Degree and Certificate Programs

Community College of Philadelphia offers academic programs that lead to the following associate's degree and certificate programs. These programs all develop the broad competencies associated with 21st century skills.

Each academic program in the Catalog is described briefly and includes a grid of the requirements for graduation. This information will help guide you in selecting the courses you need for graduation in a sequence that will help you move through consecutively more challenging information.

Programs are listed in the recommended sequence for full-time students typically taking at least 15 credits per semester. Many students at the College spread their academic work across several years, attending part time rather than full time.

Some College-wide general education requirements are automatically fulfilled when students complete a required course within a program; this is indicated in the far right column on the program page. Other general education requirements are not automatically fulfilled, and students must choose an elective that meets the specified requirement. These requirements are listed beneath the grid under the heading General Education Requirements.

Regular consultation with an academic advisor or counselor is important, whether a student is planning to enter the employment market directly or continue on in higher education.

Degree Programs

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

A degree for those who plan to transfer to bachelor's degree-granting institutions.

The College offers the following A.A. degree programs:

Associate in Science (A.S.)

A degree for those who plan to transfer to bachelor's degree-granting institutions.

The College offers the following A.S. degree programs:

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

A degree that provides students career-specific skills leading directly to employment. Students with this degree may also transfer to bachelor's degree-granting institutions. 

The College offers the following A.A.S. degree programs:

*Select program: please refer to the curriculum description for program entrance requirements.

Certificate Programs

Academic Certificates

Academic certificates prepare students for a variety of opportunities, including workplace preparation. They require two semesters of college-level English and one semester of College-level math. All coursework transfers seamlessly into the College's associate's degree programs.

The College offers the following academic certificates:

Proficiency Certificates

Proficiency certificates are short-term, focused course offerings that are primarily developed to prepare students for employment. Students may also continue their education, since all credits received through the proficiency certificates transfer seamlessly into an academic certificate or associate's degree program in a related field. Students may be eligible for financial aid for proficiency certificates consisting of 16 or more credits.

The College offers the following proficiency certificates: