Niles Campus Degrees

Degree and Certificate Programs on the Niles Campus

Southwestern Michigan College's Niles Campus is proud to offer degrees and certificates that can put you on the path toward a rewarding career. Browse the programs below, then fill out the free application to get started.

Evening Program Options

The HIT, robotics certificate, welding, and criminal justice-corrections, probation, and parole programs are available in an evening format. Ask an advisor for details.

General Studies

Associate in Arts Degree

The Associate in Arts degree is a transfer degree designed to help a student complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. An Associate in Arts SMC meets many of the general education requirements of four-year colleges and universities. Because core courses in many fields are fairly standard across the country, credits transfer easily to other institutions. The Associate in Arts degree is a smart way to save money on a four-year degree.

Many four-year programs can be started at SMC. Speak with an advisor to get the details about the school and degree you’d like to transfer to.

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Associate in Applied Science Degree

This degree can be used as the first step in a career ladder or to enable persons who are already employed to move up to a mid-level management position with their current employer. It can also be coupled with other professional skills or certificates such as SMC’s Office Assistant/Specialist certificate to allow graduates to move to management positions in those professions. Possible careers include administrative assistants, office managers, clerks, banking, marketing, and finance.

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Criminal Justice

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Dream of a career in law, criminal justice, or crime scene investigation? Hands-on learning in simulated crime scenes, demonstrations such as SWAT and K9 drills, and instruction from real professionals in SMC’s CJ program will give you all the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to pursue a career in criminal justice or for advanced study in law school. After completing the AAS in Criminal Justice on SMC’s Niles Campus, students can transfer to the Dowagiac campus to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University.

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Health Information Technology

Associate in Applied Science Degree

SMC is home to the only accredited Health Information Technology (HIT) program in the region. HIT is the coding, filing, securing, and sharing of healthcare information. 

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Health Services (Nursing Track)

Associate in Arts Degree

Get a jump-start on a nursing degree by taking all your of your pre-requisite classes at the Niles Campus. Full-time students can complete the program in just one year. After completing the pre-requisite classes you can move to the Dowagiac campus to earn a nursing degree. This program is also a great way to start an education in science or allied health professions such as phlebotomy, cardiology, or anesthesia. Coursework includes introductory science classes like biology, chemistry, and human anatomy and the basic math, English, and general education courses required for every degree.

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Industrial Technology

Associate in Applied Science Degree

This program is for people who have a certificate but who don’t have a two-year degree. This is perfect for people who need a degree to move up in their job, to gain advanced training, or to improve their resume.

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Associate in Applied Science Degree and Certificate

Robotics combines electrical, mechanical, telecommunications, and computer engineering to design and run robotic manufacturing equipment. A mechatronics engineer unites these fields to create a simpler, more economical, and reliable manufacturing system.

Students will learn to install, maintain, program, operate, and repair robotic equipment. Subject matter covers hydraulics, pneumatics, and welding, as well as networked controllers and interactive web-based asset management.

Classrooms contain real manufacturing equipment such as live industrial robots, Human-Machine Interface (HMI), and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC).

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Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship

Specialty Certificate

Get the skills you need to run a small business or to move up in the workplace. Learn how to manage people, set and stay on budget, keep good records, develop a marketing strategy, see and plan for “the big picture”, and more!

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Welding Technology


Welding is an important aspect of the manufacturing process. Career opportunities include: welder (MIG, TIG, stick) fitters, welding inspector, production welding, maintenance welding, welding machine setters, and set-up operators. The Welding Technology program is designed to develop marketable welding skills and includes instruction in such areas as quality control, process control, and problem solving, as well as experience using the newest technology.

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