Degrees & Certificates
Oregon Coast Community College offers a number of degrees, including transfer degrees designed to prepare OCCC students to transfer to 4-year universities, reducing the cost of bachelor’s degrees. Our transfer degrees allow students to begin their college careers in a nurturing setting, where small class sizes and a dedicated faculty ensure no one falls through the cracks and every student receives the supports and encouragement they need.
OCCC also offers a number of other two-year associate degrees and one-year certificate programs in various subject areas to launch careers quickly, right here at home in Lincoln County – and wherever your dreams take you from here.
Accounting skills are broadly applicable to virtually every aspect of business operations. As an accounting clerk or bookkeeper, the student will be responsible for maintaining accounting records of a business, analyzing financial reports and managing budgets, and may be responsible for specific parts of the records such as accounts payable, accounts receivable or payroll.
OCCC’s robust accounting program is designed to develop skills in areas such as: accounting, payroll, computerized accounting application, law, tax policy, business math, microcomputer applications, financial management, communication, organization, critical thinking and problem-solving.
This certificate is available to students who already have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a Life Sciences discipline. If you’re ready to focus your life-sciences career on the rewarding, challenging and global zoo- and aquarium-operation industry, the one-of-a-kind OCCC Aquarium Science Certificate could be for you!
Learn more on the AQS Certificate Page.
This is a comprehensive two-year degree program of both theory and practical experience designed to prepare students for a career in aquatic animal husbandry.
If you are interested in starting an exciting new career in the aquatic animal husbandry profession, the Aquarium Science Program is for you. Graduates in aquarium science have had a 94% rate of finding jobs in the industry upon completion of the program. Classes begin each fall. Space is limited so apply today.
Learn more, and apply, on the AQS Degree Page.
This is a transfer program that may serve the requirements of students transferring to baccalaureate programs at Oregon’s Public Universities. The AAOT has rigorous requirements in mathematics, writing, science and social studies.
The Oregon Transfer Program is designed for students who will continue with upper division studies in Oregon colleges and universities, and who will function as effective citizens in a democratic society and as members of a local and global community.
The Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree provides students flexibility in using a variety of college-level courses (generally 100-level or above) to design a two-year degree program in broad interdisciplinary areas. These courses can come from general education, academic, or collegiate-level professional-technical courses to the meet Oregon Coast Community College’s associate degree requirements.
The ASOT-Business is a transfer program focusing on courses in Business Administration. It provides students with a marketable degree, while keeping their options open for transfer to a baccalaureate program at the junior level. OCCC also offers degrees and less-than-one-year certificates in Accounting and Administrative Assistant. Click here to request information and personal assistance regarding any of our Business program opportunities.
These certificates provide students with marketable skills and enhanced career prospects. In less than one year, students will be able compete for jobs across a wide spectrum of industries. All businesses need talented, reliable accounting teams.
The Certified Nursing Assistant Level 2 Career Pathway Certificate prepares individuals to work as certified Nursing Assistant Level 2. As a member of the health care team and under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, individuals perform clinical duties including identifying findings and patterns, habits, and behaviors that deviate from normal in an acute-care setting, use acceptable terminology to describe and report findings and take action within the scope of responsibilities as designated by the RN for abnormal findings.
A Career Pathway Certificate in Certified Nursing Assistant Level 2 will be awarded upon successful completion of the required coursework. Individuals receiving this Career Pathway Certificate will be eligible to become Certified Nursing Assistant Level 2 under the guidelines of the Oregon State Board of Nursing.
The early years shape a life. Research in child development has demonstrated that during the years from birth through 6 years old, important growth occurs in all domains, including social, emotional, cognitive, linguistic and physical development. The early childhood educator – whether a teacher, family or child care provider – plays a critical role in fostering children’s development and investing in their future.
In OCCC’s Early Childhood Education program, we offer you the skills you need to succeed in the world of early childhood development, early childhood education centers, preschool programming, infant and toddler care, and family child care programs. Employment opportunities may include teaching assistant, child care aide, lead teacher, family child care provider and program director.
The Rural Teacher Education Pathway allows students from Lincoln County to complete the first two years of a Bachelor of Science in Education at Oregon Coast Community College and then transfer to Western Oregon University, with no loss of credit. Students pursuing Elementary/Middle School preparation pathways will transfer to Western Oregon University to complete the third year of study at WOU before returning to the coast to complete their student teaching. Academic advisors will provide additional detail about the structure of the third and fourth years of this program.
The Details: Elementary/Middle School Teacher Transfer Program
Teaching is one of the most rewarding, yet challenging careers you can choose. Teachers make a difference in the lives of students – to help them learn to read, solve a math problem, or discover how plants grow. Elementary and middle school teachers introduce students to language, science, mathematics, social studies, the arts, and physical education. (Students interested in high school teacher transfer pathways should speak with their OCCC and Western Oregon University advisors.)
The OCCC EMT Program has the responsibility to society to educate competent health care providers to care for their patients/clients using critical judgment, broadly based knowledge, and competent technical skills at the entry level.
Medical Assisting Certificate prepares students for entry level employment in a physician’s clinic or a variety of other healthcare settings. Program graduates will have the academic, administrative and clinical skills necessary to be a successful allied healthcare professional.
The Oregon Coast Community College Nurse Assistant Level 1 Training Program (NUR101) is an eight (8) credit: 173-hour course fulfilling the Oregon State Board of Nursing requirements for certification as a nursing assistant level one. The lecture portion of this course is taught on-line through independent study. It takes 53 or more hours to complete. Students spend 42 hours in the skills lab and 75 hours in a licensed health care facility gaining hands-on clinical experience.
The Practical Nursing Certificate provides a one-year curriculum for students who desire to be a member of a nursing or health care team and gives care to patients of all ages under the direction of registered nurses and/or licensed physicians and dentists. After successfully completing the required 50 credits of the Practical Nursing program, students will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. Grades of C or better in all required courses are necessary to progress to the next term. Completion of this level qualifies students to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN) to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).
This two-year degree is a combination of nursing and transfer credits. This Associate Degree qualifies you to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEXLRN) to become a Registered Nurse (RN).
The OCCC Foundation offers several scholarships specifically for students accepted into the nursing program. Continuing nursing students and those who have applied for acceptance into the next cohort are encouraged to apply for these scholarships.
Learn more, and find application information, on the AAS Nursing webpage.