Yavapai College offers seven associate degree programs:
- Associate of Arts
- Associate of Arts in Elementary Education
- Associate of Arts in Fine Arts
- Associate of Business
- Associate of General Studies
- Associate of Science
- Associate of Applied Science
Degree and Certificate Requirements
In order to obtain any degree or certificate from Yavapai College, a candidate must:
- Satisfy entrance requirements as a regular student;
- Complete all courses required in one of the degree or certificate programs offered by Yavapai College. Occasionally, degree requirements change between the time of the student's admission and the time of graduation. A student in continuous enrollment at Yavapai College may elect to graduate by satisfying degree requirements as listed at the time of admission, at the time of graduation, or at any time during the last period of continuous attendance. Continuous attendance means enrollment in the regular session (fall/spring or spring/fall) of each academic year.
If a course required for a degree or certificate has been deleted from the catalog, a comparable course will be substituted for the deleted course.
Other substitutions are generally not permitted. However, a student who believes particular circumstances warrant special consideration may petition to the supervising dean.
Courses approved as satisfying General Education requirements for all degrees are listed in the section entitled "General Education Courses."
- Earn a grade of "C" or higher in a course for it to apply toward a Yavapai College degree or certificate, or for inclusion in a student's Arizona General Education Curriculum.
A maximum of 12 credit hours of "S" credit from 100- and 200- level courses may be applied toward any Yavapai College degree/certificate program. On an exception basis, "S" grades may be allowed in the AGEC for transfer credit, if documentation collected by the community college indicates that the "S" grade issued was the only option for the student and the "S" is "C or Better."
For Spring 2020 only, students who chose an "S" grade in an AGEC course in response to the COVID-19 emergency may use this grade to complete their AGEC requirements. Arizona Universities will accept "S" grades earned in AGEC courses during Spring 2020.
- A maximum of 12 credit hours of Independent Study courses may be applied toward any Yavapai College degree/certificate program.
- Special interest and developmental education courses (courses numbered below 100) will not be applied toward degrees and certificates.
- Students may fulfill degree requirements after leaving Yavapai College by transferring back applicable credits earned at regionally accredited institutions of higher education. Students must adhere to the catalog requirements of their program of study during their last continuous enrollment or current catalog year requirements at Yavapai College.
- Earn a cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 or better in all work completed at Yavapai College;
- Complete a minimum of fifteen semester hours in residence for a degree program. If a certificate program requires 12-29 semester hours, a minimum of half the total hours must be completed in residence; if a certificate program requires 11 or fewer credits, all of the semester hours must be completed in residence.
- A maximum of 30 credit hours by any combination of Experiential Learning (examination, special articulation agreement, or evaluation) will be accepted;
- File a petition for graduation with Academic Advising no later than March 1. A student eligible for graduation at the end of the fall regular semester must petition for graduation no later than October 1;
- Remove all marks of deficiency on the student's records thirty days prior to the day of commencement, if expecting to use credit in those subjects toward graduation;
- Remove any indebtedness to the college.
Location of Degree Programs
Yavapai College offers courses required for degrees and certificates in selected locations. The college does not guarantee that all courses for a degree or certificate will be offered at all locations. Please review the degree or certificate program information or a current class schedule for the location information.
Graduation with Honors
A student who is awarded an associate degree and meets the following requirements is designated as graduating "with honors."
- Successfully completed a minimum of 30 semester hours at Yavapai College of courses numbered 100 and above
- The 30 semester hours must have been graded A-F
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher at Yavapai College
A student who has already earned an associate's degree at Yavapai College may earn a subsequent degree according to the following provisions:
- General education requirements specified for each degree must be completed;
- All major and related degree requirements specified in an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program must be completed. If a specified course has already been applied to another degree or certificate program, that course competency may be applied to a subsequent AAS degree program;
- Course substitutions approved for one degree program do not automatically apply to a subsequent degree program;
- A minimum of 15 additional semester hours of major and related requirements, not applied to the first degree, must be completed at Yavapai College. These 15 hours will be in addition to any general education requirements needed to complete the subsequent degree;
- An Associate of General Studies degree will not be awarded simultaneously with, or subsequent to, the awarding of any other associate degree. Other degrees may be earned concurrently as long as all of the requirements for each degree are met;
A subsequent degree must identify a specific area of study and be directed by an approved educational plan.
Requirements for a subsequent degree program must be completed in accordance with the catalog in effect at the time the multiple degree proposal is approved. Students should consult an Academic Advisor for more information and to obtain a Petition for Multiple Degrees.
A semester in which a degree or certificate seeking student earns course credit required for their declared program of study will be counted toward continuous enrollment. Non-credit courses, audited courses, failed courses, or courses from which the student withdraws do not count toward the determination of continuous enrollment for catalog purposes.
Students who do not meet the minimum enrollment standards stipulated above during two consecutive semesters (fall/spring or spring/fall) are no longer considered continuously enrolled, and must meet requirements of the Yavapai College catalog in effect at the time they are readmitted or of any single catalog in effect during subsequent terms of continuous enrollment after readmission.
Programs Requiring Selective Admission
Requirements for Admission to the Aerospace Science AAS - Airplane Operations Concentration
An application packet is available from the Academic Advising Center. For detailed admission requirements, please call 776.2002.
Requirements for Admission to the Gunsmithing Program
An information/application packet for admission into this program is available online at www.yc.edu/gunsmithing or through the Academic Advising Center.
Requirements for Admission to the Freeport-McMoRan Mining Program
Students must be at least 18 years of age and must attend the Mining Preview Day held in February annually at Yavapai College. Students accepted into the program must interview with Freeport-McMoRan and be hired as an employee, pass a drug and alcohol test and physical examination, and complete a security background check. An information packet is available from the CTEC Campus by calling 717.7107 or 776.2002.
Requirements for Admission to the Nursing Program
Admission to the program occurs in the Fall and in the Spring semesters. Students must have an Arizona Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card; immunizations as outlined in application; pre-requisites completed; and must pass a standardized Pre-Admission Exam. Additional information and an application packet are available online at www.yc.edu/nursing. Pre-program entry requirements:
- Current Arizona certification as a CNA, LNA or successful completion of AHS 114 or equivalent within three years of the application deadline.
- Current pre-nursing workshop attendance certificate (valid within 12 months of the application deadline).
Requirements for Admission to the Nursing Assistant Certificate Program
Students must be at least 16 years of age; have an Arizona Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card; TB skin test or chest X-ray specifying absence of tuberculosis; immunizations as outlilned in application; CPR for Healthcare Providers card; and math and reading proficiency. An application for the program is available online at www.yc.edu/nursingassistant.
Requirements for Admission to the Paramedicine Program
Information regarding admission to the Paramedicine program is available at the Emergency Medical Services Department's website www.yc.edu/ems. Students who are interested begin by filling out an application, followed by pre-entrance exams and interviews. Once accepted into the program, information regarding specific documentations needed will be given each student. Before applying, one must have a current Arizona EMT-B card. We strongly recommend one year experience working in the field before beginning class, however this can be waived. For more information contact Tresa Hibbin at email@example.com.
Requirements for Admission to the Radiologic Technology Program
An information packet is available from the Academic Advising Center, or online at: www.yc.edu/radiology.
Associate of Applied Science Degree Requirements
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours. The degree prepares students for entry-level employment in a specific occupational area or enhances the skills of students who are already vocationally or personally committed to a particular technical field. The AAS degree is also being used in transfer in some career and technical areas. There is a growing number of BAS degrees that AAS degree students can transfer into. For information on transferring an AAS degree to a BAS visit AZTransfer AAS to BAS.
General Education (19 credits 1)
Complete one of the Composition/Applied Communication options, or the courses listed in the individual degree program.
Complete any math (MAT) course numbered 100 or higher or the MAT course required in the individual degree program.
Select and complete one laboratory science course from the approved list of General Education courses or the Physical and Biological Sciences course(s) required in the individual degree program.
Select and complete two courses with different prefixes from the approved General Education course lists or the course(s) required in the individual degree program.
Note: 1 General Education hours for some AAS degrees may total 16 credits (with the Arts & Humanities and/or Social & Behavorial Sciences category requiring 3 credit hours). See individual degree programs for requirements.
Program Requirements and Electives (Minimum of 41 credits)
- Major and Elective requirements and credit hours are specified in the individual degree program the student is pursuing.
Associate of General Studies Degree Requirements
The Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree requires the completion 60 credit hours. Students whose career, major, or transfer intent is uncertain may elect to pursue this degree. This degree allows students to uniquely design an associate's degree with more flexibility in the selection of courses.
General Education (28 credits)
Select and complete two courses with different prefixes from the approved General Education course list.
Select and complete two courses with different prefixes from the approved General Education course list.
Major and Elective Studies (32 credits)
- These courses may be taken from a variety of subject areas with no specific area of emphasis. Students who are exploring options related to occupational goals should select 100- or 200-level courses related to that interest. Students who are exploring options related to transfer goals should consider completing one of the associate degrees that fulfill the Arizona General Education Curriculum requirements.