Planning classes and degrees

GraduationYou can complete most or all of the requirements for several degrees and certificates offered by PCC through distance education courses.

Consult with the appropriate department and an academic advisor to develop an academic plan. To assist you in planning, degree worksheets are available from advising offices, or the distance education office. You can also print them off from the University Transfer page.

Featured degree and certificate information

Degree/Certificate Can you complete totally by distance?
Computer Information Systems E-Commerce Certificate: Design & Development Track: No
Computer Information Systems E-Commerce Certificate: Administrative Track No
Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer No
Associate of Science Transfer Yes
Associate of Applied Science: Computer Information Systems Yes
Associate of Applied Science: Management and Supervisory Development Yes
Associate of Applied Science: Fire Protection No
Associate of Applied Science: Gerontology Yes
Associate of Applied Science: Health Informatics Yes
Associate of Applied Science: Health Information Management Yes
Associate of Arts General Studies Yes
Associate of Applied Science: Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Yes

Earning certificates through distance

Distance Education Certificate Programs
Most PCC professional/technical programs offer one or two-year certificates to students who complete their course of study with a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
Specific courses applied to the certificate
Specific courses required for each certificate program, including any General Education requirements, are listed under their appropriate programs in the PCC Catalog.
One-Year Certificate Restrictions
At least 12 credits must be earned at PCC, and 9 of them must apply to the certificate requirements. The final 9 credits that apply to the certificate must be earned at PCC.
Two-Year Certificate Restrictions
  1. At least 24 credits must be earned at PCC, and 18 of them must apply to the certificate requirements. The final 9 credits that apply to the certificate must be earned at PCC.
  2. Only 9 credits of 199 and 299 Special Topics courses will apply.

Note: If the courses you need are not offered at PCC, you may take them from other Oregon colleges and have the credits transferred to PCC. For more information, see Oregon One and Oregon Colleges Online.

Getting started

  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Take placement testing.
  3. Contact the Distance Learning Academic Advisor for assistance with your academic plan.

Distance Education

"I will be receiving my AA degree from PCC this summer. I wanted to let you know I have had very positive experiences with on-line classes.

I found the class textbooks very informative and useful and had easy access to all my instructors. For me personally, the at-home classes were just as rich and rewarding as the classes I took on campus. I will miss the ease of attending college at PCC after I graduate this summer.

I only wish all of college could be as affordable, enriching, and as easy to access as Portland Community College."

-Debbie Taylor, Student