Technical Education

Career & Technical Education

A technical education from Utah State University provides students with access to high-quality, career-focused classes. Students graduate with a university certificate that employers recognize and value.

Some technical education programs may be completed in one semester, while others take two or more to finish. Many technical education programs offer the opportunity to continue on to earn an associate or bachelor degree.





Information Technology / Cybersecurity

Service Industry


Steps to Degree Stacking


Start with a certificate at one of USU's southeast campuses or your local Utah Technical College


Use your certificate to “stack” towards an associate degree


Use your associate degree to “stack” towards a bachelor degree


Technical Education Certificates

Technical education certificates are accessible, affordable, and prepare students to immediately enter the workforce. Students can start an entry-level certificate program in high school and then “stack” their credentials towards greater and more valuable industry endorsements or licensure.

For instance, the Nursing Assistant (NA) Certificate stacks well into the Medical Assistant Certificate. Similarly, the entry-level Certificate of Proficiency in Phlebotomy builds a foundation for further licenses in the health professions industry.

Career and Technical Education Degrees

Career and technical education (CTE) programs often begin in high school through concurrent enrollment, which provides high school and college credit.

Certificate of Proficiency (CP) Programs

A certificate of proficiency, which is generally a one-semester program, is designated as "CP" on the USU course listing.

Certificate of Completion (CC) Programs

A certificate of completion, which is generally a one-year program, is referred to as "CC" on the USU course listing.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Associate (AS) Degrees

An Associate of Applied Science or Associate degree, which is generally a two-year program, is referred to as an "AAS" or "AS" degree on the USU course listing.

Non-discrimination Statement
It is the policy of USU not to discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex or disabilities in its CTE programs, services or activities. Please visit the annual notice of nondiscrimination.

Es política de la USU no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo o discapacidades en sus programas, servicios o actividades de CTE. Visite el aviso anual de no discriminación aquí.