There are three parts to this process, which can be completed in a sequence that works best for you.
Complete, or be working towards completion of, a technology-oriented Associate of Applied Science degree at a community college.
Many AAS degrees are acceptable. Visit our degree-completion guides and select your local community college to see their approved AAS degrees.
You’ll be eligible for up to 43 semester’s hours of prior learning credit, awarded at the discretion of the NIU program advisor, in recognition of the technical expertise you gained when completing your AAS degree. You’ll also get approximately 16 hours of general education credit from your AAS degree. Taken together, you will have 59 credits in your toolbox; you’re halfway to your bachelor’s degree.
Complete NIU’s general education and BS-AMT prerequisites by taking course equivalents at NIU or your community college.
For specific details, including specific courses you can take at your community college, view our degree-completion guides.
Earn 30 hours of upper division credit at NIU-DeKalb or completely online.