The Wichita Area Technical College is now known as Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology or WSU Tech for short. WSU Tech is located in Wichita, Kansas. It began operation in 1965 as the Wichita Area Vocational-Technical School.
The school became a college in 1995 through a bill passed by the state senate allowing it to grant degrees. WSU Tech has since had its share of financial difficulty, particularly in 2004 when it lost 3.4 million dollars in funding.
Since that time the school has rebounded, being placed under new governing board and having recently built the new National Center for Aviation Training at Jabara Airport. The school offers over 70 programs through its three campuses located throughout the city.
Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology offers associate of applied science degrees, certificates, and diplomas to its student graduates based on their program of study.
Programs are divided into the fields of aviation, health care, manufacturing, design and general education. Degree programs are predominantly designed to prepare students for work in the field of their choosing immediately after graduation. Thus, students will possess the skills and knowledge necessary to perform as trade or service professionals.
Certificate and degree programs also utilize practical experience in their curriculum. This may offer students the opportunity to implement their knowledge prior to graduating to have a better understanding of their field. Technical and vocational programs are typically reflective of the community needs, offering workforce development to the service area.
Students may also pursue transfer through study in the general education program, completing requirements necessary for transfer to a four year institution to earn a bachelor's degree. Programs offered at WSU Tech include:
- Avionics Technology
- Dental Assistant
- Medical Assistant
- Automotive Service Technology
- Interior Design
WSU Tech also provides online learning opportunities for individuals in need of a flexible schedule. Online courses may be pursued in conjunction with campus based courses. Courses are web based, with notes, videos and lectures provided through the site.
Some courses may require on campus meetings with teachers which may be scheduled for. Final exams for some courses may also require proctoring, which may be set up through a third party if the students is not within the geographical area of the school.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students who wish to enroll at WSU Tech may begin the process by applying online. Once the application is submitted the student will review payment options, attend orientation and register for courses. As an open enrollment institution, all applicants may be admitted if they meet the minimum requirements for admission. A meeting with an advisor is also recommended so that the student may explore options and plan for their academic and professional future.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the school's student data form, both of which may be completed online. Once submitted the school will review the student's information and make a determination of need, eligibility and award.
The school may request additional information from the student in order to check accuracy prior to disbursing funds. All financial aid information should be submitted in a timely manner or risk having payments delayed or refused.
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by WSU Tech by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $10,900. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- State Residents: $5,600-$6,800
- Out-of-State: $7,100-$8,467
- Part-time students are charged:
- In-State: $130-$150 per unit
- Out-of-State: $160-$190 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||83%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||71%||$3,778|
|Receiving Student Loans||45%||$5,793|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and alumni, WSU Tech may provide services to students like:
- Online course work available
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Employing students to lower education costs
- Helping students find work after graduation
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares this school against community colleges in Kansas.
|WSU Tech||Sedgwick County||Kansas|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Assistant Program
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1969)
- Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1979)
Other Technical Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to WSU Tech.
- Northeast Technology Center - Kansas in Kansas, OK (49 miles away)
- Pioneer Technology Center in Ponca City, OK (67 miles away)
- Salina Area Technical College in Salina, KS (79 miles away)
- Autry Technology Center in Enid, OK (93 miles away)
- Northwest Technology Center - Alva in Alva, OK (97 miles away)