Select Your Pathway

Whatever your goals—a degree or certificate, receive job training, earn your bachelor of applied science, or transfer to a university—Yakima Valley College (YVC) offers quality educational programs at an affordable cost to get you started.

At YVC we offer over 55 professional/technical degrees and 100+ certificates which can make you more competitive in the workplace. We offer five bachelor of applied science degrees.

Choose Your Degree Pathway

Take the next step in your YVC journey by using our Pathway Selection Tool.

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About Pathways

Students who have a clear plan are more likely to achieve their academic goals. Pathway Advising helps you make an academic plan and focus your time at YVC. A good plan can save you time and money.​

Pathway Advising groups related degrees and certificates. When you choose a pathway, you choose a group of advisors who are experts on those degrees and certificates. You also choose an attitude toward your education.​​

Advisors are full time instructors and counselors who will help you understand degree and certificate requirements, develop a balanced schedule, and prepare you for registration. Meeting with an advisor can help keep you on track for graduation.

Once during most quarters advisors suspend their daytime classes so you have more time to meet with them. This provides you a chance to review your academic plan and make sure you are moving toward your goal.

No. Advisors are people just like you. They know goals can shift and bend as life happens. So if your goals change, your advisor will help you to change pathways.​

If you decide to change your intended degree, certificate, or pathway, you will find the Change of Degree/Certificate/Pathway Form and other helpful Registration Forms.

YVC offers a number of transfer degrees that offer an affordable way to complete your first 90 credits before transferring to a four-year institution.

Degrees & Certificates

AA-DTA Areas of interest

  • Art
  • Communications
  • Drama
  • Mass Communications (and social media)
  • Modern Languages (Spanish and ASL at YVC)
  • Music
  • Philosophy

AA-DTA Areas of interest

  • Business Transfer
  • Marketing

AAS-T

  • Business Administration (Transfer where?)

AAS – Two-year degree

  • Accounting
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Business Entrepreneurship Specialty
  • Business E-Commerce Specialty
  • Business Management
  • Business Marketing Specialty
  • Business Technology – Administrative Assistant
  • Business Technology – Bilingual Office Assistant
  • Business Technology – Legal Office Assistant
  • Business Technology – Bilingual Legal Office Assistant
  • Business Technology – Medical Office Assistant
  • Business Technology – Bilingual Medical Office Assistant
  • Information Technology – General
  • Information Technology – Network Administrator
  • Information Technology – Support Specialist

BAS      

Selective admissions – your advisor will be assigned when you are admitted to the program. While in your pre-requisites, your advisor will be a general Healthcare Pathway Faculty Advisor

  • Business Management
  • Information Technology Networking – System Administration

AA-DTA Areas of interest

If you are interested in becoming a doctor, psychiatrist, physical therapist, or other licensed practitioner in healthcare field other than in nursing, you might consider STEM pathway.

  • Nursing

AAS-T

  • Nursing MSRP

AAS

  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Billing and Coding
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Radiologic Science
  • Surgical Technology
  • Veterinary Technology

BAS

Selective admissions – your advisor will be assigned when you are admitted to the program. While in your pre-requisites, your advisor will be a general Healthcare Pathway Faculty Advisor. Choose Healthcare Pathway – AA-DTA

  • Dental Hygiene

AA-DTA Areas of interest

  • Anthropology & Archaeology
  • American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS)
  • Chican@ Studies
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Education — Early Childhood Education (grades 0 – K)
  • Education – Elementary (Grades K – 6)
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

AAS-T

  • Criminal Justice – Transfer to CWU Law & Justice
  • Criminal Justice – Transfer to Heritage University
  • Education and Early Childhood Education

AAS

  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education – Para-Educator

BAS

  • Elementary Teacher Education

AA-DTA Areas of Interest (for Transfer)

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Nutrition
  • Physics

AAS-T

  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Sciences

AAS

  • Aerospace Machining Technology
  • Agribusiness
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Production/Pest Management
  • Vineyard Technology
  • Winery Technology

BAS

  • Agricultural Sciences

Students who have a clear plan are more likely to achieve their academic goals. Pathway Advising helps you make an academic plan and focus your time at YVC. A good plan can save you time and money.  Pathway Advising groups related degrees and certificates. When you choose a pathway, you choose a group of advisors who are experts on those degrees and certificates. You also choose an attitude toward your education.​​

Searching for a specific degree or certificate? Explore our A-Z Index

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