Bucks Adds New Degree & 3 New Certificates, Expands Online Degrees

Fall semester classes begin Aug. 23, Sept. 11 and Oct. 16; registration can be completed online or on campus

Bucks County Community College has introduced a new two-year degree and three new certificates available this fall, with most classes beginning August 23. In addition, Bucks has added another degree that can be completed completely online, expanding its long list of online offerings.

The Health Science major is a new two-year associate degree designed to prepare the graduate to transfer into baccalaureate degree programs in the health fields. The 60-credit degree also provides prerequisites to enter one of the college’s health care programs, such as nursing or radiography. The college’s Health Sciences academic department, which provides both credit and noncredit programs, offers the new major.

In addition, the Business Studies Department has introduced a new 16-credit certificate in Social Media and Digital Marketing as demand for such expertise is at an all-time high, according to Professor Greg Luce.

“This new certificate allows students to gain the essential skills and knowledge needed to develop and manage social media and digital marketing campaigns in as little as one semester, with the option of completing classes fully online,” said Luce. “It provides the practical, hands-on experience employers seek.”

The Business Studies Department has also introduced two vital programs for first-responders: the 31-credit Fire Science certificate and the 34-credit Fire Prevention and Investigation certificate. These programs follow the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education and the National Fire Academy models, and prepare students for positions in fire prevention and investigation and the management of complex emergency scenes.

Bucks continues to be a leader in online learning, with the addition of the two-year Criminal Justice associate degree that can now be completed completely online. The major, offered through the Social & Behavioral Sciences Department, prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or to meet the demands for law-enforcement careers. The online program is particularly useful for those already working in the field who wish to advance their careers.

Bucks now offers nearly 80 programs of study, including two dozen that can be completed completely online. Most fall semester courses begin August 23, with additional courses starting September 11 and October 16.

New students are encouraged to come to campus for in-person advising and registration from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, August 17, Friday, August 18, or Monday, August 21 in the Linksz Pavilion, located on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., 18940. Students can also register in-person for noncredit courses through Continuing Education, Workforce Development, or the Public Safety and Training Center on these dates.

In addition, in-person advising and registration for credit courses takes place from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, at the Lower Bucks Campus, located at 1304 Veterans Highway, Bristol, Pa., 19007; and from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, at the Upper Bucks Campus, located at One Hillendale Rd., Perkasie, Pa., 18944.

A final advising and registration session will be held Tuesday, August 22, from 1 to 9 p.m. in the Admissions, Records, and Registration Office, located in the lower level of the Linksz Pavilion on the Newtown campus.

To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/fall or call 215-968-8100.

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations