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Degree Breakdown 

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

Who it’s designed for: Students wanting to complete a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, or enter a professional program at a 4 year institution.

What can I do with this degree? : Continue education at a 4 year institution. Sample areas of interest include: Agriculture, Biology, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Education, Pre-law, Pre-Medical, Psychology, and Social Work. For more information please visit:


Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.)

Who it’s designed for: Students who wish to further their education, but choose not to meet the requirements of either the A.A. degree or the A.A.S. degree. Courses required for this degree may transfer, but will not necessarily fulfill the general education requirements at a four-year institution. This degree is not designed to transfer.

What can I do with this degree? : Tie up miscellaneous credit hours to get a degree and sharpen job skills. For more information, please visit:


Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Who it’s designed for: Students wishing to prepare for employment in a specific occupational area. Although some courses could transfer to a 4-year institution, the A.A.S. is limited in the programs eligible for transfer. Please check with your advisor for details on specific programs.

What can I do with this degree? : Some programs transfer entirely into Bachelor of Technology degrees when an articulation agreement is in place. You can obtain a position in a career field in the following areas: Accounting, Agriculture, Applied Technology, Business Management, Business Technology, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Development, Nursing Level II (A.D.N.), Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technology, Health Care Management, Dental Hygiene, Surgical Technology, and Radiology Technology. For more information please visit:

You can also obtain this degree with our 1+1 program. The 1+1 program applies to students that have completed a technical program at a Missouri technical school, when an agreement is in place. NCMC will award 30 hours of college credit toward an A.A.S. in Applied Technology upon completion of a minimum 31 hours of general and technical education requirements taken through NCMC. Please visit http://www.ncmissouri.edu/dept_pgs/tech_prep for a list of participating schools.


Certificate Program

Who it’s designed for: Students wishing to gain job skills for immediate employment.

What can I do with this certificate? : Obtain an entry level position in a career field, such as: accounting, agribusiness, business management, criminal justice, farm management, marketing, nursing, medical assistant, office occupations, medical insurance billing, medical transcriptionist, and pharmacy technology. For more information, please visit: