Educational Programs and Services
The Associate in Arts degree is 60 credit hours and is designed for the student who plans to complete a bachelor’s degree.
The Associate in Science degree varies from 60 to 77 credits depending on the program. It is designed for students who wish to enter the workforce in a skilled field. Some limited transfer is available.
Applied Technology Diploma programs are either clock-hour noncredit or credit hour based. They provide entry-level courses in a specific area that usually can be applied toward an Associate in Science degree.
College Credit Certificates are technical programs that vary in length from 12 to 42 credit hours and provide the student with a set of technical skills in a specific area of study. Each College Credit Certificate applies toward an Associate in Science degree.
Postsecondary Adult Vocational Certificate programs are clock-hour based noncredit programs that provide the student with broad entry-level skills in a chosen field of study.
Baccalaureate degrees provide advanced degree opportunities for students in a variety of fields. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Management is designed for associate degree graduates (A.S., A.A., or A.A.S.) to build on skills for managerial positions requiring baccalaureate degrees. Specializations include Agribusiness Management, Health Care Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Management Information Systems and Public Safety Administration. The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education is designed for associate degree graduates (A.S., A.A.) to build on skills for early childhood education teaching positions requiring a baccalaureate degree. The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program allows associate degree registered nurses to advance their careers to meet community demand for B.S.N. prepared nurses.
Advanced Technical Certificate programs are career and technical programs that vary in length from 9 to 45 credit hours and provide advanced, specialized instruction to supplement an associate or baccalaureate degree.
Students needing academic assistance may take advantage of Developmental Education courses in the areas of English, mathematics and reading.
The college provides a wide range of noncredit courses. Educational and training courses that are offered through instructional departments include offerings in career and personal development, computers, business, child care and health.
Opportunities to integrate classroom study with practical experience are found in the Cooperative Education program.
The college encourages students to participate in civic partnerships by engaging in community life and the responsibilities of democracy through service learning. Many instructors provide service learning opportunities as a component of the instructional requirements. A fundamental purpose of the service learning initiative is to help create student awareness of the importance of participating in one’s community.
Distance Learning is available to students through online courses and telecourses.
Adult General Education programs provide noncredit instruction for individuals seeking to improve their academic skills in reading, language and mathematics. Programs include Adult Basic Education, ABE; General Education Development, GED; Vocational Preparatory Instruction, VPI; English for Speakers of Other Languages, ESOL; and Family Literacy.
The Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services has designated CF as an Emergency Medical Training Center, offering both Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic training. The Paramedic program is accredited by the American Medical Association.
The City of Ocala Fire Department operates a fire station, complete with an advanced life support fire rescue unit, at the Ocala Campus. The facility offers not only protection to the campus and surrounding area, but excellent laboratory facilities for Paramedic students. Through a cooperative agreement with the City of Ocala Fire Department, Munroe Regional Medical Center has an advanced life support ambulance that responds from this station.
Police recruit training, corrections recruit training, law enforcement, corrections and correctional probation seminars, schools and courses are offered through the college’s Criminal Justice Institute, a nonprofit CF organization.