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Chapter 5 Section 11 Credentials of Completion

Year Adopted: 2004
Revised: 2020


Clover Park Technical College offers six types of completion credentials.

The Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (BAS) degree is awarded for completion of at least 90 quarter credits of appropriate 300 and 400 level coursework. An applied associate degree (AAS or equivalent) with the required distribution of academic core coursework in written communication, quantitative reasoning, social science, and humanities are the prerequisites for program admission.

The Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) is awarded to students who satisfactorily complete programs that are 90 credits or more in length and include a core of 15 college-level academic credits. The majority of the credits are in the specific career/technical fields. The required general education courses in communication, quantitative reasoning and social sciences are designed to prepare students for work.

The Associate in Applied Science – T (AAS-T) degree is awarded to students who satisfactorily complete programs that are 90 credits or more in length and include a core of 20 credits of general education courses commonly accepted in transfer. These 20 credits include a minimum of five credits in each of the following: English Composition (ENGL& 101), quantitative reasoning, social science, and five additional credits in social science or humanities or natural science.

The Direct Transfer/Major Related Program Associates Degree (AAS DTA/MRP) degree is awarded to students who have earned a cumulative grade point average of a 2.0, as calculated by the degree awarding institution and be based on 90 quarter credits of transferable credits, including 60 credits of which must be general education courses distributed as follows: Communication Skills 10 credits; Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning 5 credits; Humanities 15-20 credits; Social Sciences 15-20 credits; Natural Sciences 15-20 credits; electives which are other college-level courses of which a maximum of 15 credits may be college-level courses determined by CPTC and the remainder shall be fully transferable as defined by the receiving institution.


Certificates are awarded to students who satisfactorily complete the competencies and requirements for programs that are not defined as degree programs. Core academics are required in certificate programs of one academic year or more or a minimum of 45 credits.


Students earning an associate degree from a community or technical college may also receive their high school diploma upon written request.

CPTC Residency and Grade Point Average Requirements

To graduate from CPTC, a student must take 25% of the required coursework at the College.

To be eligible for graduation, a student must have a cumulative college-level grade point average of no less than a 2.0.


Application for Credentials Completion

To be certified for completion in any of CPTC’s degrees or certificates or a college-issued high school diploma, the student must submit an application for credentials completion either online or by using a paper copy.  The application must be completed by the end of the fourth week of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate.  An application for credentials completion must be submitted for each degree or certificate the student plans to earn.

Award Processing

The credentials evaluator in the Enrollment Services office will do the following:

  • Log the student application for credentials completion into the SMS system.
  • Download the most current degree audit after grades are posted.
  • Be sure all degree requirements are met.
  • Contact appropriate program faculty for course substitutions where necessary.
  • Certify students for credentials completion after quarterly grades are processed. Post award to student record if all requirements are met, e.g. 2.0 cumulative college-level GPA and 25% of required course work completed at CPTC.
  • All quarterly graduates must be certified by the 30th day after the end of the quarter for reporting to the National Student Clearinghouse.
  • Print degrees or certificates of completion and mail to students.

Students who have completed degree or certificate requirements and have not applied for their award will be certified for completion after the above process is complete.  Degrees/Certificates will not be mailed out unless the student completes the application for completion. Students will be notified to contact the College to provide name to be printed on their award an appropriate mailing address. 

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