Professional Pilot Degree

A professional pilot possesses a commercial pilot certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Degree (AAT or AAS-T)

Estimated Cost: $10,722.68

Admission Dates: Fall, winter, spring and summer quarters

Prerequisites: Must be at least 16 1/2 years of age. Must comply with FAA licensing standards, and must obtain a second-class FAA medical examination prior to the first day of class. Please contact Instructor for details.

Students graduating from this course usually begin their careers as flight instructors. After working as a flight instructor for one to two years, most progress into charter flight, corporate flying, and commuter or major commercial airlines.

In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain. The two degree options in this program are the Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) or the Associate of Applied Science –T (AAS-T) the different requirements for each degree are listed below.

AAT Degree General Education Requirements (15 credits)

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition or CMST& 200 (or higher)
  • MAT 105 Math for Industrial Professions (or higher)
  • PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (PSY 112DIV, SOC& 101DIV, or other humanities course that meets the diversity requirement)

AAS-T Degree general education requirements (20 credits):

All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:

  • 5 credits in Communication: ENGL& 101
  • 5 credits in quantitative reasoning: MAT 110, MATH& 141, MATH& 142, MATH& 146 or MATH& 151
  • 5 credits in a social science that meets the diversity requirement (PSYC& 100DIV or SOC& 101DIV)
  • 5 credits in social science, humanities, or science (choose one from the following): PSYC& 100DIV, PSYC& 200, PSY 210, PSYC& 220, SOC& 101, ART& 100, MUSC& 105, ASL& 121, BIOL 118, BIOL& 160, BIOL& 175, BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, CHEM& 121, CHEM& 110, GEOL& 110, PHYS& 114, ECON 101, ECON& 201 or ECON& 202

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all College degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity, and computer literacy requirements.

Employability Requirement: To be employed as a professional pilot, at the minimum, one must possess a commercial pilot certificate. This certificate is obtained by passing a Federal Aviation Administration written test and a flight test, and obtaining a Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate.

Admission Dates: Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters. Prerequisites: Must be at least 16 1/2 years of age. Must comply with FAA licensing standards, and must obtain a second-class FAA medical examination prior to the first day of class. Please contact instructor for details.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that U.S. citizens prove citizenship status before beginning flight training by providing a current passport or birth certificate and driver’s license. Non-U.S. students must submit to a background and fingerprint check from the TSA prior to beginning training. Contact instructor for details.

Program Requirements

AAT Program Requirements

Catalog # Course Name Credits
AVP 105* Private Pilot I 4
AVP 110* Private Pilot II 4
AVP 115 Private Pilot III 4
AVP 125 Private Pilot IV 4
AVP 130 Private Pilot V 4
AVP 135CAP Private Pilot VI 4
AVP 140 Instrument Pilot I 4
AVP 145 Instrument Pilot II 4
AVP 150 Instrument Pilot III 4
AVP 155 Instrument Pilot IV 4
AVP 160 Instrument Pilot V 4
AVP 170CAP Instrument Pilot VI 4
AVP 175 Commercial Pilot I 4
AVP 180 Commercial Pilot II 4
AVP 185 Commercial Pilot III 4
AVP 210 Commercial Pilot IV 4
AVP 215 Commercial Pilot V 4
AVP 220 Commercial Pilot VI 4
AVP 230 Commercial Pilot VII 4
AVP 235 Commercial Pilot VIII 4
AVP 240 Commercial Pilot IX 4
AVP 245 Commercial Pilot X 4
AVP 250 Commercial Pilot XI 4
AVP 255CAP Commercial Pilot XII 4
  Technical Course Requirements 96
  General Education Requirements (see listing above) 15
Computer Literacy Requirement  Course that meets computer literacy requirement
or successful completion of computer literacy exam)
3
  Total Credits for Completion of AAT Degree 114

*Articluated courses with High Schools for Dual Enrollment

AAS-T Program Requirements

  Credits
Technical Course Requirements (Same as AAT) 96
General Education Requirements (See Listing Above) 20
Computer Literacy Requirement
(Course that meets requirement, or successful completion of computer literacy exam)
3
Total Credits for Completion of AAS-T Degree 119

Note: Students complete the Professional Pilot Program requirements at different rates due to their own skills and abilities, availability of planes, and weather conditions that can alter scheduled flying times. Thus, the number of quarters needed to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements may exceed those listed above. Students must meet FAA flight time requirements prior to graduation.

Optional Training

Catalog # Course Name Credits
AVP 260 Certified Flight Instructor I 4
AVP 265 Certified Flight Instructor II 4
AVP 268 Instrument Flight Instructor 4

Optional Elective Courses

Catalog # Course Name Credits
AVP 118 Private Pilot Practical Test Standards I 4
AVP 138 Private Pilot Practical Test Standards II 4
AVP 152 Instrument Pilot Practical Test Standards III 4
AVP 172 Instrument Pilot Practical Test Standards IV 4
AVP 223 Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards V 4
AVP 257 Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards VI 4