Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


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

    School Overview

    Established in 1964, Bucks County Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education, with a main campus located in the city of Newtown, Pennsylvania. The mission of the school states: “Bucks County Community College provides a diverse community of learners with exemplary, accessible educational opportunities and the personal connections that foster success.”

    Bucks County Community College offers more than seventy program options, offering associate’s degrees, including transfer programs, and certificate options. Popular majors at BCCC include: business administration, education, liberal arts, and nursing. Along with academic degree programs, the Continuing Education and Workforce Development supports ongoing trainings for area businesses and students, provides adult learning assistance and skills training, and offers in-school youth programs. ELearning programs at Bucks County Community College range from two-year degrees that can be completed entirely online to hybrid programs of study.


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