PSC Academic Programs

Academic Departments

Baccalaureate Degree Programs (BAS, BSN)

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 or 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.

The Marjan Mazza Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Business and Management, the Bachelor of Applied Science in Cybersecurity, and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees are baccalaureate programs designed to accommodate the unique demands for entry and advancement within specific workforce sector. These programs provide degree completion opportunities for the student from any of a variety of educational backgrounds, but are primarily designed for the student with an earned associate degree.

Each baccalaureate student must complete the 36‑credit‑hour general education curriculum and satisfy the foreign language requirement as defined in the general education section of the PSC catalog.

Applied Technology Diplomas (ATD)

The Applied Technology Diploma (ATD )program prepares students for immediate entry into a career in the workforce. The program requires prescribed technical courses. For students who meet degree seeking requirements, college credit hours earned in an Applied Technology Diploma program are applicable towards a related Associate in Applied Science degree or an Associate in Science degree.

Associate in Arts Advising Tracks (University Transfer Degree)

The Associate in Arts (AA) degree is designed to prepare a student for entry into the junior year in an appropriate baccalaureate program. The AA degree is a university parallel, college transfer degree comprised of 36 general education credits and 24 college elective credits. The Associate in Arts (AA) degree is a single degree issued by the College. The College has designed several areas of concentration to assist the student in transferring to a baccalaureate program. The general education component of each concentration will meet the goals established by the state as well as the standards for accreditation.

Any student who knows the Associate in Arts area of study he or she plans to pursue at the upper-division may elect to customize his or her studies at Pensacola State College in accordance with the requirements of a particular college or university. Counselors and academic advisors are available to help the student who wishes to pursue this option.

Associate in Science Degrees

The Associate in Science (AS) degrees are designed to prepare a student for immediate entry or advancement into employment requiring specialized skills. The programs consist of at least sixty (60) credits in two basic areas. One area will be specialized courses in the career area, and the second will be General Education courses.

Students working toward an Associate in Science degree are not necessarily preparing for transfer to a university. Earning one of the degrees prepares students for a career that requires study beyond high school, but does not require a four year degree. Students who have earned an Associate of Science degree may be qualified to enter in the Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management at Pensacola State College. Student deciding to attend a university may be required to do additional work at the freshman or sophomore level. The Business Administration and Hospitality and Tourism Management degrees presently have statewide articulation agreements which provide for the articulation into baccalaureate degrees. Students are encouraged to discuss career plans and seek advising assistance from a program contact or department head identified for each program.

Advanced Technical Certificates (ATC), College Credit Certificates (CCC), And Vocational Certificates (VC)

Several Advanced Technical Certificates (ATC) 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 ATC student must complete a minimum of 25% of the credit hours of the program in residence at Pensacola State College immediately prior to graduation.

The College Credit Certificate programs prepare a student for immediate employment into a career in the workforce. College Credit Certificate programs require prescribed technical courses. For the student who meets degree-seeking requirements, college credit hours earned in a College Credit Certificate program are applicable towards a related Associate in Science degree, except for hours earned in the Crime Scene Technician College Credit Certificate.

The Vocational Certificate (Clock Hour) programs prepare students for careers that provide direct entry into the workforce. The programs require prescribed vocational clock hour courses and the student is required to demonstrate or achieve a specified level of competence in basic skills as evidenced by minimum scores on the Test of Adult Basic Skills (TABE) before graduation.

Certificate Graduation Requirements:

  1. A student must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in all courses applicable to the program of study from which the student wishes to graduate.
  2. A student must achieve appropriate minimum skill levels on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) for Applied Technology Diploma and vocational certificates with 450 clock hours or more. A student pursuing a certificate may be exempted from the TABE requirement based on prior attainment of an Associate in Arts or higher degree.
  3. A student must meet academic residence requirement of completing at least 25% of the classes Pensacola State College.

High School Diploma

The Collegiate High School has a long tradition of providing quality education to students 16 years of age or older in the greater Northwest Florida area. Over the 60 year history, more high school diplomas have been awarded through the Pensacola State College Collegiate High School than any other similar program in Florida.

High school courses are made available to a Florida resident who wishes to continue his or her education The primary purpose of the Collegiate High School is to provide an individual the opportunity to earn a traditional high school diploma in an accelerated amount of time. Courses offered in the program are the same as those offered in a traditional high school program. A student earns high school credit in about half the time required in a regular high school. Individualized programs meet specific interests and academic goals of the student. Academic competency is a consequence of good learning skills, learning confidence, and self-discipline. Thus the Collegiate High School faculty and staff assist the student in the development of life skills that will enhance future success.

Adult Education

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 no-credit courses and are available at a variety or times and locations.

Developmental Education

Development 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.

Dual Enrollment Program

Dual enrollment is an acceleration program that allows an eligible high school student to simultaneously earn credit toward a high school diploma and toward an associate degree or certificate.

Continuing Education

Individuals participate in continuing education courses or programs for a variety of reasons, including learning new skills, broadening the knowledge base for special topics of interest, cultivating hobbies, and enhancing lifestyles through leisure time activities. Classes are offered at times that meet the scheduling demands of students.

Classes are delivered in a variety of formats, such as non-credit short courses, workshops, seminars, and conferences, and classes are located at numerous sites within the community as well as provided via internet. Qualified instructors with interest and expertise in the subject matter are selected from the community at large to teach continuing education courses.

Subject matter is provided under a vast array of categories, including creative arts, hobbies, home and garden, sports and fitness, work and life balance, and online courses. Courses include such topics of interest as painting and drawing, photography, acting, vocal and instrumental instruction, computer science, foreign languages, aerobic exercise, tennis, yoga, swimming, handcrafts, hobbies, home improvements, language arts, dog obedience, and more.

A unique program provided by the College is Pensacola Kids’ college, which is a non-credit educational opportunity for young people ages 6-12, conducted during the summer months. Kids’ College is designed to give students quality instruction that is fun, interesting, and challenging. Subject areas include the arts and sciences, languages, computers, music and theatre, career exploration, sports, crafts and hobbies among others.

A number of state-regulated and court-mandated courses and programs are coordinated through Continuing Education, including TransParenting, Guardianship Education, Driver Improvement School, Motorcycle Safety Endorsement, and Tobacco and Consequences for Teens.

Center For Corporate And Professional Development Training

Workforce and Economic Development serves several important functions within the College and the Pensacola Bay Area business community. The Pensacola State College Center for Corporate and Professional Development Training is an active education partner with many local organizations, delivering responsive and updated training at any location. Based out of its downtown Pensacola office, the Pensacola State College Center for Corporate and Professional Development provides education and training intent upon skill enhancement, certification, or licensure. A wide range of courses deliver continuing professional education for those in the insurance, real estate, health, construction, and computer industries, as well as training in Leadership Development, Customer Service, and Project Management. In addition, the Pensacola State College Center for Corporate and Professional Development can develop training to meet any need.

Workforce and Economic Development is also responsible for creating economic development opportunities and partnerships in the Pensacola Bay area and throughout the state of Florida. This department targets the creation and growth of a quality jobs market for Pensacola State College students, the incubation of enterprise activities, and the development of a highly responsive and skilled workforce capable of meeting the demands of a rapid growth economy. Working in partnership with local organizations, Workforce and Economic Development is focused on creating the future.

Pensacola State College supports new business growth and development. In partnership with the Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce and several other organizations, the downtown center now houses a community small business incubator.

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