Academics Overview

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Chesapeake College is a comprehensive public two-year regional community college serving the educational needs of the residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot counties on Maryland's Upper Eastern Shore. The college offers academic programs leading to the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of Arts in Teaching degrees, as well as basic and advanced Certificates and Letters of Recognition.

Associate of Arts [AA] degrees typically recognize a curricular focus in the liberal arts, humanities and fine arts and are primarily intended for transfer to a four-year institution of higher education.

Associate of Science [AS] degrees typically recognize a curricular focus in scientific and technical studies. They, too, are primarily intended for transfer, but may also provide technical knowledge and skills applicable to enter or advance in a career field.

The Associate of Arts in Teaching [AAT] provides the equivalent of the first two years towards a bachelor�s degree in teacher education and is intended to facilitate transfer into a teacher education program at any Maryland four-year college or university.

While the Associate of Applied Science [AAS]degree recognizes a curricula focus on a specific occupational area and is primarily intended for immediate employment in the field, it may also provide opportunities for continued education in an appropriate Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Technology program at a four-year institution.

Degree programs include both discipline and general education courses, range from 60-70 credit hours, and typically take a minimum of two years to complete.

Certificate options focus on a sequence of courses at the intermediate and advanced levels in a student�s chosen curriculum. Most certificate programs are designed to build upon skills and sequence into degree curricula. Certificates include at least 12 credits and typically take a minimum of a year to complete.

Letters of Recognition require no more than 11 credit hours.

Accreditations

Chesapeake College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Radiologic Sciences program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.

The Surgical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

The Paramedic/EMS Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

The Nursing Program is approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Chesapeake College is approved for Veterans' benefits by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Maryland Higher Education Commission Resolution - Authority to Operate in Maryland (PDF)