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Pathways to Educational Goals

This section describes the degrees, certificates and other options available for students to fulfill their educational paths at OC.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

This program is designed for the Registered Nurse (RN) seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree. Students have the option of one, two, or three year educational plans to complete the degree. Students attend classes one to two days per week. During family/community health quarter, additional time may be required.


Associate Degrees

The college offers several transfer associate degrees for 90 or more credits. Each degree has specific graduation requirements. These degrees offer several areas of study and are for students who are interested in pursuing a bachelor degree at a college or university.

Associate in Arts (AA) –Direct Transfer Agreement

  • General
  • Business
  • Elementary Education
  • Pre-Nursing

Associate of Science (AS) – Direct Transfer Agreement

Track I: Biological Sciences, Environmental/Resource Sciences, Chemistry, Geology, and Earth Sciences

Track II: Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, and Atmospheric Sciences
(Engineering students: use this for transferring to an engineering school outside the State of Washington.)

Track II Engineering Major Related Programs Options:

  • Biological and Chemical
  • Computer and Electrical
  • Mechanical, Civil, Aeronautical, Industrial, Materials Science

Associate in Applied Science—Transfer (AAS-T)

The AAS-T combines technical courses for job preparation and transferable support courses. It transfers to a limited number of institutions with which OC has articulation agreements.

OC offers the following AAS-T degrees:

  • Accounting Technology transferring to Old Dominion University
  • Early Childhood Education transferring to Washington State University
  • Information Systems Specialist transferring to The Evergreen State College and Western Governors University—Washington
  • Medical Assisting transferring to The Evergreen State College
  • Organizational Leadership Resource Management transferring to Brandman University

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

  • Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate in Technical Arts (ATA)

Professional-Technical degrees are designed to provide entry into a technical or semi-professional occupation or additional training for those already working in a field but desiring advancement. Associate degrees differ from certificate programs by combining specific job skills with a breadth component.

One of these degrees may be the right choice if you want to earn a 90 or more credit credential in a specific career field.

  • Accounting Technology
  • Administrative Office Support
  • Business Management
  • Chemical Dependency Counseling
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts Institute–Sous Chef
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electronics
  • Industrial Trades Technician
  • Nursing
  • Technical Design
  • Transition to Associate Degree Nursing
  • Welding Technology

Usual Time to Complete

Full-time students generally enroll in 12-18 credits per quarter. An associate degree will normally require at least six quarters to complete, and may take longer if prerequisites and course sequences are required.


Professional/Technical Certificates

These certificates are designed to provide entry into a technical or semi-professional occupation or additional training for those already working in a field but desiring advancement.

Certificate of Specialization (CS)

Provides training in a focused program in a specific occupational field and requires completing 61 to 89 credits (normally 4-6 quarters).

Certificate of Proficiency (CP)

Provides dedicated training and requires 45 to 60 credits of specific courses (normally 3-4 quarters).

Certificate of Completion (CC)

Provides focused training and requires 20 to 44 credits (normally 2-3 quarters).

Certificate of Recognition (CR)

Provides training and requires 10 to 19 credits (normally 1-2 quarters).


Other Options

Associate in General Studies (AGS)

This flexible degree awards academic recognition for completion of the student's chosen area of study. It is not a direct transfer degree. Transfer courses may be selected, but colleges and universities will evaluate whether courses will be accepted in transfer. Students with a previous associate degree are not eligible for an Associate in General Studies.

High School Completion and GED

Students who have nearly completed high school may take courses to receive a high school diploma. Contact OC’s Counseling Center for more information about eligibility. The General Educational Development (GED) test is available to those who have missed their opportunity to receive a diploma. To prepare for the GED, students must meet age and eligibility requirements. The GED exam is administered by Assessment and Testing Services.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education offers a wide array of opportunities for the lifelong learner. Classes are designed to meet the needs of working professionals, retirees, and casual learners seeking personal enrichment. As practitioners in their respective fields, instructors bring valuable experience and expertise to the classroom. To review the latest class descriptions and fees, see Continuing Education or visit www.olympic.edu/ClassSchedule.


General Policies

Catalog Expiration - Students may graduate under any of the past eight years’ catalogs, if they were enrolled during the time the catalog was in effect, except that when a professional-technical program is discontinued, students must complete the program within three years.

Continuing Education - Credits may not be used in degrees or certificates.

Course substitutions - Not allowed in Associate in Arts or Associate of Science degrees. In other degrees, substitutions must be approved by faculty in the professional-technical program, faculty in the subject for which the substitution is being made, and the responsible dean. No course numbered under 100 may be substituted for a course at the 100 level or higher. The Dean of Enrollment Services reviews substitution for procedure and policy requirements.

GPA - Cumulative college-level OC grade point average must be at least 2.0 for associate degrees. Cumulative OC grade point average must be at least 2.0 for certificates. (Courses transferred from another college do not count in GPA.) If planning to transfer, note that receiving institutions may require a higher GPA.

Multiple degrees - Students may simultaneously earn multiple degrees or certificates in different curricular programs at OC. Requirements for each degree must be met and the student must apply for each degree separately and pay for each separate degree application.

Pass/No Credit - No more than 30 credits may be applied toward a degree. No more than one third of total credits in certificates may be pass/no credit. (Courses offered only as “Pass/No Credit” are not included in this limit.) If planning to transfer, note that receiving institutions may have much lower limits.

Residency - At least 20 credits applied toward an associate degree must be earned at OC. Students with 85 OC credits may transfer back remaining credits from another accredited institution. For certificates, at least 20 percent of the certificate’s credits must be earned at OC. (Military personnel and dependents with a SOC agreement are exempt from this requirement.)


Advising Notes and Recommendations

Not all courses listed are offered every quarter. See an appropriate permanent advisor for course sequence and schedule details.

For all program-specific degrees and certificates, a faculty advisor must approve the program for degree/certificate completion.


Direct Transfer Agreement

Olympic College subscribes to the Washington State Intercollege Relations Commission (ICRC) Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA). Under this agreement, most Washington baccalaureate institutions accept a DTA degree to fulfill lower division general education requirements. Students transferring to an ICRC member college with a DTA will generally be admitted as juniors. They will still have to meet admission requirements of their college or university and major.


Transfer Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

  1. Students have the right to clear, accurate, and current information about their transfer admission requirements, transfer admission deadlines, degree requirements, and transfer policies that include course equivalencies.
  2. Transfer and freshman-entry students have the right to expect comparable standards for regular admission to programs and comparable program requirements.
  3. Students have the right to seek clarification regarding their transfer evaluation and may request the reconsideration of any aspect of that evaluation. In response, the college will follow established practices and processes for reviewing its transfer credit decisions.
  4. Students who encounter other transfer difficulties have the right to seek resolution. Each institution will have a defined process for resolution that is published and readily available to students.
  5. Students have the responsibility to complete all materials required for admission and to submit the application on or before the published deadlines.
  6. Students have the responsibility to plan their courses of study by referring to the specific published degree requirements of the college or academic program in which they intend to earn a bachelor’s degree.
  7. When a student changes a major or degree program, the student assumes full responsibility for meeting the new requirements.

College and University Rights and Responsibilities

  1. Colleges and universities have the right and authority to determine program requirements and course offerings in accordance with their institutional missions.
  2. Colleges and universities have the responsibility to communicate and publish their requirements and course offerings to students and the public, including information about student transfer rights and responsibilities.
  3. Colleges and universities have the responsibility to communicate their admission and transfer related decisions to students in writing (electronic or paper).

General Education Requirements

All Olympic College degrees require study of a broad array of subjects. This breadth helps students to explore the world, and develop themselves as individuals and citizens. All fully accredited colleges have some breadth requirements.

For transfer degrees, GER conform to Intercollege Relations Commission (ICRC) guidelines. Following these guidelines assures that the transfer degree will satisfy lower division general education requirements at most Washington colleges and universities. Students must complete a minimum of 60 credits of GER. Transfer GER include quantitative reasoning, communication, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Foreign language is not required at OC but some baccalaureate institutions require it. You should determine early whether you will need to complete a foreign language requirement for your bachelor's degree.

GER for professional-technical degrees provide the quantitative, communication, and human relations skills needed in the workforce. GER are not in all shorter certificates. However, they are in all degrees and certificates normally requiring a year or more to complete.

Core Abilities

In addition to completing GER for specific degrees, OC has developed a set of core abilities that each student should develop before graduation. Starting with the 2012-2013 catalog, students are required to demonstrate these core abilities by completing specific courses. These courses are listed on the "Fulfillment of Core Abilities Graduation Requirement" web page.


Source: 2013-2014 Olympic College Catalog