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Cohort Programs


Cohort Programs


Pellissippi State offers numerous degrees in a special, cohort-style format; a cohort is a group of students who follow the same set schedule and progress through the program together. All programs can be completed in two years or less, some with an accelerated schedule designed to accommodate the working professional.


Accelerated Pathway Cohorts

Accelerated Pathway Cohorts are designed to meet the needs of busy adults and working parents who thought the completion of a college degree was only a dream.  This makes it possible for learners to take advantage of two key methods of acceleration: shorter-length courses and credit for prior learning. Degrees and certificates are offered in Associate of Science in Teaching, Civil Engineering, Computer Accounting, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Heath Records Specialist, Industrial Maintenance, Medical Insurance Coding & Reimbursement, and 41-hr General Education.


Traditional Path Cohorts

Traditional path cohorts allow students to complete their degree together on a traditional block schedule of classes. Students move through their major as a unified group, which encourages students to collaborate and learn from each other over the course of the program. Traditional Path Cohort Programs foster long-lasting relationships that extend beyond the classroom and provide opportunities for networking and social interactions. Degrees and certificates are offered in Associate of Science in Teaching and Industrial Automation.


Prior Learning Assessment

If you have experience in subjects offered by Pellissippi State, you may be able to gain credit for what you've already learned. It's called  Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) and can be achieved through various methods.