Degrees and programs

What degrees, certificates and credentials can you earn at TCC?

Tidewater Community College offers transfer and career/technical programs that generally extend two years beyond high school.

But our students are of all ages and backgrounds, and while some complete their programs of study within two years, many take longer because of other demands on their time, such as family and jobs.

Whether it takes you two years or five, we want you to successfully complete a degree or certificate at TCC.
 

College transfer degrees


These degrees include first- and second-year courses in the arts and sciences and pre-professional programs designed to meet the standards of four-year colleges and universities.

Associate of Science (A.S.): This degree is awarded to students who want to complete general education requirements required by a four-year college or university or pursue pre-professional studies (such as engineering and medicine). Areas of study at TCC are


Associate of Arts (A.A.): This degree is awarded to students who complete TCC’s Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts. If you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a liberal arts discipline, such as history, philosophy, communications, political science and languages, this degree is for you.
 

Career and technical degrees and certificates


These credentials prepare students for employment to meet demand for technicians, paraprofessionals, skilled trades and others with specialized skills.

With most of TCC's certificates and career studies certificates, you will be able to apply all of the credits you earn toward an associate degree.

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.): This degree is awarded to students who complete a career/technical education program that emphasizes career and technical knowledge and skills. While students may transfer to four-year institutions after earning this degree, most are preparing for the workplace.

Associate of Applied Arts (A.A.A.): This degree is awarded to students who complete the Studio Arts program, which includes TCC’s renowned glassblowing program, photography and pre-art therapy. Credits earned in this degree are transferrable to four-year colleges and universities.

Certificate: The certificate is awarded to students who complete a career/technical education program of at least 30 credits. See how certificates can lead to degrees.

Career Studies Certificate: This credential is awarded to students who complete a career/technical program consisting of 9 to 29 credits. See how career studies certificates can lead to degrees.

 

Industry credentials


In addition to degrees and certificates offered by TCC, students in some programs – such as health professions, automotive and mechatronics – are prepared to take exams that provide industry-relevant licenses and credentials.

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