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To complete a Clarion University associate degree, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at Venango College. For Business Administration (A.S.) and Paralegal Studies (A.S.) students, these 30 credits must include the 12 credits required in the concentration and a minimum of 12 credits from the courses listed under the Business Core. The transfer of a specific associate degree to a specific baccalaureate program may incur deficiencies within the major.

Free Electives Sufficient to Total 60 Credits


Associate of Science

Associate of Science:

Business Administration

The Associate of Science in Business Administration is designed to provide an opportunity in post-secondary education not found elsewhere within the service area of Clarion University. After earning the associate degree, students who wish to further their education may continue at the baccalaureate level on the Clarion campus.


  1. Ensure that each student has an exposure to general education and business fundamentals appropriate for associate-level degree education in business administration.

  2. Prepare associate degree students for entry-level positions in business, industry, and government. Graduates may find jobs in sales, marketing, finance, or administrative areas of business.

  3. Prepare aspiring students for entry into baccalaureate degree programs.


General Education (minimal requirement (20 credits):
ENG 111, HPE 111, CMST 113, ECON 211, ECON 212, a HPE activity, and General Education Electives. Note: If ENG 110 is required as a result of the placement exam, it will be used as three credits of the general education electives.

Business Core Subjects (24 credits):
ACTG 251, ACTG 252, BSAD 240, CIS 217, ECON 221, ENG 307, MATH 131, and MGMT 120.

General Business Management Concentration (15 credits):
BSAD 241, ECON 222, FIN 170 OR FIN 373, MKTG 360, and MGMT 320.

Associate of Science:

Paralegal Studies

Clarion University’s Paralegal Studies Program is designed to provide for the education of paralegals. A paralegal, or legal assistant, is a person qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.

A paralegal may not practice law. All of the courses required for this degree are offered at Venango College. Some of the courses also are offered at Clarion campus.

Academic Requirement

The program is divided into three blocks of required courses. The general education and business core classes are required of all Associate of Science candidates to develop their ability to work and live as well-rounded and competent individuals in the business environment. The remaining courses are specialized legal courses designed to develop competence in substantive and procedural law.

General Education (minimal requirement—23 credits):
ENG 111, CMST 113, HPE 111, ECON 211, a MATH competency class from the following: MATH 110, 112, 131, 171, 222, 270, or 271, and nine credits of general education electives. Note: The general education electives must be selected from an approved list of general education courses. This list is available from the director of Paralegal Studies and can be viewed on the program’s website at

Paralegal Studies Core (18 credits):
ACTG 251, 252; BSAD 240, 241; CIS 217; and ECON 221.

Legal Specialty Courses (21 credits):
BSAD 238, 242, 246, 248, 249; and two of the following courses: BSAD 239, 243, 244, 247.

Free Elective (6 credits):
Students should use their free electives to tailor the paralegal studies degree to their individual career preference. The choice may be a law specialty course not counted in the concentration, political science, philosophy, or any other general education course of interest.

Associate of Science:

Rehabilitative Services

The Associate of Science in Rehabilitative Services which is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education trains people to work in human service practitioner roles with people with special needs in human service agencies. They include, but are not limited to, the roles of life skills worker, life coach, classroom assistant, and human development assistant. Because these roles vary, the program offers both specialized and generic competencies. The two-year
program culminates with a supervised field experience in a human service agency. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from field experience sites.

Students who enroll in the associate degree program will work with nationally recognized faculty in the field. Qualified students who have earned a 2.5 QPA may continue their study toward a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitative sciences and receive credit toward graduation for courses taken while earning an associate degree.

General Education
ENG 111: Writing II, 3
CMST 113: Public Speaking, 3
PSY 111: Psychology of Personal Growth, 3
PSY 211: General Psychology, 3
PSY 260: Developmental Psychology, 3
SOC 211: Principles of Sociology, 3
Related electives, 3
Electives: humanities and natural science, 9
General or free elective, 6

Rehabilitative Services Core
REHB 126: Introduction to Human Services, 3
REHB 227: Neurological Disorders and Physical Impairments, 3
SPED 245: Applied Behavior Analysis, 3
REHB 250: The Helping Relationship, 3
REHB 295: Field Experience, 6
REHB 296: Seminar for REHB 295, 1
NURS 368: Human Caring, 3
SW 212: Social Work With Groups, 3


Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitative Sciences:
Court and Community Services Concentration

This degree program is designed for students who are interested in the growing human services fields that work closely with the court system. This unique academic option combines a traditional human services and rehabilitative sciences program with the paralegal education necessary to bridge the gap between the courts and social services. A legal assistant or paralegal is a person qualified by education, training, or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency, or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. A paralegal may
not practice law.

Graduates of the Court and Community Services concentration within the Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitative Sciences degree program at Venango College will have a strong understanding of the rehabilitation process and its interaction with the court system. They will work in organizations such as victim and witness assistance programs, protection from abuse programs, adoption services, child abuse agencies such as Children and Youth, foster care agencies, work release and
parole agencies, among others.

Suggested Sequence

First Semester
ENG 111: College Writing, 3
HPE 111: Health Education, 2
BSAD 240: Legal Environment I, 3
BSAD 238: Introduction to Paralegal Studies, 3
CIS 217: Applications of Microcomputers, 3
REHB 126: Introduction to Human Services, 3

Second Semester
Mathematics Competency, 3

General Education Elective
BSAD 246: Civil Litigation, 3
BSAD 241: Legal Environment II, 3
CMST 113: Public Speaking, 3
REHAB 250: Helping Relationship Principles and Procedures, 3

Third Semester
General Education Elective
BSAD 242: Methods of Legal Research, 3
BSAD 243: Wills, Trusts,and Estates or BSAD 245: Family Law, 3
REHAB 227: Neurological Disorders and Physical Impairments, 3
SPED 245: Applied Behavior Analysis, 3

Fourth Semester
General Education Elective
SW 212: Social Work with Groups, 3
General Education Elective
BSAD 247: Real Estate Law for the Paralegal, 3
BSAD 249: Field Experience, 3

Fifth Semester
General Education Elective
REHAB 405: Substance Abuse or REHAB 460: Models of Human Service Delivery, 3
BSAD 243: Wills, Trusts, and Estates or BSAD 245: Family Law, 3
COOP 377: Coop in Rehab Sciences
REHAB 378: Seminar for Coop 377, 1
REHB 440: Principles of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery, 3