Aviation Flight Technology - Associate of Applied Science

The Aviation Flight Technology Program prepares students to fly and navigate commercial aircraft. The required courses cover foundational topics including aircraft design and performance, flight systems and controls, flight crew operations and navigation procedures. Students will also study traffic regulations and government rules for piloting aircraft. To complete the program, students must pass the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Private, Commercial, and Instrument examinations. Successful students will earn FAA certification as commercial pilots. Students wishing to be airline pilots will need to transfer to a 4-year program to complete an Airline Transport Certificate (ATP). OTC Aviation Program graduates can transfer directly to Drury University or Missouri State University to fulfill this requirement. This program is selective admission and complies with all FAA Regulations. For more details, see FAQ.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Fly planes or be part of a flight crew
Coordinate flights or maintain aircraft
Earn a bachelor’s degree in aviation or a related field

Program Snapshot

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Credits: 63*
Graduation Retention Rate: 50%*

Possible Careers

Commercial pilot
Air traffic controller
Flight instructor
Airline manager

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
General Education

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Kyle McKee
Aviation Department Chair


Admission to Ozarks Technical Community College is open to all individuals who can benefit from its educational programs. A focus of the college mission is on the academic, career and personal goals of the student. OTC may admit you as a First-Time student just completing their high school, GED or HiSET requirements or as a Transfer student coming from another institution finishing up a certificate or degree. For more information, visit OTC Admissions.

Wondering how you’re going to pay for college? At OTC, we believe that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to earning a degree. Our staff will work with you to make a financial plan. To browse the resources available to you, see paying for college.