Associate of Applied Science
An A.A.S. degree program prepares students to enter either skilled or paraprofessional occupations or to upgrade workplace skills and knowledge. An A.A.S. program is not intended to transfer to a bachelor’s degree, although certain courses may be accepted at some institutions. The exception to this rule is when an A.A.S. is used to enter a B.A.S. program.
Any student seeking an Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree must complete a minimum of 23 credit hours of general education, unless otherwise indicated in the curriculum. Associate degree students are advised to take CMP-101 in their first semester as subsequent courses in many programs, and especially in general education English courses, will rely on the use of computer technology and/or will require computer-generated assessments.
Some programs require additional credits and/or specific credit hours or courses in General Education check their specific program requirements. Some courses may qualify in more than one category of General Education, (subjects such as Diné Studies and Humanities).
Federal regulations require institutions participating in student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible education programs.
The Accounting program is offering an Associate of Applied Science Degree while incorporating the Dine’ Philosophy of Education and applying the concept of “learn by doing” by completing hands-on applications. It enables students to be job-ready for career opportunities abound as: Bookkeeper, Accounting Technician, Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk, Payroll Clerk, or an Income Tax Preparer. Upon completion students have the option to continue and earn a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Administration.
The Administrative Office Specialist program consists of certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree paths. Attitudes and knowledge of today’s workplace are emphasized for students in both certificate and degree courses. All of the equipment and software found in today’s business offices is utilized in our classrooms and curriculum. This program can launch a career in a business/office environment or be used as a stepping stone on the path to a higher professional degree.
Automotive Technology program concentrates primarily on traditional gas powered engines. The students will be able to demonstrate on Lab Job Sheets, pass the practice tests to prepare to become ASE certified, understand an ASE certified technician’s responsibility to nature and the environment regarding shop waste disposal, basic understanding of Work Order Intake and Delivery processes. This degree will allow students to learn the scope of skills and knowledge required of those who earn an A.A.S. in Automotive Technology
The BIM program at NTU offers courses structured as lecture and lab. Each class session covers assigned readings, class textbooks, and the instructor's lecture. The remaining class time takes a hands-on approach to learning software and equipment training.
The goal for the BIM program is to build students with a flexible knowledge in rural architecture, management, technical skills and sustainable products. Each class session covers assigned readings, lectures and hands-on approach to learning software and equipment training. Creating models from point cloud data utilizing Revit and AutoCAD software. Students are encouraged to explore additional software to strengthen their presentations.
Chemical Engineering and Process Technologists and Technicians work on industrial processes designed to convert raw materials into petroleum products. Since the Four Corners region has significant oil and gas fields, there are a number of refineries and other oil and gas related operations throughout the area. Technologists run production units, help design operations, implement process controls and address corrosion concerns. They do these tasks both in the field and in large plants. They also research products and technologies as well as environmental and reclamation techniques. Environmental reclamation, given the number of abandoned mine sites on the Navajo Nation and in Arizona, Utah, and Colorado, provides jobs throughout Navajo Tech’s service area.
The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Construction Technology also focuses on three fundamental principles: Creative Problem Solving/Spirit of Innovation, Collaboration and a Rich Learning Experience.
The A.A.S. Culinary Arts degree program is designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in a number of food service industry settings. Students will obtain training in professional cooking and baking so they will understand the demands of product delivery. Students will also receive management training specific to a variety of demands in the industry such as food and beverage management, human resources management, and planning and management of both large and small scale catering and banquet events. Graduates will have gained a better understanding of their own interpersonal communication skills as they relate to both back-of-the-house and front-of-the-house communication demands.
The Energy Systems program teaches students the fundamentals of electricity, magnetism, photovoltaic electrical systems, and wind generation. This program emphasize techniques to harness the earth’s renewable energy sources. Students study energy related applications, design, installation, and renewable energy, they learn residential and commercial wiring, programming controls and electrical motors. Students also learn to apply the National Electrical Code (NEC) for safe and reliable electrical installations. Solar street lighting, photovoltaic electrical systems, wind turbine fabrication and installation, and collection of wind resources will also be covered in addition to stand-alone, grid-tied, and net-metering systems.
The Program is designed to prepare students for entry into the engineering or technology program or entry into the technical workforce. The credits earned as part of this Associates program apply to requirements in Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Advanced Manufacturing Technology.
The Environmental Science and Natural Resources program emphasizes a thorough overview of environmental laws, hands-on experience, regulatory compliance, safety, and Native American perspectives on environmental and natural resource protection and management. The program is designed to meet the needs of tribal, state, and federal environmental and natural resource management entities, particularly those entities working in Native American communities. The program focuses upon preparing the student to address environmental redemption and restoration. It provides a general background to assist with natural resource management.
The Geographic Information Technology (GIT) program will serve to introduce students to the fundamental principles of geographic information systems, remote sensing, database applications, cartography, and enable students to understand the current state of knowledge residing in a geographic information system. The GIT program seeks to ready students for positions with governmental agencies, engineering companies, and topographical drafting organizations. Through the knowledge they receive from this program, they will also be capable of finding employment in a GIT department.
This program is structured to prepare students for immediate and continuing employment opportunities in the broad disciplines of information technology and computer support. This includes positions such as helpdesk technician assistant, information system support, and data analyst assistant. The information technology program will involve and incorporate the Navajo Technical University Information Technology (IT) department real world projects and disciplines. This collaboration will offer students hands-on practical technology opportunity and allows the Navajo Technical University IT department support. Students who earn the Information
The Law Advocate degree program is intended to prepare students to successfully complete the requirements for admission to the Navajo Nation Bar Association and to work as legal advocates in the legal and judicial systems of the Navajo Nation. Classes will allow local community residents to receive training to acquire new job skills or enhance existing job skills. Classes are offered in criminal, civil, and family law; with an emphasis on court procedure and practical skills. Legal research, legal writing, and legal ethics will be stressed.
The Professional Baking degree program provides students with advanced baking skills for the higher levels of commercial baking in a professional environment. Instruction focuses on a maximum hands-on experience as well as theory and safety. Students will be involved in all aspects of baking preparation including breads, sweet breads, assorted pastries, cakes and cake decorating. The program also includes advanced techniques such as working with spun sugar, chocolate, and design requirements for individual plates used in mo re formal setting such as banquets, caterings, and fine dining establishments.
The A.A.S. degree in Public Administration is awarded upon completion of a course in a cross- disciplinary program. Students will develop the skills and the intellectual discipline necessary to enter any Navajo Nation governmental office and provide worthwhile and creative administrative and managerial services. The course requirements for this program are comprised of courses offered among several existing certificate and degree programs.
OPENING Fall of 2024
Michelle Kahn-John, Nursing Program Director, On leave of Absence 2022-2023.
Chris Young, Interim Nursing Program Director
Geraldine Slim, Administrative Assistant/RN Program Advisor
For additional information, please contact the RN Program Email at
78 Credit Associate of Applied Science Degree Program- Registered Nurse. See admission or RN Program staff for pre-requisites and course checklist.
TEAS Assessment Exams July 2023 and March 2024.
NTU’s Veterinary Technology program offers an Associate of Applied Science degree and requires 68 credit hours with 50 credit hours of core veterinary technology instruction.
The program provides hands-on clinical and field experience in addition to formal classroom instruction. The curriculum focuses on duties and skills that enable students to pursue a career in animal health and other fields.
NTU's Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The AVMA accrediation will enable the NTU Veterinary Technician graduates to qualify for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).