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College Planning Guide
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The purpose of College and Career Planning Guide is to prepare students to confidently take the next step after graduation. Within these pages you will find sequential information designed to help you stay on track to achieve your goals. Some sections of this guide have been pulled out and highlighted on the links at the top right of this web page. See also Financial Aid, Excelerate!, Oklahoma Promise, Tulsa Achieves and Career Tech.
Your parents, teachers, counselors, college admission representatives, and the College and Career Center staff are also great resources.
Some programs last only a few weeks; others last more than a year. Programs lead to a certificate or other award, but not a degree. Examples are nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants; and hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists.
- Associate degree Completion of the degree usually requires at least 2 years of full-time academic study. Examples are paralegals and legal assistants; and medical records and health information technicians.
- Bachelor’s degree Completion of the degree generally requires at least 4 years, but not more than 5 years, of full-time academic study. Examples are accountants and auditors; and elementary school teachers, except special education.
- Bachelor’s or higher degree, plus work experience Most occupations in this category are management occupations. All require experience in a related nonmanagement position for which a bachelor’s or higher degree is usually required. Examples are general and operations managers; and judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates.
- Master’s degree Completion of the degree usually requires 1 or 2 years of full-time academic study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Examples are educational, vocational, and school counselors; and clergy.
- First professional degree Completion of the degree usually requires at least 3 years of full-time academic study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Examples are lawyers; and physicians and surgeons.
- Doctoral degree Completion of a Ph.D. or other doctoral degree usually requires at least 3 years of full-time academic study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Examples are postsecondary teachers; and medical scientists, except epidemiologists.