CURRICULUM PROGRAMS: DEGREES, DIPLOMAS, AND CERTIFICATES
The College offers curriculum programs following the policies and procedures of the North Carolina Community College System. Associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates are the three kinds of curriculum credentials offered by the college, and these are described below.
Associate Degree Programs
Associate degree programs prepare students to enter the workplace immediately upon graduation and/or to continue their education at a four-year institution. Full-time students can generally complete associate degree programs in two years, depending on placement testing. The college offers four degrees; the Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.), the Associate in Arts degree (A.A.), the Associate in General Education degree (A.G.E.), and the Associate in Science degree (A.S.).
A high school diploma or its equivalent is required for admission into associate degree programs.
The college follows policy from the North Carolina Community College System office to determine placement level. Students who are not ready for college level must complete college preparatory classes before enrolling in curriculum classes.
Associate in Applied Science
Students who complete A.A.S. degree programs may choose to pursue employment opportunities and/or transfer some credits to selected colleges and universities for further study. Sixteen two-year occupational programs leading to an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) degree are offered at SCC: Agribusiness Technology; Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration; Associate Degree Nursing; Broadcasting and Production Technology; Business Administration; Cosmetology; Criminal Justice Technology; Criminal Justice Technology – Forensic Science; Early Childhood Education; Electrical Engineering Technology; Information Technology; Mechatronics Engineering Technology; Medical Laboratory Technology; Medical Office Administration; Office Administration; and Welding Technology. The Associate Degree Nursing program has additional special admission requirements.
Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Degrees
These two degrees are awarded upon completion of university transfer program requirements. SCC university transfer programs prepare students to continue their education at a four-year institution, compete successfully in the job market, and adapt to rapid social and technological changes. Students may earn an Associate in Arts and/or an Associate in Science degree.
Associate in General Education
This degree is awarded upon completion of fifteen hours of general education coursework, thirteen hours of personal wellness/local history coursework, and thirty-seven hours of structured exploratory electives. It is designed to give students an opportunity to broaden their education to compete in the job market, for job improvement, or for personal enrichment.
Associate in General Education – Nursing
This degree is awarded upon completion of fifty-four hours of general education coursework and seven additional hours of structured college transfer elective courses. It is designed for students who wish to begin their study toward the Associate in Nursing degree.
Students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent to be admitted to any of the diploma programs. The Practical Nursing program has additional special admission requirements.
Vocational diploma programs are primarily for those who wish to enter a trade prior to completing an associate degree and may be completed in as little as three semesters by college-ready students taking classes on a full-time basis. In many curriculum areas, diploma programs are the equivalent of the initial semesters of the associate degree program, and most courses earned in completing the diploma count toward the associate degree.
The college currently offers eighteen occupational diploma programs: Agribusiness Technology; Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology; Broadcasting and Production Technology; Business Administration; Cosmetology; Criminal Justice Technology; Early Childhood Education; Electrical Engineering Technology; Information Technology (Programmer/Web Developer and IT Support); Mechatronics Engineering Technology; Medical Office Administration; Office Administration (Customer Service and Legal Office); Practical Nursing; Therapeutic & Diagnostic Services (Nurse Aide and Phlebotomy); and Welding Technology.
Certificate programs train students for immediate employment and may be completed in as few as one or two semesters. In many curriculum areas, the courses earned in completing the certificate program count toward the diploma and/or associate degree. SCC presently offers certificates in the following areas: accounting; agribusiness technology; air conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology; advanced manufacturing; broadcasting and production; business administration; cosmetology; cosmetology instructor; criminal justice (court, emergency management, corrections, protective services and public safety); forensic science; early childhood (introduction to early childhood, administration, preschool and infant/toddler); electrical engineering; information technology (programmer/developer and information technology support specialist); law enforcement; manicuring/nail technology; medical laboratory technology; medical office administration; nurse aide; office administration (customer service and legal office); phlebotomy; and welding.
The table below summarizes the curriculum programs offered by the college.
|Academic Program||Degree(s)2||Diploma(s)3||Certificate(s) 3||Career & College Promise Pathway(s) 3|
|Agribusiness Technology||A151002D||D15100||C15100||Diploma – D15100H;
Certificate – C15100H
|Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology||A351002D||D35100||C35100B||Diploma – D35100H;
Certificate – C35100BH
|Associate Degree Nursing||A451102D||—||—||—|
|Associate in Arts1||A101002A||—||—||P1012C|
|Associate in General Education1||A103002C||—||—||—|
|Associate in General Education – Nursing||A1030N2C||—||—||P1032C|
|Associate in Science||A104002B||—||—||P1042C|
|Basic Law Enforcement Training||—||—||C55120||—|
|Broadcasting and Production Technology||A301202D||D30120||C30120A||Diploma – D30120H;
Certificate – C30120AH
|Diploma – D25120H;
Certificate – C25120FH, C25120H
|Criminal Justice Technology||A551802D||D55180||C55180C
|Diploma – D55180H|
|Criminal Justice Technology – Forensic Science||A5518C2D||—||C5518C||Certificate – C5518CH|
|Early Childhood Education||A55220A2D
| Diploma – D55220H;
Certificates – C55220CH
|Electrical Engineering Technology||A40180A2D
|D40180||C40180D C40180J C40180K||Diploma – D40180H|
|C25590E C25590I||Certificate – C25590HS|
|Manicuring/Nail Technology||—||—||C55400||Certificate – C55400H|
|Mechatronics Engineering Technology||A403502D||D40350||C40350||Diploma – D40350H;
Certificate – C40350H
|Medical Laboratory Technology||A454202D||—||C45420||Certificate – C45420H|
|Medical Office Administration||A253102D||D25310||C25310 C25310A||Certificate – C25310H|
|Nurse Aide||—||D45970||C45840||Diploma – D45970H;
Certificate – C45840H
|Diplomas – D25370AH,
Certificate – C25370BH
|Phlebotomy||—||D45950||C45600||Diploma – D45950H;
Certificate – C45600H
|Welding||A504202D||D50420||C50420||Diploma – D50420H;
Certificate – C50420H
3. Diploma and certificate programs earn a diploma or certificate, respectively.
Criminal Justice Technology Degree Requirements
Criminal Justice Technology – Professional Degree Requirements
Criminal Justice Technology Diploma Requirements
Criminal Justice Technology – Court Certificate Requirements
Criminal Justice Technology – Corrections Certificate Requirements
Early Childhood Education – Administrative Degree Requirements
Early Childhood Education – B-K Licensure Degree Requirements
Early Childhood Education – Career Track Degree Requirements
Administration Certificate Requirements
Preschool Certificate Requirements
Intro to Early Childhood Education Certificate Requirements
Infant/Toddler Care Certificate Requirements
Online IT Degree Requirements
IT / Business Support Transfer to ECU Degree Requirements
IT Computer Programming & Development Transfer Degree Requirements
IT Computer Programming & Development Degree Requirements
Programmer/Web Developer Diploma
IT Support Diploma Requirements
Programmer / Developer Certificate Requirements
IT Support Specialist Certificate Requirements