Culinary Schools in Tulsa, OK with Degree and Course Overviews

Sep 18, 2018

Four schools within 50 miles of Tulsa, OK, offer culinary training courses and degree programs. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission info to find out which school is right for you.

Tulsa Culinary Programs

Students interested in culinary programs have a number of educational choices in the Tulsa, OK, area. Learn more about the three closest schools, all of which are under 50 minutes from downtown. Use the table in the article to compare school statistics, like enrollment numbers, tuition rates and more.

  • Tulsa Technology Center is located in Tulsa and offers a culinary arts program that provides students with work-based experiences in the industry.
  • Located 37.6 miles from Tulsa's downtown, Northeast Technology Center - Pryor offers a culinary arts training program.
  • Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology - Okmulgee, which is 39.1 miles from downtown, offers a culinary arts associate degree program.

Comparison of Schools

The following table, which compares important information, can make it easier to choose the right school.

Tulsa Technology Center Northeast Technology Center - Pryor Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology - Okmulgee
School Type 2-year, public < 2-year, public 4-year, primarily associate, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 4,116* 273* 2,496*
Campus Setting Large city Rural Distant town
Tuition and Fees (2018) $4,200 for program** $2,150* $5,250 in-state; $10,860 out-of-state*
% of Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 73%* 85%* 87%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) Open admissions Open admissions Open admissions
Retention Rate for Full-Time Students (2016-2017) 78%* 57%* N/A
Graduation Rate 69%* (for students beginning in 2014-2015) 78%* (for students beginning in 2014-2015) 32%* (for students beginning in 2011)

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Tulsa Technology Center

Tulsa Technology Center

Tulsa Technology Center (Tulsa Tech), in a cooperative alliance with Tulsa Community College, offers programs that allow students to earn college credits while they obtain career training. The school has a career placement center that helps students find work-related learning experiences with local businesses and assists them in finding employment after graduation. The programs are available to adults and high school students.

Culinary Arts Program

The culinary arts program trains students for employment as food service management assistants. Courses include basic nutrition, restaurant management, kitchen safety, sanitation, meat and poultry, desserts and menus. Students must complete at least 200 hours in internships. In addition to the coursework, students can participate in culinary competitions. Upon graduation, students may be eligible for the ProStart national certification and can take industry state and national certification exams.

Northeast Technology Center - Pryor

Northeast Technology Center is an education center that offers career training programs to adults and high school students. Adults can complete programs in one year, whereas high schoolers may need two years since these students attend half-day sessions. The school offers three culinary arts programs with classes available in Pryor, OK.

Culinary Arts Career Training Program

This program is designed to prepare students for careers as restaurant cooks and food service manager assistants. Commercial food preparation and service will be studied. Students will learn how to serve meals to small and large groups.

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology - Okmulgee

The Institute of Technology is a part of the larger Oklahoma State University system and offers more than 30 programs, including the Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts. The school's facilities include state-of-the-art foodservice equipment and two serving rooms that provide gourmet buffet and a la carte menu experiences for culinary arts students.

Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts

Students enrolled in the degree program receive hands-on training in food handling, preparation and presentation, as well as restaurant management and service skills. Students take core culinary arts classes in theory and skill development, explore different cuisine styles and are introduced to techniques related to breads, pastries and breakfast cuisine. In addition to core course requirements, students can explore other food-related topics in elective courses on nutrition, wine and cake decorating. Internships are also part of the curriculum.

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