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UAA was one of the five original schools approved at the beginning of the FAA's Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI).

UAA Air Traffic ControlProgram Overview

The Air Traffic Control (ATC) program provides enhanced career opportunities for graduates, preparing students for careers in air traffic in both the private and public sectors. It is one of 36 ATC programs in colleges and universities nationwide approved by the Federal Aviation Administration as a participant in the Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI).

Associate of Applied Science

Air traffic control professionals utilize knowledge of aircraft operating limitations and performance, weather and atmospheric processes, radar theory and radar systems, federal regulations, the U.S. air traffic control system, as well as navigation methods within the National Airspace System. The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares students for the technical requirements of the air traffic control profession and for entry into the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Academy.

Special Considerations

UAA has no restrictions on age or physical condition of students. However, students desiring employment with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) should be aware of employment requirements:

  • Medical Certificate is required as depicted in FAR 65.49 and 67 Subpart C.
  • Thirty-year-old maximum age restriction for students anticipating employment in terminal or enroute options.
  • For employment considerations with the FAA, students must receive a PASS score on the Air Traffic-Selection and Training (ATSAT) examination administered by the FAA. The examination provides a systematic process for continued enhancement of air traffic selection and training by testing candidates for recognition and cognitive skills required in the air traffic specialty and to identify the “composite controller.” 

Air Traffic Control Minor

Students majoring in another discipline or pursuing an aviation degree who wish to minor in air traffic control (ATC), must complete the following:

  • A total of 22 credits, six credits must be upper division

Students completing the ATC Minor will be eligible for recommendation for hire as air traffic controllers under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) College Training Initiative (CTI) program. Please note that completion of the ATC Minor does not guarantee hire by the FAA.

Please see the current UAA catalog for a list of courses. Students may request prior approval of other aviation technology courses.