Featured COAs Offering a Fully Online Pathway*
Applied Photography (Santa Barbara)
Art History (Foothill)
Digital Media Arts Production Artist (Santa Ana)
Digital Publishing (Santa Ana)
Game Audio (Foothill)
Graphic Design (Foothill)
Graphic & Interactive Design (Foothill)
Music History & Literature (Foothill)
Music Technology (Foothill)
Pro Tools (Foothill)
Business – Accounting/Finance
Accounting (American River)
Accounting (Santa Ana)
Accounting (West LA)
Accounting and Finance (Lake Tahoe)
Accounting Clerk (American River)
Accounting Clerk/Bookkeeper (Shasta)
Accounting Technician (Lake Tahoe)
Bookkeeping (Santa Ana)
CPA Examination Preparation (Foothill)
General Accounting (Santa Ana)
Professional Accounting (Santa Ana)
Business – Computing/Office Professional
Administrative Office Assistant (Cerro Coso)
Business Information Worker (Folsom Lake)
Business Office Technology (Cerro Coso)
Computer Applications for Small Business (American River)
Microsoft Office Professional (Santa Ana)
Office Clerk (Cerro Coso)
Business – Entrepreneurship/Small Business
Entrepreneurship (American River)
Business Administration: Business Entrepreneurship (Shasta)
Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship (Folsom Lake)
Small Business Ownership (Lake Tahoe)
Business – Management/Leadership
Business Administration – Management (Fresno)
Business Leadership (Saddleback)
Business Management (Ventura)
Business Retail Management (Shasta)
Management (American River)
Management (Cerro Coso)
Public Management/Civil Service (Folsom Lake)
Retail Management (American River)
Supervisory Management (Las Positas)
Computer Technology/Information Systems
Business Application & Database Management (West Los Angeles)
Business Information Systems Professional (Shasta)
CIS Computer Networking Management (American River)
CIS Microcomputer Applications (American River)
Computer Programming (Gavilan)
Data Analyst I (Cerro Coso)
Information Technology (Cerro Coso)
Information Technology Plus (Cerro Coso)
Network Administration Essentials – Windows (American River)
PC Support/Network Management (Santa Barbara)
Programming for the Internet (Gavilan)
UNIX Operating Systems (Gavilan)
Associate Teacher (Cerro Coso)
Associate Teacher (Modesto)
Educational Studies: ECE Unit Concentration (Coastline)
Educational Studies: General (Coastline)
Educational Studies: STEM – Instructional Technology Support Concentration (Coastline)
Educational Studies: STEM – Math Concentration (Coastline)
Educational Studies: STEM – Science Concentration (Coastline)
Educational Studies: Teach Your Career/Community College Teaching (Coastline)
Master Teacher (Cerro Coso)
Teacher (Cerro Coso)
Site Supervisor (Cerro Coso)
Spanish: Non-Native Speaker (Gavilan)
Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information Systems Technology I (Foothill)
Health Care/Allied Health
Administrative Medical Assisting (Cerro Coso)
Allied Health Care Careers (Coastline)
Cancer Information Management (Santa Barbara)
Healthcare Data Analytics (Santa Barbara)
Medical Billing (Cerro Coso)
Medical Coding (Cerro Coso)
Medical Coding Specialist (Santa Barbara)
Medical Office Specialist (Shasta)
Library Technology (Santa Ana)
Veterinary Assisting (Foothill)
How does it work?
Certificates of Achievement (COAs) are relatively short programs of study designed for students wishing to enter a new career or enhance their current job skills. Typically, COAs focus on major courses and do not include general education coursework. In many cases, COA coursework can also satisfy Associate Degree or Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) requirements. Contact your college counselor to determine the best option for you.
Can I earn a COA online?
Yes! The certificates listed on this page can be completed 100% online. Be sure to contact a counselor at your college to establish a formal student education plan. This way you will take all the courses you need (and only the courses you need).
What if I am not currently attending a college?
If you haven’t yet chosen a college, feel free to select any college that offers the program you are interested in. If you’d like to choose a college near you, use the Find a Community College Locator Page. But, keep in mind, not all of those colleges offer fully online programs.
How do I apply and enroll?
Once you have decided which program meets your needs, contact that college’s admissions office or visit their web page for application procedures. Applications are available online. Once you submit your application and are accepted, you will receive a student identification number and your date to start registration.
What if my college doesn’t offer all the courses I need?
If your home college does not offer a course you need in any particular term, you can use our online course finder, which provides up-to-date online course listings at community colleges throughout California. After completion, you will need to transfer those course units back to your home college. (Check with your home college counselor first to confirm that courses taken at another college will satisfy a requirement for your certificate program.)
Do I have to be a California resident to enroll in these programs?
The COA programs listed above are generally available to all U.S. citizens (and even some international students). However, students who do not live in California will generally be required to pay higher out-of-state enrollment fees. Contact the admissions office at your college for more information.
* The opportunities listed above do not represent all fully online COA programs available in California’s community college system. Contact your college to determine if it offers additional programs that you can earn entirely online.