That depends on your academic goals. A certificate program for a specialized field or career (non-college credit or credit) generally takes one year. Examples of certificate programs are in culinary arts, computer technology, childhood education, emergency medical technicians, office administration, pharmacy technician, real estate and teacher’s aide.
An associate degree requires 60 credits and takes two years for full-time students to complete. A bachelor degree requires 120 credits and generally takes four years, but can be accelerated through several academic options!