Oct 26, 2021  
2021-2022 Catalog 
  
2021-2022 Catalog

General Information Concerning Academic 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.

Certificate Programs:  Certificate programs (CERT) 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 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.

Career Studies Certificate Programs: Many students seek post-secondary career programs of study that are less than the conventional one-or two-year programs. The Career Studies Certificate (CSC) program is a response to the needs of many adults within PHCC’s service region and is intended to represent the minimum amount of college course work needed in these fields of study. Each of the program options is designed as a distinct “mini-curriculum” within a broader range of adult educational possibilities. Career Studies Certificates vary in length and normally amount to the minimum equivalent of one semester of full-time community college work and not more than the equivalent of a year (9-29) credits.

Admission Requirements: Unless special admission requirements are noted under program information, students must meet the general admission requirements established by the college. Students who are not college ready in English or mathematics may be required to complete appropriate developmental education courses.

Other Information: Students planning ahead for transfer curriculums will find it most helpful to have completed college preparatory curriculum courses in high school in areas such as English, mathematics (two units of algebra and one of plane geometry), laboratory science, social studies, and foreign language.

Transfer Information: Any student who plans to transfer should become familiar with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which the student is considering transfer and also consult the assigned academic advisor before planning a program of study. In order to prepare for junior class standing at a four-year college or university, the student must complete a program that is comparable in length and course content to the first two years of the program at the four-year institution.

Advisors have access to transfer guides from many institutions to assist in selection of courses. Every institution has unique requirements, so the student should investigate the programs of each institution under consideration for transfer. Students should be particularly careful to select electives that correspond to requirements of the transfer institution.

Curriculum Requirements: Students must successfully complete all of the requirements (general education and program requirements) listed under the program information to be awarded the specified credential (associate degree, certificate, or career studies certificate) for that program.

Advising Sheet Suggested Schedules: Courses in advising sheets are displayed under the semester in which the courses are regularly offered. It is possible that a course shown on the schedule for a particular semester may not be offered due to low enrollment or other factors.

Awarding of Degrees and Credentials: Students intending to receive a degree, diploma, certificate, or career studies certificate should submit an “Application to Graduate” to the Registrar’s office. Degrees and credentials may be automatically awarded to students who successfully meet the requirements for a credential, award, or degree. An award opt out form is available in the Office of the Registrar for students who do not want the award assigned to their academic record.

Graduation Requirements: In order to meet Patrick Henry Community College graduation requirements, all associates degree students must complete Virginia Community College Core Competency testing. Testing is an ongoing process and will be primarily administered during the capstone course (or other designated course) associated with a given degree. Please see the program advisor to determine and schedule appropriate times to complete Core Competency tests.

Instruction Delivery Agreement:  The institution agrees that in cases where the institution cannot fully deliver the instruction for which a student has contracted, to provide a reasonable alternative for delivering the instruction or reasonable financial compensation for the education the student did not receive. This may include tuition assurance funds, surety bonds, irrevocable letter of credit, assistance with transfer, teach-out provisions or other practices deemed sufficient to protect consumers. 

Special Note for Out of State Online Students (non-Virginia) State Authorization and Student Complaint Process:

State Authorization is a legal issue dealing with an institution’s adherence to state requirements for colleges to secure authorization to offer instruction in that state.  Patrick & Henry Community College has been approved by Virginia to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of post-secondary distance education.

Prospective students living outside Virginia interested in degree or certificate programs that require internships, clinicals, or licensure upon graduation should check with their individual states regarding any special limitations on allowable online courses.

  • A student who resides outside of Virginia and plans to apply for certification as a nurse aide subsequent to completion of this education program may not meet the requirements of certification for the student’s state of residence.
  • A student who resides outside of Virginia and plans to apply for licensure as a practical nurse subsequent to completion of this education program must comply with the licensure requirements mandated by the student’s state of residence.
  • A student who resides outside of Virginia and plans to apply for licensure as a registered nurse subsequent to completion of this education program must comply with the licensure requirements mandated by the student’s state of residence.
  • A student who resides outside of Virginia and plans to apply for licensure as a massage therapist subsequent to completion of this education program must comply with the licensure requirements for the student’s state of residence. This education program may not meet the requirements for licensing or certification for the student’s state of residence.
  • A student who graduates from the physical therapy assistant program must comply with the licensure and National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) requirements for the state in which the student intends to practice.
  • A student who resides outside of Virginia and plans to apply for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) subsequent to completion of this education program may not meet the requirements  for certification in the state of residence.
  • A student who resides outside of Virginia and plans to apply for certification as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) subsequent to completion of this education program  may not meet the requirements for certification in the state of residence.
  • A student who resides outside of Virginia and plans to apply for certification as a Paramedic subsequent to completion of this education program may not meet the requirements for certification in the state of residence.

If you have any questions in regards to the information above, please contact our Director of Nursing and Allied Health, Amy Webster, (276) 656-0248 or awebster@patrickhenry.edu.