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Associates in Occupational Studies

Program Details

Bucks County Community College offers an Associates in Occupational Studies for students who are interested job and career preparation. The program is intended to be a goal-intended way to meet the necessary qualifications for specific career opportunities which require specialized skills and education for employment. The program is not intended for students whose plans include baccalaureate education, as the accreditation of the program does not meet the requirements for the credits necessary for entrance into bachelor's programs. Students will prepare for technical and functional roles, in addition to operational, supervisory, and management positions.

Students will take part in a curriculum which will develop general education and knowledge for the purpose of meeting career expectations. Those classes include introduction to computers, effective speaking, English composition, technical writing, business communications, introduction to business, business mathematics, cultural perspectives, integration of knowledge, occupational electives, and personal health.

Students completing the program will have demonstrated the necessary educational qualifications for specific business and career goals which have educational minimum standards.  These qualifications include but are not limited to the analyze and appraise basic operations and relate them to the particular business enterprise that they have identified in their occupational objectives, to apply and use the common mathematical functions of business such as the time value of money and interest, discount and loan calculations, to recognize basic computer concepts, use the Internet, email, and standard computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, and graphics, and to prepare and deliver informative and persuasive speeches in a business setting.


Requires 60-61 credit hours for completion. Placement test (exempt for recent graduates with a 3.0 GPA or higher in high school).

Accreditation & Licensing

Middle States Commission on Higher Education