Associate in Science Degree Questions

Common questions, answers and additional resources.


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ADDITIONAL NOTES
When should I apply? How do I get started?

Valencia has a rolling admissions process, meaning you can submit an application at any time. However, to start classes by a specific term, you should complete and submit your application by the Application Priority Deadline for that term.

Note: A separate application is required for the Allied Health and Nursing programs

Information on Application Deadlines:

Information on Enrollment Services:

Application information for the Allied Health and Nursing programs:

Is an Orientation required?

Orientations are required for all A.S. degree programs.

However, if you are seeking a Technical Certificate, you are not required to attend an orientation.

Orientation

Register for New Student Orientation or Transfer Student Orientation:

Note: If you begin seeking a Technical Certificate, and decide to change to a degree seeking status, you will be required to complete an orientation before continuing to take courses.

Will I be required to take any entry testing?

All A.S. degree seeking students will be required to take three Assessments before enrolling in courses.

Note: If your primary language is not English and you are seeking an A.S. degree or Technical certificate, you will be required to take the COMPASS ESL.

Entry Testing

First, create your Atlas account.

  • Contact Assessment to understand your next steps.
How much will the program cost?

Costs vary depending on student’s residency status and selected degree programs.

Cost Information

The average cost for an A.S. Degree program (excluding Health Sciences) is approximately $6,500 – $7,000 for tuition, plus the cost of books and supplies, and special fees.

Is the program eligible for Financial Aid?

All A.S. degrees are eligible for Financial Aid. However, only Technical Certificate programs that are 24 credits or more are eligible for Financial Aid.

Financial Aid

School Code: 006750

Will prep courses (Developmental Education) be required?

If your Assessment tests indicate a need for prep math, reading or writing you may need to enroll in developmental education courses (please see additional notes section for more information).

However, if you are seeking a Technical Certificate, prep coursework is not a requirement as general education courses are usually not part of the Technical Certificate.

Prep Courses

Once you’ve attended Orientation, you will be informed if you will need to enroll in any prep courses.

Note: If you begin seeking a Technical Certificate, and decide to change to a degree seeking status, you may be required to complete assessments before continuing to take courses.

How can I connect with an advisor?

All A.S. degree programs have an assigned Career Program Advisor who has expertise in the field and can help ensure that you get into the right program and the right courses.

Students are strongly encouraged to consult their Career Program Advisor for assistance in determining the best education plan for their career goals. Education plans can only be created after all official transcripts have been evaluated by the Graduation Office to determine past courses for transfer eligibility.

Career Program Advisor

Students should contact their Career Program Advisor after they have completed all required steps to the Enrollment Process including; attending Orientation, having all transcripts evaluated, and taking all required Assessments.

Once students have completed the Enrollment process, they can contact their Advisor via their Atlas email or telephone to set up an appointment. Students must always include their Valencia ID number. Any emails sent from outside Atlas email may go to the spam folder.

Advising is done on an appointment only basis.

What kind of job can I get?

Valencia’s A.S. degrees prepare you to go directly to work in a specialized career. Our A.S. degree programs are all geared toward high-skill, high-wage industries, and are designed to give you the best possible preparation for the fastest-growing jobs in our region.  You will be qualified to work in your field immediately after you complete an A.S. degree.

Resources to explore potential careers, salary, job demand and related degrees:

How much money will I make?

Valencia College focuses on careers that the State of Florida has determined to be “high demand, high wage” jobs.  While there are a number of factors that determine how much a given individual will earn in a given field, additional training and education has typically been shown to increase a person’s earning potential.

Resources for salary information:

How long will it take?

If you are a full-time student, most A.S. degrees can be completed in 2-3 years. If you are a part-time student, it generally takes 3-4 years.

Many Technical Certificate programs can be completed in 1 year or less.

Time to complete degree or certificate

Note: Required Developmental Courses may increase the length of time needed to complete degree programs.

Can the program be completed online?

Some programs may be offered entirely online. But not all courses are offered online every term. So it is best to check with your Career Program Advisor for online options and availability.

Online Courses

Availability of online courses vary by degree.  You can check the availability of online courses through your Atlas account once you are enrolled and become a Valencia student.

Is there a specific order in which the courses should be taken?

Yes. Please check with your Career Program Advisor to discuss the appropriate course sequence that is recommended for your program.

Course Sequence

It is imperative that students connect with their Career Program Advisor to discuss the recommended course sequence. Failure to complete courses in certain sequence may delay graduation. Your Career Program Advisor can help you locate the Recommended Course Sequence Guides in Atlas.

Do I need to apply for graduation?

All A.S. degree seeking students must apply for graduation through their Atlas account by the graduation application deadline.

However, Technical Certificates are automatically awarded and mailed out to the address on file 6-8 weeks after grades post.

Academic Calendar

Will my A.S. degree transfer to a university?

Most A.S. degrees will transfer into the Bachelors of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree at UCF’s regional campuses, as well as other state universities.

However, 36 credit hours of general education courses will be required. Students will also have to fulfill the state’s foreign language requirement. Students who want to continue their education should contact their university of choice for acceptance of this degree.

Information on UCF’s B.A.S. Degrees:

Note: Articulated A.S. degrees will transfer into specific Bachelor of Science Programs. Please contact your Career Program Advisor for more information on the transferability of your degree program.

Some A.S. Degrees will also transfer into bachelor degrees offered at Valencia and other Florida State Colleges in their 2+2 programs.

Is placement assistance available?

Yes. If you need assistance with job resources or in locating an internship, please contact the Internship and Workforce Services office.

Information on Internships and Workforce Services:

What is the difference between A.A. Degrees and A.S. Degrees?

The Associate in Arts degree (A.A. degree) is a general studies degree. An A.A. Degree will prepare you to transfer to a Florida public university as a junior. As an A.A. student, there are ways to focus in on your intended major. You can follow a transfer plan or choose a pre-major which will help you meet most upper division pre-reqs.

The Associate in Science degree (A.S. degree) is a two-year program that prepares you for immediate employment in a specialized career field.

The A.S. degree also transfers to the B.A.S. (Bachelor of Applied Science) program offered at at UCF’s regional campuses, as well as other state universities. If the program is “articulated,” it will also transfer to a B.A. or B.S. degree program at a specific university. Some A.S. Degrees will also transfer into bachelor degrees offered at Valencia and other Florida State Colleges in their 2+2 programs.

For a complete list of all Valencia’s degree and certificate options: