Frequently Asked Questions
is an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree?
degrees consist of approved general education courses. Viterbo University will
accept these Associate degrees as having fulfilled their general education
requirements. There are also opportunities to take support courses to help
students who want to continue in a Bachelor’s degree program at Viterbo.
What is the difference
between an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science degree?
The programs have the same
requirements, except the Associate of Science degree program requires an
additional Science course, and the Associate of Arts degree program requires an
Introduction to Philosophy course.
What majors can I pursue
when I am finished with an Associate’s degree?
You can pursue many majors
at Viterbo University with this general education degree; however, Nursing and
Education are not considered “bridge” degrees because they have general
education requirements unique to their specific majors. What does this mean? This
means that once you complete this two-year Associate’s degree (62-70 credits),
you can “bridge” into most majors as a junior to complete your final two years
of college (62-70 credits).
Is this a recognized and
Yes. This degree is accredited
as part of the university’s overall accreditation through the Higher Learning
Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission
on Institutes of Higher Education (HLC).
How long will it take me
to finish my program?
It varies depending on
whether you attend part-time or full-time and if you take classes during the
summer term. You need 62 credits to graduate with the Associate’s degree and
128 credits to earn a Bachelor’s degree.
Can I transfer into the
Associate degree program?
You can transfer up to twelve
credits from a previous institution. For example, if you attended Western
Technical College previously and completed twelve credits, you could apply
those credits towards your Associate’s degree at Viterbo.
What makes these
Associate degree programs unique?
The Associate of Arts and
Associate of Science degrees are unique because Viterbo University and Western
Technical College offer the degree collaboratively. Courses are available during
the day, in the evening, and online. By working
together, we can also offer the courses at a blended tuition rate, and
financial aid is available.
If this is a
collaborative program, which institution issues my diploma and provides
Viterbo is considered your
“home school” for this program, which means Viterbo will create your bill,
process your financial aid, and issue your transcripts and diploma. You will
have an Academic Advisor in the Center for Adult Learning at Viterbo to help
with registration and other services. You can use many services at BOTH
institutions though, such as the library, computer labs, and health services.