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Start your college education by visiting Pima Community College at www.pima.edu. Choose a course of study, enroll and, within two years, you could be on your way to a brand new career and a lifetime of improved earning power. Check out the A-Z program list that follows to see what best fits your interests.
If you need guidance, PCC’s advisors will be happy to help you figure out a career path.

PCC offers a multitude of options in a wide range of fields. Choose from more than 100 certificate and degree programs, as well as university transfer programs. PCC offers express degrees and day, evening, weekend, online and self-paced courses to fit your busy schedule.

Pima will take you from wherever you are to wherever you want to go!

Fall registration is under way. Classes begin Aug. 26, 2015. Register by Aug. 25!

Pima Community College A to Z credit programs

Look for options within these categories:

Arts, Humanities and Communication
Business Careers
Computer Information Technology
Education Careers
Health-Related Professions
Public Safety Careers
Science and Engineering
Social Sciences
Trade Professions
Transfer Options

Check areas of study for additional transfer options.

Area of Study Degree or Certificate Education/Career Options Salary Range
Accounting Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Entry-level employment in bookkeeping and accounting careers; or launch a career in private, public or government accounting. Median: $47,320

High: $74,339

Administration of Justice Studies

 

Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Entry-level employment or promotion in corrections or criminal justice. Transfer to prepare for advanced studies in corrections procedures and the criminal justice system. Correctional Officers
and Jailers:

Median: $39,166

High: $47,549

Police and Sheriff’s
Patrol Officers:

Median: $54,600

High: $74,360

American Indian Studies Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer Entry-level employment with American Indian cultural or social services agencies, including tribal agencies.  
Anthropology Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer Transfer to a university for more in-depth knowledge about human biological and cultural differences, human origins, linguistics, and world culture both past and present.  
Archaeology Certificate

Archaeology Field Work

Entry-level archaeology positions; or further training as a professional or amateur archaeologist. Median: $44,366

High: $56,950

Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) AGEC Certificate for Transfer

AGEC-A Liberal Arts

AGEC-B Business Administration

AGEC-S Science/Technology

Transfer to any Arizona public university or college with all lower-division general education requirements met.  
Arts Associate of Applied Arts Degree Work as an artist, artist assistant or entry-level art instructor grounded in a variety of media or focused on a single area. Study of art history or principles of effective art education, including fashion design. Median: $16,765

High: $20,779

  Associate of Fine Arts Degree for Transfer

Music, Theater, Dance, Visual Arts options

Transfer to a university for further training in music, theater, art or dance for careers in musical performance, theater design or directing,
choreography, art production, or instruction.
 
Automotive Technology Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Entry-level position as an auto mechanic or technician in general automotive repair; or employment as an auto mechanic or technician, service writer, parts specialist or auto salesperson. Median: $31,138

High: $45,115

Aviation Technology Certificate

Basic and Advanced options:

Advanced Aviation Technology, Airframe Mechanics, Avionics Technician, General Mechanics, Powerplant, Structural Repair

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Airframe and Powerplant, Avionics Technician, Structural Repair options

Entry-level employment in aircraft building, aircraft avionics, diagnostics, maintenance and repair; or employment or advancement as an aircraft mechanic, specializing in airframe and powerplant, or structural repair. Median: $51,813

High: $61,339

Behavioral Health Services Certificate

Basic Certificate

Entry-level or career advancement as a behavioral health specialist, human services technician, family advocate, or paraprofessional analyst in hospitals, behavioral health clinics, nursing care facilities, or nonprofit agencies. Median: $23,921

High: $29,910

Biotechnology Certificate Employment or advancement in positions within biotechnology laboratories. Median: $27,976

High: $37,669

Building and Construction Technologies Certificate

Basic and Advanced options:

Cabinetmaking, Carpentry, Electrical, Facilities Maintenance, HVAC-R, Plumbing, Solar Installer,

Home Maintenance and Repair

• Minor Home Improvement

• Limited Remodeling and Repair

• General Residential Contractor

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Building Management, Cabinetmaking, Carpentry, Construction Management, Electrical Utilities Technology, Facilities Maintenance, Electrical, HVAC-R, Plumbing, Solar Installer options

Technical level positions in building management; cabinetmaking; carpentry; construction management; electrical; electrical utilities technology; facilities maintenance; heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration; plumbing; solar installation. Carpenter:

Median: $26,811

High: $34,154

Electrician:

Median: $35,963

High: $50,544

Plumber:

Median: $36,754

High: $51,958

Business Certificate

Basic and Advanced options

Entry-level employment in business operations or marketing. Median: $30,347

High: $43,139

  Certificate

Fashion Consumer Sciences

Advancement in your career in fashion merchandising to become a supervisor or buyer. Median: $39,104

High: $48,714

  Certificate

Retail Management, Customer Service Management

Employment or advancement in positions as customer service representative, retail manager or supervisor. Median: $42,182

High: $61,901

  Associate of Applied Science Degree Specialization in business management, tourism or marketing.  
  Associate of Applied Science Degree

Fashion Consumer Sciences

Employment in fashion sales and apparel merchandising as an apparel buyer, sales representative, manufacturing representative, apparel coordinator, display specialist or department manager.  
  Associate of Business Administration (ABUS) for Transfer Transfer to a university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with options to major in accounting, finance, management, or marketing.  
  Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

Retailing and Fashion Consumer Sciences

Transfer to a university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in retailing/merchandising or related degree or employment in retail, fashion marketing, and management applied to U.S. and global businesses including store, catalog, and Internet.  
Clinical Research Coordinator Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Entry-level employment or career advancement in hospitals, medical centers, universities, or private research groups.  Prepare to take the Association of Clinical Research Professionals certification exam. Median: $37,461

High: $64,792

Computer Aided Drafting/Design Certificate

Basic and Advanced Options, Integrated Circuit Layout Design

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Work as an entry-level drafter, modeler, designer, or integrated circuit designer in manufacturing industries. Advanced positions in industries such as manufacturing, electronics, building construction and site development  or transportation. Median: $43,930

High: $75,608

Computer Information Systems Certificate

Computer Programmer Specialist

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Computer Programmer/Analyst

Employment as a C or Visual Basic programmer or as a website designer, developer or administrator; employment as a programmer or programmer/analyst; or transfer to a university. Median: $47,382

High: $71,698

  Certificate

Systems Administration/Networking

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Systems Administration/Networking

Become a CISCO, Linux, Microsoft or general network administrator; or administer microcomputer systems such as CISCO, Microsoft or Novell systems. Median: $62,587

High: $88,088

Computer Software Applications Certificate

Computer Software Applications Assistant

Entry-level support positions requiring the production of documents, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations. Median: $26,603

High: $32,781

Culinary Arts Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Entry-level employment as a cook, menu planner, dining room manager or other culinary positions. Median: $22,506

High: $33,446

Dental Studies Certificate

Dental Assisting

Employment as a dental assistant in hospitals, clinics, and dental offices after completing exams for national certification and state oral radiography licensure. Median: $34,502

High: $44,970

  Associate of Applied Science Degree

Dental Hygiene

Take national and regional exams for licensure in Arizona, then find employment as a dental hygienist or continued studies for a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. Median: $80,954

High: $93,475

  Certificate

Dental Ceramics, Fixed Bridgework, Complete or Partial Dentures Technologist options

Work in a dental lab constructing complete dentures, implants, crowns, fixed bridges or partial dentures and other dental ceramic work; increased opportunities for employment and promotion within the dental laboratory industry.  
  Associate of Applied Science Degree

Dental Laboratory Technology

Employment in a dental lab constructing and repairing dentures, partial dentures, crowns, bridges and other dental work after completing National Board for Certification exams. Median: $36,442

High: $52,624

Digital Arts Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Design, Illustration, Multimedia or Web Design options

Entry-level employment in graphic design, desktop publishing or Web design; employment as a print designer, Web designer, illustrator, multimedia artist, or press operator. Multimedia Designers:

Median: $31,117

High: $42,661

  Post-Degree Certificate

Digital Arts

Higher-level employment in graphic design,
desktop publishing or Web design.
 
  Associate of Applied Science Degree

Digital Game and Simulation

Employment as a game play tester, game designer, game programmer, 2-D conceptual artist, 3-D character builder and object modeler or game software engineer. Game Designers:

Median: $21,195

High: $28,059

Digital and Film Arts Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Employment as a media center manager, television/film camera operator, digital video editor, commercial producer, script writer or audio technician.  Employment in television, film, and audio production, including producer, editor, director, writer, sound designer, web designer, or graphic designer. Median: $35,589

High: $49,878

  Associate of Applied Science Degree

Animation

Develop skills in animation, cinematography, video production and script writing.  Employment as a writer, producer, editor, director, camera operator, sound designer or graphic artist. Median: $21,195

High: $28,059

Direct Care Professional Certificate Employment as a basic direct care professional, providing care for the aged or individuals with physical, mental or developmental disabilities. Median: $21,341

High: $26,478

Early Childhood Education and Child Development

 

Certificate

Early Childhood Studies, Basic and Advanced

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Early Childhood Studies

Employment working with young children birth though age eight in various settings or use credits toward professional development requirements.  Become a teacher’s aide, lead teacher or director of a pre-school center, or open your own home child care center. Median: $21,778

High: $31,346

  Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

Early Childhood Education

Transfer to a four-year degree program in early childhood or elementary education or become a teacher’s aide, lead teacher or director of a pre-school center, paraprofessional, or instructional aide, or open your own home child care center.  
  Post Degree Certificate for Direct Employment

Early Childhood Education Endorsement for
Birth – Age 8

This program prepares Certified Elementary and Special Education teachers for Arizona’s Early Childhood, Birth – Age 8 Endorsement.  The endorsement is required to teach in public school Birth-Kindergarten and recommended for 1st-3rd grade classrooms.  
Education (K-12)

 

Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer Elementary Education

Elementary and Early Childhood Education options

Employment as a paraprofessional instructional aide at the elementary school level; or transfer to a university. Median: $21,778

High: $31,346

  Post Degree Certificate

Elementary and Secondary Certification options

Teacher certification from the Arizona Department of Education to teach in Arizona public schools. Median: $37,752

High: $53,581

  Post Degree Certificate

Elementary, Secondary, Special Education Mild-Moderate Disablities K-12, ESL, Middle School or Structured English Immersion (SEI) options

Teaching career enhancement as a middle school teacher, teacher or specialist in K-12 ESL or SEI, or K-12 special education in Arizona public schools.  
Educational Technology Certificate Using computers in the classroom and meeting professional development for state re-certification or NCLB (No Child Left Behind) Act requirements.  
Emergency Medical Technology Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree*

*Offered through the Public Safety & Emergency Services Institute

Taking required state and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians examinations for entry-level employment as an emergency medical technician; employment as a paramedic; or advancement in a paramedic career. Median: $40,955

High: $47,923

Engineering Associate of General Studies Degree Transfer to a university to pursue a major in engineering or entry-level employment in some technical positions.  
Fashion Design Certificate Entry-level positions with apparel merchandisers, clothing retailers, tailoring or alterations businesses, specialty clothing shops; or start your own business. Median: $40,102

High: $45,989

Fire Science Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Gain fire fighting, hazardous materials, and wildland fire fighting skills. This program meets Arizona certification requirements for Firefighter I and II. Employment or advancement in a firefighting career. Median: $37,523

High: $54,808

Fitness and Sport Sciences Certificate

Coaching and Fitness Professional

Associate of Arts or Science Degree for Transfer

Physical Education, Athletic Trainer or Exercise and Wellness

Employment as a high school coach after completing exams through state and national programs; employment as a personal trainer or group fitness instructor in your own business or within a fitness club or agency. Take exams for certification through the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Council of Exercise, or the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Or transfer to a university to pursue a degree in Physical Education, Exercise and Wellness or Exercise Science. Median: $36,317

High: $52,333

Fraud Examination Certificate Prepare for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) examination.  
General Studies Associate of General Studies Degree Transfer to a university based on an associate degree you design in collaboration with a faculty member, advisor or counselor, to fit your career choice.  
Health Information Management Certificate 

Medical Billing and Coding

Medical Front Office Support

Health Information Management

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Entry-level employment as an insurance or medical records technician, medical coder, medical billing and insurance claims specialist, or professional in a hospital, medical facility, health care, or insurance agency. Median: $29,141

High: $47,008

History Concentration in the Liberal Arts

Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

Transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a major in history.  
Honors Certificate of Completion Transfer to an Honors Program at any of Arizona’s public universities.  
Hotel/Restaurant Management Certificate 

Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

Entry-level employment in hotel or restaurant management. Complete a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management in Tucson through a partnership with NAU. Lodging Manager:

Median: $32,760

High: $58,365

Food Service Manager:

Median: $26,021

High: $41,350

Human Resources Certificate Entry-level employment in human relations tasks or basic human relations functions with a current employer. Median: $46,779

High: $76,773

Interpreter Training Program Associate of Applied Arts Degree Employment as an interpreter for the deaf in a variety of community, educational, and webcam/phone relay settings. Median: $30,326

High: $43,347

Law Enforcement Certificate

Law Enforcement Academy

Associate of Applied Science Degree*

*Offered through the Public Safety & Emergency Services Institute

After passing the licensure examination, entry-level employment in law enforcement and public safety or enhance your current law enforcement career. Median: $54,600

High: $74,360

Liberal Arts Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer in Liberal Arts Transfer to a university to pursue a major in a wide variety of majors including: Administration of Justice, American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Interior Design, Political Science, Social Services, Sociology, and Pre-Pharmacy.  Concentrations are available for History and Psychology.  
Logistics and Supply Chain Management Certificate

Basic or Advanced options: Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Entry-level employment in logistics, warehouse, and transportation or supervisory-level positions in inventory control, transportation, and warehouse management. Median: $24,939

High: $56,618

Machine Tool Technology Certificate

Concentrations:

Machine Operator

Manual Machinist

Mechanical Inspector

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programmer

Electrical Discharge Machine (EDM) Operator

Electrical Discharge Machine (EDM) Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machinist

Entry-level employment in a variety of machine tool technology careers. Median: $40,664

High: $55,328

  Associate of Applied Science Degree

(same concentrations as above)

Higher-level employment in machine tool occupations. Median: $33,342

High: $60,029

Medical Assistant Certificate

Administrative Medical Assistant and Clinical Medical Assistant options

Entry-level employment as a medical assistant in physicians’ offices, medical centers, urgent care facilities and clinics after passing the American Medical Technologists’ exam. Median: $29,536

High: $38,168

Medical Laboratory Technician Associate of Applied Science Degree Employment in the clinical laboratory of a hospital, clinic, reference laboratory, blood bank, coroner’s office or in biomedical research. This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Median: $37,482

High: $64,792

Nursing Certificate

Practical Nursing

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Employment as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) after passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN); employment as a registered nurse (RN) after passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN); transfer to a university to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Median: $66,123

High: $85,322

Paralegal Associate of Applied Science Degree

Post-Degree Certificate

Employment or career enhancement as a paralegal, legal assistant, title examiner, trust officer, contract clerk, legal investigator or law firm administrator. Median: $40,851

High: $62,275

Pharmacy Technology Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Employment in hospitals, nursing care facilities, drug stores, drug manufacturers, wholesale drug houses or health maintenance organizations. Median: $32,094

High: $41,891

Phlebotomy Certificate Entry-level employment as a phlebotomist in physicians offices, medical centers, clinics and medical laboratories. Take exams for national certification. Median: $26,978

High: $35,838

Political Science Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer Entry-level employment in political organizations or public service agencies. Transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a major in political science.  
Psychology Concentration in the Liberal Arts
Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer
Transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a major in psychology.  
Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree Employment as a certified radiologic technologist in hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices after passing the medical radiography examination of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Median: $56,493

High: $72,530

Respiratory Care Associate of Applied Science Degree Employment as a certified respiratory therapist in hospitals or special-care facilities after passing the National Board of Respiratory Care exam.. Median: $51,147

High: $63,773

Science Associate of Science Degree for Transfer Transfer to a university to pursue a major in the life sciences, physical sciences, computer science, or prepare for professional degrees in dentistry, medicine or veterinary science.  
Social Services Certificate

Basic, Substance Use Disorder, Domestic Violence Intervention, Community Health Advisor options

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Substance Use Disorder Specialty or Youth Services Specialty

Entry-level employment in disease prevention education services or health agencies providing human services, domestic violence intervention, substance use disorder intervention, youth services, or related community outreach. Median: $29,806

High: $48,173

  Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer Entry-level employment in disease prevention education services or health agencies providing human services, domestic violence intervention, substance use disorder intervention, youth services, or related community outreach. Transfer to ASU’s Bachelor of Social Work program in Tucson or other BSW programs.  
Sociology Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer Transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a major in sociology.  
Technical Writing & Communication Post Degree Certificate Employment as a technical writer in business and industry or as a freelance technical writer. Median: $57,429

High: $88,608

Technology Certificate

Electronic Assembly Technology

Entry-level employment in electronic, automated, information and optical systems. Median: $53,019

High: $86,466

  Associate of Applied Science Degree 

Electronics, Optics or IT Specialist options

Entry-level employment in a broad range of general electronics fields.  
Therapeutic Massage Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Employment as a massage therapist in a variety of wellness, medical and corporate facilities, on cruise ships or as a private practitioner. Median: $29,120

High: $46,925

Translation & Interpretation Studies Certificate

Translation Studies

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Translation & Interpretation Studies

Entry-level employment translating written documents and/or interpreting oral passages in the health care, legal, literary and business fields. Median: $30,326

High: $43,347

Truck Driver Training Certificate

Class A Vehicle Driver, Coach/Transit Bus Driver

Employment as a driver trainee or co-driver, coach or bus driver. Median: $38,085

High: $44,325

Veterinary Science Certificate

Veterinary Practice Assistant

Work in the front office area of veterinary practices. Median: $27,310

High: $41,496

  Associate of Applied Science Degree 

Veterinary Technician

Employment as a certified veterinary technician for veterinarians, biological research workers, scientists and business or organizations that provide care for animals after taking state and national board exams for certification.  
Welding & Fabrication Associate of Applied Science Degree Entry-level employment as a welder. Median: $34,424

High: $50,419

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