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Associate of Arts & Sciences Degrees

 Business Administration

General Studies
Human Services Specialization

Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Specializations

Visual Arts Specializations

Teacher Education Preparation Specializations

Associate of Applied Sciences Degrees

Administration of Justice

Business Technology


Administrative Support Technology
Specialization: Medical Office

E-Commerce Specialization

Entrepreneurship/Small Business Specialization

International Business Specialization   Program Disclosure: 2011-12

Education Assisting

Emergency Medical Services: Paramedic

General Engineering Technologies

Health Technology: Nursing

Industrial Electronics Technology

Information Systems Technology
Accounting Information Systems Specialization

Game Design and Development Specialization

Internet Services Specialization

Legal Assisting

Technical Studies


Motorsports Technology 


Automotive Technology   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Bookkeeping   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Clerical Studies   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Computer Aided Drafting   Program Disclosure: 2011-12

Early Childhood Education   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

General Business   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

General Education

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Health Sciences   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Industrial Welding   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Practical Nursing   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Therapeutic Massage   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Career Studies Certificates

Art Studies

Automotive Engines Technology   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Auto Body Technology   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Building Trades Technology   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Community Services Leadership

Computer Service Technician   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Culinary Arts   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Culinary and Hospitality Management   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Customer Support Specialist

Early Childhood Instruction   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic

E-Commerce Management   Program Disclosure: 2011-12

Entrepreneurial Studies

Graphic Communications   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Heating and Ventilation Air Conditioning & Refrigeration   Program Disclosure: 2011-12

Horticulture   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Industrial Controls   Program Disclosure: 2011-12

Industrial Maintenance Electronics   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

International Business   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Internet Webmaster   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Management Assistant   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Manufacturing Technician   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Medical Transcription   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Microcomputer Literacy   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Motorsports Engines Technology   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Motorsports Fabrication/Setup Technology   Program Disclosure: 2011-12

Motorsports Management   Program Disclosure: 2011-12

Nurse Aide Training   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Office Assisting   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Pharmacy Technician   Program Disclosure: 2011-12

Residential/Commercial/Industrial Electrician   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

School-Age Child Care   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Small Business Management   Program Disclosure: 2011-12

Supervision   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Theatre Arts   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Viticulture   Program Disclosure:  2011-12

Welding   Program Disclosure: 2011-12

Wellness   Program Disclosure: 2011-12


Emergency Medical Services - Philpott Hall Room 126 Kari Whitney, EMS Coordinator (276)656-0328 Advising by Appointment.:   
Nursing/Health Careers - Philpott Hall room 109 you can receive advising for Associate Degree Nursing, RN - BSN, Practical Nursing, Therapeutic Massage, Health Science Certificate (Pre-Allied Health Careers), Nurse Aide, & Pharmacy Technician.  Please come to the nursing office to see Susan Selman, Health Career Advisor, (276-656-0282) or Amy Webster, Program Head for Nursing & Health Sciences   (276-656-0248) for advising &/or registration for classes  

For RN-BSN Information at area colleges & universities ( RN-BSN links Sept 2014). This handout provides links to the RN-BSN webpages for each listed school. 

ADVISING HOURS  (Open advising hours do not require an appointment)

Day OPEN Advising Hours
Fri-Nov 21 9am - Noon
Mon-Nov 24 9am - Noon; 1pm - 5pm
Tues-Nov 25 9am - Noon; 1pm - 5pm
Wed-Nov 26 By Appointment Only
Thurs-Nov 27 & Fri-Nov 28 Happy Thanksgiving!  College Closed
Mon-Dec 1 9am - Noon; 1pm - 5pm
Tues-Dec 2 9am - Noon; 1pm - 5pm
Wed-Dec 3 9am – Noon; 1pm - 5pm
Thurs-Dec 4 9am - Noon
Wed-Dec 5 By Appointment Only

Patrick Henry Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 Henrico, VA 23233;  (404) 975--5000.

ACEN logo Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
 3342 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326
 (804) 367-4515



Admission to core nursing classes and the EMS-Paramedic is by application. Applications are accepted during the published application times ONLY.  See below for more information.  

  • EMS/Paramedic - Application period ended May 31, 2014. Classes began in August 2014. For information about the application process or for questions about the application, please contact Kari Whitney, EMS Program Director Office: (276)656-0328 Fax: (276)656-0261
  • RN - The Fall semester application period is now closed.  The next application period will be March 9 - 13, 2015 for the class that will begin in August 2015.  Reminder: There is no waiting list - applicants who were not accepted during the last application period will need to re-apply if they are still interested.
  • LPN - RN Transition The next application period for LPN's interested in applying to the RN program will be October 2015 for the class that will begin in January 2016.  Interested LPN's need to have completed the pre-requisites for the RN program at the time of application & have the following general education courses completed prior to starting the program in January 2016: ENG 111, BIO 231, PSY 230, & SDV 108. Please contact the nursing office for more information. 
  • LPN: Main Campus - The next application period for admission to the Practical Nursing program on the main PHCC campus will be held February 23 - February 27, 2015.  Applicants who meet the pre-requisites (see FAQ's for PN) & pass the pre-admission test will start classes in August 2015 & graduate in December 2016.

It is very important for all students who are interested in a Nursing, EMS, or a Health Science Career to see one of our advisors for assistance in planning their academic course sequence each semester.
Prior to coming in for advising, please follow the steps listed below:

  1. Apply to be a student @ PHCC - free and on-line* (*If not currently enrolled)
  2. Take the College Placement Test* (*If a student has not had previous college level math and/or english)
  3. Have official transcripts from any college attended (including all VCCS schools other than PHCC) sent to the Office of Admissions & Records located in the Walker Building
  4. If interested in applying for financial aid, students will need to contact the Financial Aid Office .
  5. Students interested in the RN or the LPN program should bring a copy of their High School transcript with them when they meet with an advisor.


#1 - Students interested in the RN program need to understand that BIO 231/232 is a graduation requirement & does NOT satisfy the two pre-requisite sciences (Biology & Chemistry) necessary for admission to the program. Biology & Chemistry must be completed with a grade of "C" or better at the time of application.    Students are encouraged to bring their high school transcript to the nursing office PRIOR to enrolling in BIO 231.
#2 - Students interested in the Practical Nursing Certificate program need to understand that NAS 150 is a graduation requirement & does NOT satisfy the pre-requisite science necessary for admission to the program.

BOTH THE Associate Degree Nursing (RN) and Practical Nursing (LPN) Certificate require a pre-admission test as part of the admission requirements. This test is administered once or twice a year after application periods specific to each program.

Pre-Admission Testing Practice

  • Practical Nursing (LPN)  Optional Pre-Admission TEAS test book ISBN #1933107-00-6
    A copy is on closed reserve in the LRC or visit the TEAS web page: PN Testing link
  • Registered Nursing (RN) Optional Pre-Admission HESI
    Admission Review Book 3rd Edition ISBN #
    978-1455703333 A copy is on closed reserve in
    the LRC or visit the HESI web page:
    RN Testing link
NCLEX-RN Pass Rates
2013 83.04% 83.06% 84.38%
2012 90.34% 90.43% 92.11%
2011 89.32% 89.5% 86.96%
2010 89.91% 86.26% 77.78%
2009 88.07% 87.33% 80.65%


NCLEX-PN Pass Rates
2013 84.63% 78.89% 92.31%
2012 84.23% 75.01% 85%
2011 85.95% 79.44% 79.17%
2010 87.06% 77.55% 100%
2009 85.73% 74.47% 85.71%

NCLEX-RN & NCLEX-PN Pass Rates are calculated based on the graduate's first testing attempt & reflect the previous semester enrollment. 

Health Science Information Links

Transition LPN to RN Advising Spreadsheet

Health Sciences

LPN - RN Frequently Asked Questions

Nurse Aide Frequently Asked Questions

Nurse Aide Information Package

Nurse Aide Training

Nursing Career Descriptions

Paramedic program

Pharmacy Technician

Practical Nursing  PN Frequently Asked Questions

RN program;   RN Brochure

RN Frequently Asked Questions

Therapeutic Massage      The core massage classes are taught in a 3 semester sequence.  The new cycle will begin Fall semester 2015.    

Online Resources for Career Information: these websites include information about many different career fields.

Generally, you can expect the web content maintained by reputable professional organizations to be reliable. Weddle’s Professional Association Directory provides links to professional associations organized by industry and career field. Professional association websites usually have a career information section or resources for students.


Accounting: Ronald Carter
Accounting Information Systems: Nancy Phillips
Administration of Justice and Criminal Justice: Pauline Satterfield
Administrative Support Tech./Clerical Studies/Office Assisting: Julie Meador
African American Studies: Roderick Neal and Sharon Gilbert
Agribusiness/Horticulture/Viticulture: John Ayers
Appalachian Studies: Phyllis Fleming
Automotive Technology/Automotive Engine Technology: Ed Anthony
Bookkeeping: Ronad Carter
Business Administration: Toby Deal and Ronald Carter
Computer Aided Drafting & Design Tech. (CADD): Lloyd Cannaday
Computer Service Technician: Frank Tatum
Culinary Arts / Culinary and Hospitality Mgt.: Bob Koester
Customer Support Specialist: Sandra Forrest and Tracy Fields
Developmental Studies: Carol Ford, Jandy Sharpe, Bronte Miller, David Dillard, Kelly Profitt, Joyce Divens-Moore, Michelle Zollars
Early Childhood Ed./Education Assisting/Early Childhood Inst./School Age Child Care: Susan Christian
Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic, Emergency Medical Technician- Basic, Intermediate, Paramedic: Amy Webster
Entrepreneurial Studies: Toby Deal
Game Design and Development: Marti Philips
Gender Studies: Cheryl Joyce and Sharon Gilbert
General Business/International Business/E-Commerce Mgt./Entreneurship/Management: Toby Deal
General Engineering Technologies: Jason Lackowicz and Mark Huntress
General Studies/General Education: Bronte Miller, David Dillard, Michelle Zollars, Terry Young, Phyllis Fleming,  Eric-Gene Shrewsbury, Shawn McAvoy, Gayle Wade, Angela Wright
Graphic Communications: Gerry Bannan
Health Sciences/Practical Nursing: Amy Webster
Human Services: Sharon Gilbert and Cheryl Joyce
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration) /Building Trades: Mike Bryant
Industrial Controls/Industrial Maintenance Electronics: Rich Wilcox
Industrial Electronics Tech.: Rich Wilcox
Information Technology/Information Systems Technology: Marti Phillips
International Business: Toby Deal
Internet Services: Frank Tatum
Internet Webmaster: Tracy Fields and Frank Tatum
Legal Assisting : Julie Meador
Management/Management Assistant: Toby Deal
Manufacturing Technician: Rhonda Hodges
Medical Transcription/Medical Office: Julie Meador
Microcomputer Literacy: Sandra Forrest
Motorsports Management: Ed Anthony
Motorsports Technology: Lou LaRosa and Talmage Thomas
Motorsports Engine Technology: Lou LaRosa
Motorsports Fabrication & Setup Tech.: Talmage Thomas
Nursing: Amy Webster
Nurse Aide Training: Joe Gravely
Pharmacy Technician: Amy Webster and Sue Carol Carr
Recreation, Parks & Leisure Studies: Terry Young
Residential/Commercial/Industrial Electrician: Rich Wilcox
Science: Matthew Dittler, Brett Dooley, Kelly Proffitt and Jason Worley
Small Business Management: Toby Deal
Supervision: Toby Deal
Teacher Education Prep.: Joyce Staples, Tammy Forbes, Christopher Wikstrom, and Jan Sharpe
Theatre Arts: Gerry Bannan and Dan Spaugh
Therapeutic Massage: Amy Webster and Sue Carol Carr
Visual Arts/Art Studies: Gerry Bannan
Welding/Industrial Welding: Dwight Bower
Wellness: Sue Carol Carr 

Every 10 years, PHCC must be reaccredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree. As part of the reaccreditation process, the college must develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). PHCC chose Critical Thinking as its QEP topic because producing better critical thinkers will promote long-term improvement in student learning

Critical Thinking Resources

Use the links below to learn more about critical thinking, and be sure to look for "CT" in your classes and during student activities and other campus events!

The Counseling staff assists students in making informed decisions regarding their vocational, educational and personal plans. The PHCC Counselor is also available to assist in a crisis or stressful situation. You may contact Lois Collier at (276) 656-0222 for an appointment. Her office is located in the Walker Fine Arts/Student Center, Admissions and Counseling office, room 237.