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Community College Online Courses: The Pathway to Success

Education is the key to a good job and career advancement in some high-demand fields. Career pathways from Cowley Online can help you reach your career goals and win opportunities in the workforce. We offer more than 120 programs of study that guide you toward a degree or certificate that can make the difference in your work life.

Cowley Online is one of the best online colleges for associate’s degrees. Consider our pathways for the following:

  • Associate of Arts* – Designed to prepare you for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year university. This is a large category that includes majors like accounting, secondary education, pre-law, management information systems, paraprofessional educator and sports management/administration.
  • Associate of Science* – If you plan to major in the sciences, this will prepare you for transfer with advanced standing to a four-year institution. Students on this path may be pursuing, for example, careers in medicine, nursing, engineering, computer science and more.
  • Associate of Fine Arts* – This pathway prepares you for a Bachelor of Fine Arts program at four-year institutions. Majors on this path include art, graphic design, music and theater.
  • Associate of General Studies – Develops knowledge, skills and appreciation for lifelong learning and is not intended as a transfer degree. Areas of study include applied tech, criminal justice and leadership.
  • Associate of Applied Science – Designed to prepare you for entry into a specific occupation or related cluster of occupations. Examples include accounting clerk, medical coding, nondestructive testing (NDT) and many more.
  • Vocational certificate – Prepares you for entry-level positions in career and technology jobs. Certificates recognize completion of a course of study based on a specific field. Examples include milling technician, medical office support and welding.

* For transfer pathways, be sure you know the program and degree requirements of the transfer institution. You’ll work with your Cowley advisor to craft an appropriate plan of study.

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Transferable Courses

We’ll help you design a two-year degree program with courses that will transfer to the institution you choose. You’ll save money with community college tuition while getting a good start on a bachelor’s degree.

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A Quality, Accredited Education

Cowley Online is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and we partner with universities, online colleges and technical schools in Kansas and beyond for seamless transfers.


Work-Ready Degrees & Certificates

Many of our online associate degree programs and certificates give you the credentials and skills you need to immediately enter a specialized workforce.

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Non-Degree Options

We also offer a trio of non-degree, standalone career pathways for EMTs, CNAs and LPNs.

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Transfers Made Easy

The Education program pathway at Cowley allowed me to streamline my learning process straight to a four-year degree while connecting me to a network of teachers in Elementary Education. - CAMDEN ESTRADA.

Putting Promotions Within Reach

Cowley Online is a game changer. Students who might not have been able to take college classes in the past because of work, family, time, or distance issues can now participate from their own home any hour of the day or night! Many returning adult students use the online format to get a certificate or a degree that leads to a career they love instead of a job they tolerate. Concurrent high school students take online courses to get ahead before they attend college face to face. Current students who need to pick up an extra class over the summer or in Winter Session love the online option because they can earn Cowley credits from their living room across the country or around the world. People who earn a degree tend to be happier, healthier, and wealthier; online learning truly is a game changer because it is a life changer!
– Julie Kratt, Humanities Instructor

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