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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

December 2014 Associate Degree Nursing Graduates

Emergency Medical Services - Philpott Hall Room 126 Kari Whitney, EMS Coordinator (276)656-0328 Advising by Appointment.:   
Nursing/Health Careers - Philpott Hall room 123 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.

Nursing Application Periods 

EXTENDED due to inclement weather!! 
LPN application week is now February 23 - March 6, 2015. 

RN application week is March 9 - 13, 2015.

  • Applications are available on the door of the nursing office (Philpott 123) or from the link below under "Nursing & EMS Application Periods." 
  • All Nursing applications should be hand delivered to the nursing office (Philpott 123) during the posted application periods.
  • Information about both nursing programs can be found under "Health Science Information Links." 
  • Information about pre-admission testing for both programs can be found under "Pre-Admission Testing Practice."

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
Mon-Feb 23 9am - 4:30pm Practical Nursing Application Week Begins
Tues-Feb 24 9am - Noon; 1pm - 5pm
Wed-Feb 25 9am - 1:30pm
Thurs-Feb 26 Advising by Appointment
Fri-Feb 27*

Advising by Appointment with Mrs. Webster

*Last day to submit a Practical Nursing Application

Mon-March 2 9am - Noon; 1pm - 5pm
Tues-March 3 9am - 1pm
Wed-March 4 Advising by Appointment with Mrs. Webster
Thurs-March 5 Advising by Appointment with Mrs. Webster
Fri-March 6 Advising by Appointment with Mrs. Webster
Mon-March 9 Advising by Appointment with Mrs. Webster

**Therapeutic Massage begins a new cycle in Fall 2015.  Come in now to be sure you have the pre-requisites to begin this program!

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 next application period will be March 9 - 13, 2015 for the class that will begin in August 2015.  The application can be downloaded HERE or copies will be available on the Nursing office door on Monday, March 2nd.  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.  The application can be downloaded here or copies are posted on the Nursing office door- Philpott hall room 123.  REMINDER:  Applications are accepted in the nursing office the week of February 23rd - February 27th ONLY.  Applications are then processed & all applicants will recieve a response by letter as to their status to the address listed on the application.  Qualified applicants who meet the pre-requisites will be notified about TEAS pre-admission testing dates which are tentatively scheduled for the last week in March.

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.

Program Brochures

Associate of Arts and Science Degree/Science: Pre-BSN

LPN to RN Transition

Nurse Aide

Practical Nursing "LPN"

Registered Nurse 

Academic Success and College Transfer 
Dean: Greg Hodges (276) 656-0213

Accounting and Bookkeeping: Ronnie Carter (276) 656-0232  
Business Administration: Ronnie Carter (276) 656-0232  
General Studies: Phyllis Fleming (276) 656-0255
Bronte Miller (276) 656-0339
Eric-Gene Shrewsbury (276) 656-0245  
Shawn McAvoy (276) 656-0243
Angela Wright (276) 656-5498
Terry Young (276) 656-0287
Michelle Zollars (276) 0295  
General Studies - Human Services: Sharon Gilbert (276) 656-0289
Cheryl Joyce (276) 656-0310  
General Studies - Recreation, Parks and Leisure: Terry Young (276) 656-0287
General Studies - Performing Arts: Joyce Staples (276) 656-0304
General Studies - Visual Arts: Gerry Bannan (276) 656-0336  
General Studies - Teacher Education Preparation: Tammy Forbes (276) 656-5496
Joyce Staples (276) 656-0304
Chris Wikstrom (276) 656-0253
Developmental Courses (ENF, MTE, MTT): Joyce Divens-Moore (276) 656-5463
Tammy Forbes (276) 656-5496  
Bronte Miller (276) 656-0339  
April Neblett-Wells (276) 656-0238
Chris Wikstrom (276) 656-0253  


Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Dean: Steve Branch (276) 656-0211

CADD (Computer Aided Drafting and Design): David Dillard (276) 656-0284  
Engineering: David Dillard (276) 656-0284
Clerical Studies: Julie Meador (276) 656-0234
Industrial Electronics Technology: Rich Wilcox (276) 656-0279
Information Systems Technology (IST) Game Design and Development, Internet Services, Accounting Information Systems: Marti Phillips (276) 656-0251
Frank Tatum (276) 656-0220
Ronnie Carter (276) 656-0232
Science: Brett Dooley (276) 656-0242  
Jason Worley (276) 656-0236  
Mark Huntress (276) 656-0333
Administration Support Technology, Spec. Medical Office: Julie Meador (276) 656-0234  
Legal Assisting: Julie Meador (276) 656-0234  
Patrick County Off-Campus Site: Angie Brown (276) 694-8778  


Workforce, Economic and Community Development
Vice President: Rhonda Hodges (276) 656-0256 

Apprenticeships: Shelira Morrison (276) 656-5464
Advanced Manufacturing - Performance Films Technology: Brenell Thomas (276) 656-0267  
Artisan Center: Kim Buck (276) 656-0343
HOPE (High-Demand Occupational Programs for Employment): Brenell Thomas (276) 565-0267
Fab Lab: Matthew Wade (276) 656-5474  


Professional Technologies and Health Sciences
Dean: Jeff Fields (276) 656-0356

Administration of Justice and General Studies Specialization: Pauline Satterfield (276) 656-0291  
Agribusiness/Horticulture/Viticulture: John Ayers (276) 656-0335  
Automotive Body Technology and Automotive Technology: Robbie Wagner (276) 403-5712
Business Technology Management (Specializations - E-Commerce, Entrepreneurship/Small Business, International Business): John Ayers (276) 656-0335
Building Trades Technology: Mike Bryant (276) 656-0351
Culinary Arts: Bob Koester (276) 656-0318
Early Childhood/Education Assisting: Susan Christian (276) 656-0217
EMS/Paramedic (Emergency Medical Services), Fire Sciences: Kari Whitney (276) 656-0328
Health Sciences (Certified Nursing Assistant - CNA, Pharmacy Tech, Registered Nursing - RN, Therapeutic Massage, Science Pre-BSN): Amy Webster (276) 656-0248
Susan Selman (276) 656-0282
Joe Gravely (276) 656-0298
Linda Wallace (276) 656-0231
Melanie Nelson (276) 656-0294
Debbie Shelton (276) 656-0293
Stephanie Wagoner (276) 656-0330
Tammy Gammons (276) 656-0331
Ashley Dye (276) 656-5473
HVAC: Mike Bryant (276) 656-0351
Industrial Welding: Dwight Bower (276) 656-0252
Motorsports Technology (Arrington): Talmage Thomas (276) 656-0463
Jeff Fields (276) 656-0356
Nurse Aide Training: Joe Gravely (276) 656-0298
Practical Nursing: Melanie Nelson (276) 656-0294
Stephanie Wagoner (276) 656-0330
Amy Webster (276) 0248
Susan Selman (276) 656-0282
School-Age Child Care: Susan Christian (276) 656-0217  
Welding: Dwight Bower (276) 656-0252
Randy Smith (276) 656-0269
Wellness: Amy Webster (276) 656-0248

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.

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