General Admission Requirements for the Associate Degree Programs

Associate of Applied Science Degree Programs

Albany Technical College (ATC) offers an associate of applied science degree (AAS) and an associate of nursing (ASN) degree in specified credit programs, as approved by the State Board of Technical and Adult Education, the Technical College System of Georgia. The AAS degree includes a sequence of courses in the fundamental and specific occupational requirements that prepare the student for an advanced degree in his or her program choice. The AAS degree programs offer the academic, technical and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention and advancement.

Students may enroll in core courses for associate degree programs each term. Entrance dates for occupationally specific courses within the associate degree programs vary by program.


The minimum age for students applying to Albany Technical College is 15; however, certain programs require students to be older. Please refer to each program for specific age requirements.


A high school diploma or a General Education Development diploma (GED®) is required for admission to ATC for degree programs.

College entrance exam

ATC, in accordance with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), uses the ACCUPLACER instrument for measuring proficiency in reading, writing, algebra and math. An applicant must achieve minimum admissions scores on these tests as specified in the program state standards. Acceptable scores on a statistically validated test such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or American College Test (ACT) will be accepted in lieu of the ACCUPLACER tests. Entrance scores vary by program. The program-specific entrance scores are minimum requirements, and some programs require higher scores. Reasonable accommodations are made during testing for those who need them. Students who apply for associate degree programs must meet the following current score requirements:

ACCUPLACER – Sentence Skills 70 COMPASS – Writing 62
Reading Comp. 64 Reading 79
Elem. Algebra 57 Algebra 37

Students applying for the associate degree programs will be allowed to begin the degree program in provisional status, except for Health Care Technology programs. Provisional status is defined as requiring no more that the highest level of remedial course work in the discipline. Student will be required to take the remedial class within the first two terms of admissions and pass that area before being admitted as a regular status student. If the score requirement is met in one placement area on the initial ACCUPLACER test, the student is not required to retest in that particular subject area. Student should consult with office of admissions for information on specific academic program requirements.


Students are not interviewed for admission to ATC, but may be interviewed for admission to a particular academic program.

General Education Course Offerings

While the emphasis in technical education is on specialized occupational offerings, each Associate Degree program includes at least one general education course from each of the areas of humanities/fine arts, social sciences/behavioral sciences, and natural sciences/mathematics. These courses are listed below.

Associate Degree General Education Courses

See program requirements for specific course selections

Area I Language Arts/Communication (3 cr. min.)

English Composition


Foreign Language


ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric


Electives offered at ATC:

ENGL 1102Literature and Composition


SPCH 1101Public Speaking


ENGL 1105Technical Communications


Area II Social/Behavioral Science (3 cr. min.)




Political Science


Choose from these courses offered at ATC:

ECON 1101Principles of Economics


PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology


SOCI 1101Introduction to Sociology


POLS 1101American Government


Area III Natural Science/Mathematics (3 cr. min.)






Computer Science


MATH 1111College Algebra


Choose from these courses offered at ATC:

BIOL 2113Anatomy and Physiology I


BIOL 2113LAnatomy and Physiology Lab I


BIOL 2114Anatomy and Physiology II


BIOL 2114LAnatomy and Physiology Lab II


MATH 1113Precalculus


MATH 1131Calculus I


PHYS 1110Introductory Physics


Area IV Humanities/Fine Arts (3 cr. min.)

Art Appreciation


American Literature

English Literature

Film Studies/Criticism

Literature/Cultural Studies

Music Appreciation

Theater Appreciation

Choose from these courses offered at ATC:

ARTS 1101Art Appreciation


HUMN 1101Introduction to Humanities


ENGL 2130American Literature


Program-Specific Requirements (3 cr min)

An additional 3 credit course must be taken from Area I, II, III or IV. See program advisor for recommended courses.

Degree and Diploma level students must successfully demonstrate General Education competencies by:

  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Perform basic mathematical calculations
  • Demonstrate positive work ethics, interpersonal skills, and the ability to think critically