Leading to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, Eastern's career-technical programs prepare graduates to meet regional employment needs for a technically skilled workforce. These programs include a technical core of courses emphasizing the skills required for direct entry into the job market as well as a core of general education courses. This is an appropriate educational option for students interested in immediate entry into the professional world. Students successfully completing a two-year program are awarded the Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.). Students completing programs of less than two years duration are awarded a Certificate of Proficiency (C.P). Programs are planned for completion in a specific period of time if students follow the recommended course sequence. Many of the specialized vocational courses include clinical, laboratory, internship and field work experiences which may take place at other facilities in the community. While the A.A.S. is intended to be a terminal degree, many, but not all, of the credits may be transferred to a baccalaureate degree.