Trade Schools in Philadelphia, PA with Degree Program Summaries

There are roughly 30 schools within 25 miles of Philadelphia, PA, that have trade programs. Read an overview of two schools' programs, and get statistical information about the schools to find out which one is right for you.

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Philadelphia Schools with Trade Programs

In addition to a number of private institutes that specialize in specific trades, such as technology, nursing, cosmetology and culinary arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is home to several public institutions that provide trade school programs. The majority of these studies are found at community colleges. Students can find programs in the health care, legal, construction and technological fields. These studies can result in 2-year degrees.

Two community colleges in and near Philadelphia are discussed at length here. Read details about required coursework and possible certification in various fields. Find helpful facts about the schools in a table appearing at the bottom of this article.

  • At the Community College of Philadelphia, students can choose from 2-year degree programs designed to train them for a variety of technical careers. The school is situated within Philadelphia's downtown area.
  • Delaware County Community College is based approximately 25 miles west of downtown Philadelphia. It offers both certificate and degree programs to help train students for careers as paralegals, repair technicians and medical therapists, among others.

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Comparison of Schools

When searching for a degree program in a trade-related field of study, you might consider all factors of a school before making your decision. Below you will find facts and figures regarding each school's tuition, population, retention and graduation rates, campus setting and more.

Community College of Philadelphia Delaware County Community College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 19,119* 12,459*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016) $4,920 (in-district)
$9,360 (instate)
$13,800 (out-of-state)*
$4,760 (in-district)
$8,350 (in-state)
$11,840 (out-of-state)*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 85%* 63%*
Acceptance Rate (2014) 100% (open admissions)* 100% (open admissions)*
Retention Rate (2014) 54%* 61%*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2014) 10%* 16%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Community College of Philadelphia

The Community College of Philadelphia offers over 70 certificate, associate's degree and continuing education programs. Included in its offerings are 33 Associate of Applied Science programs designed to prepare students for immediate employment in specific fields or vocations. This 2-year, public school serves over 19,000 students.

Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Service Technology

Aspiring mechanics, safety inspectors and shop supervisors learn about automotive maintenance, diagnosis and repair. Program graduates are eligible to sit for the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence certification exam.

Associate of Applied Science in Clinical Laboratory Technology

This program covers basic lab procedures as well as concepts related to microbiology, immunology and hematology. Some time is spent in clinical laboratories to provide students with hands-on experience.

Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care Technology

The curriculum in this 22-month program covers diagnostic and therapeutic procedures applicable to pulmonary care. In addition to Pennsylvania State certification, program graduates are eligible for the National Board for Respiratory Care credentialing exam.

Associate of Applied Science in Sound Recording and Music Technology

Students interested in music industry careers learn to use standard equipment and software applications common to the recording industry. Coursework includes music reading, music technology, aural theory and music industry overview.

Delaware County Community College

Located in the Pennsylvania city of Media, Delaware County Community College serves over 13,000 students. Technical education programs are offered in 35 different trades and lead to certificates and associate's degrees.

Certificate in Construction Supervision

This program prepares students for employment in the construction trade and provides a basis for advancement to management positions. The use of information systems in the construction industry is emphasized as are construction theories and technologies.

Certificate in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC & R)

Aspiring HVAC technicians study installation, maintenance and repair of various climate control systems. The program was developed in partnership with the local chapter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America.

Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies

This American Bar Association-approved program prepares individuals for careers with law firms, corporate legal departments, insurance companies, other legal service companies and governmental agencies. Coursework covers legal research, legal writing, contract law, real estate law and tort principles.

Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy

Students train for careers working with patients who have breathing abnormalities. Graduates may take the Entry-Level Certification Examination followed by the Advanced Practitioner's Examination to receive the Registered Respiratory Therapist credential.

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