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General StudiesHuman Services SpecializationScience
Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Specializations
Visual Arts Specializations
Teacher Education Preparation Specializations
Associate of Applied Sciences Degrees
Administration of Justice
Administrative Support Technology
Entrepreneurship/Small Business Specialization
International Business Specialization Program Disclosure: 2011-12
Emergency Medical Services: Paramedic
General Engineering Technologies
Health Technology: Nursing
Industrial Electronics Technology
Information Systems TechnologyAccounting Information Systems Specialization
Game Design and Development Specialization
Internet Services Specialization
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
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
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
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
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!
- Critical Thinking in Everyday Life: 9 Strategies
- Developing as Rational Persons: Viewing Our Development in Stages
- How to Study and Learn (Part One)
- How to Study and Learn (Part Two)
- How to Study and Learn (Part Three)
- How to Study and Learn (Part Four)
- The Art of Close Reading (Part One)
- The Art of Close Reading (Part Two)
- The Art of Close Reading (Part Three)
- Looking To The Future With a Critical Eye: A Message for High School Graduates
- Becoming a Critic Of Your Thinking
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 parttime, day or night basis for students who are already employed.
Career Studies Certificate Programs: Many students seek postsecondary 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 associatesdegree 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 testing.
The Virginia Placement Test is used to place students into appropriate writing and mathematics courses.
VPT Testing Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Main Campus - Walker 228.
Patrick County Site - Call (276) 694-8778 or email to make arrangements.
- Your PHCC Student ID # (EMPLID)
- A valid government issued photo I.D. (DMV issued license, learner's permit, photo ID, Passport, or Military ID)
- No appointment required. Tests are administered on a first-come-first-served walk-in basis. Seating is limited.
- There is no fee to take the test.
- The test is untimed, but it takes an average of two hours to complete each of the two portions. You may not take both portions of the test (math and English) on the same day.
- If you need accommodations for the placement test due to a disability or other circumstance, please contact DisAbility Resources at (276) 656-0257 or .
- An application for admission MUST be on file in the Admissions Office prior to taking the placement test.
PHCC will accept the following SAT scores in lieu of the VPT.
- English (Reading/Writing) – 560 (combined score)
Math – 550
* These scores apply to tests taken after March 2016
- Critical Reading/Writing – 500 (Student must have a 500 in BOTH portions)
Math – 520
* Taken before March 2016
All test scores are only good for two years from the date of the test.
Always speak with an academic advisor before registering. If you do not meet with an advisor first, you risk registering for an incorrect class and/or being charged for classes not covered by financial aid. After meeting with an academic advisor, follow the instructions below:
Login to "myPHCC LOGIN" (located at the top of the home page)
Click "VCCS SIS:Student Information System"
Search for a Class...
- Self Service -> Enrollment -> Class Search/Browse Catalog
- Select the Institution and Term that you want to search for classes
- Select Go
- Enter the course prefix in the Course Subject box and the course number ( i.e. ENG 111) and Search
- Self Service ->Enrollment ->Enrollment: Add Classes
- Enter the class number (example 22079) or Search for Class to view the Schedule of Classes.
- After entering all class numbers, proceed to Steps 2 of 3
- Check the classes that you entered and if correct Finish Enrolling
- View results of all classes added; a green check indicates you successfully enrolled, a red "X" indicates you are unable to add this class.
- Self Service -> Enrollment: Drop Classes
- Select the classes that you wish to drop.
- Select Drop Selected Classes
- Confirm your selection and then Finish Dropping
- View your results and then view My Class Schedule, you may also print your schedule
- If you drop a class after the last day to withdraw, the grade automatically becomes an "F"
- If you drop a class after the last date to add but before the last day to withdraw, you receive a "W"
- Be sure to verify whether your grade is "W" or "F" and refer questions to the Registrar's Office
Make a Credit Card Payment
- Self Service -> Student Center
- If unable to see your account balance, under the Personal Information section select User Preferences from the Student Center page, select Patrick Henry Community College and SAVE
To make a payment: select Make a Payment
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