Pima Community College is a two-year college serving the greater Tucson metropolitan area at six locations throughout Pima County. Founded in 1966, Pima's credit courses award certificates and associate's degrees in a variety of fields. PCC also provides workforce development, career training programs, continuing education, and adult education.
Pima is committed to providing convenient, affordable, and accessible high-quality education with the power to transform the lives of our students and improve our community.

History & Mission

The mission of Pima Community College is to be an open-admissions institution providing affordable, comprehensive educational opportunities that support student success and meet the diverse needs of its students and community. This mission, along with our vision and values, provide the framework for College activities. Pima's history shows a firm commitment to making a difference in our community.

Accreditation

Pima is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Several specialized programs have also been accredited or certified by agencies in authority.

International Students - Successful journeys begin here

Welcome, International Students! Discover the many benefits of starting your educational career at Pima Community College.

  • You can save on tuition costs by starting your higher education at Pima Community College. Four-year universities are more expensive than community colleges.
  • 2+2 opportunities. Get two degrees instead of one!
    • Complete your first two years of higher education at Pima Community College and obtain an Associate’s Degree.
    • Then complete your Baccalaureate Degree at a university. Pima's transfer agreements make it easy to transfer to our partner institutions, including the University of Arizona, to complete your degree.
  • Get a quality education with highly qualified faculty and enjoy a personalized instruction in a small classroom setting.
  • Experience the different education systems in the United States. Start your education at Pima Community College and transfer to our local university or another university in the United States.
  • Gain a Competitive Edge. Enroll in our Honors Program.

We're here to support you!

Living and learning in a different country is exciting, but can make you feel uncertain. We are committed to making your stay warm and welcome. That's why Pima Community College's International Student Services Office helps you through the student visa requirements and guides you through a successful academic experience. It's part of our pledge to help every student succeed.

  • Immigration advising: understanding rights and responsibilities, applying for optional practical training.
  • Academic advising: selecting program courses, reviewing progress toward university transfer, choosing English-as-a-Second-Language courses.
  • Cultural adjustment: spending time with other international students, understanding American customs, learning how to live in Tucson.
Programs taught in:
  • English (US)

This school also offers:

Associate Degree

Pima Community College

Prepare to transfer to a university to complete a bachelor's degree in engineering. ... [+]

Prepare to transfer to a university to complete a bachelor's degree in engineering.

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options: seek employment in some entry-level technical positions or advance in your current position

Academic Options: Transfer to a college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in Engineering. The courses listed in the Concentrations reflect requirements from the UA 2010-2011 catalog.

Program Requirements Engineering Core Courses General Chemistry I General Chemistry I Problem-Solving and Engineering Design Calculus I Calculus II Calculus III Dif... [-]
USA Tucson
September 2020
English (US)
Full-time
2 years
Campus
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This degree allows students to uniquely design an associate's degree in collaboration with a faculty member, advisor or counselor. Courses may be chosen from a variety o ... [+]

This degree allows students to uniquely design an associate's degree in collaboration with a faculty member, advisor or counselor. Courses may be chosen from a variety of subject areas. Students should meet with an advisor or counselor before beginning this degree.

Online Option: This program can be completed entirely online.

What can I do with this degree? Career Options: Design courses to fit careers of your choice. Academic Options: Continue taking classes toward a transfer degree.

Program Requirements

60 credits are required for this degree.

General Education Requirements

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Communication Requirement Analysis and Critical Thinking Requirement Humanities and Social Science Requirement Computer and Information Literacy Requirement Required Core Courses ... [-]
USA Tucson
September 2020
English (US)
Full-time
Part-time
2 years
Campus
Online
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Jump start your business career by completing this degree and then transferring to a university business administration degree or related program. ... [+]

Jump start your business career by completing this degree and then transferring to a university business administration degree or related program.

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options: This degree is designed for transfer rather than for direct employment. After completing a four-year degree, students are qualified for a variety of business careers including accounting, finance, management, and marketing.

Academic Options: Transfer to a four-year university to complete your bachelor's degree.

Program Requirements

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

English Composition Humanities and Fine Arts Biological and Physical Sciences Social and Behavioral Sciences Required Core Courses Financial Accounting Managerial Accounting Statistical Methods in Economics and Business Legal Environment of Business Computer Applications for Business Microeconomic Principles Macroeconomic Principles College Algebra Business Math Requirement Finite Mathematics Topics in Calculus ... [-]
USA Tucson
September 2020
English (US)
Full-time
2 years
Campus
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Associate of Applied Science

Pima Community College

Prepare for a career in television, film, video or other media. Courses cover filming, editing, production, design, lighting, script writing and photography. Students als ... [+]

Prepare for a career in television, film, video or other media. Courses cover filming, editing, production, design, lighting, script writing and photography. Students also have internship opportunities. Students seeking to transfer into a digital/film arts program at a university should pursue an Associate of Arts degree.

What can I do with this degree?

Career options: Leads to careers in television, film and audio production, including producer, editor, director, writer, camera operator, sound designer, web designer and graphic designer.

Academic options: Transfer to the Bachelor's of Applied Science degree program at Arizona State University.

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USA Tucson
September 2020
English (US)
Full-time
2 years
Campus
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Associate of Arts

Pima Community College

Complete the first two years of an elementary education degree and choose a concentration in Early Childhood or Elementary Education and transfer to a four-year degree pr ... [+]

Complete the first two years of an elementary education degree and choose a concentration in Early Childhood or Elementary Education and transfer to a four-year degree program.

What can I do with this degree?

Career options: Elementary school instructional aide.

Academic options: Transfer to a four-year elementary education degree program. Students interested in secondary education, rehabilitation, or special education should pursue the general Associate of Arts degree.

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses. A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

English Composition Required Core Courses ... [-]
USA Tucson
September 2020
English (US)
Full-time
2 years
Campus
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Pima Community College

Learn basic principles of hotel and restaurant management while completing lower-division required courses for a bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management... ... [+]

Learn basic principles of hotel and restaurant management while completing lower-division required courses for a bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

What can I do with this degree? Career Options: Seek entry-level employment in hotel or restaurant management Academic Options: Complete a bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management in Tucson through a partnership with NAU. Completion of required program courses, including AGEC-A requirements, allows students to waive 12 upper-division liberal studies courses upon transfer to NAU. Program Requirements English Composition Humanities and Fine Arts Biological and Physical Sciences Mathematics Social and Behavior... [-]
USA Tucson
September 2020
English (US)
Full-time
2 years
Campus
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Pima Community College

Jump start your retail management or fashion merchandising career by completing this degree and then transferring to a university retailing/merchandising degree or relate ... [+]

Jump start your retail management or fashion merchandising career by completing this degree and then transferring to a university retailing/merchandising degree or related program emphasizing various principles employed to manage the retail supply chain in order to satisfy consumers’ needs. Complete this program by taking classes in a combination of weekdays and evenings.

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options: Retail management personnel examines retail, marketing, fashion, and management principles that are applied across a broad spectrum of U.S. and global retail businesses including store, catalog, Internet, and services firms and other businesses that support these diverse retailers.... [-]

USA Tucson
September 2020
English (US)
Full-time
2 years
Campus
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Associate of Science

Pima Community College

Complete lower-division general education requirements for transferring to a university to pursue a major in the life sciences, physical sciences, or computer science. S ... [+]

Complete lower-division general education requirements for transferring to a university to pursue a major in the life sciences, physical sciences, or computer science. Students interested in preparing for professional degrees in dentistry, medicine or veterinary science should complete this degree.

A specialized degree is available in Engineering (AGS). Pre-Pharmacy students should complete the Associate of Arts degree.

What can I do with this degree?

Academic Options: Transfer to a university in a life or physical sciences program, or computer science program.

Program Requirements English Composition Humanities and Fine Arts Social and Behavioral Sciences Other Requirement Options: complete MAT courses above MAT 220 and/or additional science courses from the Biological and Physical Sciences List Required Core Courses ... [-]
USA Tucson
September 2020
English (US)
Full-time
2 years
Campus
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Courses

Pima Community College

Are you interested in getting a degree or certificate from Pima Community College? International Students do not need a TOEFL score or advanced English proficiency to beg ... [+]

Are you interested in getting a degree or certificate from Pima Community College? International Students do not need a TOEFL score or advanced English proficiency to begin their studies!

We offer credit ESL courses in Reading, Writing, Oral Communication, Pronunciation, and American Culture. Begin at your level, from high-beginning to advanced, and build a solid foundation for success at Pima and for university transfer.

What is the application deadline?

Fall semester

June 1 Spring semester October 1 Summer semester April 1

All required documentation and fees are due by the above deadlines. For students who are overseas, please apply one month earlier than the dates listed to allow time for visa appointments at the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate. Pima does not guarantee the processing of applications received after these deadlines. ... [-]

USA Tucson
September 2020
English (US)
Full-time
Campus
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