If you get a bachelor's and master's and doctorate degree does it matter whether or not you got an associate's degree first?

There is no need to get an AA and a BA. The BA supercedes the AA. If you're going after the PHD, just get the BA (Or Bachelors of Science), MA then PHD. The Associates degree means nothing if you already have the Bachelors degree. Sidenote: An associates degree does not necessarily mean nothing if you already have a Bachelors, sometimes students with BA's decide to make a career change and enroll in a two year associates program to get additional training.