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Associate Degree Programs

Associate degrees are intended for transfer leading to the baccalaureate degree.  However, certain associate degrees provide immediate employment opportunities.  Students who choose to earn an associate degree do so for various reasons:  ease of transferability within the University System of Georgia, lower tuition costs, and increased financial earnings.   Communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills are essential components of an associate degree, all of which are necessary for success in any chosen career.

Associate of Arts Degree

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is typically a 2-year degree which provides a foundational liberal arts education.  By selecting one of the required pathways offered in the AA program, students build a foundation in a specific field of study such as fine and performing arts, social sciences, and teacher education.

Associate of Science Degree

The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree is typically a 2-year degree which provides a liberal arts foundation as well as foundational knowledge in STEM fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  By selecting one of the required pathways offered in the A.S. program, students build a foundation in additional fields of study such as criminal justice, human services, and health and physical education.

Associate of Science in Nursing Degree

The Associate of Science in Nursing (A.S.N.) degree is typically a 3-year program that leads directly to a career in health care.  The curriculum trains students as generalists who are capable of providing nursing services in a wide range of health care facilities.  Graduates of the A.S.N. program are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam required to become a registered nurse.