Selecting a Program

PHCC students may earn an associate degree, certificate, or career studies certificate from Patrick Henry Community College. You may also take classes without enrolling in a specific program of study. 

Associate Degree Programs

PHCC awards associate degrees in arts and sciences (AA&S) and in applied science (AAS).

  • Associate of Arts and Sciences degrees provide the first two years of instruction that prepare students to transfer to another institution to complete a baccalaureate degree. These programs require 60-72 credit hours. 

  • Associate of Applied Science degrees provide knowledge and skills leading to employment in specialized fields. These programs require 60-69 credit hours that are non-transferable.


  • Certificate programs take less than two years to complete consisting of 30-59 credit hours of training for an occupational area.
  • Career Studies Certificates require less than a full year of study in an occupational area and require 9-29 credit hours.

Certificate programs differ from associate degree programs because they are presented at a different educational level and are developed in response to employment needs. Several of these programs are offered on a part-time, day or night basis for students who are already employed.

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