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Patrick Henry Community College - Selecting a Program


By enrolling in a curriculum (program of study), you may earn an associate degree, certificate or career studies certificate from Patrick Henry Community College. You may also take classes without enrolling in a curriculum.

Associate Degree Programs: PHCC awards associate degrees in arts and sciences (AA&S) and in applied science (AAS).

  • Associate in Arts and Science degrees provide the first two years of instruction in major fields that prepare you for transfer to colleges and universities to complete a baccalaureate degree. If you plan to transfer, you should investigate that college's or university's requirements.
  • Associate in Applied Science degrees 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.

Certificate Programs: Certificate programs are less than two years in length with a major in an occupational area; career studies certificates 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.

Special Notes: You may be required to take developmental courses if your Placemet Test scores indicate you need to improve basic skills before taking college-level classes.

All students who plan to earn an associate degree, and students enrolled in certain certificate programs, are required to complete courses that teach computer competency.

Computer Competent 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. A computer competent student will be able to:

1. demonstrate a working knowledge of computing concepts, components, and operations to accomplish educational and career tasks.
2. use appropriate components of an integrated productivity software package involving word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and communication applications.
3. access, retrieve, assess, and apply networked information resources (e.g., on-line catalogs, virtual libraries, the internet and world wide web).
4. use telecommunication software (e.g., electronic mail, listservs, bulletin boards, and newsgroups) to communicate with faculty, students and information providers.

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