Math/Science (STEM)

A.A./A.S. Degrees

The Associate of Science (A.S.) and Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is a general transfer degree. Completion of this program indicates the student has completed a course of study equivalent to the first two years of a baccalaureate degree. The Associate of Arts degree does not officially include a major or minor course of study. With an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from Helena College, a student can transfer to any Montana University System school with junior class status. Students may also accumulate credits to transfer to another college or university. Completion of the Helena College general education core requirements (30 credits) satisfies the general core requirements of the Montana University System. All Montana University System institutions will accept the Helena College general education core to satisfy their lower division general education requirements.  For more information, students may contact Helena College Admissions Counselor Ryan Loomis at 406-447-6904

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Computer Aided Manufacturing

Computer Aided Manufacturing is designed to prepare students as entry-level machinists in many areas, including aerospace, computer industries, job shop, gun smiting, tool and die making, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operator, and CNC programmer. Students will study machining processes and procedures using lathes, mills, drill presses, cylindrical grinders, and surface grinders.

Students will be prepared to enter the work force as entry level programmers and CAD/CAM technicians. Students will program and operate machining centers and turning centers in the lab. Students will learn the Mastercam programming system, which allows students to design parts on the computer and then manufacture them in the lab.

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Computer Networking

Students who complete the coursework will demonstrate the ability to install, configure, diagnose, repair and upgrade entry level personal computers, software, and network fundamental components according to industry standards. They will also be able to determine the type of software or hardware necessary to complete an objective and understand the functions of different operating systems as well as implement, administer, and troubleshoot a server in a networked environment. Students will be able to apply the principles of modern microcomputer operating systems, network architecture, hardware architecture, and subsystems to network, repair and manage operating systems.

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Computer Programming

Students will demonstrate knowledge of programming concepts, logic, design and problem solving techniques. They will develop, deploy and test desktop, distributed, and web applications. Students will be able to write computer programs using fundamental software development skills as well as write computer programs using object –oriented programming features.

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Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing C.A.S. Certificate of Applied Science uses specialized knowledge and skills that meet the health care needs of people in a variety of settings under the direction of qualified health professions. The curriculum focuses on preparation for employment. Students learn practical nursing skills through independent study, lectures, simulation demonstrations, and practice in the skills lab. Under instructor supervision, students also provide patient care in a variety of health care settings. The program is approved by the Montana State Board of Nursing. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the National Council of Licensing Examination (NCLEX) LPN licensure examination from the Montana State Board of Nursing. Upon passing the examination, the graduate becomes a Licensed Practical Nurse, LPN. This program will not begin until Spring 2018 with prerequisites offered starting Fall 2017.

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Pre-Pharmacy

Associate of Science Transfer Degree Via Articulation Agreement with the University of Montana Skaggs School of Pharmacy.  This degree program is specifically designed for students seeking admissions into the Skaggs School of Pharmacy at the University of Montana–Missoula. Upon completion of this degree, students desiring a professional (Pharm. D.) degree in Pharmacy Practice or Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences are eligible to apply for admissions into UM-Missoula’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

Note: Students in this program must also complete the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) and complete 20 hours of volunteer or paid service in a pharmacy, or other health care, or social field. This program satisfies the two-year pre-professional requirement and offers eligibility for application to the Skaggs School of Pharmacy at the UM–Missoula and does not guarantee admission. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses.

Registered Nursing

The Associate of Science degree program prepares graduates to function as members and leaders of health care teams in various health care environments. The curriculum focuses on preparation for employment. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination from the Montana State Board of Nursing. After passing the examination, the graduate becomes a Registered Nurse (RN). The Associate of Science Registered Nursing degree program is ACEN accredited.

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