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If you go to school full time (at least 15 credits per semester), you can complete your degree in two years. However, the average amount of time it takes to complete an associates degree in the U.S. attending school part time is six years.

Though associate's degree are two-year programs, it will take longer if basic skills courses are needed. Most colleges and universities require all incoming students who are entering a program of study be tested for basic skills. The test is broken down into four parts: sentence sense(grammar), reading comprehension, math computation, and elementary algebra. If a student does not meet the minimum score requirement in any of these areas, they are required to take non-credit refresher courses that must meet state requirements. Thus, it is possible that some students may have up to one academic year just in remedial courses before entering the college level courses. Then again, it could be a mixture of both remedial and college level. There are some exemptions from basic skills testing like high SAT scores, but the student should ask for the list of exemptions. The testing is to ensure that students are appropriately prepared to handle the college level courses successfully.

The associates degree is designed as a two year program of study as a full-time student provided the student takes the degree as prescribed by the college. There are some programs of study that may take a bit longer depending on the number of credits required. Usually these are programs within the health related fields. In addition, for students who require developmental course work as a result of basic skills testing, it would take longer. How much longer would depend on the extent of the developmental courses they are required to take. Evidently, those individuals who attend college on a part-time based would also extend their time in school. How much longer would depend on the credit load carried each semester. Typically, an associates degree takes between 60 and 64 credits to complete depending on the specific school, program of study, and state mandates. Associates Degrees

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  • Typically two of full time study. Full time study is generally, 12 to 15 credits per semester. It depends on the college. Most schools have a course sequence chart on-line.
  • AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE REQUIRES TWO (2) YEARS OF COMMUNITY/JUNIOR COLLEGE: Community (aka Junior) Colleges offer Associate Degrees after successful completion of a TWO (2) YEAR curriculum. Some curricula may vary from the two year standard due to the particular field of study.
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