The following associate degree programs are available at Wayne College. The structure of these programs may differ from similar programs within the Summit College of The University of Akron. All required courses for these programs are available at the college for students attending day or evening classes. A diploma issued as a result of the completion of one of these programs carries The University of Akron Wayne College designation. In some instances, specific course sequencing is necessary, especially for the student attending full time, to accommodate completion of the program in two years. Please consult an advisor at Wayne College for further details.
For specific curriculum guides for associate degrees, minors and certificates offered through the College, see the Undergraduate Curriculum Guides section of the Undergraduate Bulletin. For information on Wayne College General Education/Transfer Program, visit the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.
The Associate of Technical Studies (ATS) provides an integrated program of study for those students whose educational objectives and interests cannot be met through the college’s formal associate degree programs. The Associate of Technical Studies permits students to combine various courses from two or more of the college’s existing programs with other University credits, with credits earned at other postsecondary institutions, and/or with training received through other educational enterprises.
The Associate of Technical Studies is administered through the Office of the Dean and coordinated by the Associate Dean of Instruction. Interested students must complete a formal Associate of Technical Studies application. Upon application, the Associate Dean of Instruction makes an initial assessment of any transfer work and assists the applicant in selecting relevant areas of study. The application is then forwarded for review by the faculty most closely associated with the proposed area of study. Upon faculty acceptance, the application is submitted to the Associate of Technical Studies Committee who, upon approval, forwards the application to the dean of Wayne College for final approval.
The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programs are intended to help individuals understand effective social behavior and appreciate scientific fact and human values. The programs are designed to impart specific skills essential to effective adult functioning. These include the abilities to write and speak effectively, to calculate, and to think constructively and critically. The programs also provide a broad foundation of general knowledge about the physical and social universe as preparation for advanced baccalaureate study.
Most recipients of the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degrees transfer to bachelor’s degree-granting institutions to complete their intellectual, professional, and cultural goals. The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degrees meet the general education requirements for most baccalaureate degree programs at The University of Akron and other colleges and universities throughout the country.
Completing the Associate of Arts or the Associate of Science degree also fulfills the Transfer Module as outlined by the Ohio Board of Regents.
The Accounting Option provides training for a variety of accounting positions. Graduates will be prepared for immediate employment in the areas of financial and managerial accounting, sales, procurement, credit and collections, business research, data compilation and reporting.
Students entering the program must demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of computer software and keyboarding by examination (CISBR) or take the bridge courses prior to enrolling in the program. See an advisor for details.
The General Option provides training in varied business activities in preparation for an entry-level management position in business, industry, government, nonprofit organizations or as a self-employed manager. Students wishing to enter the program must demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of computer software by examination (CISBR) or take the bridge courses prior to enrolling in the program. See an advisor for details.
The Accounting Option provides paraprofessional training for a variety of accounting positions. Graduates will be prepared for immediate employment in the areas of financial and managerial accounting, sales, procurement, credit and collections, business research, data compilation and reporting.
The Health Care Office Management program is designed to meet the needs of current health care office employees and others to develop skills to prepare for technical, supervisory, or management positions in the health care field. Graduates will be trained for the daily operation and management of the health care practice. The responsibilities include all administrative, financial, human resources, clerical and supply functions, with a special emphasis on medical coding, insurance billing, and financial analysis.
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Paraprofessional Education — Intervention Specialist is designed for individuals who want to serve students with disabilities in a variety of educational settings. You will study how children learn and develop; how to support students with diverse learning needs within their school settings; how to effectively collaborate with teachers and other related service personnel; and the historical foundations for special education programs.
The program serves as a pathway to the Bachelor’s degree program for students interested in obtaining licensure as an Intervention Specialist. The goal of the Paraprofessional Education program at Wayne College is to create a cadre of paraprofessionals who will serve the diverse needs of students in the educational community. These educational paraprofessionals will be trained to perform the following activities within their roles in educational programs — provide instructional support to individuals and small groups of students, implement behavior plans, collaborate with teachers to ensure educational programming is consistent across settings and personnel, assist teachers with technology integration for students, collect data on students and educational practices, and provide personal care assistance.
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Paraprofessional Education—Early Childhood is designed for individuals who want to serve children ages 3 to grade three. Students study theories of child development, developmentally appropriate practices to serve young children, and the importance of collaborative skills to work with parents and a variety of service providers. Students also develop the skills necessary for placement into early childhood settings as teacher assistants. The program serves as a pathway to the bachelor’s degree program for students interested in obtaining licensure as an early childhood educator.
The Exercise Science Technology program prepares graduates for paraprofessional positions in fitness and wellness settings. Graduates are trained to instruct and coach both groups and individuals in various exercise activities. They assist clients in assessing physical fitness levels and they help clients in setting and reaching fitness goals. Graduates are prepared to enter careers as fitness trainers, wellness coaches, or other health and fitness paraprofessional positions, or to continue their education towards a bachelor’s degree in areas including exercise science, sports science or pre-physical therapy.
This associate degree articulates with the following baccalaureate degrees in the Department of Sport Science and Wellness Education: 5552:10 Physiological Sciences; 5552:11 Sport Coaching/Strength and Conditioning; 5552:13 Pre-Physical Therapy; 5552:14 Sport Management.