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Program Information

HACC offers 105 programs. Learn about credit transfer and degree requirements below.

 

What types of programs does HACC offer?

HACC offers academic degree programs that have either a career or transfer focus. Students can earn degrees in any of the following designations:

  • Associate in Science (AS)
  • Associate in Arts (AA)
  • Associate of Fine Arts (AFA)
  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
  • Certificates of Proficiency
  • Diploma

Career-focused degrees are ones that are structured to prepare you for entry in the workforce within a particular area or industry. HACC also offers workforce training programs through our Workforce Development area that provide you with knowledge and skills for the workforce. Transfer-focused programs are those that are structured to prepare you to transfer to a four-year institution.

 

Why do students come to HACC?

Many students attend HACC for affordable career training. More than one quarter (26.6 percent) come to HACC for transfer credits. Students can apply these credits toward a bachelor's program at a four-year college or university.

HACC has articulation agreements with many four-year institutions. These agreements allow students to transfer seamlessly from HACC to another institution.

 

What accreditation does HACC have?

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has accredited HACC. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education granted HACC's initial accreditation in April of 1967. They reaffirmed it most recently in June 2007. Learn more about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Contact the Middle States Commission on Higher Education at: 

3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
267-284-5000

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has authorized the College to award the Associate's degree. Specific programs receive national accreditation.

 

How do I earn an AA, AS, AFA or AAS degree?

HACC degrees require that you complete certain requirements: You must meet certain requirements to earn an AA, AS, or AAS degree from HACC. You must:

  • Complete an approved study program of at least 60 credits.
  • Have a cumulative and program grade point average of at least 2.0.
  • 6-credits of Written Communication courses (except AAS graduates)
  • 3-credits of Oral Communication courses
  • 1-credit in First-Year Seminar course
  • 1-credit in Wellness course
  • 3-credits in Humanities & Arts Core Knowledge Area elective (except AA graduates, which requires you to select an additional 3-credits in either Humanities & Arts or in Social & Behavioral Sciences electives)
  • 3-credits of Mathematics Core Knowledge Area elective (except AAS and AFA graduates)
  • 3-credits of Math or Science Core Knowledge Area elective
  • 3-credits of Science with a Laboratory Core Knowledge Area elective (except AFA and AAS graduates)
  • 3-credits of Social & Behavioral Science Core Knowledge Area elective (except AA graduates, which requires you to select an additional 3-credits in either Humanities & Arts or in Social & Behavioral Sciences electives)
     

Is a certificate of proficiency right for me?

A certificate is right for you if you have a specific occupational goal. These degrees are designed to allow you to complete your students within one year, or two consecutive semesters.
 

How do I earn a certificate of proficiency?

You must: 

  • Earn at least 30 credits in an approved study program.
  • Have a cumulative and program grade point average of at least a 2.0.
  • Complete coursework totaling at least 15 HACC credits.
  • Fifteen of the 30-credits must be completed at HACC. Of those 15 credits, six of them must be taken in the area of concentration for the certificate.
     

Is a diploma right for me?

A diploma is ideal for students who need a specific technical skill as quickly as possible. Diploma programs offer concentrated study of technical job skills and are designed to be completed in one semester.
 

How do I earn a diploma? 

You must:

  • Earn 15 credits in an approved study program.
  • Have a cumulative and program grade point average of at least a 2.0.
  • Complete coursework totaling at least nine HACC credits.
  • Of the 15 credits needed to graduate, nine of those credits must be completed at HACC.
     

Who can help me decide which program to choose?

Contact a recruiter to discuss your career goals. A recruiter will help determine the right study program for you.

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