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Culinary Arts Degrees

Brookdale offers the following degrees and certificates in Culinary Arts; click on any degree to read more in our online catalog.

Culinary Arts Program, A.A.S.

This program is for the highly motivated career-oriented person who desires to work in a restaurant or other food service establishment as a professional chef. This fast-track, quality training program combines general education studies, career courses and hands-on professional food preparation. Potential employment opportunities exist in food preparation and supervisory/chef positions in restaurants, food catering services, and institutional food services in schools, colleges, hospitals, nursing homes, and business establishment facilities. Prospective students must take the College Placement Test prior to entering the program.

Upon graduation students are eligible to receive Certified Culinarian certification from the ACF.

Culinary Courses will run in three-week blocks each semester. Classes are conducted Monday through Thursday, allowing the student the weekend to pursue job opportunities in the field. Challenging externship experiences will be custom-matched to the student’s individual career goals. Students have been successfully placed in local restaurants and hotels as well as in Atlantic City and in exciting externships at Disney World and other locations internationally. A-mid program assessment will be administered at the end of the students’ first year preceding CULA 299.

Students must successfully pass the SERV-SAFE sanitation examination to receive the degree.


Pastry Arts Academic Credit Certificate

This option is designed for the culinary student who wants to pursue a career in pastry arts. This program consists of a select 27.5 credits that would benefit the individual who wants to develop their pastry skills into more advanced and elaborate patisserie, cakes, confections, and decorating. The student must pass the SERV-SAFE sanitation examination to receive the certificate. Students must take 27.5 career credits as follows and six general education credits.

Upon graduation students are eligible to receive the Certified Pastry Culinarian certification from the ACF.


Culinary Arts Academic Credit Certificate

This condensed program of study provides the student with skills needed to perform a variety of basic food preparation activities required by the entry-level food service job. The student must successfully pass the SERV-SAFE sanitation examination to receive the certificate. Most credits earned may be applied to the A.A.S. degree . Upon completion, students are awarded a Certificate of Proficiency.