A.A. Associate in Arts
Program Delivery: On Campus and Online
You may complete your A.A. degree online, on campus or in a blended  format.

Associate in Arts

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree provides a well-rounded education to students by exposing them to a variety of subjects (disciplines). To earn the A.A. degree students are required to complete a total of 60 credit hours, 36 hours in general education courses and 24 hours in an area of focus in a specific discipline of the student’s choice. Instead of focusing on one area of focus, a student may also choose to complete courses from various areas thereby earning a general A.A. degree. The general education component covers disciplines such as humanities and social sciences, focuses on literacy, communication and critical thinking skills.

Program Goals/Outcomes

  1. To prepare students to enter a baccalaureate degree program.
  2. To prepare students for entry-level positions in the workforce.
  3. To provide students with a well-rounded education in the liberal arts.

Customize Your Degree with a Focus

Students may choose one of the following focus areas:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Digital Design and Graphics
  • Health Sciences
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Pre-PTA

Is an Associate in Arts Degree Right for Me?

The Associate in Arts degree is a two-year, general purpose degree that exposes students to various areas of interest that leads to a baccalaureate degree or to an entry-level position in the workforce.  This degree may appeal to students who may be undecided about their major at the baccalaureate level or who may want to explore various disciplines.

While the focuses listed below are related to specific bachelor's degrees, your academic journey is not mandated by the focus you choose. The flexibility of the Associate in Arts degree provides a broad academic base that supports acceptance into many Bachelor of Science degree programs at Hodges University.

Is a Focus in Criminal Justice Right for Me?

If you're interested in learning about law enforcement, the law, the courts and corrections, a focus in criminal justice may be the path for you!  Whether starting out or looking to advance up the employment ladder, our broad-based curriculum will ensure the graduate is ready to face the challenges of criminal justice in the 21st century and beyond.

Is a Focus in Digital Design and Graphics Right for Me?

Student that choose the digital design and graphics focus study many areas of the graphics industry including print and interactive media design and production, 2D and 3D computer generated graphics and animation, photography, marketing graphic production, presentation graphics, video game production, as well as the design and production of commercial, industrial and engineering graphics using CAD. 

Is a Focus in Health Sciences Right for Me?

The focus in health sciences prepares students for entry-level positions in health professions, to pursue a bachelor's degree in health sciences at Hodges University or to matriculate into more advanced clinical programs. If you have an interest in pursuing a career in health care, the health sciences focus may be the path for you!

Is the Pre-Nursing Focus Right for Me?

If you're interested in pursuing a career in nursing, the pre-nursing focus may be the pathway for you. Completing an A.A. degree with a focus in pre-nursing will provide the prerequisites required to pursue the bachelor's of nursing degree at Hodges.

Is the Pre-PTA Focus Right for Me?

All of the courses in the PTA focus are prerequisites for the PTA program at Hodges. If you're interested in a career as a PTA, choosing the pre-PTA focus of the A.A. degree may be the pathway for you. Our PTA program is taught by experienced faculty and certified by the Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

What Can I do With an Associate in Arts Degree?

The Associate in Arts degree is a widely recognized credential that supports students as they transition into the workforce or choose to pursue a variety of bachelor’s degree programs. An A.A. degree applies to a wide range of career fields and demonstrates a dedication to learn and a drive to succeed, traits employers are looking for. 

What Can I do With a Focus in Criminal Justice?

There are many types of careers available in criminal justice, and the career outlook is positive. Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026. Probation officers and correctional treatment specialist positions are expected to increase 6 percent from 2016 to 2026. Employment of private detectives and investigators is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026.*

Graduates with a criminal justice focus may find careers in law enforcement, the court system, corrections, forensic science, security, education, community service and social work.

*Source:http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/police-and-detectives.htm#tab-6, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/probation-officers-and-correctional-treatment-specialists.htm#tab-6, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/private-detectives-and-investigators.htm#tab-6

What Can I do With a Focus in Digital Design and Graphics?

Graphic artists and designers may find careers in many fields such as advertising, marketing, publishing, entertainment, real estate and public relations. The employment outlook is positive and projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026.** 


What Can I do With a Focus In Health Sciences?

Employment in health care is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.3 million new jobs. In fact, health care occupations will add more jobs than any other group of occupations. This growth is expected due to an aging population and because federal health insurance reform should increase the number of individuals who have access to health insurance.***

***Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm

What Can I do With a Pre-Nursing Focus?

The pre-nursing focus satisfies the prerequisites for the bachelor's of nursing degree at Hodges University. Registered nurses who possess a bachelor’s degree are in high demand both in Southwest Florida and nationally. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.****

****Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm#tab-6

What Can I do With a Pre-PTA Focus?

The PTA focus of Hodges' A.A. degree prepares students to enter our limited enrollment PTA program. The employment outlook for physical therapist assistants is very positive with employment projected to grow 31 percent from 2016 to 2026.*****

*****Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapist-assistants-and-aides.htm#tab-6

An Associate in Arts degree provides a well-rounded education while providing the opportunity to complete 24 credit hours in a specific discipline, or focus, of the student's choosing. Focus areas include criminal justice, digital design and graphics, health sciences, pre-nursing and pre-physical therapist assistant.

Find more detailed information in the University Catalog

How is Hodges University's Associate in Arts Degree Different?

Our Professors

Hodges A.A. program differs from others in that many of the instructors in the areas of focus come to the classroom with real-world experience having worked, or are still working, in the areas in which they teach. Such experience lends a depth to the information that they impart to their students.

Our Digital Design and Graphics Focus is Certified

The focus in digital design and graphics curriculum is certified by the  American Digital Design Association (ADDA). Curriculum Certification provides recognition to schools and training facilities whose curriculum in "Design Drafting" or "Digital Design  (Graphic Arts)" meets or exceeds industry standards.

ADDA Curriculum Certification acknowledges the standards established and approved by the ADDA, and supported by related organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the International Code Council, the American Society of Testing Materials, Association of Career and Technical Educators, and many others.

Our PTA Program is Accredited

The Associate in Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program at Hodges University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; Phone: 703-706-3245; email:accreditation@apta.org; website:  www.capteonline.org.

Small Class Size

Our small class sizes allow for enhanced individual attention. With an average class size of 14 students, you will always receive the assistance and attention you need. 

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Your admissions coordinator will:

  • Help you complete the application in its entirety.
  • Help you obtain necessary transcripts.
  • Schedule your admissions test (if necessary).
  • Coordinate the financial aid process with a financial aid professional.
  • Refer you to your academic advisor for class scheduling.
  • Give you information regarding your orientation.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!

Your Faculty Members

Chad Abel
Adjunct Faculty
Jesse Adams
Adjunct Faculty
Susan Anderson
Adjunct Faculty
Jaclyn Balan
Adjunct Faculty
Carlos Baradat
Adjunct Professor
Lisa Cook
Adjunct Faculty
Jeanne Csuy
Adjunct Faculty
Ashley Fessler
Adjunct Faculty
Rossana Garcia-Fernandez
Adjunct Faculty
Scot Goldberg
Adjunct Faculty
Arkady Grinberg
Adjunct Faculty
Barry Harris
Adjunct Faculty
Paul Heinrich
Adjunct Faculty
Arthur “Chip” McElroy
Program Chair, Digital Design and Graphics
Jessica Palumbo
Director of Nursing
George Sarantos
Vice Chair, Health Sciences
Deborah Schlief
Adjunct Faculty
Cynthia Vaccarino
Program Chair, Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
Charlene Wendel
Program Chair, Legal Studies
Andrew Weyl

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