Virginia Western offers a variety of programs and certificates to meet students’ needs.

Career Studies Program – A course of study in a specific occupational area that consists of less than 30 credit hours. In general, these programs of study prepare students for a very specific occupation and do not prepare students for transfer to a four year institution.

Certificate Program – A course of study in a specific occupational area that consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours. In general, these programs of study prepare students for a specific occupation and do not prepare students for transfer to a four year institution.

Associate of Applied Science – A course of study in an occupational area that consists of a minimum of 60 credit hours. In general, these programs of study prepare students for the work world. Some of these programs are transferable to a four year institution, but the objective is to prepare students for a specific career.

Associate of Science/Associate of Art – A course of study in a subject area that consists of a minimum of 60 credit hours. In general, these programs of study prepare students to transfer to a four year institution and complete a four year degree. These degrees are not designed to prepare students to immediately enter the workforce.

  • Undecided about your long term goal? Visit the Hall Associates Career Center.
  • Unsure of which program of study best matches your long term goal? Visit a Program Advisor or your Faculty Advisor.