Northern Virginia Community College offers two-year associate degrees, one-year certificates, and short career studies certificates. The requirements for these awards for completion of curricula are determined by the College faculty and are intended to meet the requirements specified by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, certain specialized accrediting agencies, and the faculty of the College.
Associate in Applied Arts Degree (A.A.A.)
Awarded for completion of two-year curricula that are primarily designed to prepare a student for employment in jobs in Fine Arts, Music, and Photography. The A.A.A. degree may also be accepted for transfer by some senior colleges and universities. This varies by institution.
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Awarded for completion of two-year curricula that are designed to prepare the student for employment in a technical field immediately following graduation. In some A.A.S. degree programs one or more summer terms may be required.
Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.)
Awarded for the completion of two-year curricula in Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, and Music. The A.A. degree is designed for those who plan to transfer to a four-year, degree-granting institution for the completion of a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.
Associate in Science Degree (A.S.)
Awarded for the completion of two-year curricula in a variety of pre-professional programs. The A.S. degree is designed for those who plan to transfer to a four-year, degree-granting institution for the completion of a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.
Awarded for the completion of various one-year occupational/technical curricula of at least 30 credits. Most certificates prepare the student for a specific job or aspect of a job. Some certificates are part of an associate degree program, in which case the credit earned in the certificate may be used toward the degree.
Career Studies Certificate (C.S.C.)
Awarded for specific group of career related courses totaling between 9 and 29 credits. The career studies programs are designed for enhancement of job/life skills, retraining for career change, and/or investigating new career possibilities. Some credit earned in a career studies certificate curriculum may be used to meet the requirements in other certificates and degrees that require similar courses.
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