Associate of Technical Studies

Antoinette Baldin, PhD,  Associate Vice President
Phone: (419) 995-8222
Email: baldin.a@RhodesState.edu
Office: 205 Keese Hall

The Associate of Technical Studies (ATS) program allows students whose career goals do not exactly match those of existing programs to design a course of study using parts of existing technical programs. Technical courses must be integrated with general and basic studies selections. The purpose is to provide a coherent arrangement of current degree courses that will cross program majors and extend more flexible alternatives to students.

Student Admission

Consistent with the open admission policy of the College, the program is open to any student admitted to the College. This determination will be made through the admissions process when it is clear that the student’s educational goal cannot be accomplished through his/her participation in one of the existing programs. Office of Advising and Counseling personnel will advise the student of the proper procedures to enter the Associate of Technical Studies degree program. Students may not bring more than 50 completed credit hours to the program.

The prospective student must complete an application for entrance to the Associate of Technical Studies program outlining his/her plan to meet the program requirements. The Division Dean, Program Chair or the designated faculty advisor are support resources to the student. The completed application will be presented to the Dean of the major program of participation who will meet with the student and the designated faculty advisor. This review will insure the acceptability of the plan relative to the intended outcomes which must be consistent with the overall objectives of the Associate of Technical Studies degree and the needs of the student. Copies of the final ATS plan will be given to the Office of Transfer and Residency, the student, and the Division Dean, Program Chair or designated faculty advisor.

Students pursuing an ATS program of study at Rhodes State must enroll in one of the following courses: ATS 1000 ATS Degree Plan Seminar in Allied Health, ATS 1010 ATS Degree Plan Seminar in Business/Public Service, ATS 1020 ATS Degree Planning Seminar in Information Technology/Engineering Technology, or ATS 1030 Degree Planning Seminar in Nursing.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the degree of Associate of Technical Studies must meet the following general and specific requirements:

  1. Achieve a 2.0 overall grade point average.
  2. Complete 20 technical semester hours of residency.
  3. Declare intent to pursue and complete the degree prior to the completion of 40 credit hours of study.
  4. Complete 60 to 65 semester credit hours based on the agreed upon plan of study.

Specific Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of ATS Seminar course (ATS 1000 ATS Degree Plan Seminar in Allied Health, ATS 1010 ATS Degree Plan Seminar in Business/Public Service or ATS 1020 ATS Degree Planning Seminar in Information Technology/Engineering Technology)
  2. Twenty-five percent of the agreed upon curriculum must be in General Education including English Composition, selected coursework in Behavorial Sciences, Mathematics, and either Humanities or Life and Physical and Biological Sciences. (see here).
  3. Twenty-five percent of the agreed upon curriculum must be in Basic/ Related Studies credit hours or the equivalent. One hour must be SDE 1010 First Year Experience and  CPT 1040 Introductory Computer Applications or CPT 1250 Computer Applications in the Workplace. See academic advising for exceptions.
  4. Fifty percent of the agreed upon curriculum must be in Technical Studies credit hours or the equivalent.
  5. The degree must have a minimum of six writing assignments submitted to the college e-portfolio system (Exceptions may include: courses transferred in, or a course receiving credit for experience).
  6. Completion of an appropriate Capstone course including the CAAP test.