Applications to enroll in the Professional Piloting program at JCC are no longer being accepted.

This degree program prepares students to enter the field of aviation as a professional pilot. Students successfully completing the program will have earned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifications of Private and Commercial Pilot, with Instrument Rating, and either be a Certified Flight Instructor-Airplane or possess the multi-engine rating. All instruction occurs under Part 141 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs). Graduates who earn the Certified Flight Instructor-Airplane rating will be able to log the same hours as their students, earn pay, and not pay airplane rental fees. Students planning to work for the commercial airlines are encouraged to earn a four-year degree.

Program is available online.

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Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
20 credit hours
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
GEO 1520: World Regional Geography3
MAT 1590: College Algebra/Trigonometry4
MET 1510: Introduction to Meteorology3
Core Requirements
24-26.5 credit hours
AVN 1100: Aircraft Powerplants and Systems3
AVN 1200: Survey of Air Traffic Control3
AVN 1240: Instrument Pilot Ground School3
AVN 1250: Instrument Pilot Flight1.5
AVN 1340: Commercial Pilot Ground School I1.5
AVN 1350: Commercial Pilot Flight I1.5
AVN 2100: Aviation Safety3
AVN 2140: Commercial Pilot Ground School II1.5
AVN 2150: Commercial Pilot Flight II2.5
AVN 2200: Advanced Aircraft Systems3
AVN 2250: Certified Flight Instructor I - Airplane or AVN 2350: Multi Engine Flight3 or 0.5
Electives 14.5-17 credit hours
Important Points
  • Ground and flight instruction are currently offered at Prior Aviation and Rochester Air Center.
  • While the Private Pilot rating is not required as part of the degree program, students will still need to complete this rating as part of the FAA requirements to continue with flight training. Students will be expected to possess this rating before starting in our program.
  • At least 1 credit under Electives must be Liberal Arts & Sciences specific.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the aeronautical knowledge required to successfully pass the FAA Commercial Pilot Written Exam.
  2. Demonstrate flight skills necessary to successfully pass the FAA Commercial Pilot Practical Test ASEL (Airplane Single Engine Land).
  3. Analyze and respond to the questions “is it safe?”, “is it legal?”, and “is it smart?” when making decisions involving flight. 
  4. Demonstrate the ability to explain private and commercial knowledge and flight maneuvers to potential students in a way that allows them to successfully pass the FAA Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI), Flight Instructor Airplane (FIA), and Certified Flight Instructor Airplane Practical Test, OR demonstrate flight skills necessary to successfully pass the FAA Multiengine Practical Test.

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. But we know that for many of you, your time at JCC is just the first step in your educational journey. And when it's time for you to take your next step, that strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of transfer agreements we maintain with several top colleges and universities, will help make your transfer process as smooth as possible. Learn More
It is important when planning your transfer to talk with your advisor about the specifics of each four-year college or university. 

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Jean Schrader, Dean, Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
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