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Degrees and Certificates

There are a variety of certificates and degrees you can obtain within NWACC's Commuications and Arts Division. Explore your options below. 

Certificate of Proficiency

The Certificate of Proficiency is awarded to students who have demonstrated mastery of skills and knowledge against specified performance standards in a specific area or discipline. The program of study may be a stand-alone program or part of a technical certificate or associate degree curriculum. At least 7 hours must be completed at NWACC to fulfill graduation requirements.


 

Technical Certificate 

The Technical Certificate is a program that recognizes the completion of a specified level of competency in an occupational field, such as Graphic Design and Media. The program of study may be a stand-alone program or a part of an associate degree curriculum. At least 15 hours must be completed at NWACC to fulfill graduation requirements.


 

Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree is designed for employment purposes, and it should not be assumed that the degree or the courses in the degree can be transferred to another institution. Some four year institutions accept courses in AAS programs and allow them to be transfered toward bachelor's degrees. If you plan on transferring your credits, be sure to get assurances in writing, in advance, from the institution to which you wish to transfer.


 

Associate of Science

Associate of Science (AS) degree is a general transfer degree. Completion of the program is equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor's degree. AS degrees do not officially include a major or minor course of study; nevertheless, students can choose from their degree options the most appropriate classes to transfer into their major or minor course of study. NWACC academic advisors assist students in choosing NWACC courses that will transfer to specific bachelor's programs in the region. 


 

Associate of Art

The Associate of Arts degree is a general transfer degree. Completion of the program is equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor's degree. How the courses transfer depends on the college and the major. Because a course transfers to a university doesn't necessarily mean it will transfer into the major degree program. NWACC academic advisors assist students in choosing NWACC courses that will transfer to specific bachelor's programs in the region.