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What is an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree?


Before you enroll, make sure you know what it means to earn your degree.


Students who successfully complete this program will earn an Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS). According to the U.S. Department of Education, an associate degree can be awarded in academic or professional subjects and also in terminal career and technical programs. Credits earned in associate degree programs can be transferred to bachelor's degree programs under certain conditions. The transfer of credits from associate degree programs to bachelor's degree programs are usually governed by what are called articulation agreements between institutions.

Prospective and current students should be advised that Vatterott does not and cannot guarantee that credits earned at an institution operated by Vatterott will be accepted by or transferable to any other college, university, or educational institution, even where an articulation agreement is in place. Accordingly, individuals are strongly encouraged to contact any institution to which they may want to transfer credits earned at a Vatterott school to confirm that the institution will accept their credits on transfer, consistent with any existing articulation agreement. An associate degree can be defined as “An award that requires completion of an organized program of study of at least 2 but less than 4 years of full-time academic study or more than 60, but less than 120 semester credit hours” (NCES).
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