The Seattle Colleges offer more than 100 programs in professional and technical career areas.
Program length varies from one quarter to two years. All offer Certificates of Completion. Some offer an
Associate of Applied Arts Degree (A.A.S.) with additional course work. A few A.A.S. degrees qualify for
potential transfer to a four-year college (A.A.S.-T. degree).
Certificate programs prepare graduates for employment in a wide variety
of professional and technical careers. Requirements include satisfactory completion of an
approved program of study with a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
For admission to a certificate program, an applicant must be at least 18 or be a high school
graduate. Tests and a minimum proficiency may be required for certain programs. Waiting lists
and application fees may be required of others. Education and work experience may be accepted
to satisfy part of the certificate requirements if specifically related to the individual
program of study.
A majority of credits must be completed at the college granting the certificate.
Credits earned in certificate programs are generally applicable toward the A.A.S. degree.
NOTE: Courses must be numbered 100 or above to count toward certificate programs.
The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree prepares
students for employment through development of technical and related skills and instruction
in academic subjects appropriate to the occupational field.
To earn a degree within the Seattle Colleges, a student must complete at least
90 credits and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. At least 15 credits
must be earned at the Seattle College granting the degree. Students should consult an
advisor or division counselor for specific GPA requirements in their programs of study.
Programs are designed and updated by advisory committees made up of local industry leaders
and labor representatives to reflect current employment trends. Instructors bring industry experience
as well as education and training to the classroom. All instructors hold vocational instructor
certificates and stay informed of industry changes.
A core of general education and/or related instruction courses is regarded as essential for
all A.A.S. degree programs and all certificate programs of an academic year or more in length.
Courses in communications, computation, human relations and selected courses from humanities,
natural sciences and social sciences are required. Additional topics may include safety and
Some A.A.S. programs and some courses in A.A.S. degree programs may transfer to four-year
colleges or universities. Consult a program advisor or transfer institution concerning
course transferability prior to enrollment.
NOTE: Courses must be numbered 100 or above to count toward A.A. S. degree.
The Associate of Applied Science - T Degree is designed to assist students who
initially enrolled for a Workforce Education technical degree and who then seek to transfer to a four-year
institution for a bachelor’s degree.
The A.A.S.- T. degree
is based on technical courses required for job preparation but also includes transfer degree general
education courses. In general, technical degree programs are not designed for general transfer to other
colleges or universities; the A.A.S.-T. degree prepares students for specific bachelor's degree programs
at specific institutions. Students should contact the community college Advising Office for a current
list of four-year colleges accepting the A.A.S.-T. degree.
NOTE: Courses must be numbered 100 or above to count toward the A.A.S.-T. degree.
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Degrees and certificates are offered in the professional and technical career areas listed below.
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