NVCC 2003-2004 Catalog
    Instructional Programs

Types of Degrees and Certificates

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    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, and certain specialized accrediting agencies.

Terminology. Unless otherwise noted, the term program refers to an associate degree with its own curriculum code and all related specializations, certificates, and career studies certificates. The Virginia Community College System defines a major as a stipulated number of courses within a degree program. A degree program is a planned curriculum of at least 60 semester credit hours. A specialization is an option that varies from the parent degree's curriculum by 9-15 credits. A certificate is awarded for the completion of an approved non-degree curriculum consisting of a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in an occupational area. A career studies certificate is awarded for the completion of an approved non-degree curriculum that is less than 30 semester credit hours in length.

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. This varies by institution. These curricula are not designed for transfer to a four-year college or university. However, in some limited cases, the A.A.A. degree or selected occupational courses may transfer, and there may be articulation arrangements with four-year colleges as part of a special program.

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. These curricula are not designed for transfer to a four-year college or university. However, in some limited cases, occupational courses may transfer, and there may be articulation arrangements with four-year colleges as part of a special program.

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.

Certificate (C.)
    Awarded for the completion of various one-year occupational/technical curricula -totaling between 30 and 46 credits, at least 15% of the credits must be in general education. This must include at least 3 semester credits of English (ENG) and at least 1 semester credit for a Student Development (STD) course.
    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. These curricula are not designed for transfer to a four-year college or university. However, in some limited cases, occupational courses may transfer, and there may be articulation arrangements with four-year colleges as part of a special program.

Career Studies Certificate (C.S.C.)
    Awarded for a specific group of career-related courses totaling between 9 and 29 credits, each certificate must include at least 3 semester hours of ENG or speech (SPD). 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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