NEXTSTEP PROGRAM FAQ
What is NextStep?
NextStep is a fast-track alternative delivery program. Through this program, students may complete an Associate of Science Degree in General Studies (University Parallel) in 22 months.* Following completion of the degree, students may transfer to a four-year institution for completion of the bachelor's degree. NextStep is a component of the Accelerated Studies Program and is organized around a cohort concept. Generally, students attend classes two nights each week**, complete coursework via Interactive Television (ITV) and online modalities, and progress with the same group of students. Classes are generally held in 7 week blocks, allowing students continual progress through the program.
*Completion time may vary according to the number of courses taken each semester.
** Based on course availability or student schedule, students may attend classes more than two nights each week.
What is an Associate of Science Degree in General Studies?
The Associate of Science Degree in General Studies is designed for the student who plans to transfer to a senior/four-year institution and may be undecided on a particular major field of study at the bachelor’s degree level. The A.S. general studies degree provides the core courses typically taken during the freshman and sophomore years. Based on your choice of major, enrollment in the NextStep Program may not be appropriate. Students wishing to enter a specific college major (i.e., nursing, education, biology) must follow the appropriate curriculum guide for the proposed major. Depending on the major field selected, some courses offered in the NextStep Program may not fulfill program requirements.
How is NextStep different from traditional college?
The NextStep Program is in an accelerated learning format. Classes are offered in 7 week blocks. This structure differs from the 15-week semester generally found in the traditional college format. A significant portion of the learning process takes place outside the traditional classroom; therefore, students must be highly motivated, independent learners.
How can I be admitted as a NextStep student at Northeast State?
Students wishing to enter the NextStep Program must comply with the general admission procedures of Northeast State:
- Complete and submit Application for Admission with a non-refundable $10.00 application fee.
- Provide official high school transcript or official GED test results as well as official transcripts from any colleges you have attended.
- Provide proof of immunization with two (2) doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. This appllies to all students born after January 1, 1957.
- Provide proof of two (2) doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, administered on or after the first birthday. This applies to all students born after January 1, 1980.
- Submit a completed Northeast State Hepatitis B Immunization Health History Form.
All documents required for admission must be submitted prior to the first day of classes.
Is financial aid available for NextStep students?
Financial aid programs at Northeast State are available for all qualified students.
How do I apply for assistance?
You can apply for and receive funds from one or more of the programs to help meet your educational expenses. The Financial Aid Office at Northeast State will provide suggestions, help, and guidance in applying for financial aid.