When it comes to designing your life and making your dreams a reality, education is key, and NCTC is constantly expanding, improving and tweaking its offerings in order to prepare students for the success and fulfillment that comes from pursuing a desired career goal, and achieving it. With accredited classes transferring readily to four-year institutions, an NCTC education is a valuable, affordable start for many.

AA, AS & AAT Degree Transfer

NCTC graduates with an Associate of Arts (AA), an Associate of Science (AS), or an Associate of Arts
in Teaching (AAT) degree can continue their education toward a four-year degree at any public Texas university without the loss of credits earned at NCTC.

AAS Degree Transfer

NCTC Associate of Applied Science (AAS) graduates can take advantage of NCTC’s unique agreements with specific Texas universities to earn a Bachelor’s of Applied Science (BAAS). Those universities include Bellevue College, Midwestern State University, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University Commerce,  Texas Tech University, Texas Woman’s University, University of North Texas, and University of Texas Tyler.


The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program at NCTC partners with various universities to offer students the opportunity for a smooth transition from ADN to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) after passing the NCLEX-RN exam. 


Art, Design and Communication

Bursting with ideas and looking for a way to bring them to life? Whether on stage, in the kitchen, behind the drawing board or at a desk turn your active imagination into a career.

  • Gaming Application Programming (AAS Degree)
  • Game Design (Certificate)
  • Web Design (Certificate)


Education, Community & Public Service

Love working with people? Happiest when you’re making a positive contribution to the welfare of others? Consider making your career in education or community service.

  • Teaching EC-6 (AAT Degree)
  • Teaching 4-8 EC-12 Special Education (AAT Degree)
  • Teaching 8-12 EC-12 Other than Special Education (AAT Degree)
  • Criminal Justice (AAS Degree)
  • Criminal Justice (Certificate)
  • Criminal Justice Management (Occupational Skills Award)
  • Fire Science (AAS Degree)
  • Fire Science (Certificate)

Natural World

Plant and Animal Kingdom

Choose a career that keeps you close to nature. Whether it’s working outside, improving the environment, tending to animals or caring for plants, these careers are for people who thrive when spending as much time as possible outdoors.

  • Agriculture Management (AAS Degree)
  • Agriculture Management (Certificate)
  • Equine Science (AAS Degree)
  • Equine Business Management (AAS Degree)
  • Breeding Farm Management (Certificate)
  • Equine Horse Management & Training (Certificate)
  • Equine Husbandry (Occupational Skills Award)
  • Equine Management (Certificate)
  • Farm and Ranch Management (AAS Degree)
  • Horticultural Management (Certificate)
  • Landscape Design (Occupational Skills Award)
  • Sustainable Horticulture (Certificate) 

Hands On

Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Careers

Love making things and making things work better? Choose a career that lets you specialize in building, repairing and improving modern machinery.

  • Electrical Technician (Occupational Skills Award)
  • Engineering Technology (AAS Degree)
  • Engineering Technology (Certificate)
  • Heating, Ventilation &  Air Conditioning (AAS Degree)
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (Certificate)
  • Industrial Mechanics (AAS Degree)
  • Industrial Mechanics (Certificate)
  • Industrial Mechanics (Occupational Skills Award)
  • Machining Technology (AAS Degree)
  • Machining Technology (Certificate)
  • Welding (AAS Degree)
  • Welding (Certificate)
  • Welding (Occupational Skills Award)


Information Technology

Happiest when you’re dissecting code or developing a database? Do you wear your geek badge with pride? Choose from a range of IT careers creating, maintaining and trouble shooting in the digital world.

  • Computer Information Systems & Technology (AAS Degree)
  • Computer Information Systems & Technology (Certificate)
  • Computer Help Desk (Occupational Skills Award)
  • Cyber Security (AAS Degree)
  • Cyber Security (Certificate)
  • Database Administration (AAS Degree)
  • Database Management (Certificate)
  • Computer Network Systems (AAS Degree)
  • Networking Technology (Certificate) – Network Operating Systems
  • Networking Technology (Certificate) – Cisco Systems
  • Network Technology (Certificate) – Cisco Basic


Business and Entrepreneurial

Can you see yourself starting a business, managing an organization or building a financial empire? Thrive on order and accountability? Then business studies just might be the place for you.

  • Accounting (AAS Degree)
  • Accounting (Certificate)
  • Accounting (Occupational Skills Award)
  • Barbering (Occupational Skills Award)
  • Business Management (AAS Degree)
  • Business Management (Certificate)
  • Cosmetology (Certificate)
  • Cosmetology Instructor (Certificate)
  • Esthetician (Certificate)


Healthcare and Medical

Always ready to help? Fascinated with the science and technology of health? Whether it’s about promoting health or treating disease, careers in healthcare require a combination of skill and compassion.

  • Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program
  • Emergency Medical Technician (Certificate)
  • Radiological Technology (AAS Degree)
  • Surgical Technology (AAS Degree)
  • Surgical Technology (Certificate)
  • Vocational Nursing (Certificate)

Bachelors and Beyond

Transfer Study Career Paths

No matter what your skills and interests, starting
your education at community college means getting a foundation of basic classes in an attentive environment — all while spending less on tuition. Some studies that await you at NCTC:

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture
  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Engineering & Physics
  • English
  • Foreign Language (Spanish & French)
  • Government
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Math
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Speech
  • Teacher Education
  • Visual Arts

Application Checklist

  • Apply online at ApplyTexas.org
  • Apply for financial aid and scholarships*
  • Complete the TSI testing requirements, if needed
  • Receive a meningitis vaccine if under age 22
  • Submit high school and/or college transcripts
  • Register for classes!
  • Apply for housing*