Degrees & Programs


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Thomas Nelson Community College offers the following degrees or certificates for students who successfully complete approved programs at the College:

  1. Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.): Awarded to students who major in the liberal arts and who may plan to transfer to four-year colleges or universities after completing their community college programs.
  2. Associate of Science Degree (A.S.): Awarded to students who major in specialized curricula such as business administration, engineering, sciences, social science and other preprofessional programs and who may plan to transfer to four-year colleges or universities after completing their community college programs.
  3. Associate of Applied Arts Degree (A.A.A.): Awarded to students majoring in one of the arts-related curricula and planning to obtain full-time employment immediately upon graduation from the community college.
  4. Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.): Awarded to students majoring in one of the occupational-technical curricula and planning to obtain full-time employment immediately upon graduation from the community college.
  5. Certificate: Awarded to students who complete one of the approved curricula which are usually fewer than two years in length.
  6. Career Studies Certificates: Awarded to students who complete one of the approved programs which are less than one year in length and comprise less than 30 credits of academic work.

  • Liberal Arts : (pdf) (excel)
    • Specialization in Music : (pdf) (excel)
    • Specialization in Theater Performance : (pdf) (excel)

  • Accounting : (pdf) (excel)
  • Administration of Justice : (pdf) (excel)
  • Administrative Support Technology : (pdf) (excel)
    • Specialization in Communications Management & Desktop Publishing : (pdf) (excel)
    • Specialization in Medical Office Administration : (pdf) (excel)
  • Automotive Technology : (pdf) (excel)
  • Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology : (pdf) (excel)
  • Computer Arts : (pdf) (excel)
  • Dental Hygiene : (pdf) (excel)
  • Early Childhood Education Development : (pdf) (excel)
  • Electronics Technology : (pdf) (excel)
    • Specialization in Electromechanical Technology : (pdf) (excel)
    • Specialization in Electrical Engineering Technology : (pdf) (excel)
  • Emergency Medical Services : (pdf) (excel)
  • Fire Science Technology : (pdf) (excel)
  • Human Services : (pdf) (excel)
  • Information Systems Technology : (pdf) (excel)
  • Management : (pdf) (excel)
    • Specialization in Marketing : (pdf) (excel)
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology : (pdf) (excel)
    • Specialization in Marine Engineering : (pdf) (excel)
    • Specialization in Mechanical Design : (pdf) (excel)
  • Paralegal Studies : (pdf) (excel)
  • Photography : (pdf) (excel)
    • Specialization in Visual Communications : (pdf) (excel)
  • Technical Studies
    • Specialization in Heating, Ventilation, A/C and Refrigeration : (pdf) (excel)
    • Specialization in Electrical Technology : (pdf) (excel)
    • Specialization in Engineering Technology : (pdf) (excel)


Thomas Nelson began their new Dental Hygiene Program at the Historic Triangle Campus in Williamsburg, Virginia in the Fall semester of 2010.

Students who have an interest in applying for the dental hygiene program are encouraged to begin taking the career study courses in preparation for application to the program; however, taking the prerequisite career study courses does not guarantee an acceptance into the program.