Poultry Production Program

Poultry Production Program AAS -

Starting with the Fall 2018 semester, NCTA has provided access to an Associate of Applied Science degree program designed to develop skilled operators and managers for commercial poultry operations located in the Great Plains and Midwest. Nebraska’s poultry industry is expanding rapidly and demanding a skilled workforce. Sample job titles include broiler house manager, hatchery worker, hatchery manager, and egg production facility manager.

How does it work?  Students are admitted to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and spend three semesters in Curtis. For one semester, students will attend Mississippi State University for intensive, hands-on commercial poultry production. Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree from NCTA. They may enter the poultry industry immediately or can transfer to a bachelor’s of science in animal science at UNL or a bachelor’s of science in poultry science at MSU.

What are the program advantages?  This high-quality, low-cost partnership provides an ideal opportunity for students to access a pragmatic curriculum designed to produce successful poultry operation managers. In 2017, NCTA was ranked as the number one U.S. two-year college for graduate career success (WalletHub.com). The Department of Poultry Science at Mississippi State University is one of only six poultry science departments in the U.S. Poultry is the number one commodity in Mississippi, contributing $2.7 billion to the economy annually. The MSU poultry science courses are high quality and practical with graduates realizing a 100 percent placement rate.

What does it cost? NCTA tuition for 2020-21 is $139 per credit hour. For one semester, students will pay resident tuition at Mississippi State University. Financial aid is available. In 2016-17, 73 percent of NCTA students received grants and scholarships which exceeded the cost of tuition and fees.

How do I apply? See https://ncta.unl.edu/apply


  • Operation Managers
  • Poultry Grower
  • Poultry Farm Manager
  • Hatchery Worker
  • Hatchery Manager
  • Egg Production Facility Manager

Courses Offered

Associate of Applied Science (17 credits)

    Agricultural Production Systems Core (15 credits)

    • AGR 2982 APS Capstone (2 credits)
    • ACT 1103 Accounting I (3 credits)
    • AGR 2903 Internship (3 credits)
    • ASI 2854 Farm and Ranch Management (4 credits)
    • ECN 1203 Microeconomics (3 credits) or ECN 1103 Intro to Ag Economics

    Poultry Industry Management Core (20 credits)

    • AEQ 1501 Intro to Electric Code (1 credit)
    • AEQ 1513 AC Circuits (3 credits)
    • AEQ 2303 Equipment Preventative Maintenance (3 credits)
    • ASI 1253 Nutrition (3 credits)
    • ASI 1304 Animal Management (4 credits)
    • ASI 2313 Ration Formulation (3 credits)
    • ASI 2383 Large Animal Diseases (3 credits)

    1 semester at Mississippi State - Poultry (14 credits)

      Advisor Guided Electives (1 credits)

        Total Credit Hours for Degree (67 credits)

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