Program Name Program Tag Description
Accounting and Related Services

A program that prepares individuals to practice the profession of accounting and to perform related business functions.

Includes instruction in accounting principles and theory, financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, budget control, tax accounting, legal aspects of accounting, auditing, reporting procedures, statement analysis, planning and consulting, business information systems, accounting research methods, professional standards and ethics, and applications to specific for-profit, public, and non-profit organizations.

Office Professions Administrative Assistant

A program that generally prepares individuals to perform the duties of administrative assistants and/or secretaries and st

enographers. Includes instruction in business communications, principles of business law, word processing and data entry, office machines operation and maintenance, office procedures, public relations, secretarial accounting, filing systems and records management, and report preparation.

Architectural Engineering Technology/Technicians

A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of architects, e

ngineers and planners engaged in designing and developing buildings, urban complexes, and related systems. Includes instruction in design testing procedures, building site analysis, model building and computer graphics, engineering drawing, structural systems testing, analysis of prototype mechanical and interior systems, test equipment operation and maintenance, and report preparation.

Associate in Science (AS)

The AS degree is designed for transfer to a four-year institution and forms the basis for many career options and majors.

The student must select courses which provide the best preparation for transfer in a particular major field at a specific senior institution.

Associate of Arts

Courses in these liberal arts degree programs parallel those offered in the first two years at four-year baccalaureate deg

ree institutions, and credits earned in selected courses are readily transferable.

Automotive Service Technology Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain all types of

automobiles. Includes instruction in brake systems, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, suspension and steering, automatic and manual transmissions and drive trains, and heating and air conditioning systems.

Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

A program that prepares individuals to apply scientific principles and technical skills in support of biologists and biote

chnologists in research, industrial, and government settings. Includes instruction in fermentation technology, cell culturing, protein purification, biologic synthesis, assaying and testing, quality control, industrial microbiology, bioprocessing, chromatography and bioseparation, genetic technology, laboratory and hazardous materials safety, and computer applications.

Business Administration, Management and Operations

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm

or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

Business Operations Support and Assistant Services

A program that generally prepares individuals to perform the duties of administrative assistants and/or secretaries and st

enographers. Includes instruction in business communications, principles of business law, word processing and data entry, office machines operation and maintenance, office procedures, public relations, secretarial accounting, filing systems and records management, and report preparation.

Business/Commerce, General

A program that focuses on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buyi

ng, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and nonprofit public and private institutions and agencies. The programs may prepare individuals to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

Chemical Technology

The Chemical Technology (CT) program is a laboratory-based program that prepares students for a career in chemical technol

ogy by developing the skills and knowledge necessary for a variety of technician jobs in different industries. Students learn important hands-on skills and as chemical technicians develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills that can be used to solve problems encountered by chemical technicians in industry. Important qualifications for the chemical technician include a solid background in chemistry and math, the ability to use and troubleshoot a variety of instrumentation and standard equipment and know standard laboratory and safety procedures. Oral and written communication skills and use of computers are also important.

Computer and Information Sciences General

A general program that focuses on computing, computer science, and information science and systems as part of a broad and/

or interdisciplinary program. Such programs are undifferentiated as to title and content and are not to be confused with specific programs in computer science, information science, or related support services.

Computer Programming

A program that focuses on the general writing and implementation of generic and customized programs to drive operating sys

tems and that generally prepares individuals to apply the methods and procedures of software design and programming to software installation and maintenance. Includes instruction in software design, low- and high-level languages and program writing; program customization and linking; prototype testing; troubleshooting; and related aspects of operating systems and networks.

Computer Science

A general program that focuses on computers, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user

interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, and computing theory; computer hardware design; computer development and programming; and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

A program that focuses on the design, implementation, and management of linked systems of computers, peripherals, and asso

ciated software to maximize efficiency and productivity, and that prepares individuals to function as network specialists and managers at various levels. Includes instruction in operating systems and applications; systems design and analysis; networking theory and solutions; types of networks; network management and control; network and flow optimization; security; configuring; and troubleshooting.

Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management

A program that prepares individuals to manage the computer operations and control the system configurations emanating from

a specific site or network hub. Includes instruction in computer hardware and software and applications; local area (LAN) and wide area (WAN) networking; principles of information systems security; disk space and traffic load monitoring; data backup; resource allocation; and setup and takedown procedures.

Construction Engineering Technology/Technician

A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers, en

gineering contractors and other professionals engaged in the construction of buildings and related structures. Includes instruction in basic structural engineering principles and construction techniques, building site inspection, site supervision, construction personnel supervision, plan and specification interpretation, supply logistics and procurement, applicable building codes, and report preparation.

Construction Trades, General

A program that generally prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in the building, inspecting, and mai

ntaining of structures and related properties. May include instruction in masonry, carpentry, electrical and power transmission installation, building/construction finishing, management, inspection and other construction-related applications.

Criminal Justice & Corrections

A program that prepares individuals to study the theories and principles, of correctional science and to function as profe

ssional corrections officers and other workers in public and/or private incarceration facilities. A program that prepares individuals to apply theories and practices of criminal justice to structuring, managing, directing and controlling criminal justice agencies, including police departments, sheriff's departments, law enforcement divisions and units, and private protective services.

Criminal Justice/Police Science

A program that prepares individuals to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and inv

estigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, weapon and equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation and other routine law enforcement responsibilities.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician

A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to utilize medical ultrasound techniques to gath

er sonographic data used to diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases. Includes instruction in obtaining, reviewing, and integrating patient histories and data; patient instruction and care; anatomic, physiologic and pathologic data recording; sonographic data processing; sonography equipment operation; and professional standards and ethics.

Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians

A program that prepares individuals to generally apply technical skills to create working drawings and computer simulation

s for a variety of applications. Includes instruction in specification interpretation, dimensioning techniques, drafting calculations, material estimation, technical communications, computer applications, and interpersonal communications.

Early Childhood Education and Child Care

The Early Childhood Care & Education program prepares individuals to teach and care for children from birth through ag

e 8. Students learn how to design, manage, and apply age appropriate programming for young children. Persons who complete the degree may seek employment in early childhood/preschool programs, child care centers, and independently run in-home child care programs.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians

A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of electrical, e

lectronics and communication engineers. Includes instruction in electrical circuitry, prototype development and testing; systems analysis and testing, systems maintenance, instrument calibration, and report preparation.

Electrical/Electronics Maintenance and Repair Technology

A program that generally prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to operate, maintain, and repair ele

ctrical and electronic equipment. Includes instruction in electrical circuitry, simple gearing, linkages and lubrication of machines and appliances, and the use of testing equipment.

Engineering Technology, General

A program that generally prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of eng

ineers engaged in a wide variety of projects. Includes instruction in various engineering support functions for research, production, and operations, and applications to specific engineering specialties.

Engineering-Related Technologies

Instructional programs that prepare individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of e

ngineering and related projects.

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations

A program that generally prepares individuals to perform development, marketing and management functions associated with o

wning and operating a business.

Environmental Technology

The program is designed to prepare the student for employment as a hazardous materials technician, safety technician, soli

d waste technician, recycling technician, or as a team member in environmental consulting firms. Skills and knowledge that you should possess as a result of completing the program include: understanding of the specific safety and environmental regulations related to work environment; familiarity with computers; basic understanding of chemical terminology; ability to read technical materials and translate what is read into action; ability to write comprehensible reports; ability to keep records; ability to make routine mathematical computations; understanding of how environmental regulations are formulated, and understanding of the interrelated nature of environmental problems.

Fire Protection

A program that prepares individuals to apply a knowledge of fire prevention and control skills to problems of reducing fir

e risk, loss limitation, supervising substance removal, conducting fire investigations, and advising on matters of safety procedures and fire prevention policy.

Fire Science/Firefighting

A program that prepares individuals to perform the duties of fire fighters.

Includes instruction in firefighting equipment operation and maintenance, principles of fire science and combustible substances, methods of controlling different types of fires, hazardous material handling and control, fire rescue procedures, public relations and applicable laws and regulations.

General Sales, Merchandising and Related Marketing Operations

A program that focuses on the general process and techniques of direct wholesale and retail buying and selling operations

and introduces individuals to related careers. Includes instruction in the principles of entrepreneurial economics, basic sales skills, the distribution channels for goods and services, and supervised practical application experiences.

Graphic Communications

A program that generally prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills in the manufacture and distribution

or transmission of graphic communications products. Includes instruction in the prepress, press, and postpress phases of production operations and processes such as offset lithography, flexography, gravure, letterpress, screen printing, foil stamping, digital imaging, and other reproduction methods.

Health and Medical Administrative Services

A program that prepares individuals to develop, plan, and manage health care operations and services within health care fa

cilities and across health care systems. Includes instruction in planning, business management, financial management, public relations, human resources management, health care systems operation and management, health care resource allocation and policy making, health law and regulations, and applications to specific types of health care services.

Health Fitness Specialist Health and Physical Education/Fitness

A general program that focuses on activities and principles that promote physical fitness, achieve and maintain athletic p

rowess, and accomplish related research and service goals. Includes instruction in human movement studies, motivation studies, rules and practice of specific sports, exercise and fitness principles and techniques, basic athletic injury prevention and treatment, and organizing and leading fitness and sports programs.

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

Pre-: Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary, and Nursing Studies

Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician (HAC, HACR, HVAC, HVACR)

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, install, service and maintain the o

perating condition of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. Includes instruction in diagnostic techniques, the use of testing equipment and the principles of mechanics, electricity, and electronics as they relate to the repair of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians

A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of industrial en

gineers and managers. Includes instruction in optimization theory, human factors, organizational behavior, industrial processes, industrial planning procedures, computer applications, and report and presentation preparation.

Legal Support Services

A program that prepares individuals to serve as legal office managers, special assistants, and legal secretaries.

Includes instruction in office management, secretarial science, principles of U.S. or Canadian law, legal terminology and documentation, legal research, legal software applications, law office procedures, record-keeping, billing, applicable policies and regulations, and professional standards and ethics.

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

General instructional programs and independent or individualized studies in the liberal arts subjects, the humanities disc

iplines and the general curriculum.

Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (LPN, LVN, CER)

A program that prepares individuals to assist in providing general nursing care under the direction of a registered nurse,

physician or dentist. Includes instruction in taking patient vital signs, applying sterile dressings, patient health education and assistance with examinations and treatment.

Marketing

A program that generally prepares individuals to undertake and manage the process of developing consumer audiences and mov

ing products from producers to consumers. Includes instruction in buyer behavior and dynamics, principle of marketing research, demand analysis, cost-volume and profit relationships, pricing theory, marketing campaign and strategic planning, market segments, advertising methods, sales operations and management, consumer relations, retailing, and applications to specific products and markets.

Massage Therapy

A program that prepares individuals to work as Massage Therapists, Asian Bodywork Therapists, or Somatic Bodyworkers.

Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians

A program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers eng

aged in the design and development phases of a wide variety of projects involving mechanical systems. Includes instruction in principles of mechanics, applications to specific engineering systems, design testing procedures, prototype and operational testing and inspection procedures, manufacturing system-testing procedures, test equipment operation and maintenance, and report preparation.

Medical Laboratory Technology

A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of clinical laboratory scientists/medical technologists, to per

form routine medical laboratory procedures and tests and to apply preset strategies to record and analyze data. Includes instruction in general laboratory procedures and skills; laboratory mathematics; medical computer applications; interpersonal and communications skills; and the basic principles of hematology; medical microbiology; immunohematology; immunology; clinical chemistry, and urinalysis.

Medical Secretary/Medical Office Professions Medical/Clinical Assistant

A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to provide medical office administrative service

s and perform clinical duties including patient intake and care, routine diagnostic and recording procedures, pre-examination and examination assistance, and the administration of medications and first aid. Includes instruction in basic anatomy and physiology; medical terminology; medical law and ethics; patient psychology and communications; medical office procedures; and clinical diagnostic, examination, testing, and treatment procedures.

Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant

A program that prepares individuals to perform routine nursing-related services to patients in hospitals or long-term care

facilities, under the training and supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.

Nursing RN Nursing

A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing

care for sick, disabled, informed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

Physical Therapist Assistant

A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of a physical therapist, to implement physical therapy treatmen

t care plans, train patients, conduct treatment interventions, use equipment, and observe and record patient progress. Includes instruction in applied anatomy and physiology, applied kinesiology, principles and procedures of physical therapy, basic neurology and orthopedics, physical therapy modalities, documentation skills, psychosocial aspects of health care, wound and injury care, electrotherapy, working with orthotics and prostheses, and personal and professional ethics.

Precision Metal Working

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to plan, manufacture, assemble, test, and repa

ir parts, mechanisms, machines, and structures in which materials are cast, formed, shaped, molded, heat treated, cut, twisted, pressed, fused, stamped or worked.

Radio, Television, and Digital Communication

A program that focuses on the theories, methods, and techniques used to plan, produce, and distribute audio and video prog

rams and messages, and that prepares individuals to function as staff, producers, directors, and managers of radio and television shows and media organizations. Includes instruction in media aesthetics; planning, scheduling, and production; writing and editing; performing and directing; personnel and facilities management; marketing and distribution; media regulations, law, and policy; and principles of broadcast technology.

Radiologic Technology/Science Radiographer

A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to provide medical imaging services to patients

and attending health care professionals. Includes instruction in applied anatomy and physiology, patient positioning, radiographic technique, radiation biology, safety and emergency procedures, equipment operation and maintenance, quality assurance, patient education, and medical imaging/radiologic services management.

Renewable Resources and Alternative Energy Science

This program is designed to provide the necessary background principles, concepts and practical laboratory experience to e

nter the field of power engineering or assume a position in the building or small plant operation and maintenance areas.

Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians, to assist in developing respiratory care plans,

administer respiratory care procedures, supervise personnel and equipment operation, maintain records, and consult with other health care team members. Includes instruction in the applied basic biomedical sciences; anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the respiratory system; clinical medicine; therapeutic procedures; clinical expressions; data collection and record-keeping; patient communication; equipment operation and maintenance; personnel supervision; and procedures for special population groups.

Social Work

A program that prepares individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and tha

t focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling.

Surgical Technology/Technologist

A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians and surgical nurses, to maintain, monitor, and en

force the sterile field and adherence to aseptic technique by preoperative, surgical team, and postoperative personnel. Includes instruction in instrument and equipment sterilization and handling; surgical supplies management; wound exposure and closure; surgical computer and robot operation and monitoring; maintenance of hemostasis; and patient and team scrubbing.

Technical and Business Writing

A program that focuses on the theory, methods, and skills needed for writing and editing scientific, technical and busines

s papers and monographs.

Water Environment Technology

This program is designed to provide specialized training in the water and waste water fields.

Both theory and application are stressed in the program, tailored for both entry-level persons and those already employment in the field. Earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Water Environment Technology; Take licensing exams through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in water and wastewater. completion of the Associate's Degree allows graduates the opportunity to write the entry level water and wastewater certification examinations; and enhance your career and job mobility.

Web Design

A web programmer translates the requirements of end-users and internal clients into a functional product.

These programmers know how to make a computer do what people want it to do. They assess the technical parameters of a project, decide how to approach the work, and carry it out. Programming requires highly creative, perceptual thinking with an ability to see what people want and the ability to generate a conceptual solution without seeing the actual product.

Welding Technology/Welder

A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to join or cut metal surfaces.

Includes instruction in arc welding, resistance welding, brazing and soldering, cutting, high-energy beam welding and cutting, solid state welding, ferrous and non-ferrous materials, oxidation-reduction reactions, welding metallurgy, welding processes and heat treating, structural design, safety, and applicable codes and standards.