Aviation Certificates Programs

Vaughn College offers flight certificate and other programs in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that may enable our students to qualify for positions in some of today’s hottest aviation fields.

Air Traffic Control Program

The Air Traffic Control (ATC) program is a partnership between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Vaughn College. The ATC programis not a degree-granting program; rather it is a set of courses offered in conjunction with several of the College’s degree programs that potentially qualifies participants for careers in air traffic control.

Applicants for the Air Traffic Control Program
For detailed information on the ATC program, please download the documents on the following page:

Air Traffic Control Program

Applicants Holding an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree
Vaughn College offers students holding an academic associate or bachelor’s degree, in a business-related field, from a regionally accredited college or university, an opportunity to complete the ATC program requirements and earn a second associate’s or bachelor’s degree in Airport Management by enrolling in a 30 credit course of study involving aviation, management, and air traffic control. Applicants who have earned an academic associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a non-business related field are also eligible for the fast-track 30-credit program, but may need to take an additional 3 to 21 credits in Math and Business if they have not done so through previous undergraduate study. For detailed information on the required coursework, please download the appropriate document below.

Students holding academic associates degrees
Students holding academic bachelor’s degrees

In response to the needs of our non-traditional students, a number of the required 10 courses in the fast-track 30-credit program are offered online, though students will not be able to complete the entire program without attending courses in person. Courses are generally offered both days and evenings, and Saturday courses are planned in the near future. Vaughn College’s affordable tuition (one of the lowest private college tuition rates in the Nation), combined with generous financial aid packages and academic scholarships for students achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher make this program an attractive, as well as affordable option for students seeking a career change.

Flight Certificates

Vaughn graduates may combine their technical education with flight training and qualify for positions as flight crew members. Students who successfully complete the Vaughn associate degree program in aircraft operations may take the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) examinations for the private pilot, instrument rating and commercial pilot certificates. Students who complete the Bachelor of Science degree in aircraft operations qualify for the multi-engine and certified flight instructor certificates. Pilots and flight engineers also are certified by the FAA.

Aircraft Dispatch Program

Vaughn College offers a program that enables students to sit for the exam for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Aircraft Dispatch certificate. Aircraft dispatchers share with pilots the ultimate responsibility for a flight’s commencement and completion. This 12-credit program prepares individuals to fill these important positions and also can be applied toward a bachelor degree in aircraft operationsairport management and general management at Vaughn.

Safety Management Systems Certificate Program

Safety Management Systems (SMS) is a top down and bottom up business approach to managing safety risk. To implement SMS successfully in an organization, all workers need to know and apply SMS principles and concepts. Vaughn College offers the only academically accredited SMS program in the tristate area serving the aviation community. This 12-credit program can be completed in a semester of full-time study or on a part-time basis.

Safety Management Systems Certificate Program

The entire credit-bearing Safety Management Systems Certificate Program or specific aspects of the program can be offered via individualized delivery for a pre-negotiated price to any organization required to perform or interested in Safety Management Systems training.


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