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Catalog 2015-16 
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Air Traffic Control

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Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
FAA Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program 


Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses .

Semester 1:

Short Session 1:

Short Session 2:

Semester 3:


General Education Requirements and Electives - 19-20 Credits

General Education Requirements:

General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education  courses. One course must be a Diversity course.

  • Information Technology 3 Credits.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credits.
  • Mathematics 3-4 Credits.

Program Requirements and Electives - 46 Credits

Total Number of Credits Required for A.A.S. Degree: 65-66*

*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed college coursework at other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101  in the first semester at CCBC. This is a 1-credit class, and it does not count towards the number of credits required for a degree or certificate. Students are required to provide an official transcript(s) to document successful completion of college coursework at another institution(s) for this requirement to be waived.


Program Description

Air Traffic Control Specialists guide pilots to their destinations and are responsible for the safe and orderly flow of aircraft in congested airspace. Flight Service Station Operators assist pilots in flight planning by providing air traffic delay and weather condition briefings and by disseminating important route and airport information. Most of these positions are with the federal government, and individuals may be required to pass a physical exam and civil service exam.

The Air Traffic Control degree is specifically designed to prepare students for employment as Air Traffic Control Specialists working in airport control towers, Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities, and Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC). Most of these positions are with the federal government, and individuals will be required to pass an FAA Class II medical evaluation.

This is an FAA Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program. Students considering applying for this program should read the CCBC AT-CTI Handbook available on the CCBC website at

Some aviation classes have lab fees . Fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Community College of Baltimore County.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree option, students will be able to:

  1. secure employment in the FAA Air Traffic Controller workforce;
  2. coordinate and regulate the flow of air traffic at all levels of airport density;
  3. interpret flight plans and flight data to manage air traffic patterns;
  4. function effectively and efficiently in a team;
  5. monitor and communicate to pilots changing weather conditions;
  6. apply FAA and NTSB regulations and other aeronautical and security guidelines appropriately in various aviation and safety settings; and
  7. speak and communicate clearly and decisively using standard industry pilot-controller phraseology. 

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