Curricula Career & Technical Education

To earn either an Associate of Applied Science Degree or a Certificate, students must achieve an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete the minimum number of semester hours specified for each program. Fifteen of the semester hours required for completion of the degree or certificate must be completed at NCTC.  A student can refer to each individual program section in the following pages for requirements specific to those programs. 

To verify entry-level workplace competencies, the institution must provide at least one of the following for each approved award (certificate or degree):

  • A capstone experience (one of the following)
    • comprehensive, discipline-specific exam
    • a course involving simulation of the workplace, case studies, portfolios, and employment scenarios
    • a discipline-specific project involving the integration of various teams of students performing activities to simulate situations that may occur in the workplace
  • Eligibility for a credentialing exam
  • An external learning experience which should occur during the last semester of the student's educational program (cooperative education, internship, practica, apprenticeship, or clinical).

Specifics are listed within program information.

NCTC's Associate of Applied Science Degrees transfer into Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degrees at several Texas universities.  Check to see which degrees transfer and to which universities.

For more information, contact the Division Chair or the appropriate Dean of Instruction.