Dec 16, 2019  
2019-2020 Patrick Henry Community College Catalog 
  
2019-2020 Patrick Henry Community College Catalog

College Programs



Associate Degree Programs

PHCC awards associate degrees in arts and sciences and in applied science. Associate of Arts and Science (AA&S) degrees provide the first two years of instruction in major fields that prepare students for transfer to colleges and universities to complete baccalaureate degrees. Students are encouraged to investigate the requirements of the institution to which transfer is anticipated. Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS) provide knowledge and skills leading to employment in specialized fields.

Diploma Programs

The college may offer two-year diploma programs designed to prepare the student for employment immediately after completion of the program. However, there are no active diploma programs as of the publication of this catalog.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are less than two years in length with a major in an occupational area; career studies certificates (CSC) require less than a full year of study in an occupational area. Certificate programs (CERT) differ from associate degree programs because they are presented at a different educational level and are developed in response to employment needs identified by local curriculum advisory committees. Several of these programs are offered on a part-time, day or night basis for students who are already employed.

Computer Competency Requirement

PHCC believes that all students should experience a teaching- learning environment that espouses computer and information literacy in accessing electronic resources and applying knowledge through technology. PHCC endorses the principle of computer competency for all students intent on completing a curriculum in excess of 45 semester credits. Students may demonstrate their computer competence by successfully passing ITE 115   depending on program requirements, by passing a proficiency test, or by demonstration of program outcomes.

Developmental Education

The developmental education program helps students gain needed skills to pursue their college and career goals. The program serves those who need additional classes to prepare for college-level coursework and those who may need to improve basic academic skills. Students who are enrolled in any degree, diploma, or certificate program and score below established cut scores on the college’s placement test are generally required to enroll in the appropriate developmental course before enrolling in on-level English or math courses and certain other courses (See Developmental Prerequisites ). It is extremely important that students meet with a developmental advisor prior to registering. There are some on-level courses in which developmental students may enroll with advisor approval. Students whose placement test results indicate a need for developmental education should read carefully the section on “Entry Placement Requirement” and schedule an appointment with a developmental education advisor prior to enrollment.

Entry Placement Requirement

All students planning to enter one of the degree or certificate programs are required to take the college placement test before they can begin their college courses. Students should complete the placement test well in advance. A student must satisfactorily complete placement tests before enrolling in many courses. Up-to-date information is available from the Admissions Office.

Students who need developmental work to obtain the appropriate skills and competencies will be advised of the requirements and availability of the courses.

Developmental courses are offered in a variety of formats including an accelerated pace. It is extremely important students meet with an advisor prior to enrolling in any developmental course. Students who are required to take developmental courses must satisfactorily complete the developmental requirements prior to taking certain on-level courses. A list of the developmental prerequisites is shown on Developmental Prerequisites . A description of each develomental course is included under the course description section of the catalog. Students requiring developmental courses must enroll in the appropriate course in their first semester. Students requiring developmental courses may not enroll after classes begin. Students are required to complete their developmental course requirements within one academic year or 30 credit hours. A developmental advisor must approve any exception to this policy well in advance of the start of classes.

Measures for Math Placement - Math placement will be determined using one of the following measures:


Math Placement Measures# HSGPA or Score
Range
Placement

 HSGPA and Algebra II and One Algebra Intensive Course* *Algebra Intensive Courses above Algebra II: Trigonometry, Math Analysis, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Algebra III. 3.0 or higher MTT Modules 1-9 Satisfied
   
2.7-2.9 MTT Modules 1-9
Co-Requisite Eligible

HSGPA and Algebra II 3.0 or higher MTT Modules 1-5 Satisfied
  2.7-2.9 MTT Modules 1-5
Co-Requisite Eligible

HSGPA and Algebra I 3.0 or higher MTT Modules 1-3 Satisfied
  2.7-2.9 MTT Modules 1-3
Co-Requisite Eligible

SAT - Math 530 or above MTT Modules 1-9 Satisfied
510-520 range MTT Modules 1-5 Satisfied

ACT - Subject Area Test Math 22 or above MTT Modules 1-9 Satisfied
19-21 range MTT Modules 1-5 Satisfied

GED - Math 165 or above MTT Modules 1-5 Satisfied
155-165 range MTT Modules 1-3 Satisfied

 # = Students may complete the VPT - Calculus for placement into Pre-Calculus II, Calculus, and 200-level Statistics. Placement directly into Pre-Calculus II, Calculus, and 200-level Statistics based on HSGPA and highest level courses taken will be at the discretion of each college.

High school GPA (HSGPA) is valid for five (5) years after the date of high school graduation. SAT, ACT and GED Test scores are valid for five (5) years after the date of the test. Virginia Placement Test-Math scores are valid for five (5) years after the date of the test. Previously taken developmental courses will be valid for five (5) years after term taken.

Students who take the Virginia Placement Test - Math and who do not enroll in developmental math are allowed to take one (1) retest within 12 months. Students who attempt a developmental mathematics course will be ineligible for a retest. Exceptions to this retest policy may be made on a case-by-case basis in accordance with established college procedures.

Measures for English Placement - English placement will be determined using one of the following measures:

English Placement Measures HSGPA or Score
Range
Placement

HSGPA 3.0 or higher ENG 111  
2.7-2.9 ENF 3 /ENG 111  

SAT-ERW (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) 480 or above ENG 111  
460-470 range ENF 3 /ENG 111  

ACT-Subject Area Tests English and Reading 18 or above ENG 111  
15-17 range ENF 3 /ENG 111  

GED-English 165 or above ENG 111  

High school GPA (HSGPA) is valid for five (5) years after the date of high school graduation. SAT, ACT and GED Test scores are valid for five (5) years after the date of the test. Virginia Placement Test-English scores are valid for five (5) years after the date of the test. Previously taken developmental courses will be valid for five (5) years after term taken.

Students who take the Virginia Placement Test - English and who do not enroll in developmental English are allowed to take one (1) retest within 12 months. Students who attempt a developmental English course will be ineligible for a retest. Exceptions to this retest policy may be made on a case-by-case basis in accordance with established college procedures.