Northwest-Shoals Community College

800 George Wallace Blvd, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

School Details

Northwest-Shoals Community College offers a number of distance education degree programs that include online, teleweb (video combined with web), and hybrid courses. 


Online degree programs include:

  • Associate in Science in Child Development - Pre-Human Environmental Science
  • Associate in Science in General Education
  • Associate in Science in Business Administration
  • Associate in Arts in General Liberal Arts
  • Associate in Arts in Pre-Law
  • Associate in Arts in Teacher Education (Pre-Secondary Education)

Programs are designed to be completed online, however there may be on-campus components, such as the 1-credit Student Success orientation class and proctored exams. Northwest-Shoals is an open admission policy college.


Northwest-Shoals Community College is a public, two-year institution of higher education, with the main campus located in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and a second campus in Phil Campbell, Alabama. The school is a result of the 1993 merger of Northwest Alabama Community College and Shoals Community College. Northwest Alabama Community College was founded in 1963 and Shoals Community College was founded in 1966. Northwest-Shoals Community College operates with the mission to “provide vocational, technical, academic, and lifelong educational opportunities; promotes economic growth; and enhances the quality of life for the people of northwest Alabama.”

NW-SCC is approved to award Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Occupational Technology degrees, in addition to providing certificates and workforce training programs. Programs are housed in the academic departments of: Child Development, Computer Information Systems, Electronics, English, Machine Shop/CNC Technology, Nursing, Occupational Division, Outdoor Leadership, Science, Transitional Studies, and Welding.


Northwest-Shoals participates in federal financial aid programs, including grants, loans, and Work Study. A number of institutional scholarships are also available, including departmental and merit-based awards. NW-SCC also awards financial assistance to eligible veterans and their dependents, and some specific veteran benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Alabama GI Dependents' Scholarship Program
  • Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35).
  • Old GI Bill
  • Veterans Educational Assistance Program
  • Montgomery GI Bill
  • Alabama National Guard Educational Assistance Program (ANGEAP)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill

Northwest-Shoals Community College retains regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Religious Affiliation:


  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Associate's degree
  • Total Enrollments:
  • Adult Age Enrollments:
  • Percent Admitted:
    Open Admissions
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