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Institutional Degree Requirements

Diploma
Diploma programs offer concentrated study of technical job skills. They are usually chosen by students who need to acquire a specific technical skill as quickly as possible and require the equivalent of two or more terms for completion. A diploma is awarded to students who complete an approved Program of Study of at least 16 credits and a Cumulative and Program grade point average of at least 2.0. A minimum of 9 credits must be taken at HACC.

Certificate
Certificate programs require two or more terms for completion, and all of the required courses focus on an occupational skill. A certificate program is suitable for a student with a specifically defined occupational goal. A certificate is awarded to students who complete an approved Program of Study of at least 30 credits and a Cumulative and Program grade point average of at least a 2.0. A minimum of 15 credits must be taken at HACC.

AA, AS, or AAS Degree
The College awards a degree to a student who completes an approved Program of Study of at least 61 credits and a Cumulative and Program grade point average is at least 2.0. A minimum of 16 credits of the course requirements must be taken at HACC. All academic and financial obligations to the College must be satisfied and all course requirements of the program must be met.
Career Degrees
Career Degrees are designed for a student who wishes to enter the workforce upon completion of the associate degree and does not wish to transfer to a 4-year institution. The minimum of 61 credits in an approved Program of Study will include a minimum of 22 credits in General Education courses beyond the courses specified for a concentration in the area of study that gave the program its name. Six credits in the area of concentration must be taken at HACC.

Transfer Degrees
Transfer Degrees are designed to facilitate transfer to a 4-year institution upon completion of the associate degree. The minimum of 61 credits in an approved Program of Study will include a minimum of 31 credits of General Education courses beyond the courses specified for a concentration in the area of study that gave the program its name.
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