Kansas City HVAC School Overviews with Degree Summaries

The Kansas City area has at least seven schools that offer heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for three schools within 20 miles of downtown and make an informed education decision.

HVAC Programs in Kansas City

HVAC programs are generally offered by technical schools and community colleges, and this article profiles three schools, in Kansas and in Missouri, and the HVAC programs they offer. None is more than 25 minutes from downtown Kansas City. There is also a table of information about each school, such as tuition, size and graduation rates, that prospective students need to consider. A few facts about another area school with an HVAC program are offered at the end of this article.

Kansas City is in both Missouri and Kansas, and students may need to travel to the other state for education. If students attend a school in a different state, they're typically required to pay out-of-state tuition.

  • Also 14 miles from downtown Kansas City, Johnson County Community College is in Kansas. It offers a certificate and associate's degree programs in HVAC.
  • Kansas City Kansas Community College is about nine miles from downtown and is the only school profiled here that's actually in Kansas City. It offers a certificate program.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring HVAC students need to explore many issues when choosing a school for their training. The following table allows them to compare these schools and see which is the best fit for them.

Johnson County Community College Kansas City Kansas Community College
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 18,638* 5,825*
Campus Setting Midsize city Midsize city
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $2,790 in-district; $3,300 in-state; $6,600 out-of-state* $3,248 in-state; $8,048 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 60%* 75%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admission N/A - open admission
Retention Rate (2017) 67% for full-time students; 49% for part-time students* 60% for full-time students; 35% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (Students began in 2014) 22% (20% transfer-out rate)* 27%*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

Johnson County Community College

Although this school's HVAC programs provide lab training, students can choose to participate in an internship to fulfill technical elective requirements. All of the HVAC programs offered at this school require courses that help prepare students for refrigerant certification.

HVAC Technology Certificate

This program trains students to work with commercial heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technology. Students learn to read blueprints, properly manage refrigerants, install and maintain commercial heating systems, work with HVAC rooftop units and fabricate sheet metal. Students must complete 32-34 semester hours to finish this program, which can be completed in two semesters.

Associate of Applied Science in HVAC and Refrigeration Technology

This program requires students to complete many of the same courses found in the HVAC commercial service technician certificate program. Additional courses include advanced electrical writing, national electrical code and plumbing system applications in addition to general education requirements. This 61-semester hour program also requires students to complete courses HVAC rooftop units and refrigerant management.

Kansas City Kansas Community College

HVAC students can choose to supplement their in-class training with professional skills development by completing an elective internship.

Heating and Refrigeration Technical Certificate

This 44-credit-hour program can help students prepare for EPA and R-401A refrigerant certifications. HVAC students get to learn about refrigeration, heating, heat pumps, air conditioning systems and electricity. Additional areas of study include wiring, brazing and sheet metal fabrication.

Other School Options

Another school offering HVAC training can be found 21.1 miles away from Kansas City, KS, at Northland Career Center in Missouri.


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