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  Mar 27, 2023
2012-2013 Catalog [Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013] 
2012-2013 Catalog [Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013] [Archived Catalog]

Professional Pilot Technology (2258) (A.S.)

Associate in Science



The mission of the Professional Pilot Technology program is to serve our students and the air transportation industry by providing the highest possible standard of education and training in the theory and practice of commercial flight operations. By staying current and relevant with FAA regulations, policies, and new and emerging technologies, the program will produce highly professional, proficient, and safe pilots and flight instructors for the national air transportation system and the flying public.  

The Program

Earn your wings through this excellent curriculum which includes flight training through a local FAA-approved flight school. The program is intended for those who want to prepare for a career as a Professional Pilot, and provides you with the knowledge, skills and FAA certificates required to begin your flying careers – either as an FAA-certified flight instructor and/or as a commercial pilot.  Students will earn, at a minimum, the following FAA certificates and ratings: Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot for Single-engine Land airplanes with Instrument Rating, and Certified Flight Instructor or Commercial Pilot for Multi-engine Land airplanes.  Students may go on to earn their Certified Flight Instructor Instrument and Certified Flight Instructor Multi-Engine add-on ratings as electives, if they desire.

Graduates, with the Associate in Science degree, may continue their education at any of a number of four-year aviation colleges or universities, such as Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Florida Institute of Technology, the University of North Dakota, and others.

Incoming students, who already hold pilot certificates and ratings, may receive college credit for those certificates; however, awarding of such credit will be based solely on Florida State College’s evaluation of your certificate(s), training and competency. Once enrolled with the College, all further flight training must be completed through a Florida State College contracted flight school.

To be admitted to this program, students must:

  • Complete a College application;
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalency degree;
  • Obtain a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Class FAA Medical from an FAA-authorized Aviation Medical Examine (AME). Current AMEs can be found on the FAA website.
  • Students must present Proof of Citizenship documents of Transpiration Security Administration (TSA) approval prior to beginning any flight training.  For non-US citizens, the TSA approval process may take up to two months for processing. More information is available online.

Due to the costs of flight training and the complexities of flight training, students are strongly recommended to contact the Aviation Programs Manager for additional information. 

Need More Information? Contact:

Sam Fischer, Cecil Center, (904) 317-3844 or
Program Advisor, (904) 779-4200 or

More Information Online

Federal Aviation Administration Web site


Total Credit Hours: 64

General Education (Credit Hours: 15)

*Refer to A.S. General Education Requirements .

*Social and Behavioral Science Credit Hours: 3
*Humanities Credit Hours: 3
*Communications Category B - (SPC prefix only) Credit Hours: 3

Professional Courses (Credit Hours: 37)

Note: Either ATF 2500 or ATF 2400 may be used to meet Professional Course Requirements. However, it is recommended that students take both courses for maximum employment potential. Students taking both courses may use one of them to satisfy an elective requirement.

Professional Electives (Minimum Credit Hours: 12)

Note: Either ATF 2500 or ATF 2400 may be used to meet Professional Course Requirements. However, it is recommended that students take both courses for maximum employment potential. Students taking both courses may use one of them to satisfy an elective requirement.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the associate in science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) at Florida State College in courses eligible toward the associate in science degree programs (A.S. Florida State College GPA).
  2. Earned an all–college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) on all courses attempted, including transferred credits. (All college cumulative.)
  3. Completed at least 25 percent of credit semester hours required for the degree at Florida State College.
  4. Completed the minimum required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  5. Earned a grade of at least a “C” in each course used to satisfy the General Education Requirements .
  6. Students must have fulfilled all financial obligations to the College before they may graduate.

Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.

  1. Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the college term in which the students complete the academic requirements for the degree or certificate for which students are applicants. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective as of the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within five years or they will need to be reassigned to an active catalog. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2012/2013) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2017, or they will automatically be reassigned to the 2016/2017 catalog requirements. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. The General Education Requirements may be taken on any Florida State College campus or center.
  4. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  5. Students who place into college preparatory courses are required to complete designated college preparatory courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.
  6. Degree–seeking students whose native language is not English, who fall below a designated cutoff score on the English as a second language (ESL) entry placement test, will be required to take ESL courses with EAP prefix prior to registering for other college credit classes. The level of these courses will be determined by the entry placement scores. Individual exceptions will be determined by the ESL program manager.
  7. Degree–seeking students identified as non–native speakers must take an English as a second language (ESL) placement test prior to taking the College’s standard course placement test. Students who place into ESL, as determined by the test, must complete ESL courses before registering for other college credit classes. Non–degree seeking college credit students who plan to take English or reading courses must also meet these requirements. Exceptions to these requirements can be made by the ESL program manager or designee.


This A.S. degree program articulates into a bachelor’s degree program. For more information, please visit the Transfer Services Web page and look for your A.S. program of study.

University Transfer

This associate in science degree program is intended primarily for students who desire to complete an associate in science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details refer to the University Transfer Guide.