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Heartland Community College

Fast Path Accelerated Business Degree

Fast Path

Our Fast Path Business Degree Program is a selective admission program designed to get you an Associate in Art degree in two years as a part-time student.

This accelerated business program allows you to get the degree you need while still fitting in with the life you have. If you’re at least 25 years old, have a high school diploma or GED and achieve the required placement levels on your assessment, this program may be for you.   

View the Fast Path Course Requirements

  • Application Requirements

    To qualify for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Be at least 25 years of age
    • Have a HS Diploma or GED
    • Achieve required placement levels in Literacy and Math (see more under "Admission Requirements") 

    Program Overview 

    Fast Path is a selective admission program that has you taking two classes every eight weeks to get you through the program in two years – the same time it would take to complete your associate degree if you attended school full time!

    In this program, you're part of a cohort of students where you take the same classes at the same time so you'll have a support system.  The curriculum is offered primarily in 8-week, online and hybrid delivery formats. While the flexibility of accelerated online learning can be appealing, it is important to know that these course options have the same workload (homework, quizzes, assignments, tests, deadlines, etc.) as traditional classes.

    Are online and hybrid classes right for me?


    This program requires enrollment in 6-8 credit hours per 8-week session, for a total of 60 credit hours. 

    Heartland Community College tuition and fees breakdown 

    Fast Path Business Degree Curriculum

    Each 8 week session has been designed with a predetermined curriculum for your convenience. 

    View the Fast Path Course Sequence 

  • Fast Path Admission Policy

    Fast Path student admission procedures and practices adhere to applicable law, are nondiscriminatory, assure equal opportunity to all applicants and are consistent with the Heartland Community College Equal Opportunity Statement. The Fast Path Business Degree Program at Heartland Community College is a selective admission program.

    Program enrollment is limited to 22 students per year. Decision for admission is based on achievement of minimum academic requirements. 


    After your application has been processed, your next step is to complete assessment or submit qualifying ACT/SAT/PARCC scores to waive your assessment requirement. 

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    Assessment, if needed, must be completed prior to meeting with an advisor. If you are using test scores, please bring the score report with qualifying scores to your meeting.

  • Apply to Heartland

    First, you must submit the Heartland student application.

    Apply Online

    If you have issues with or questions about the Heartland application, contact HCC Admissions at 309-268-8010 or After your application has been processed, you should receive a welcome email within 3 to 5 business days.

    Application Dates

    The Fast Path program has a Fall start only, at this time.;

    • Application deadline is August 3, 2018
    • Applicants will be notified of their status regarding admission via their Heartland email by August 8, 2018

    **Applications may be reopened at a later date if seats remain available.

    Complete the Fast Path Business Degree Program Questionnaire

    Completion of the form is required and if not received could delay your application.


    Transfer Students

    Students with credits from another college or university may apply. Credits will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis and are subject to Heartland Community College's transfer policy. Official college transcripts and any other application materials must be submitted by the application deadline for consideration.

    Submit your college transcripts

  • All qualified applicants will be selected on a first come, first served basis.  A maximum of 22 qualified applicants will be taken due to limited space in the program. Apply early!

  • Students will be notified of their status regarding admission via their Heartland email by August 8, 2018.

    Applicants not accepted during an application cycle will receive an email explaining why their application could not be approved at this time.  These individuals should work with an academic advisor to satisfy admission requirements and reapply when admission requirements have been made.


    Once you have completed your application, submitted your questionnaire and met your assessment requirements you will be contacted to arrange your Fall registration appointment with your assigned academic advisor and success coach. This appointment will last approximately 2 hours. 

  • Questions about the program? 

    Please feel free to contact us at 309-268-8010 or