Airplane training degree programs


Earn Your College Degree & Pilot Certificates

You can earn a two or four-year college degree in tandem with your airplane flight training at Hillsboro Aero Academy. We’ve partnered with Portland Community College (PCC) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) — Portland Campus to set you up for the career you’ve always dreamt of having.

Degree Programs

Two-Year Associate of Aviation Science Degree

This two-year degree starts with enrolling in PCC’s Aviation Science program. You’ll cover general studies and aviation-specific courses, like applied aerodynamics and flight operations.

Completing this degree while you earn your pilot certificates and ratings at Hillsboro Aero Academy drives the classroom learning home with hands-on experience.

What You’ll Get

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Rating
  • Certified Flight Instructor/Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (optional)


You’ll fly away from the program with the first huge steps of your career as a commercial pilot completed. Having your degree and these pilot certificates and ratings gives you a competitive advantage over other pilots when you start to apply for your first jobs.

Four-Year Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics

If you want to go higher and get your bachelor’s degree, you can easily transfer your college credits from PCC to Embry-Riddle’s four-year aeronautics program at their Portland Campus. As long as you maintained at least a 2.0 grade point average, you’re guaranteed admission into the program.

Your credits go toward your Bachelor of Science degree. It takes about 24 months to complete this program. Embry Riddle’s curriculum is designed to teach you the skills demanded in the highly competitive aviation and aerospace industries.

You’ll learn about everything from aviation security and safety to air traffic control and aeronautical science. Different electives and minors can be mixed and matched to meet your career goals.

When you’re done, you’ll walk away with your Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and a huge headstart on your career as a pilot.


Airplane college degrees