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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  Jun 20, 2019
2018-2019 Catalog [Aug. 2018-Aug. 2019] 
2018-2019 Catalog [Aug. 2018-Aug. 2019] [Archived Catalog]

Professional Pilot Technology (2258) (A.S.)

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Associate in Science


The mission of the Professional Pilot Technology program is to educate, train, and prepare students for a career as an aviation professional, whether that means flying for the airlines, giving aerial tours, flying corporate or private jets, or flying bush planes in Alaska. By aligning with the latest industry trends and staying current with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, our program produces knowledgeable, proficient, safe, and responsible pilots and flight instructors for the National Air Transportation System.  

The Program

This program provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to earn the FAA pilot certificates required to begin their flying careers. Students completing the degree will earn Commercial Single- and Multi-engine certificates, with Instrument Ratings. Certified Flight Instructor is available as an elective. This training allows our graduates to start entry-level jobs as pilots and begin building the required flight-hour experience necessary for more advanced flying jobs.

Incoming students who already hold pilot certificates and/or ratings may be able to receive college credit for those certificates; however, award of such credit will be based solely on Florida State College at Jacksonville's evaluation of a student's certificate(s), training, and competency via a flight proficiency check.

Students wishing to receive the 250-hour credit towards the Restricted Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) certificate must complete the Professional Pilot Degree, all required aviation coursework, and earn (at least) their Instrument Rating and Commercial Pilot certificate through FSCJ's program. Although flight training for the Private Pilot certificate may be done elsewhere, students are required to take ATT 1100  in order to be eligible to receive credit towards the restricted Airline Transport Pilot (R-ATP) certificate.

Although this program does not have any entrance requirements, due to the costs and complexities of flight training, interested students are strongly encouraged to contact the Program Manager for additional information, or attend one of our regular information sessions held at 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at Cecil Center South. 

Application Procedure

Flight training has minimum medical requirements and requires a substantial financial investment. Students are encouraged to visit the Professional Pilot website for more information about program costs, course sequences, and FAA requirements.

Students may begin taking aviation courses at any time, but prior to taking flight training classes: 

  1. Students must earn (or already hold) a Private Pilot Certificate*. Incoming students can do this with FSCJ by taking non-credit courses. Contact the Program Manager for information on how to begin initial pilot training.
  2. Students must have a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Class FAA Medical from an FAA-authorized Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). More information can be found on the FAA website. (Veterans using their GI Bill must hold a current 1st or 2nd class Medical to enroll in each flight course.) 
  3. Students must present Proof of Citizenship documents: a current passport or original birth certificate and driver's license. Non-US citizens must have Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approval to begin flight training. Getting approval may take several months for processing. Foreign Flight Students should visit the TSA website for more information.

*Although flight training for the Private Pilot certificate may be done elsewhere, students are required to take ATT 1100 - Private Pilot Ground School to be eligible for the R-ATP credit mentioned above.

Note: Since students cannot re-earn a pilot certificate for a second time, the flight courses in this program are not eligible for "Grade Forgiveness" once a course is completed with a "D" or higher.

Need More Information? Contact:

Sam Fischer, Program Manager, Cecil Center, (904) 317-3844 or

More Information Online

Recommended Roadmap for this Program
Federal Aviation Administration website


General Education Coursework

Credit Hours: 15

Professional Coursework

Credit Hours: 40

Professional Elective Coursework

Minimum Credit Hours: 9

Total Credit Hours: 64

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the Associate in Science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C") at Florida State College at Jacksonville in courses eligible toward the Associate in Science degree programs, excluding developmental education courses (A.S. Florida State College at Jacksonville GPA).
  3. Earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C") on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower division courses (All college cumulative).
  4. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
  5. Complete the required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  6. Earned a grade of a "C" or better in each course used to satisfy the general education requirements and any other area designated with a "C" or better requirement.
  7. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
 Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  1. A student's graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students' graduation dates since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. Students who enter under the (2018/2019) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2018/2019 academic year. The student's assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. Many courses in this catalog have pre-requisite and/or co-requisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  4. Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of "C" or better regardless of program of study.


This A.S. degree program articulates into a bachelor's degree program. For more information, please visit the Transfer Services Web page and look for your A.S. program of study.

University Transfer

This Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree programs are intended primarily for students who desire to complete an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Applied Science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details refer to the University Transfer Guide.

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