NPRC’s Associate Degrees

All Associate degrees at NPRC require a minimum of 60 credit hours and 18-30 months of full-time study for completion. All Certificate degrees require a minimum of 30 credit hours and 12-18 months of full-time study for completion.

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts degrees offered include Liberal Studies and Social Sciences. Both degrees are primarily intended for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The Associate of Arts degree provides a strong foundation for entry-level employment in various organizations and agencies.

Liberal Studies Associate Degree

Associate of Arts

Students establish a strong base of highly sought after skills in communication, reasoning, respect for diversity, and professionalism. By improving their self-awareness, intellectual insight, and ability to consider issues from multiple points of view, students are well-prepared for career opportunities in a wide variety of settings.

Social Sciences Associate Degree

Associate of Arts

Students learn theories about individuals and groups, the relationships between them, and how human societies function. Upon completion of this degree, students will have developed a multifaceted worldview that gives them a competitive advantage to pursue varied career opportunities or continue their education in social sciences.

Associate of Science

The Associate of Science degrees offered include Business Administration and Criminal Justice. Both degrees are designed with options that enable students to develop a strong foundation in the field that can assist them in entering the workforce directly after program completion or help them transfer to a four-year program.

Business Administration Associates Degree

Associate of Science

Students will acquire foundational knowledge of business models, ethical reasoning, and effective performance in a team environment through the application of organizational theories and concepts.

Criminal Justice Associates Degree

Associate of Science

Students will gain the knowledge and skills essential to identifying and addressing challenges associated with the criminal justice and corrections system to prepare them for work in correctional environments and other private/public law enforcement arenas.

Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS) offered include Early Childhood Education and Applied Technology with a Specialization in Industrial Maintenance Technology. These degrees require more courses in the area of specialized knowledge than other Associate degrees. Generally, the student who pursues an Associate of Applied Science intends to work in their chosen field immediately after graduation. Many AAS degrees embed requirements needed for students to attain industry-recognized credentials within the program.

Applied Technology Associate Degree

Associate of Applied Science

This NEW degree, beginning Fall 2020, has a specialization in Industrial Maintenance and provides students with highly sought-after knowledge, skills, and abilities for entrance or advancement in an advanced manufacturing environment. It is mechatronics-based, has hands-on laboratory experiences, and gives students a competitive edge when pursuing careers in fields like industrial maintenance, automation, molding injection applications, and other regional manufacturing environments.

Early Childhood Education Associate Degree

Associate of Applied Science

Students learn curriculum planning, approaches to learning assessment, and skill-building for communications between teachers, early learners, and families of young children. This program provides students with the ability to guide the social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development of children from birth to eight in a variety of educational settings.