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Culinary Arts Concentration

So You Want to Be a Chef?

Or maybe you’re interested in catering or owning your own business. Whatever your career goal, we can help you get you there. And, we’re a great value.

We’re a Great Value

Hands-on training in the kitchen + training by industry professionals + excellent financial aid + proven success of our graduates = a great investment.

Why Mercyhurst?

Access to professional chefs as faculty and access to kitchens: Can you believe some culinary schools only teach you from a book? At Mercyhurst North East plan to get your hands dirty in our full-service industrial kitchen. That’s our classroom! You’ll be trained by extremely respected industry professionals who have years of experience.

Hands-on training: In addition to the typical internships or externships most schools have, at Mercyhurst North East, you will organize, prepare and present meals for the community through a lunch and dinner series at the college. Our students combine culinary and hospitality skills through their work right here in the North East community, at the Lake View Country Club. This unique partnership enhances student learning with even more hands-on applications. Because of these experiences, graduates feel prepared to enter the workforce or to move on to a four-year program.

You Can Get a Job

Restaurant industry sales are booming with $537 billion in sales. This increase means the nation’s 935,000 restaurant-and-food service outlets will employ 12.8 million individuals, and add 2 million new career and employment opportunities in the next decade. That means lots of opportunities for highly qualified candidates like you!

What Can You Do with a Culinary Degree?

A degree from Mercyhurst North East prepares you to work in:

  • Hotels, resorts and spas
  • Restaurants
  • Consumer food production companies
  • Hospitals
  • Assisted living communities
  • Airlines
  • Cruise lines
  • Country clubs
  • Social clubs
  • Consulting firms
  • Colleges and universities
  • Theme park
  • Banquet facilities
  • Proven Success

Keep Going! Four-year Hospitality Program

This associate degree program is designed to offer a smooth transition into a bachelor’s degree at Mercyhurst’s Erie campus. Credits should also transfer to other four-year institutions. Visit our Internal Transfer webpage to learn more about pursuing your bachelor’s degree at Mercyhurst's Erie Campus and potentially qualifying for $18,000 in transfer scholarships!


View Culinary Arts Degree Requirements


Career Information

You can learn more about this occupation at a career information website created by the U.S. Department of Labor called O*NET ONLINE. The website provides information about required knowledge, skills and abilities; working conditions; the tools and technologies used in the occupation; the employment outlook; and typical wages.

The website allows you to search occupations by job title or by “standard occupational code” (“SOC” number). The table below lists the job title and SOC number for each certificate program offered by Mercyhurst North East.

Certificate Program Job Title SOC Number
Culinary arts Food Preparation Worker 35-2021
Information Technology Specialist Computer Support Specialist 15-1041
Medical Assistant Medical Assistant 31-9092
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist Medical Insurance Coder 29-2071
Medical Transcriptionist Medical Transcriptionist 31-9094
Practical Nursing (LPN) Practical Nurse 29-2061

You can search the O*NET ONLINE site at


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