Northeast State announces new accelerated and online degree programs

Two innovative new degree options give students an opportunity to earn an associate degree online or in only 18 months at Northeast State Community College.

Beginning this fall semester, college ready students will have the opportunity to complete an associate degree in General Studies over four fall and spring semesters in a fully online setting. The online option requires students to visit a campus for weekly lab meetings for the biology courses and exams proctored on the Blountville campus.

“The online degree program is open to any student seeking to enroll at Northeast State,” said Dr. J. Mike Ramey, Director of Distance Education Programs and Services at the College. “The online program gives students the flexibility to work at their own pace within assigned deadlines.”

The fully online degree path gives students full-term classes over four semesters. The A.S. General degree consists of 60 credit hours transferable to any Tennessee Board of Regents two- or four-year institution. Students opting to register for the fully online classes can register through My.Northeast, receive financial aid and take classes in other formats – ITV or classroom sessions – as needed.

Online courses offered through Northeast State are staffed by Northeast State faculty members; students are charged no additional fees to enroll in online courses.

“The proximity and availability of our professors to the students is a major asset to our online degree program,” Ramey said.

A second new degree option available open to students this fall is the 18-month A.S. General program. Students opting for the accelerated path take one course at a time except when required by the program to take two courses. Each student meets with the Cohort Advisor to discuss his or her progress in the program. Students must attend in-class meetings. In addition, the program requires that students sign an agreement indicating they have discussed all details of the program with the Cohort Advisor.

“The accelerated degree program requires a student to dedicate at least 45 hours per week to class work,” said Ramey.

Students attend intersession classes which are three-and-a-half weeks in duration. Terms 1 and 2 last seven weeks each, and a full summer session lasts ten weeks. The program needs a minimum of 25 students enrolled this fall. If the cohort is postponed, enrolled students can register for the same courses in online or traditional class formats.

The accelerated path was designed specifically for non-traditional college students who meet admissions requirements and adhere to the stipulations of the program agreement. The accelerated option is not designed for students requiring Learning Support classes.

“We tailored the accelerated program to college-ready students who are highly motivated to earn their associate degree quickly,” said Ramey. “The curriculum and time demands are intensive and rigorous because students are immersed in course content from day one.”

For more information about these new degree paths, visit the Evening and Distance Education web page or email


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