General Admission Requirements for the Diploma Programs:

Diploma Programs

Albany Technical College offers diploma programs on a credit-hour basis, varying in length from 37-54 semester credit hours, on both day and evening schedules. Students may enroll in core courses for diploma programs each term. Entrance dates for occupationally specific courses within the diploma program vary by program. The length of each program is approximate. The actual time required to complete a program will depend upon various factors, such as scheduling of classes, academic performance and date of entry. Students enrolled in the evening may have to take some courses during the day in order to complete the diploma program. Applicants are encouraged to meet with the program advisor for detailed information.


The minimum age for students applying to Albany Technical College is 15, however, certain programs require students to be older. Please refer to each program for specific age requirements.


A high school diploma or a General Education Development diploma (GED®) is not required for admission to ATC or to a program area unless specified by program standards. However, prior to graduation from all diploma programs and specified certificate programs, students must receive a high school diploma or a GED®. All students will be offered the opportunity to receive remedial instruction, if required.

College Entrance Exam

ATC, in accordance with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), uses the ACCUPLACER instrument for measuring proficiency in reading, writing, algebra and math. An applicant must achieve minimum admissions scores on these tests as specified in the program state standards. Acceptable scores on a statistically validated test such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), American College Test (ACT) will be accepted in lieu of the ACCUPLACER test. Entrance scores vary by program. The program-specific entrance scores are minimum requirements, and some programs require higher scores. Reasonable accommodations are made during testing for those who need them. The student must self-identify.

Ability to Benefit Exam

An applicant who does not have a high school diploma or GED® may demonstrate eligibility for entry into those programs not requiring a diploma/GED® if the applicant achieves acceptable scores on the Ability to Benefit Examination (ATB), as well as acceptable program entry scores. Passing the ATB exam does not take the place of having a high school diploma or GED® for those programs that require a diploma or GED® for admission.


Students are not interviewed for admission to ATC, but may be interviewed for admission to a particular academic program.

Each diploma program also includes a set of general education courses providing background in mathematics, communications, and interpersonal skills.

Diploma Basic Skills Courses

Choose from these courses accepted at ATC, based on program requirements:


MATH 1011 Business Math 3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
MATH 1013 Algebraic Concepts 3
MATH 1015 Geometry and Trigonometry 3


ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
ENGL 1012 Fundamentals of English II 3


EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Professional Development 2
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology 3