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Award: Associate of Arts Degree
Length: Four Semesters
Full or part-time students may begin at anytime

The Associate of Arts degree may be a path for you if you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university or are uncertain of your future academic plans. This degree is also a great way to begin if a student wants to “try” college, even without having decided on a major area of study.

A transfer program is a smart and economical way to earn a bachelor’s degree. NCC will work with you to make your transfer process as smooth as possible. NCC offers small class sizes and a great student to faculty ratio. Don’t get lost in the crowd, enroll at NCC today!

NCC has seamless transfer agreements with many colleges and universities! Many of our students transfer to: the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, Buena Vista University, Northwestern College, Dordt College and more. NCC has a transfer specialist to work with you in order to create an easy transition from earning your Associate’s Degree at NCC to earning your Bachelor’s Degree at your preferred College or University.

NCC offers nine Pre-Professional programs that prepare students to transfer on to 4-year institutions to complete their respective degrees. These program include:

• Pre-Professional Accounting
• Pre-Professional Criminal Justice
• Pre-Professional Early Childhood
• Pre-Professional Education
• Pre-Professional Human Services
• Pre-Professional History
• Pre-Professional Psychology
• Pre-Professional Art

What’s unique about this program?
Need some flexibility so you can complete your degree in two years? NCC offers a way to be on campus one day a week (Tuesday OR Thursday) and complete the rest of your coursework online. *Financial Aid is available for full-time students.

Graduation Requirements

1. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00
2. A minimum of 60 semester credits
3. A minimum of 45 semester credits of general education
• Communications: 9 credits
• Mathematics/Science: 9 credits
(A minimum of one 3-credit course in each area and a science course with a lab required)
• Social Sciences: 9 credits
• Humanities: 9 credits
• Additional from the above disciplines: 9 credits
OR Computer Literacy
(CSC110-A and/or CSC115-A)
• General education credit must be selected from courses ending in an “A” suffix
4. A minimum of 15 semester credits must be completed through NCC.

NOTE: Satisfactory assessment scores and/or prerequisites are required for some courses.

9 Credits Communication
Recommended Courses
Composition I
Composition II
Public Speaking

9 Credits Math & Science
Recommended Courses
Math for Liberal Arts
Human Biology & Lab

9 Credits Humanities
Recommended Courses

Introduction to Literature
Western Civilization: Ancient to Early Modern
Western Civilization: Early Modern to Present

9 Credits Social Science
Recommended Courses
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Developmental Psychology

9 additional credits from the previous areas
Recommended Courses
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy

15–20 additional credits
Those taking the pre-professional AA degree should take the core courses listed for their program.


Sue Grapevine

Math Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 1994
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Amy Jurens
Communications Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 1997
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Brian Albrecht
Science Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 1999
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Steve Gibbons
Social Sciences

Instructor at NCC since: 2004
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Lucinda Talsma

Science Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 2006
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Brad Gill
Business Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 2008
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Adam Thiner
Humanities Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 2010
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Karla Harris
Math Instructor

Instructor at NCC since: 2013
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Patrick Johnson
Communications Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 2013
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712-301-2573 or 712-301-1401
Call 800-352-4907

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