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2024-2025 Southeastern University- Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Southeastern University- Undergraduate Catalog

Associate of Applied Science, Professional Pilot (Partner Sites)


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Associate of Applied Science, Professional Pilot (Two-Year Plan)  

Program Description:

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Professional Pilot prepares graduates to enter the workforce as commercial pilots as flight instructors, air taxi pilots, corporate pilots or first officers for commuter airlines. Graduates will earn the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Pilot Certificate, with Single and Multi-Engine Land class ratings with an Instrument Rating, Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, and either a Regional Airline Transition course or a Practicum to build flight hours and other employable skills for the aviation industry.

The AAS degree in Professional pilot requires 62 credit hours, of which 33 are earned toward the major, including 27 credit hours earned for ground and flight training.  The remaining 29 hours include general education. All non-flight courses are offered in an online or blended delivery format. Students under an F1 Visa take courses in face-to-face.

This program is ideal for students who primarily desire to become professional or airline pilots and are starting with no flight experience. However, credit for prior FAA Pilot Certificates or Knowledge Exams can be awarded per policy.*

Students who choose the accelerated flight training path will have the opportunity to interview for employment as a flight instructor and work while they finish their degrees.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the Associate of Applied Sciences in Professional Pilot will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the aeronautical knowledge and pilot skills to safely operate a fixed-wing single-engine aircraft appropriate for a commercial pilot.

Assessment:

  1. 100% of students will pass the FAA Commercial Pilot Knowledge Exam with a 70% or higher on their first attempt.
  2.  80% of the students will pass the FAA Commercial Pilot Practical Exam on the first attempt. 100% will pass by no more than two attempts.

 

  1. Demonstrate the aeronautical knowledge and pilot skills to safely operate a fixed-wing single-engine aircraft in instrument meteorological conditions.

Assessment:

  1. 100% of students will pass the FAA Instrument Rating Knowledge Exam with a 70% or higher on their first attempt.
  2. 80% of the students will pass the FAA Instrument Rating Practical Exam on the first attempt. 100% will pass by no more than two attempts.

 

  1. Demonstrate the aeronautical knowledge and principles of instruction to operate as a ground and flight instructor pilot.

Assessment:

  1. 100% of students will pass the FAA Fundamentals of Instruction Knowledge Exam with a 70% or higher on their first attempt.
  2. 100% of students will pass the FAA Flight Instructor Knowledge Exam with a 70% or higher on their first attempt.
  3. 80% of the students will pass the FAA Certified Flight Instructor Practical Exam on the first attempt. 100% will pass by no more than two attempts.

 

  1. Describe career paths and pilot opportunities within the aviation industry.

Assessment:

  1. All students will achieve 80% on a standardized rubric for an integrative assignment in the AVIM 4013: Aviation Practicum I course, or AVIM 4003: Regional Airline Transition course.

 

Admissions Criteria:

  • High School Diploma
  • Enrollment Application
  • Character Reference
  • Ability to read, write, and understand English to take the Private Pilot Practical Exam
  • 17 years of age to take the Private Pilot Practical Exam; 18 years of age to take the Commercial Pilot Practical Exam.
  • Ability to obtain an FAA Class 2 Medical Certificate (to operate with the privileges of a Commercial Pilot Certificate).
  • Ability to obtain an FAA Class 1 Medical Certificate (to operate with the privileges of an Airline Transport Certificate).
  • International/non-citizens must complete additional requirements including an appropriate VISA and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approval through the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP).

*The first 9 credit hours are free, then $200 per course thereafter. If a student presents official transcripts from an accredited institution of higher education with equivalent courses, all those credits transfer at no cost. A faculty member or certified flight instructor appointed by the university may verify the currency of the credit through a review of logbook entries, oral examination, and/or flight/simulator evaluation.

Prior to students being enrolled in any of the AVIP flight courses students must have completed their Private Pilot training and have in their possession their Private Pilot License. Student who do not have their Private Pilot License prior to being accepted into the Aviation program are encouraged to enrolled in SEU’s Aviation 6-credit hours Private Pilot License courses: AVIP 1013, 1011 &1012.

Please see the Aviation promotional page for information on additional fees associated with this program.

Total Program Hours - 60 Credit Hours


NOTE: It is the responsibility of the student to read, review, and fulfill the requirements and total hours of this degree audit for their applicable degree.

Foundational Core - 25 Credit Hours


Habits of Inquiry - 22 Credit Hours


Divine Design - 13 Credit Hours


To meet the Divine Design requirement, students may earn credit hours in general elective courses, declared minors/certificates, or enjoy other experiential learning opportunities such as study abroad, internships, or practicums. Other practicum options include PRAC 1001  (1 credit hour), PRAC 1002   (2 credit hours), PRAC 1003   (3 credit hours), PRAC 1004   (4 credit hours), and PMIN 2303   (3 credit hours) up to a total of 24 credit hours. General Electives are any college-level course that does not satisfy the above program requirements. Students must complete the above program requirements with the remaining credit hours earned in the Divine Design to meet the total program hours.

Additional State Requirements for Online or Partner Site Students


*Note: Students taking courses online/at an SEU partner site outside of the State of Florida may be subject to additional Foundational Core requirements for degree completion. Some of these requirements are built into your Foundational Core listed above.  Any of the requirements listed below that are not incorporated into the Foundational Core will count towards your Divine Design hours.  State-specific requirements are also specified in the SEU Catalog. Please see your Degree Audit in JICS and work with your Academic Advisor to ensure these requirements are met. 

 

Alabama


Area I, Written Composition - 6 Credit Hours


Area II, Humanities and Fine Arts - 12 Credit Hours


* In addition to Foundational Core Discursive Inquiry requirements 

Area III, Natural Science and Mathematics - 11 Credit Hours


Arkansas


Science


Select one course not taken in Foundational Core

Kentucky


Maryland


Maryland students need an additional six credit hours in one or more of the following five areas: (i) Arts and humanities; (ii) English composition; (iii) Social and behavioral sciences; (iv) Mathematics; and (v) Biological and physical sciences.

Minnesota


Montana


Montana requires 6 credit hours of natural science with a laboratory experience. Students may choose to take BIOL 1334 to complete the requirement or any other science course to meet the credit hour requirement.

Nevada


3 credit hours needed. The Socio-Historical requirement must be fulfilled by taking PPOL 2433 or by earning credit for one of the following combinations of classes from an accredited Nevada college:  1) HIST 100, 2) PCS 101, 3) HIST 101 and HIST 102, or 4) or HIST 101 and 217.

Ohio


Ohio students need an additional two credit hours in one or more of the following areas: Oral and Written Communication, Mathematics, Statistics and Logic, Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity, Natural Sciences, Technology and Innovation. 

Oklahoma


In addition to the courses listed below, Oklahoma students need an additional 7 credit hours in one ore more of the following:  History, Social Science, Behavioral Science, Humanities, Math, Natural Science, Language, or Fine Arts.

Select One:


Choose one not already chosen for Foundational Core

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