Type of degree or certificate awarded. More information about degrees and certificates.
A certificate is for students that are looking for short-term training leading to immediate employment.
Associate of Applied Science Degree
An AAS degree is for students who plan to enter the workforce upon completion of program.
Associate of Arts Degree
An AA degree is for students intending to continue at a four-year college or university.
Associate of Science Degree
An AS degree is for students intending to continue at a four-year college or university.
Bachelor of Applied Science
An BAS degree is for students that have been awarded an AAS and wish to continue their education.
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Click on a college to see the programs offered at the institution or click on the left of the college to learn more about the college.
- Learn more about Arapahoe Community College Programs at Arapahoe Community CollegeArapahoe Community College
- Learn more about Colorado Northwestern Community College Programs at Colorado Northwestern Community CollegeColorado Northwestern Community College
- Learn more about Community College of Aurora Programs at Community College of AuroraCommunity College of Aurora
- Learn more about Community College of Denver Programs at Community College of DenverCommunity College of Denver
- Learn more about Front Range Community College Programs at Front Range Community CollegeFront Range Community College
- Learn more about Lamar Community College Programs at Lamar Community CollegeLamar Community College
- Learn more about Morgan Community College Programs at Morgan Community CollegeMorgan Community College
- Learn more about Northeastern Junior College Programs at Northeastern Junior CollegeNortheastern Junior College
- Learn more about Otero Junior College Programs at Otero Junior CollegeOtero Junior College
- Learn more about Pikes Peak Community College Programs at Pikes Peak Community CollegePikes Peak Community College
- Learn more about Pueblo Community College Programs at Pueblo Community CollegePueblo Community College
- Learn more about Red Rocks Community College Programs at Red Rocks Community CollegeRed Rocks Community College
- Learn more about Trinidad State Junior College Programs at Trinidad State Junior CollegeTrinidad State Junior College
Understanding Degrees, Transfer Degrees, and Certificates
Both degrees and certificates are proof of the completion of work in a certain program or field. Degrees cover a broader scope of knowledge and take longer to complete. Certificates are focused on specific areas of expertise.
The associate degree is most often awarded to students completing educationally broad based post secondary programs usually requiring two years of full-time study. In some instances, particularly allied health programs, three years is the norm. For students who need developmental/remedial coursework, the time will be extended since these credits will not apply toward the associates degree.
However, for an associates degree it is not unusual for students to study part time, and therefore take more than two years to complete the degree. In 2004, 61 percent of U.S. community colleges students were enrolled part time. To accommodate working students, community colleges strive to offer required courses during evening hours.Learn more about degrees and transfers