Associate of Applied Science Degree in Commercial Pilot


This Associate of Applied Science Degree in Commercial Pilot is designed to prepare professional pilots with solid background skills in flight theory, meteorology, and safety. The Program covers the requirements established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the preparation of students to obtain certificates for Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot with Instrument, Single and Multi-engine Ratings.

Students are responsible for requesting the examinations necessary to obtain the aforementioned certificates from the FAA. Also, they are responsible for complying with the FAA regulations, the procedures stipulated by the Aircraft Operations Manual, and the Flight Operations Manual of the School of Aeronautics, at all times in which they are operating an aircraft of the Institution. Failure to comply with the regulations and procedures constitutes a violation of the stipulated safety norms and could result in the suspension of the student from the program.

Students of the Program may be tested for drug and alcohol use, in agreement with the aviation regulations.


To develop professional pilots with the necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes to excel in the aviation industry.

Educational Objectives

  1. Professionalism: Exercise the highest standards of personal and professional integrity. Demonstrate an understanding of current ethical issues related to the analysis and execution aspects inherent to the Professional Pilots.
  2. Team Skills: Develop leadership skills, demonstrate proficiency in all forms of communication and perform well in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team environment.
  3. Lifelong Learning: Commit to continuing education through graduate studies, continuous education opportunities, on the job training and/or self-education in the national and international aviation environment.

Specific Admission Requirements:

Besides meeting the University’s general admission requirements set forth on the General Catalog, candidates to this concentration must:

  1. Be a high school graduate or equivalent, with a minimum grade point average of 2.5.

Note: All students must present a First Class Medical Certificate issued by a medical doctor recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration (14 CFR Part 67) to take classes with a flight laboratory.

Any student who does not fulfill these specific requirements will be admitted conditionally to the major for one academic year.

Academic requirements

General Education Requirements 24credits
Major Requirements 36 credits
Total 60 credits

Click on the following link to download the suggested course sequence and cost for each semester:
Commercial Pilot (A.A.S.) – Course Sequence & Costs

Total semesters based on the recommended course schedule. Semesters may be higher depending on the student’s course enrollment per semester.


  1. Pilots certificates and ratings include the following:
    • Private Pilot Airplane Single Engine Land
    • Instrument Rating Airplane Single Engine Land
    • Commercial Single Engine Airplane Land
    • Commercial Multi-Engine Airplane Land
  2. Flight hours are based on minimum requirements as per 14 CFR 141 PILOT SCHOOLS. Flight hours might be higher depending on student’s performance to attain Practical Test Standards tolerance.
  3. Knowledge Test and Practical Test for each pilot certificate are payable directly to the company administering the FAA knowledge & practical tests.