Career and Technical Degrees and Certificates Distribution List

Professional and Technical Degrees and Certificates Distribution Lists

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Associate in Applied Technology (AAT)
Certificate of Proficiency (CP)
Certificate of Achievement (CA)
Certificate of Completion (CC)

Degree & Certificate Intent

The career and technical education degrees and certificates are designed for students interested in gaining specific technical career skills. Students focus on completing program-specific coursework, balanced by minimal general education courses. Although the Associate in Applied Science and the Associate in Applied Technology degree programs are not designed to guarantee transfer to a senior institution, some institutions may accept technical coursework for students in certain areas of study. Students should contact an advisor and/or the senior institution for additional information.

General Requirements

Complete a minimum number of credits in specified curriculum:

  • Associate Degree: Ninety (90) credits minimum
    • Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS): Students must complete the courses listed in their career plan, plus electives as needed to meet the ninety (90) credit requirement. Most occupational programs require more than fifty-nine (59) credits of specific requirements.
    • Associate in Applied Technology (AAT): Students must complete the courses listed in their career plan, plus electives as needed to meet the ninety (90) credit requirement. All Associate in Applied Technology degree programs require at least seventy-five (75) credits of major-related requirements.
  • Certificate of Proficiency: Forty-five (45) credits minimum
  • Certificate of Achievement: Twenty-one (21) credits minimum
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher

Meet academic residency requirements as follows:

  • Associate Degree: Thirty (30) credits minimum must be completed at Clark College.
  • Certificate of Proficiency: Fifteen (15) credits minimum must be completed at Clark College.
  • Certificate of Achievement: Ten (10) credits minimum must be completed at Clark College.
  • Earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher in each major area requirement and specifically listed courses unless otherwise noted in the department requirements for all courses taken at Clark College.

General Credit Restrictions

Physical Education Activity: Three (3) credits maximum in PE activity can apply toward the degree.

Other Applicable Credit Options:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) and/or International Baccalaureate (IB): A maximum of sixty (60) credits from AP, IB, or a combination of both, can be applied to a degree.
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP): Students may request up to fifteen (15) CLEP credits to be applied to a degree. Credits will be used to fulfill general elective requirements only.
  • Course Challenge: Students may use credits earned from successful course challenges toward twenty five percent (25%) of the degree or certificate.
  • Tech Prep/Direct Credit: Tech Prep/Direct Credit courses that are part of a professional program and fall into the restricted area in the DTA degree are limited to 15 credits. If Tech Prep/Direct Credit courses apply to a professional technical degree or certificate, there is no limit to the number of credits that can be applied.
  • Cooperative Work Experience: No more than fifteen (15) credits may be applied to the associate degree.
  • Special Projects: No more than fifteen (15) credits in Special Projects will be allowed toward the Associate in Arts degree.
  • Military Experience: Credits may be earned by previous military experience. Please contact the Credentials Evaluations Office at Clark College for further information.

Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate: Sixty (60) credits combined maximum in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB).

Pass/Fail Grading Option: Sixty (60) credits maximum in courses with Pass/Fail grading option.

General Information

For Associate in Applied Science degrees, General Education courses are restricted to two (2) distribution areas in the general education area of the degree.

Credit by Challenge coursework will meet academic residency requirements.

General Education Requirements

Note: Some specific requirements of a program may also meet the General Education requirements.

Communication Skills [CA, CT]

Department AAS - 6 credits/units minimum (CA) AAT - 5 credits/units minimum (CT) CP - 3 credits/units minimum (CA)
Business BUS  211 BUS  211 BUS  211
Business Technology BTEC 107 BTEC 107 BTEC 106, BTEC 107
Communication Studies1 CMST&2101, CMST&2201, CMST&2301
English ENGL 098, ENGL 108, ENGL 110

ENGL&101, ENGL&102, ENGL&235
ENGL&101, ENGL&235 ENGL 097, ENGL 098, ENGL 108, ENGL 110

ENGL&101, ENGL&235
Management MGMT 107 MGMT 107
Professional Technical Writing PTWR 135 PTWR 135 PTWR 135

Note: Pharmacy Technician students may meet the Communication Skills requirement by achieving the following:

Completion of ENGL 098 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or better (2.0) or placement into ENGL&101.

Health & Physical Education [HE, HPE, PE, PEDNC, PEMAR] - 3 credits

Select three credits/units from either Option One or Option Two:

Option One
Select two credits/units from the following:2
FOOD AND YOUR HEALTH (2 credits/units)
HEALTH FOR ADULT LIVING (3 credits/units)
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (2 credits/units)
WEIGHT AND YOUR HEALTH (2 credits/units)
HAPPINESS AND YOUR HEALTH (2 credits/units)
HUMAN SEXUALITY (2 credits/units)
WOMEN'S HEALTH (3 credits/units)
MEN'S HEALTH (2 credits/units)
MULTICULTURAL HEALTH (3 credits/units)
CANNABIS AND YOUR HEALTH (2 credits/units)
Select one from the following:1
College-level Physical Activity course
Option Two
Select one from the following:3
INDUSTRIAL HEALTH AND FITNESS (3 credits/units)
FITNESS-WELLNESS (3 credits/units)
MIND BODY HEALTH (3 credits/units)

Computational Skills [CP]

Department AAS - 3 credits/units minimum AAT - 5 credits/units minimum CP - 3 credits/units minimum
Business BUS  102 BUS  102 BUS  102
Business Technology Medical Office BMED 103, BMED 105 BMED 103, BMED 105 BMED 103
Chemistry CHEM 095
Computer Science & Engineering CSE  121, CSE  222, CSE  223, CSE  224 CSE  121, CSE  222, CSE  223, CSE  224
Computer Technology CTEC 121 CTEC 121 CTEC 121
Environmental Science ENVS 135
Mathematics All MATH/MATH& courses numbered 030 or higher EXCEPT MATH 199 or MATH 290 MATH 102, MATH 103, MATH 104, MATH 105, MATH 110, MATH 111
MATH&107, MATH&146

Or any MATH/MATH& course for which these courses are a prerequisite
All MATH/MATH& courses numbered 030 or higher EXCEPT MATH 199 or MATH 290
Professional Technical Computational Skills PTCS 110 PTCS 110 PTCS 110

A placement into or eligibility for MATH 089MATH 090 or MATH 092 higher will satisfy this requirement for certain designated programs.

Human Relations [HR]

Department AAS - 3 credits/units minimum AAT - 5 credits/units minimum CP - 3 credits/units minimum
Addiction Counseling ACED 101, ACED 201 ACED 101, ACED 201 ACED 101, ACED 201
Business Technology BTEC 148 BTEC 148 BTEC 148
Business Medical BMED 166, BMED 225, BMED 226 BMED 166, BMED 225, BMED 226 BMED 166, BMED 225, BMED 226
Business BUS& 101 BUS& 101 BUS& 101
Communication CMST&210, CMST&230 CMST&210, CMST&230 CMST&210, CMST&230
College COLL 101 COLL 101 COLL 101
Human Development HDEV 103, HDEV 105, HDEV 123, HDEV 155, HDEV 175, HDEV 186, HDEV 195, HDEV 198, HDEV 200 HDEV 103, HDEV 105, HDEV 123, HDEV 155, HDEV 175, HDEV 186, HDEV 195, HDEV 198, HDEV 200 HDEV 103, HDEV 105, HDEV 123, HDEV 155, HDEV 175, HDEV 186, HDEV 195, HDEV 198, HDEV 200
Management MGMT 101, MGMT 106, MGMT 110, MGMT 112, MGMT 120, MGMT 122, MGMT 125, MGMT 128, MGMT 132 MGMT 101, MGMT 106, MGMT 110, MGMT 112, MGMT 120, MGMT 122, MGMT 125, MGMT 128, MGMT 132 MGMT 101, MGMT 106, MGMT 110, MGMT 112, MGMT 120, MGMT 122, MGMT 125, MGMT 128, MGMT 132
Psychology PSYC&100, PSYC&200

PSYC 203
PSYC&100, PSYC&200

PSYC 203
PSYC&100, PSYC&200

PSYC 203
Sociology SOC& 101, SOC& 201

SOC  121, SOC  131, SOC  220
SOC& 101, SOC& 201

SOC  121, SOC  131, SOC  220
SOC& 101, SOC& 201

SOC  121, SOC  131, SOC  220
Women’s Studies WS   101 WS   101 WS   101

Humanities [HA, HB] - 3 credits for AAS only

Department HA HB
American Sign Language ASL& 121, ASL& 122, ASL& 123, ASL& 221, ASL& 222, ASL& 223

ASL  125
Art ART  131, ART  151, ART  172, ART  220, ART  221, ART  222, ART  223, ART  225, ART  226, ART  250, ART  272 ART  103, ART  104, ART  105, ART  110, ART  115, ART  116, ART  117, ART  118, ART  140, ART  141, ART  142, ART  145, ART  146, ART  173, ART  174, ART  180, ART  181, ART  182, ART  189, ART  190, ART  191, ART  203, ART  204, ART  208, ART  257, ART  258, ART  259, ART  260, ART  261, ART  262, ART  270, ART  271, ART  273, ART  274, ART  278, ART  290, ART  295, ART  296, ART  297
Communication Studies CMST&102, CMST&210, CMST&220, CMST&230

CMST 216, CMST 240
Drama DRMA&101

DRMA 154
DRMA 140, DRMA 141, DRMA 142, DRMA 150, DRMA 152, DRMA 250
English ENGL 131, ENGL 132, ENGL 133, ENGL 136, ENGL 140, ENGL 143, ENGL 145, ENGL 150, ENGL 156, ENGL 173, ENGL 175, ENGL 176, ENGL 254, ENGL 260, ENGL 261, ENGL 262, ENGL 264, ENGL 265, ENGL 266, ENGL 267, ENGL 268, ENGL 269, ENGL 270, ENGL 272 ENGL 121, ENGL 125, ENGL 126, ENGL 127, ENGL 275, ENGL 276, ENGL 277
Japanese JAPN&121, JAPN&122, JAPN&123, JAPN&221, JAPN&222, JAPN&223
Journalism JOUR 101, JOUR 111
Music MUSC&104, MUSC&141, MUSC&142, MUSC&143, MUSC&231, MUSC&232, MUSC&233

MUSC 100, MUSC 116, MUSC 117, MUSC 118, MUSC 125, MUSC 127, MUSC 135
MUSC&121, MUSC&122, MUSC&123, MUSC&221, MUSC&222, MUSC&223

MUSC 101, MUSC 106, MUSC 110, MUSC 115, MUSC 121, MUSC 122, MUSC 123, MUSC 137, MUSC 138, MUSC 139, MUSC 150, MUSC 151, MUSC 152, MUSC 153, MUSC 154, MUSC 155, MUSC 170, MUSC 171, MUSC 172, MUSC 173, MUSC 174, MUSC 175, MUSC 180, MUSC 181, MUSC 182, MUSC 183, MUSC 184, MUSC 185, MUSC 186, MUSC 193, MUSC 195, MUSC 196, MUSC 197, MUSC 201, MUSC 202, MUSC 210, MUSC 239, MUSC 250, MUSC 251, MUSC 252, MUSC 253, MUSC 254, MUSC 255, MUSC 270, MUSC 271, MUSC 272, MUSC 273, MUSC 274, MUSC 275, MUSC 280, MUSC 281, MUSC 282, MUSC 283, MUSC 284, MUSC 285, MUSC 290, MUSC 295, MUSC 296, MUSC 297

All MUSCA courses
Philosophy PHIL&101, PHIL&120

PHIL 215, PHIL 216, PHIL 217, PHIL 240, PHIL 251, PHIL 280
Spanish SPAN&121, SPAN&122, SPAN&123, SPAN&221, SPAN&222, SPAN&223 SPAN 141
Women’s Studies WS   101, WS   201, WS   210

Social Sciences [SS] - 3 credits for AAS only

Department Courses
Addiction Counseling ACED 101
Anthropology ANTH&204, ANTH&206, ANTH&215
Communication Studies CMST&230
Economics ECON&201, ECON&202

ECON 101, ECON 110, ECON 120
English ENGL 175
Environmental Science ENVS 231
Geography GEOG&100, GEOG&102, GEOG&200, GEOG&207

GEOG 205
History HIST&126, HIST&127, HIST&128, HIST&146, HIST&147, HIST&148, HIST&215

HIST 231, HIST 251, HIST 252
Political Science POLS&203

POLS 111, POLS 131, POLS 231
Psychology PSYC&100, PSYC&200

PSYC 203
Sociology SOC& 101, SOC& 201

SOC  121, SOC  131, SOC  220
Women’s Studies WS   101, WS   201, WS   210, WS   220, WS   225

Natural Sciences [NS] - 3 credits for AAS only

Department Lab Course Non-Lab Course
Anthropology ANTH&215 ANTH&245
Astronomy ASTR&101
Biology BIOL&100, BIOL&160, BIOL&221, BIOL&222, BIOL&223, BIOL&241, BIOL&242, BIOL&251, BIOL&252, BIOL&253, BIOL&260

BIOL 101, BIOL 105, BIOL 150, BIOL 165, BIOL 168, BIOL 208, BIOL 224
BIOL 139, BIOL 140, BIOL 141, BIOL 142, BIOL 143, BIOL 145, BIOL 164, BIOL 167, BIOL 180
Chemistry CHEM&110, CHEM&121, CHEM&131, CHEM&151, CHEM&152, CHEM&153, CHEM&251, CHEM&252, CHEM&253 CHEM&141, CHEM&142, CHEM&143, CHEM&241, CHEM&252, CHEM&243

CHEM 095
Engineering ENGR&104
Environmental Science ENVS&101

ENVS 109, ENVS 218
Geology GEOL&101, GEOL&103

GEOL 102
GEOL 218
Meteorology METR 101
Nutrition NUTR&101
Physical Science PHSC 101, PHSC 102, PHSC 104, PHSC 110 PHSC 106
Physics PHYS& 101, PHYS&124, PHYS&125, PHYS&126, PHYS&231, PHYS&232, PHYS&233 PHYS&100, PHYS&134, PHYS&135, PHYS&136, PHYS&241, PHYS&242, PHYS&243

PHYS 090


Certificate of Achievement (CA)

The Certificate of Achievement is designed for students who wish to receive specialized occupational training for a specialized career objective requiring less than forty-five (45) credits, but more than twenty (20) credits. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or better. Students are required to complete a minimum of ten (10) credits at Clark College to meet the Academic Residency requirement.

Certificate of Completion (CC)

The Certificate of Completion is designed for students who wish to gain entry-level skills or for those who wish to upgrade their skills in a short period of time. Certificates of Completion typically consist of three to four courses, requiring twenty (20) or less credits. They are awarded by the department with the approval of the program advisory committee and the Office of Instruction. The courses can be taken simultaneously or individually as your schedule allows. These certificates are not awarded a standard Clark College diploma.

Application of Credit

Credits earned through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Tech Prep/Direct Credit, CLEP, cooperative work experience, military experience, special projects, and course challenge must fall within the following guidelines when awarded:

  1. Credits may be awarded only if the learning experiences fall within the outcomes of the regular curriculum of the college.

  2. Academic transcripts will indicate other credits awarded.

  3. Credits cannot duplicate credits already awarded.

  4. Students should read the degree requirements section of this catalog for information about applying other credit options toward a degree.

Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Associate in Applied Technology (AAT)

  • A maximum of sixty (60) credits earned through AP and/or IB will apply.

  • A maximum of 25% of the degree or certificate may have credits from course challenge and/or military experience.

  • For the AAS and AAT, approved AP, IB, and Tech Prep/Direct Credit will apply to general education requirements where applicable. If Tech Prep/Direct Credit courses apply to a professional technical certificate, there is no limit to the number of credits that can be applied.

  • Credits earned may apply toward the general elective, general education, distribution and/or program requirement categories of the degrees.

  • Academic residency requirements must be met as well. Successful course challenge requirements will meet residency requirements.

Certificate of Proficiency (CP), Certificate of Achievement (CA)

  • Up to fifteen (15) credits may be earned through course challenge, CLEP, special projects, and cooperative work experience, and applied to CP programs.

  • Military experience credit can constitute 25% of the certificate.

  • If Tech Prep/Direct Credit courses apply to a professional technical certificate, there is no limit to the number of credits that can be applied.

  • Up to ten (10) credits may be earned through course challenge, CLEP, military experience, cooperative work experience, or special projects, and applied to CA programs.

  • Credits earned will apply toward general education or program requirements.

  • Academic residency requirements must be met as well. Successful course challenge requirements will meet residency requirements.