ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.) DEGREE |
The Associate of Applied Science Degree is a technical degree designed to prepare the student in a specific occupational area. Persons receiving the AAS normally enter directly into employment in the area of specialization. The AAS is a terminal degree; therefore, it is not designed to transfer to a four-year institution. In most cases, students to whom transfer is important should obtain assurances in advance from the institution to which they wish to transfer. The AAS degree requires successful completion of one of the prescribed curricula that appear on the following pages. This will include the completion of the number of hours specified in that curriculum with a minimum grade point average of 2.00.
A minimum of 15 additional hours of specified course work must be completed for a student to receive a second Associate degree. The 15 hours must be selected from the major requirements for the second degree and be approved by the appropriate Dean.
Students who plan to complete graduation requirements at the end of any given semester must file an application for graduation with the Registrar’s Office no later than the end of the sixth week of that semester.
* NOTE: Students must earn a “C” or better in English Composition I, English Composition II, and the math requirement to receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree from ANC.
Institutional Learning Outcomes
General education is the broad knowledge, skills, and attitudes that all graduates of ANC should possess. For the AA Degree, all the general education core courses are approved for inclusion in the Arkansas Department of Higher Education's Course Transfer System (ACTS). ACTS provides information regarding the guaranteed transfer of courses between Arkansas public colleges and universities and is located on ADHE's website.
ANC's Institutional (general education) Learning Outcomes, approved by the faculty, ANC Cabinet, and Board of Trustees, outlines these specific outcomes achieved by graduates through the completion of any associate's degree. View the institutional (general education) learning outcomes.
This program is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in automotive-related and other advanced manufacturing companies. The AAS in Advanced Manufacturing provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of advanced manufacturing production processes, equipment, design, and operation. Given the large manufacturing base in this region and advances in industrial machinery and operations, persons with technical skills in this discipline are in high demand. Upon attaining work experience, individuals with this degree are better equipped to move into maintenance technician and/or team leader positions.
The Associate of Applied Science in General Technology allows the blending of a technical certificate with general education courses to form a degree that consists of applied technologies. This program is designed to prepare students for careers in air conditioning and refrigeration. Students will develop and practice skills for servicing, repairing, installing, and sizing air conditioning and refrigeration equipment for residential applications.
This program is designed for students who intend to pursue careers not only in the aviation maintenance industry, but in other industries utilizing aircraft maintenance skills in hi-tech maintenance programs. The general education components prepare students to pursue baccalaureate studies, and advance to positions of leadership in the industry. Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification exams for Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanics. This program is approved by the FAA, which requires that every single hour of instruction be given to each student. Because of this requirement and the vital importance of mechanical performance, class attendance is an absolute must to remain in good standing in the program. Failure to attend the classes in accordance with instructor-established guidelines may result in dismissal from the program. The program is divided into four separate segments: general education, general aviation, airframe, and powerplant. The general education core may be taken at any time before, during, or after the other segments are taken, depending on scheduling preferences. The remaining segments are taken sequentially in an intensive combination of lecture and laboratory learning. Students may be required to attend classes as many as 30 clock hours per week. Consult with your advisor each semester to determine an appropriate schedule.
This program is designed for students who wish to enter the information technology field. The program provides students with a solid foundation in computer hardware and software, personal computer maintenance, programming, networking, and web page design. Students earning this degree may enter into a variety of occupations in a number of different industries such as education, manufacturing, health care, telecommunications or finance.
Students pursuing this degree must satisfy all assessment, remediation and prerequisite course requirements in addition to the courses listed below. The following sequencing of courses is recommended for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking college preparatory courses will require additional semesters of study. Consult with your advisor each semester to determine an appropriate schedule.
This two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare students, with or without experience, for entry-level jobs in criminal justice fields such as law enforcement, the court system, corrections, and security. The program combines a broad background of courses in the area of law enforcement, corrections, and criminal law with a sound liberal arts education. Employment opportunities for graduates are available in city, county, and state agencies, as well as private industry and the armed forces.
Students pursuing this degree must satisfy all assessment remediation and prerequisite course requirements in addition to the courses listed below. The following sequencing of courses is recommended for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking college preparatory courses, will require additional semesters of study. Consult with your advisor each semester to determine an appropriate schedule.
This two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree program in Early Childhood Education is designed to provide training to students employed or interested in being employed in the child-care profession or public school instructional assistance. Students will complete a minimum of sixty hours of college credit courses which will educate, train, and provide field experience in early childhood education. The goal of the program is to provide instruction in the basic competencies of early childhood education.
The Associate of Applied Science in Office Management provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in administrative positions in a wide variety of office settings. Students gain a solid foundation in general education as well as in information management, business communications, computer applications and accounting. In addition, students have the opportunity to develop their interpersonal, leadership, and decision making skills. This program is beneficial to individuals who are seeking first-time employment or career advancement and promotion.
Arkansas Northeastern College offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing. The registered nursing program is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. One traditional class is admitted annually in the fall semester with the LPN to RN Students accepted into the program joining the class in January of the Spring Semester each year. Throughout the program, general education courses and nursing courses are combined with client care in clinical settings in hospitals and health care agencies in the area. The nursing courses integrate application of the nursing process, communication skills, nutrition, pharmacology, and drug administration in care of clients. Legal/ethical responsibilities and current trends in health care are also integrated. The nursing courses are competency-based, and students are responsible for achieving certain competencies under specified conditions.
Students will be required to complete standardized tests throughout the nursing curriculum and to earn acceptable scores on such examinations to progress through curriculum. In the last semester of the nursing curriculum, students will be required to earn a satisfactory score on a comprehensive exam. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is granted the Associate in Applied Science Degree and may be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse. Persons convicted of a crime may not be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure. See the program director for details.
Admission to Arkansas Northeastern College is not automatic admission to the nursing program. Traditional Students and LPN to RN students must score 100 or greater on the PAX-RN Exam, have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and successfully complete all pre-requisite courses to meet minimal admission requirements. A grade of “C” or above is required in all academic courses required for the nursing degree. The Nursing Department has a selective admission policy and criteria. Students are referred to the Associate Degree Nursing Information Guidelines or should contact the Nursing and Allied Health Advising Specialist concerning admission, selection criteria, and graduation requirements.
ANC offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paramedic. The Paramedic Program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The program also meets the requirements of the Arkansas Department of Health, Section of Emergency Medical Services.
The ANC general education courses may be taken prior to or after completion of the Paramedic courses. These courses prepare students to pursue the bachelor's degree and to assist graduates with job promotions and leadership roles in the EMS profession. Students must apply and be selected into the ANC Paramedic Program before enrolling in the required courses in sequence as scheduled. These courses include a combination of hybrid courses (classroom and online), didactic, clinical and field experiences to provide the Paramedic student with the diversity of knowledge necessary to function effectively as a professional provider of advanced life support outside of the hospital environment. Students wishing to apply to the Paramedic Program should discuss their career objectives with the Nursing and Allied Health Advisor to ensure this is the appropriate program to meet their career goals. Admission criteria: Refer to Technical Certificate in Paramedic.
This program is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the steel industry or manufacturing processes that require specialized job and skill knowledge. This region has become a major source of steel related occupations and this degree will help facilitate entry or enhance promotional opportunities within the industry. Applied knowledge acquired through this program pertains particularly to steel-related industries, but also is relevant to any advanced manufacturing enterprise.
The Associate of Applied Science in General Technology allows the blending of a technical certificate with general education courses to form a degree that consists of applied technologies. This program is designed to prepare students for careers in welding. Students will develop skills to meet certain certification test standards for either manufacturing or pipe welding. Students will be better prepared to assume positions that require an understanding of fabrication and layout.
Arkansas Northeastern College
2501 South Division Street
Blytheville, Arkansas 72315