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Associate of Applied Science Degree Programs

The primary purpose of the Associate of Applied Science Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Otero Junior College is to prepare students with skills necessary to obtain entrance level employment in the field of their educational program. These programs are designed so most students can complete them in two years of fulltime study.

Training includes job skill development and the related technical information necessary for the level or job competency which is the stated goal of each program. These programs vary widely in the technical information and skill levels required of students. Entering students should consult with advisors as to the academic background and proficiency required in a specific program.

Students receiving the Associate of Applied Science Degree must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 15 semester hours of general education courses. This requirement is to fulfill the requirements of the Colorado Legislature, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, and the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education, as well as the goals of the College. Students should meet with their faculty advisor each semester in order to plan the proper sequencing and kinds of courses needed in order to graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Minimum Competency Standards for Program Admission

Students desiring to enroll in an Associate of Applied Science degree program must meet or exceed the following entrance examination scores:

Otero Junior College uses the results of a basic skills assessment test (Accuplacer). Otero Junior College uses multiple measures to direct students into appropriate English, Reading and Mathematics courses and to advise students in the selection of other courses. Prior to enrollment, all new students must complete an assessment. Please call Student Services at 719-384-6831, for more information regarding course placement.

Students should refer to their specific Associate of Applied Science requirements as listed in the catalog. Specific program admission and course requirements differ for different programs


Career and Technical Education Degree Programs


Livestock Production

Health Navigator

Law Enforcement

Medical Laboratory Technician

Nursing Associate Degree in Nursing (RN)

NOTE: While these programs are designed to prepare students for immediate employment and not transferable by design, certain career and technical education courses that are the equivalent of college level academic course offerings may be accepted by some college disciplines if the student later decides to transfer to a four year institution.

Program Requirements

A. Maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average from Otero Junior College.
B. Complete a minimum of 15 semester hours at Otero Junior College.
C. Complete a minimum of 60 semester credits.
D. Successfully complete all career and technical education program courses chosen with a minimal grade of “C” in each course of the prescribed curriculum.
E. Complete the application for graduation form by the end of the first week of final semester and pay for the cap and gown by March 1.
F. Be enrolled in Otero Junior College classes for the semester of intended graduation.
G. Complete the requirements for graduation in effect at the time of first-time enrollment. (NOTE: Students not enrolled for two semesters are required to complete all degree requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment.)
H. Meet all financial obligations to the College

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