Academic Programs

Pensacola State College offers a wide variety of academic programs to the residents of the College’s service area. The focus of each program is to assist each student reach his or her educational or career goals.

The College offers baccalaureate degrees that prepare the student for a career or for career advancement in a business or healthcare field. Baccalaureate courses are available at a variety of times and in a variety of learning environments including online, hybrid, and face-to-face in order to accommodate both the full-time student as well as the working professional who is enrolled part-time.

Several Advanced Technical Certificates (ATCs) are available for the student who has completed an associate degree and wishes to gain specialized knowledge and earn an additional academic credential. In some cases, coursework required for an ATC articulates into an appropriate baccalaureate program at Pensacola State College allowing the student to move easily from an ATC into a baccalaureate program.  

The Associate in Arts (AA) degree prepares the student for transfer into a baccalaureate degree program. Advising tracks are available to assist each student with identifying appropriate courses for the intended four-year degree. A student earning the Associate in Arts degree may remain at Pensacola State College to complete a baccalaureate degree or transfer seamlessly to any state college or university in the state of Florida system.

Associate in Science (AS) degrees are specialized programs that prepare a student to enter a career field. These programs allow the student to gain career-specific information with an abbreviated general education curriculum; therefore, the Associate in Science degree focuses mainly on coursework specific to the discipline of the program. Associate in Science programs are built around curriculum frameworks produced by the Florida Department of Education. Program personnel for each program coordinate with an Advisory Council of local professionals to ensure that the program includes current information as well as marketable skills. Associate in Science programs do not have guaranteed transfer to universities; however, many AS programs will transfer into Pensacola State College baccalaureate programs.

A number of college credit certificates (CCC) are available for the student who wishes to learn specific skills or information and earn an academic credential. These programs are limited only to courses needed to deliver the knowledge that is specified in the curriculum framework provided by the Florida Department of Education. Most college credit certificates are embedded in AS programs, enabling a student to complete the CCC while progressing toward the AS degree.

Applied Technology Diploma programs prepare the student for immediate entry into a career. These programs require prescribed technical courses. Most credits earned in ATD programs will transfer into AA or AS programs.

Vocational certificate (clock hour) programs include instruction in required skills as specified in the Florida Department of Education curriculum frameworks to prepare the student for entry into the workforce. Vocational certificates are closely tied to the local workforce needs and offer a student a quick path to employment.

Developmental education courses enable a student to attain the skills in communication and computation that are necessary for success at the college level. Once the necessary developmental education coursework in a subject area is complete, the student is prepared to enroll in college level courses that require placement at the college level.

Adult education courses are available to any adult wishing to improve basic academic skills or to prepare for the GED exam. Adult education courses are non-credit courses and are available at a variety of times and locations.

The Collegiate High School offers the opportunity for the student who is at least 16 years of age to earn the high school diploma. A student can earn high school credit in approximately half of the time required in a public high school. A Collegiate High School student may also take advantage of dual enrollment opportunities at the College and earn college credit while meeting the high school graduation requirements.