CTE Degree & Certificate Programs @ QCC

QCC offers a number of Career Technical Education (CTE) A.A.S. degree and certificate programs within the following National Career Clusters Framework (we offer programs in 8 of the 16 clusters). Click on each cluster category to view the degree and/or certificate program(s) supported.


Architecture & Construction

Architectural Technology A.A.S.

Benefits for students in this program:

  • R.I.S.E. Program*
  • Videos on lectures and laboratory exercises for extra help.
  • Mentoring and workshops tailored to enhancing student understanding of the design and analysis of architecture software and design.

View the Architectural Technology degree program.


Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

Telecommunications Technology A.A.S.

Benefits for students in this program:

  • R.I.S.E. Program*
  • Videos on lectures and laboratory exercises for extra help.
  • Mentoring and workshops tailored to enhancing student understanding of wireless technology, cybersecurity and computer networks.
  • Preparation for certification exam for FCC license (materials and exam fees paid for by Perkins).

View the Telecommunications Technology degree program.

Music Production A.A.S.

Benefits for students in this program:

Opportunity to prepare and take industry-recognized certification exams. Preparation and exam costs all covered by Perkins grant.

Certifications include:

  • AVID Pro Tools Certified User
  • Melodyne Certification
  • FL Studio Training for Music Theory
  • U-He Product Specialist/Demonstrator
  • EastWest Sound Libraries Product Specialist
  • Fab Filter EQ Audio/Mastering Product Specialist
  • Wireless Microphone instruction ( tentative-pending campus re-opening)
  • Dedicated Student success advocate to support students throughout the program

View the Music Production degree program.

Digital Art and Design

View the Digital Art and Design degree program.


Business Management & Administration

Management/Marketing A.A.S.
Business Administration

Benefits for students in all of these programs:

  • R.I.S.E. Program
  • Opportunity to prepare for and take multiple Certiport Professional Certification Exams: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), Quickbooks (QB)

View the Management degree program.
View the Business Administration degree program.



Accounting A.A.S.

Benefits for students in this program:

  • R.I.S.E. Program*
  • Opportunity to prepare for and take Certiport Professional Certification Exams:

Quickbooks (see prerequisites under Business Management & Administration)

Exam fees and preparation material is FREE to students, paid for by Perkins.

View the Accounting degree program.


Health Sciences

Nursing Science A.A.S.
QCC/Hunter-Bellevue Dual/Joint Nursing A.A.S./B.S.
QCC/York Dual/Joint Nursing A.A.S./B.S.
QCC/School of Professional Studies Dual/Joint Nursing A.A.S./B.S.
Health Sciences A.S.
Medical Assistant A.A.S.
Medical Office Assistant Certificate
Massage Therapy A.A.S.

Benefits for students in all of these programs:

  • R.I.S.E. Program*
  • ExamSoft: Digital Software to enhance learning and testing
    • For students requiring extra time on high stakes exams, ability for student to increase font size of questions, highlight critical information/or omit unnecessary information in question stem to better direct critical thinking when answering questions.
    • In addition, ExamSoft provides the ability to send feedback to students after high-stakes testing to enable students to self-monitor learning needs and remediate weaknesses. This can increase the pass rate for diverse learners. The platform provides rich analytic data on student performance so that improvements in teaching and testing can enhance the ability of students to meet competencies.
    • Adaptive equipment is available for students for performing nursing skills such as stethoscopes with amplifier (for hearing deficits), magnifiers for visual deficits, and devices that facilitate motor skills when performing procedures that require precise dexterity.
    • Mentoring Program In collaboration with faculty advisors, the Student Success Advocate addresses success strategies for students through workshops and a comprehensive mentoring program.
    • Enhancing Success and Preparation for NCLEX through Integration of PassPoint NCLEX from Wolters Kluwer Health, computerized testing that utilizes adaptive quizzing would mimic the NCLEX. The NCLEX exam is also paid for by Perkins funds.
    • Undergraduate Research: Students will be engaged in research with faculty mentors and participate in presenting a research poster at Evidence-based Research poster day in Spring 2021 with dual-joint partner schools.
    • Bridge Program: A faculty-led bridge program will be conducted during the semester break (Winter and Summer) for students transitioning from fundamentals Level I course to NU 102 - Level II course to strengthen academic and clinical skills to enhance student retention.
    • Faculty-led Workshops: Faculty-led workshops, to serve as a role model, mentor, and facilitator for nursing students’ mastery of difficult concepts and assimilation into the role of the nurse. The workshops will bridge students coming from rote memorization science courses to critical thinking-based nursing courses. The registered nurse will be able to provide real-world connections to key nursing concepts and enhance students’ ability to enhance their knowledge and perform basic clinical reasoning.
    • Enhanced Simulation Technology: In a simulation laboratory, Standardized Patients (SP) Actors will be used in face-to-face scenarios and virtual scenarios via video-conferencing platform. This will provide opportunities for students to attain satisfactory student learning clinical outcomes and develop clinical reasoning and judgement skills.
    • Task trainers are provided as tools for students that represent anatomical parts of the body and are used to teach students psychomotor skills such as connecting an IV with tubing to an intravenous device or applying a sterile dressing on a wound. The models will allow students to demonstrate clinical procedures repeatedly in a safe environment and gain competency and confidence in achieving the psychomotor tasks. (Injection jelly – life/form, Ventrilo scope-heart and lung sounds, intramuscular injections, arms for IV, urinary catheterization, wound care, tracheostomy care.

View the Nursing, Nursing - Dual/Joint with Hunter, Nursing - Dual/Joint with School of Professional Studies, Nursing - Dual/Joint with York degree programs.
View the Health Sciences degree program.
View the Medical Assistant degree program.
View the Medical Office Assistant certificate program. View the Massage Therapy degree program.


Information Technology

Internet and Information Technology A.A.S.
Computer Engineering Technology A.A.S.
Computer Information Systems A.A.S.
Cybersecurity (A.A.S.)
Internet and Information Technology Certificate
Computer Information Systems Certificate

Benefits for students in these programs:

  • R.I.S.E. Program*
  • Videos on lectures and laboratory exercises for extra help.
  • Mentoring and workshops tailored to enhancing student understanding of cybersecurity and computer networks.
  • Preparation for certification exam for CompTIA A+, AWS and CCNA (materials and exam fees paid for by Perkins).
  • Registration fee/course fee free (paid for by Perkins) for: AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate Certification, AWS Developer Associate Certification, AWS Big Data Specialty Certification

View the Internet and Information Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Information Systems (CIS), Cybersecurity degree programs. View the Internet and Information Technology and Computer Information Systems certificate programs.

5G Mobile Technician I Fundamentals (non-credit)

Web Development (non-credit)


Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Dual/Joint Degree Program with John Jay — Associate in Science degree (AS)

View the Criminal Justice degree program.


Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Electronic Engineering Technology A.A.S.
Mechanical Engineering Technology A.A.S.
Environmental Science A.S.

Benefits for students in these programs:

  • R.I.S.E. Program*
  • Videos on lectures and laboratory exercises for extra help.
  • Mentoring and workshops tailored to enhancing student understanding of mechanical theory and electrical circuit and network.

View the Electronic Engineering Technology degree program.
View the Mechanical Engineering Technology degree program.
View the Environmental Science degree program.

Hear what our faculty say about CTE programs at Queensborough


Adj. Lecturer J. Bruce-BlakeAdj. Lecturer J. Bruce-Blake, Computer Science and Information Security (CSIS) and Cybersecurity Department
















Punita Bhansali, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences and Geology Department

Punita Bhansali, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences and Geology Department

Spotlight: CSIS and Cybersecurity

"Computer Science and Information Security (CSIS), offers students core knowledge required for entry into the fields of computer programming, digital forensics, and cybersecurity. Courses in this major emphasize the security and integrity of computer data and computer systems. The industry continues to have new breakthroughs for businesses and organizations worldwide, and demand for qualified cybersecurity analysts, specialists and consultants continues to grow.

The Cybersecurity A.A.S. degree program provides students with an applied understanding of the fundamentals of securing computer networks, operating systems, cloud technologies, computer programming, and ethical hacking. Elective courses offer students the option to take advanced courses in one or more of these areas.

All laboratory courses will take place in computer networking classrooms which are purposely designed and equipped for skill development. Both programs target practical learning and prepare students to obtain industry certifications and entry level employment in Cybersecurity, Information Security, DevOps, Cloud, and Information Technology. Graduates of the program may seek immediate employment or continue their education at certain four-year schools offering related Baccalaureate degree programs."

Why I Teach:

"I have 25 years working in and studying computer systems design and maintenance in industries such as healthcare, government human resources and finance, banking, and community entrepreneurship development. By teaching computer programming and systems design I am able to pass on my wealth of practical knowledge to the next generation. I make every effort to incorporate stories of real-world scenarios in explaining and demonstrating each lecture."

Advice for potential CSIS and Cybersecurity students:

"The field of computer science, information and cybersecurity is good for students with a curious mind. The opportunities require continuous learning in an area that is driving the information technology advancements of today's society. Find yourself and your future in a captivating career field and never stop pursuing the next advancement."

Adj. Lecturer J. Bruce-Blake, Computer Science and Information Security (CSIS) and Cybersecurity Department


Spotlight: Medical Assistant Program

"A medical assistant plays a critical role in ensuring that medical offices run smoothly, and patients are satisfied. They are often considered the “first face” of the medical office and the jack-of-all-trades helpers. The 2-year Medical Assistant AAS Degree Program at QCC can lead to immediate employment upon graduation. There is a high demand for medical assistants and the demand will only increase with time. If you like the idea of helping patients, working with your hands, and being trained in several skills, this program is a great fit for you.

An AAS degree in Medical Assistant at QCC provides comprehensive training in both clinical and administrative skills, which provides flexibility to the students as to where they can work afterwards. Throughout this program, there are various opportunities for students to obtain nationally recognized clinical and administrative certifications, which serve as tangible credentials that students can include in their resumes. The choice of different types of certifications provides additional flexibility and will also give students the opportunity to work across the spectrum of health care settings.

If you want to work in a health care facility, but you don't want to perform clinical duties, you can also consider the 1-year Medical Office Assistant Certificate program, which can lead to employment immediately upon completion."

Punita Bhansali, Assistant Professor
Biological Sciences and Geology Department



Medical assistants can work in various types of health care settings. The AAS degree training provides students with an overview of several types of skills, so a graduate of the program can find a setting that fits his/her particular interests and preferences.

It can also serve as a great bridge to more advanced professions, such as Nursing or Physician's Assistant. Moreover, this degree can open the door to other opportunities in health care facilities as well, such as patient care coordinator, phlebotomy technician, care coordinator, etc.

The courses in the Medical Assistant AAS Degree Program cater to different learning styles. Moreover, many of the courses are offered in the evenings, which makes it a great option for students who work during the day.

We also have a Student Success Advocate on board who can help students overcome barriers to their success.


Career Path Options

We have created very strong relationships with health care facilities in the NYC area, and have thus been able to provide enriching internship experiences for our students. Students have the opportunity to participate in a phlebotomy internship, a business internship, and/or a general medical assisting internship. Having multiple choices provides our students with flexibility based on their particular interests.

Many of these partnerships and internships have led to jobs as well. Every MA student has the opportunity to work with the R.I.S.E. (Road to Interdependence and Student Excellence) team, an on-campus resource, for preparation in professional development and job readiness.

Additionally, the program offers training in various different skills and competencies, as well as several certifications (NHA Phlebotomy Technician, NHA EKG Technician, Certification in Clinical Medical Assistant, etc.), making our students marketable and prepared to work in the ever-changing health care industry.

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