the Applied Technology Diploma (ATD)

To successfully complete an Applied Technology Diploma, the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the courses and other requirements as specified in the program of study.
  • Complete at least 3 vocational credit hours at NWFSC.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 institutional cumulative GPA in all vocational credit hours.
  • Satisfy all other college graduation requirements.

Graduation Requirements for a Career Certificate Program (CCP)

To successfully complete a Career Certificate Program (CCP), the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the courses and other requirements as specified in the program of study.
  • Complete at least 3 – 12 vocational credit hours at NWFSC (Depending on the total vocational credit hours required of the program.)
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 institutional cumulative GPA in all vocational credit hours.
  • Satisfy all other college graduation requirements.
  • In addition, students pursuing a Career Certificate Program (CCP) that is 15 or more vocational credit hours must demonstrate minimum skill levels in Math, Language, and Reading as measured by the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education). The levels vary for each Career Certificate Program (CCP)

Graduation Requirements for a College Credit Certificate (CCC)

To successfully complete a College Credit Certificate (CCC), the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the courses and other requirements as specified in the program of study.
  • Complete at least 3 – 11 credit hours of 1000 or 2000 level coursework at NWFSC (Depending on the total credit hours required of the program.)
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 institutional cumulative GPA in all undergraduate credit hours.
  • Satisfy all other college graduation requirements.

 

Certificate to AS Degree Career Paths

Many of the technical certificate programs offered by NWFSC provide the initial step in meeting selected course requirements for an AS degree in a related area. Courses from those certificates are the same as or equivalent to comparable courses in the companion degree program. Likewise, courses used in the degree program may be applied to a certificate in a related area; in many cases, completion of the technical courses in the degree program can automatically qualify the student to receive the companion certificate.

All AS degrees that have corresponding articulated certificates are listed on the Certificate to AS Degree Career Paths website. 

Accounting Technology

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Programs

Associate in Science

College Credit Certificate

Aviation

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Programs

Associate in Science

Vocational Certificate

Building Construction

Programs

College Credit Certificate

Business Administration

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Programs

Associate in Science

College Credit Certificate

Computer Information Technology

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Programs

Associate in Science

College Credit Certificate

Computer Programming and Analysis

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Programs

Associate in Science

College Credit Certificate

Cybersecurity

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Programs

Associate in Science

Early Childhood Education

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Programs

Associate in Science

College Credit Certificate

Engineering Technology

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Programs

Associate in Science

College Credit Certificate

Graphics Technology

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Programs

Associate in Science

College Credit Certificate

Health Services Management

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Programs

Associate in Science

Hospitality and Tourism

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Programs

Associate in Science

College Credit Certificate

Industrial Management Technology

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Programs

Associate in Science

Medical Coder/Biller

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Programs

College Credit Certificate

Medical Laboratory Technology

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Programs

Associate in Science

Music Production Technology

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Programs

Associate in Science

College Credit Certificate

Nursing

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Programs

Associate in Science

Paralegal Studies

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Programs

Associate in Science

Physical Therapist Assistant

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Programs

Associate in Science

Public Safety

Programs

Associate in Science

College Credit Certificate

Vocational Certificate

Radiography

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Programs

Associate in Science

Sports, Fitness and Recreation Management

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Programs

Associate in Science

Theatre and Entertainment Technology

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Programs

Associate in Science

College Credit Certificate

Transportation

Programs

Vocational Certificate

Welding

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Programs

Vocational Certificate