UAA, UAF and UAS degrees at KPC
KPC offers courses that lead to completion or near completion of several degrees offered by other campuses of the University of Alaska. As a community campus of UAA, KPC is able to support these program offerings based on student interest and adequate enrollment. It is very important to consult with an advisor to plan a program.
Bachelor programs and Associate programs offered through other UA campuses require students to complete admission and graduation applications through the campus that offers the degree, and will be subject to the admission and graduation application deadlines of that campus.
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE
- Early Childhood Development
- Human Services
- Radiology Technology
BACHELOR OF ARTS
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
BACHELOR OF LIBERAL STUDIES
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
- Natural Science
Many other UAA, UAF and UAS degrees are available via distance while in residence on the Kenai Peninsula. Examples include UAS Business Administration BBA, UAA Bachelor of Science and Technology, UAA Medical Coding Undergraduate Certificate and UAF Bachelor of Social Work. Please consult with an advisor for more information.
The AAS in Accounting is a UAA degree program being supported at KPC campuses. It prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of accounting. Additional credits are needed for BA articulation and careful advising is recommended to choose course options which meet both degree requirements. For more information about the Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, contact Tom Dalrymple at 262-0295 at KRC or Kim Frost 235-1658 at KBC.
Early Childhood Program (Certificate in Early Childhood Development, Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development, BA in Early Childhood Education, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Early Childhood)
The Early Childhood program is a UAA/Anchorage campus degree program being offered at KPC. This program blends theory and practice in the preparation of early childhood educators who can deliver quality care and education for young children from birth through age eight years. Within the Early Childhood program are four options:
- Early Childhood Development Certificate
- Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development
- Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Early Childhood Pre-K-Third Grade
The program is developed to meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children guidelines for personnel preparation, and it prepares students for employment in early care and education settings, including the public school system. For more information, contact Dr. Pete Snow, Assistant Professor of Education, at (907) 262-0357 (email@example.com).
Human Services (AAS)
The AAS in Human Services is a UAA/Anchorage campus degree program being supported on KPC campuses to prepare students for entry-level employment with human service agencies. Students acquire knowledge of human behavior and relationships, knowledge of social problem areas, skills in helping approaches and problem-solving skills. This degree, with its extensive practicum and course work in counseling, can be a terminal degree or a foundation to articulate into the BA in Psychology. For more information, contact Bettina Kipp at 262-0334 at KRC or Kim Frost at 235-1658 at KBC.
The Nursing Department from UAA provides an opportunity for qualified students to complete an Associates of Applied Science Degree (AAS) Registered Nurse program based at the Kenai River Campus and the Kachemak Bay Campus. The two programs are similar in content and requirements but differ significantly in starting dates. Being based at KRC or KBC means that a majority of the required clinical experiences will be done in Soldotna or in Homer. The coursework is done online as well as some sessions via interactive video with instructors in Anchorage or Kodiak. Some clinical rotations will be held in Anchorage since there are limited local opportunities for certain experiences (such as psychiatric nursing and pediatrics).
The Kenai River Campus starts a cohort of eight students each September. The application deadline for the KRC cohort is May 1 each year. The Kachemak Bay Campus starts a cohort of eight nursing students every other year; January 2016 is the next KBC cohort start date. The application deadline for the KBC program is July 1, 2015.
The competition for these limited seats is vigorous and there is a well-defined ranking system used by the School of Nursing. The ranking system considers courses completed, grade point average, experience and credentials in the medical arena, and scores on the NLN-PAX test. Those students with the highest rank will be offered the available seats. All admission decisions are made by the UAA School of Nursing.
It takes most students one to two full years to acquire the “credentials” for a complete application with a real chance of being accepted. For more information about the program, contact KRC advisor Dr. David Wartinbee, professor of biology, at 262-0377 or at KBC contact Carol Klamser, assistant professor of nursing, at 235-1613 or Dean Sundmark, student services advisor at 235-1655. Additional information may be found on KPC’s website in the Nursing Information Brochure under the Nursing Program heading.
Radiology Technology (AAS)
The AAS in Radiology Technology is a UAA/Anchorage campus degree program being offered at KRC. The Radiologic Technology program prepares students for employment as career entry medical radiographers. Students completing the program receive an AAS degree and are eligible to apply for certification with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Graduates are prepared with the technical skills necessary to perform a variety of diagnostic radiographic examinations. The primary role of the radiographer is to provide diagnostic images of the structure and function of anatomy to assist the physician in the treatment of injury and disease. Examples of examinations performed include chest, upper and lower extremities, spine, ribs, skull, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and reproductive systems. The program of study incorporates didactic instruction, laboratory demonstration, and clinical application in a manner that provides correlation of theory with practice. The inclusion of general university requirements fulfills program goals of developing knowledgeable and competent practitioners who will have opportunities for continued professional growth. Additional expenses include clinical attire, vaccinations, identification badge, and other organization fees. The AAS degree is not contingent upon the students passing any type of external certification or licensure examination.
A small cohort of two students begins the Rad-Tech program each September in Soldotna. The Imaging Department within the UAA School of Health set the application deadline of May 15th. The extensive application requires a number of essays and a minimum of 16 hours of hospital radiological observations. Pre-requisites for the program are completion of Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Medical Terminology, and the five basic General Education requirements for AAS students. Class sessions are done via interactive video on the Kenai River Campus and students then do their clinical work at Central Peninsula Hospital. The program consists of two years of classroom and clinical training. For more information about the program, contact KRC advisor Dr. David Wartinbee, professor of biology, at 262-0377.
Anthropology (BA or BS)
The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science programs in Anthropology, both UAA/Anchorage campus degree programs, offer students a solid general foundation in the discipline by emphasizing understanding of different cultures and peoples of the world as well as different theories and methodologies. Although there is some opportunity for limited specialization in either archaeology or sociocultural anthropology and in Alaska studies, the department believes that most specialization should be deferred until graduate work. Courses are offered between Kenai River Campus and Kachemak Bay Campus. Early and frequent consultation with an advisor facilitates progress through the program. For more information about a major in anthropology, contact Alan Boraas, professor of anthropology, at 262-0360 at KRC or Catherine Knott, assistant professor of anthropology, at 235-1612 at KBC.
The BA in Art is a UAA/Anchorage campus degree program being offered at KRC. The KPC art program offers upper division courses in the mediums of drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. Art students have the opportunity to work toward their Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art by taking the majority of their courses at KPC. For additional information about a BA or BFA degree in art or selecting art as a minor area of study, contact Cam Choy, associate professor of art, at 262-0361 at KRC or Kim Frost at 235-1658 at KBC.
The BA in Biology is a UAA/Anchorage campus degree program being offered at KPC. The undergraduate program in the Biological Sciences includes courses that provide students with a broad understanding of both traditional and modern biological sciences. These courses are suitable as preparation for professional degrees, for teaching, or for careers in government or industry. A program of study in the biological sciences requires completion of a basic science core curriculum in the chemical, physical and mathematical sciences as well as required and elective courses in the biological sciences. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor to determine which electives best suit their programmatic needs and career requirements. For more information about the program, contact KRC advisor Dr. David Wartinbee, professor of biology, at 262-0377 or at KBC contact Dr. Debbie Boege-Tobin, associate professor of biology, at 235-1607.
Elementary Education (BAEE) and Post-Baccalaureate Certification
The BA in Elementary Education and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Elementary Education are UAA/Anchorage campus degree programs offered at KPC. A student interested in K-6 teacher preparation may obtain either a BA in Elementary Education (BAEE) with elementary teacher certification or a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Elementary Education with elementary teacher certification. The BA in Elementary Education is a professional degree nationally recognized by the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI). Unique features of the program include an emphasis on culturally responsive teaching in Alaska’s context; a strong liberal studies focus; exposure to a range of teaching and curriculum design approaches, including integration of educational technology; and focused field experiences, developmentally sequenced and in a variety of school/classroom settings. Students are encouraged to take EDFN A101, Introduction to Education (3 credits), to learn more about the field of education before declaring the major. Careful course sequencing is necessary in order to meet the requirements. Advising is required. For more information on the BAEE or the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, contact Dr. Pete Snow, assistant professor of education, at (907) 262-0357 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Natural Science (BS)
The Bachelor of Science in Natural Science is a UAA/Anchorage campus degree program being offered at KPC. The Natural Sciences curriculum emphasizes the interrelationships among the sciences and allows students to obtain a strong background in two or more sciences while meeting the requirements of a single degree program. A minimum of 74 science credits is required for this major, as specified below. For individuals pursuing careers as secondary science educators, it is required by the College of Education that they complete 12 credits in each of the following sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth and Space Science. Students can complete much of their coursework at KPC and should consult the UAA catalog for complete degree information. Consult with a KPC advisor for suggested course sequencing and to be sure all requirements are being met.
The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science programs in Psychology, both UAA/Anchorage campus degree programs, offer students a solid foundation for understanding the complexity of human behavior. The baccalaureate program serves those with a general interest in human behavior, careers in mental health, an interest in personal and professional enrichment and an interest in admission to higher levels of education. Early and frequent consultation with an advisor facilitates progress through the program. For more information about a major or minor in psychology, contact Paul Landen, assistant professor of psychology, at 262-0394 at KRC or Kim Frost at 235-1658 or Brian Partridge, assistant professor of psychology, at 235-1604 at KBC.
Bachelor of Liberal Studies
The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree is a UAA/Anchorage campus program being offered at KPC. It is an interdisciplinary program that provides significant breadth across a variety of fields, meaningful depth in a single field, and the interconnections and integration among fields that allow a fuller comprehension of the modern world. It is intended for those students who prefer a broad liberal arts and sciences degree rather than a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in a single discipline. This may include students with particularly wide or still uncertain personal or career interests. Other students selecting the BLS may, with proper advising, wish to pursue professional graduate education in law or other fields. While with the proper discipline area concentration a BLS graduate may pursue graduate study in a particular discipline area, students who plan to attend graduate school in a specific area are generally advised to take a disciplinary major. Consult with KRC professor Dr. Cheryl Siemers at 262-0364 or KBC professor Dr. Cathy Knott, at 235-1612, for suggested course sequencing and to be sure all requirements are being met.