Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) programs are designed to provide entry-level employment training in technical areas. A.A.S. programs range from 64 to 76 semester credit hours. A full-time student can typically complete one of these programs in two years.
Diploma programs are designed to provide entry-level employment training. Diploma programs range from 36 to 48 semester credit hours and can usually be completed by a full-time student within one calendar year. Associate degree level courses within a diploma program may also be applied toward an A.A.S. degree program.
Certificate programs are designed to provide short-term focused entry-level employment training. Certificate programs range from 12 to 18 semester credit hours and can usually be completed within one to four semesters. Certificate courses may also be applied toward a related diploma or A.A.S. degree program.