Culinary Arts - Associate of Applied Science

The A.A.S. in Culinary Arts Program teaches students the finer points of working in the foodservice industry. Foodservice is among the most competitive fields in the world, requiring patience, skill and a drive to succeed. This program will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to find the job you want. Our instructors combine theory and classroom learning with kitchen demonstrations and hands-on practice. Program courses include Food Preparation and Theory, Soups and Sauces, Dining Room Management and much more. Students will also have the opportunity to earn real job experience by working at our on-campus restaurant. Graduates find work at restaurants, nutrition centers, catering companies and other foodservice organizations.

This program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC).

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Create their own dishes and menus
Learn how the foodservice industry works
Gain experience working in a real, on-campus restaurant
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

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Credits: 64*
Average Length: 2.8 Years
Average Salary:

Possible Careers

Restaurant chef
Personal chef
Restaurant manager
Food sales representative

*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

Lisa Gardner
Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management 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.