Earning a degree can serve as a gateway to more career opportunities, higher salaries, and advanced education. Despite knowing this, life may have other plans. Students may choose to change from a degree program to a diploma or certificate program to enter the workforce sooner.
Thankfully, degree completion programs are an affordable and flexible alternative to traditional education. These programs work well for nontraditional students with full-time obligations interested in completing their degree. They can also serve as a solid foundation for those interested in pursuing advanced education at a later date.
What is a Degree Completion Program?
Degree completion programs are designed to help those with some higher education earn their degree. It typically includes previously earned credits towards a student’s degree to reduce the additional cost of pursuing higher education. These programs often offer accelerated timelines, so students can quickly earn their degree and enter the workforce.
These programs are typically taught in a flexible learning environment to better accommodate students’ schedules. This can make education more accessible to students with other obligations or time constraints. Degree completion programs can give students more control over their education and help them stick to their academic goals.
Why Consider a Degree Completion Program?
Degree completion programs can offer students speed and flexibility. Since these programs can include previous credits earned toward the current curriculum, students can earn their degree in months rather than years. Taking advantage of accepted transfer credits can reduce the total cost of earning your degree.
Many degree completion programs are offered online which makes it more accessible for working students. This gives students the freedom to tailor their education to their needs and increases the likelihood of completing their studies.
Obtaining a degree can present multiple opportunities for career and academic advancement. Degrees can also give applicants a competitive edge within the job market and can increase their earning potential. These advantages combined with lower total costs and flexible learning make degree completion programs appeal to many students.
About Miller-Motte’s Degree Completion Programs
Miller-Motte’s degree completion programs are designed to help MMC graduates turn their existing awards into an associate’s degree. Our degree completion programs aim to help students supplement their previous education with important soft skills typically sought by employers. Students in our degree completion programs can develop and refine their:
- Communication and writing skills
- Understanding of human behavior
- Critical thinking skills and more.
Miller-Motte College offers degree completion programs in Construction & Trades Management, Dental Assisting, and Medical Assisting. Upon successful completion of each program, graduates are awarded an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. These programs are conducted 100% online through our Chattanooga, TN campus.
Our degree completion programs are asynchronous which gives students control over when and where they study. Students can submit their coursework any time prior to an assignment’s deadline.
Construction and Trades Management
Our Construction and Trades Management degree completion program is available in three tracks:
- Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Basic Refrigeration
To be eligible for this program, students must complete or be enrolled in the corresponding approved campus program.
As students study their trade, they can develop their understanding of project management. Students can practice organizing and scheduling the necessary resources to start and complete projects in a timely manner. Students can also practice estimating project costs and allocating funds accordingly to keep projects within their budget.
Dental Assisting & Medical Assisting
To be eligible for our Dental Assisting degree completion program, applicants must complete a Dental Assisting diploma program from an approved campus. This AAS completion program takes 4 months to complete and can help students refine their soft skills to improve their professionalism.
Applicants must complete the Medical Clinical Assistant certificate or diploma program at an approved location before enrolling in our Medical Assisting degree completion program. This AAS degree completion program can be completed in 4 to 6 months.
Support for Degree Completion Students
Although our degree completion programs are entirely online, we aim to provide our students with the resources to succeed. Our online students have access to our tutoring, financial, admissions, and support services. They can reach out to the various departments to discuss personal concerns which may negatively impact their education.
Our academic advisors can help students:
- Create time management strategies
- Adjust to student life
- Advocate for themselves and more
Students can contact their instructors if they need additional assistance outside of class. Miller-Motte has tutors who can work with students at no additional charge.
Our admissions team is ready to help MMC graduates re-enroll to complete their degree. They can answer any questions students may have regarding the application process.
Students interested in our AAS degree completion program may qualify for financial aid. They can speak with a member of our financial services team to explore their eligibility as well as funding options. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.
Graduates of our AAS degree completion programs have access to our career services team. They can guide students on how to write and maintain their resume as well as perform mock interviews. This can help students receive feedback to improve their interview skills.
Our career services team can help students explore employment opportunities based on the student’s interests. They can also keep students updated on upcoming job fairs as well as schedule interviews for qualifying applicants should employers contact the school.
Miller-Motte College’s degree completion programs were designed to help students continue with the next steps in their education. By optimizing previous credits earned, students can earn their AAS degree in as little as 4-6 months. Each program is conducted entirely online, so students can study when and where they choose.
At Miller-Motte, we want to see our students succeed. As a result, we provide them with access to our academic advising, career, financial services, and tutoring resources. Students and graduates can utilize these resources as necessary throughout their journey.
Whether looking to complete a degree or to advance existing careers, Miller-Motte can help students reach their goals. Our admissions team is ready to help our graduates re-enroll and complete their degree!
Ready to start one of our degree completion programs? Call us at (800)-705-9182 or submit this form for additional information.