Graduation Requirements
Florida Keys Community College offers programs of study leading to the Associate in Arts degree (A.A.), the Associate in
Science degree (A.S.), the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, the Advanced Technical Diploma (ATD), or Certificate.
Associate in Arts Degree
Definition: The Associate in Arts degree is a transfer degree that provides a course of study equivalent to those offered to
freshman and sophomore students in the lower division of Florida’s state universities. The degree includes thirty-six hours
of general education which parallel the university requirements and twenty-four hours of electives in preparation for a
major area of study.
Associate in Science Degree
Definition: The Associate in Science degree is a career education degree and may be transferable. It is a sixty plus college
credit degree intended to prepare students for immediate employment in a specific occupational area and may prepare
students to transfer into the Florida State University System. The degree requires the completion of at least fifteen to
eighteen credit hours of transferable general education courses, as well as technical courses that may or may not transfer
depending on institution. The general education courses will transfer and apply toward the thirty-six hours required for the
baccalaureate degree in the Florida State University System.
Associate in Applied Science Degree Requirements
Definition: The Associate in Applied Science degree is a college-level/technical degree. Graduates are prepared for
immediate entry into the workforce and have the communications, and problem solving, and academic skills necessary to
successfully compete in the job market and advance in the workforce. The Associate in Applied Science degree provide the
same career preparation as the Associate in Science degree but is not designed as a college transfer program. The degree
may transfer to some universities under special articulation agreements between the college and the university.
College Credit Certificate
Definition: A technical certificate is a program of study of less than sixty credits of college-level technical courses that
prepares students with the opportunity for immediate employment in a specific occupational field. It generally does not
require the completion of general education courses. The certificate may be part of an Associate in Science or Associate in
Applied Science degree.
Vocational Certificate “PSAV”
Definition: A Vocational Certificate is a program of study usually one year or less consisting of a prescribed number
of vocational credits (non-college level credit). The program focuses on providing students with the specific skills for
immediate job entry. The Vocational Certificate is awarded upon completion of all vocational program courses and
demonstration of attainment of predetermined and specified performance requirements.
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