2019 Best Online Community Colleges in Tennessee

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These 10 community colleges in Tennessee allow their students to earn an online associate degree or certificate. Annual tuition is less than $7,000 at all but one of the community colleges listed here, including at top-ranked Volunteer State Community College, where students can choose among different fully online associate degree programs. Pellissippi State Community College, ranked #2, offers an even larger selection of online associate degrees, including AA degrees in English, History, Psychology, Social Work, International Affairs, and more.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Campus Location
#1 #1 Volunteer State Community College $6,900 Gallatin (TN)
#2 #2 Pellissippi State Community College $6,900 Knoxville (TN)
#3 #3 Motlow State Community College $6,900 Tullahoma (TN)
#4 #4 Northeast State Community College $4,032 Blountville (TN)
#5 #5 Roane State Community College $17,457 Harriman (and 8 others)
#6 #6 Dyersburg State Community College $6,900 Dyersburg (TN)
#7 #7 Southwest Tennessee Community College $6,720 Memphis (and 2 others)
#8 #8 Columbia State Community College $6,900 Columbia (TN)
#9 #9 Chattanooga State Community College $6,900 Chattanooga (TN)
#10 #10 Nashville State Community College $6,900 Nashville (TN)

2019 Online Community Colleges in Tennessee - Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Gallatin
  • Online Associate Degrees: 34
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Volunteer State Community College offers a wide assortment of online degrees. This includes an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education, which trains students to function in work environments that involve young children, and an Associate of Arts in Foreign Language, which offers beginner and intermediate classes in Spanish and French. VSCC also offers Associate of Science degrees in fields such as Pre-Law, a two-year program for those who plan to go on to earn a bachelor's degree in the field of political science or law, and technical certificates in fields such as Fire Science Technology.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Knoxville
  • Online Associate Degrees: 30
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Pellissippi State Community College has an ample selection of online offerings, including Associate of Arts degrees, Associate of Science degrees, and certificates. Some Associate of Arts degrees obtainable online are Criminal Justice, International Affairs, Psychology, Political Science, History and English. Online Associate of Science degrees include Finance, Management, Philosophy, Psychology and Social Work. Students also have the opportunity to earn certificates in fields such as Web Design Tools, a program that provides the skills and knowledge to design and develop websites using industry-standard software, and Accessible Web Design, which trains students to make websites fully accessible for users with disabilities.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Tullahoma
  • Online Associate Degrees: 29
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There are currently two online degree options at Motlow State Community College: an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science. Both of these degrees require completion of 60 credit hours and cover a wide variety of fields instead of emphasizing a narrow range of skills associated with a certain profession. Courses included in the curriculum for both degrees include English Composition, Introduction to Anthropology, Survey of World Civilization, Introduction to Biology, and Mathematics for General Studies.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,032
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Blountville
  • Online Associate Degrees: 12
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Northeast State Community College offers many degrees that students can earn remotely, including certificates, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees. Students can pursue a certificate program in Accounting, Web Page Authoring, and Office Technology, and earn an Associate of Applied Science in a diverse array of fields, including Business, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, and Web Technology. Associate of Arts – University Parallel and Associate of Science – University Parallel degrees are also offered for those who would like a broad base of knowledge before transferring to a four-year school.

  • Annual Tuition: $17,457
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: 9 Cities
  • Online Associate Degrees: 2
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Roane State Community College offers four online options to distance learners: two certificates and two Associate of Applied Science degrees. Students can earn certificates in the fields of Healthcare Documentation Spreadsheet, which prepares students for jobs as healthcare documentation specialists, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which provides students with skills to understand patterns and trends using geographic data. The two Associate of Applied Science degrees offered online at RSCC are in Early Childhood Education and Health Information Management. The Early Childhood program prepares students for careers dealing with children during crucial periods of brain development, while the Health Information Management program provides students with useful skills for managing health records, conducting research and analyzing data.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Dyersburg
  • Online Associate Degrees: 1
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Dyersburg State Community College offers a generous number of online degrees, and most of them are Associate of Applied Science degrees. Distance learners can pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management, which gives students a wide variety of skills needed for a successful career in the field, Professional Studies with an emphasis on information tech, and Web Technology with a concentration in web development. Dyersburg also offers one online certificate: a technical certificate in Web Page Authoring.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,720
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Memphis, Somerville, Milington
  • Online Associate Degrees: 11
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One of the many online degrees offered by Southwest Tennessee Community College is the Associate of Applied Science in Business and Commerce with a banking and finance concentration. This 60-credit degree trains students to function in the dynamic and ever-changing field of financial services. Associate of Applied Science degrees are also available online in fields such as Fire Science, Web Technology and Early Childhood Education. For those looking to earn an online certificate, STCC also offers a Certificate in Logistics/Transportation Management, which provides students with the practical skills necessary for today’s workforce, and a Technical Certificate in Computer Software Specialist, which trains students in keyboarding and introduces spreadsheet, database, and word processing concepts.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Columbia
  • Online Associate Degrees: 2
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Columbia State Community College offers two associate degrees that can be earned online: the Associate of Arts in University Parallel and the Associate of Science in University Parallel. Both degrees require completion of 60 credits and provide a broad education without concentrating on a particular field or set of skills. The course requirements are also fairly similar for both, with one exception being that the Associate of Arts degree requires 13 hours of electives, whereas the Associate of Science degree requires 19 hours.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Chattanooga
  • Online Associate Degrees: 24
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Chattanooga State Community College offers four Associate of Applied Science degrees online. The Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science is a 60-hour degree for students who want to enter the fire science field or further develop their skills. The Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management, which requires 66 credits, prepares students who have already earned an associate degree to meet entry-level competencies for Registered Health Information Technicians. The Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education is a 61-credit program that prepares students for jobs in various early childhood settings. Lastly, the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice is designed for students who want to enter or advance their career in criminal justice. The program requires 60 credit hours.

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Online Certificate Programs (3)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Locations: Nashville
  • Online Associate Degrees: 4
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Nashville State Community College has three online offerings, all of which are 60-credit associate degrees. The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degrees focus on providing students with a broad base of knowledge rather than a particular set of skills, and the curricula include everything from communication and history to the sciences and mathematics. The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice addresses the educational needs of students who want to enter into, or advance a criminal justice career. Courses for this program include Criminal Law, Criminology, Drug Identification and Effects and Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation.

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