What is the difference between an Associate of Arts and an Associate Applied Science degrees?

The purpose of an Associate of Arts (A.A.) is to fulfill general education requirements for a degree at a university.

Therefore, if you ever plan to complete a four-year degree, it is wise to get the A.A. degree.  The degree also includes the “43 hour block.”  Students who complete the 43 hour general education block at OTC may transfer to another participating institution (public or private) and have their block treated as equivalent to the general education block of the receiving institution.

Students completing an A.A. in business will not only complete their general education requirement, they will also have a head start to completing a business degree at a university.  OTC works with area four-year institutions, like MSU, Drury, Evangel and SBU, to find out what lower level business courses they require in their business programs.  Often times OTC has an articulation agreement with the college/university so that certain accounting and business courses transfer easily into their business program.

The purpose of an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) is to prepare the student for the work force.

Completing an A.A.S. degree in accounting or business equips students with skills and knowledge to work in several areas of business.  Students can learn skills that will help them work in bookkeeping, retail management, sales or even opening a own business. These classes teach interview and writing skills that translate directly to work environments. Furthermore, OTC’s Career Employment Services assists students in connecting with business in the community and may result in placement.

If a student is planning on transferring to a four-year institution, the A.A.S. may not be the best option.  When transferring the A.A.S., universities will perform a course-by-course evaluation of your transfer credit instead of accepting the degree and all of its credits.

Will OTC courses transfer to other institutions? Why does it matter whether or not a school is accredited?

OTC is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Therefore, other accredited institutions accept  most general education classes for transfer. Accreditation insures colleges and universities meet certain standards and provide quality education. Consequently, similar courses accredited by the same organization assures that they are of the same quality.

Each institution sets its own policy for accepting transfer credits. Due to this, OTC assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained on the websites of other institutions.

Are the classes easier at a two-year school compared to a four-year school?

Since two-year institutions and four-year institutions are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the requirements for general education courses are very similar.  Therefore, courses will cover the same material. Students should be prepared to work just as hard at a two-year institution as they would at a four-year institution.

Can I get my A.A.S. in business completely online?

Yes. The college offers online versions for all of the courses required for the A.A.S. in business. Seated courses and online courses cover the same material. Therefore, online courses require students to be just as prepared to spend as much time working as if they were participating in a seated course.

Can I get my A.A.S. in accounting completely online?

Yes. OTC offers online versions of all courses required for the A.A.S. in accounting. Hence, seated courses and online courses cover the same material. Therefore, online courses require students prepare to spend as much time working as if they were participating in a seated course.