For students acquiring technical skills and knowledge for employment after graduation.

Administrative Support Technology

Program Description

The Administrative Support Technology major is designed to prepare individuals for positions in an office and/or to update skills of office workers. The program provides the knowledge and skills necessary for effective job performance in office administrative support positions. In addition, the program helps prepare individuals for MCAS (Microsoft Certified Application Specialist) and Certified Administrative Professional (CAP).

Opportunities for Employment

Administrative Support Technologists work in office support positions and perform a variety of office tasks. Employers seek workers who have excellent computer application skills, communication and interpersonal skills, decision making and critical thinking skills, and team-work skills. Job opportunities as executive secretary, administrative assistant, receptionist, word processing specialist, and office support technician are available locally, regionally, and nationally.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take English and Mathematics placement tests. Developmental classes in these areas may be required. Students may receive college credit for verified on-the-job experience. Courses taken out of suggested sequence must have the approval of the program advisor.

For Further Information:

Administrative Support Technology (298)

PROGRAM OF STUDY

FIRST YEAR FALL

Course #

Course Title

Credit

AST

115

Applied Accounting

3

AST

107

Editing/Proofreading Skills

3

AST 

141

Word Processing I

3

ENG

111

College Composition I

3

ITE

119

Information Technology

3

SDV

100

College Success Skills

1

FIRST YEAR SPRING

ACC

215

Computerized Accounting

3

AST

137

Records Management

3

AST

238

Word Processing Advanced Operations

3

MTH

141

Business Mathematics I

3

 

Humanities Elective1

3

PSY

120

Human Relations

3

SECOND YEAR FALL

AST

205

Business Communications2

3

AST

236

Spec. Software Apps

3

AST

243

Office Administration I

3

BUS

205

Human Resource Management

3

BUS

241

Business Law I

3

MKT

170

Customer Service

1

SDV

106

Preparation for Employment

1

SECOND YEAR SPRING

AST

108

Telephone Techniques

1

AST

244

Office Administration II

3

AST

260

Presentation Software

3

AST

290

Internship in AST

3

MKT

260

Customer Service Management

3

Humanities or Social Science Elective

3

Total Minimum Credits for Degree

67

1Consult with advisor. 2BUS 236 may be substituted for AST 205

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Administrative Support Technology – Medical Office Specialist

Program Requirements

The Medical Office Specialist program is designed to prepare individuals for administrative support positions in medical offices. Individuals currently employed in medical office positions will also benefit from the program. The program includes courses that provide the knowledge and skills necessary for effective job performance in entry-level medical office administrative support positions.

Opportunities for Employment

Medical Office Specialists generally work in hospitals, clinics, and private practice offices, assisting with billing and maintaining patient accounts, and performing general office and routine administrative duties. These professionals exhibit expertise in professional conduct, telephone etiquette, computer applications, filing and records management, patient scheduling, and medical office management.  

Program Requirements

Students are required to take English and Mathematics placement tests. Developmental classes in these area may be required. Students may receive college credit for verified on-the-job experience. Courses taken out of suggested sequence must have the approval of the program advisor.

For Further Information Contact:

Administrative Support Technology
Medical Office Specialist (298-02)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit
AST 107 Editing and Proofreading 3
AST 141 Word Processing I 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
HIM 111 Medical Terminology I 3
HIM 130 Healthcare Information Systems 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
FIRST YEAR SPRING
AST 238 Word Processing Advanced 3
HIM 112 Medical Terminology II 3
HIM 150 Health Records Management 3
HIM 230 Information Systems & Technology in Health Care 3
MTH 141 Business Mathematics I 3
    Humanities Elective1 3
SECOND YEAR FALL
ACC 115 Applied Accounting 3
AST  205 Business Communications2 3
AST 243 Office Administration I 3
BUS 241 Business Law I 3
PSY 120 Human Relations 3
SDV 106 Preparation for Employment 1
SECOND YEAR SPRING
AST 108 Telephone Techniques 1
AST 150 Desktop Publishing 1
AST 155 Introduction to Desktop Information Management 1
AST 160 Learning the Internet for Business 1
AST 244 Office Administration II 3
AST 271 Medical Office Procedures 3
AST 290 Internship in AST 3
     Social Science or Humanities Elective 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 66

1Consult with advisor. 2BUS236 may be substituted for AST 205.

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Computer Networking Technology

Program Description

The Computer Networking Technology student will take course work in network infrastructure and internet -working devices, network operating systems and network management.

Opportunities for Employment

The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Computer Network Technology is designed to prepare students to work in a wide range of employment areas as network installers, network administrators, network planners, and network managers.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take English and Mathematics placement test and correct any deficiencies in the developmental studies program. Courses taken out of normal program sequence must have the approval of the program advisor.

For Further Information Contact:

Computer Networking Technology (732)

PROGRAM OF STUDY

FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit  
ITN 154 Network Fundamentals, Router Basics, and Configuration (ICND1) – Cisco 4  
ITN 110 Client Operating Systems 3  
ITN 107 Personal Computer Hardware & Troubleshooting 3  
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3  
MTH 103 Applied Technical Math 3  
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
FIRST YEAR SPRING
ITN 155 Switching, Wireless, and WAN Technologies (ICND2) – Cisco 4  
ITN 111 Server Administration 3  
IND 137 Team Concepts/Problem Solving 3  
ENG 111 or 115

College Composition I or Technical Writing

3  
    Humanities Elective 3  
SECOND YEAR FALL
ITN 156 Basic Switching and Routing – Cisco III 4  
ITN 113 Active Directory 3  
ITN 211 Windows Network Security Design (NSD) 3  
    Social Science Elective 3  
ITN 171 UNIX I 3  
SDV 106 Preparation for Employment 1  
SECOND YEAR SPRING
ITN 157 WAN Technologies-Cisco 4  
ITN 112 Networking Infrastructure 3  
ITN 214 Messaging Server Admin 3  
ITE 290 Coordinated Internship in ITE2 3  
    Humanities or Social Science Elective 3  
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 66  

1Work components may be taken in the summer. 

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Computer Software Specialist

Program Description

The Computer Software Specialist program is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce as computer professionals who can develop business-oriented software applications. General and specialized computer courses with an emphasis in programming and database applications are complemented by general education courses. Students will participate in a comprehensive program that includes both classroom and lab instruction, along with a work-based learning experience at an area business or a comprehensive computer project.

Opportunities for Employment

Students completing this degree will be prepared to work in a variety of IT positions with Internet service providers and either public and private organizations.  Motivated software specialists can advance to positions such as software developers, database administrators, systems analysts, web programmers, and webmasters.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take English and mathematics placement tests. Developmental classes in these areas may be required. Students may receive college credit for verified on-the-job experience. Courses taken out of suggested sequence must have the approval of the program advisor.

For Further Information Contact:

Computer Software Specialist (222)

PROGRAM OF STUDY

FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit  
ITE 131 Survey of Internet Services 1  
ITD 110 Web Page Design I 3  
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3  
ITN 171 Unix I 3  
 ITN 101 Intro to Network Concepts 3  
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
FIRST YEAR SPRING
ENG 111 or 115 College Composition I or Technical Writing 3  
    Social Science or Humanities Elective 3  
ITP 100 Software Design 3  
ITP 120 Java Programing I 3  
ITP 140 Client Side Scripting 3  
IND 137 Team Concepts and Problem Solving 3  
SECOND YEAR FALL
ITE 150 Desktop Database Software 3  
ITP 132 C ++ Programing I 3  
MTH 103 Applied Technical Math 3  
ITP 193 Studies in PHP/MySQL 3  
ITP 220 Java Programming II 3  
SDV 106 Preparation for Employment 1  
SECOND YEAR SPRING
ITP 232 C++ Programming II 3  
ITP 214 Windows Mobile Development 3  
ITP 251 Systems Analysis & Design 3  
ITP 298 Capstone 3  
    Social Science Elective 3  
    Humanities Elective 3  
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 66   

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Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Mapping Specialization

Program Description

Classes offered in the Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology major program will introduce you to architectural and mechanical design that will prepare you to work as a drafts person. Approximately one-half of the courses taken are in drafting and design technology. Students will also take courses in related areas and general education. MECC utilizes CADD operations extensively. Micro-Station PC, AutoCADD, and 3D software programs are available. These programs are the most widely used in industry in our service area. Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology major classes are available to evening students.

Opportunities for Employment

Successful completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree in the Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology major will prepare you for employment in areas in drafting and design including: mechanical, architectural, structural steel, and civil engineering.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take English and mathematics placement tests. Developmental classes in these area may be required. Students may not take a course out of normal sequence without the approval of your instructor.  

For Further Information Contact:

Jake Gilly jgilly@mecc.edu 276.523.2400 ext. 280   Tommy Clements, Dean tclements@mecc.edu 276.523.2400 ext. 431

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Mapping Specialization (729-01)

PROGRAM OF STUDY FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit  
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
GIS 200 Geo Info Systems I 4  
DRF 160 Machines Blueprint Reading 3  
DRF 200 Survey of Computer-Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) 4  
MTH 105 Technical Mathematics I 2  
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
FIRST YEAR SPRING
DRF 233 Computer-Aided Design III 3  
GIS 201 Geo Info Systems II 4  
DRF 201 Computer Aided Drafting & Design I 3  
MEC 113 Materials and Processes of Industry 4  
MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics 3  
SECOND YEAR FALL
CIV 171 Surveying I 3  
DRF 231 Computer-Aided Drafting I 3  
PHY 131 Applied Physics 3  
    Social Science Elective 3  
    Personal Development Elective 1  
IND 137 Team Concepts & Problem Solving 3  
SECOND YEAR SPRING
CIV 172 Surveying II 3  
DRF 298 or 290 Seminar and Project or Coordinated Internship 4  
 DRF  232 Computer Aided Drafting II 3  
    Humanities Elective 3  
GIS 233 Understanding Geo Data 4  
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 66      

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Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology

Program Description

Classes offered in the Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology major program will introduce you to architectural and mechanical design that will prepare you to work as a drafts person. Approximately one-half of the courses taken are in drafting and design technology. Students will also take courses in related areas and general education. MECC utilizes CADD operations extensively. Micro-Station PC, AutoCADD, and 3D software programs are available. These programs are the most widely used in industry in our service area. Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology major classes are available to evening students.

Opportunities for Employment

Successful completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree in the Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology major will prepare you for employment in areas in drafting and design including: mechanical, architectural, structural steel, and civil engineering.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take English and mathematics placement tests. Developmental classes in these area may be required. Students may not take a course out of normal sequence without the approval of the instructor.

For More Information Contact:

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology (729)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit  
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
    Technical Elective 3  
DRF 160 Machine Blueprint Reading 3  
DRF 200 Survey of Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) 4  
MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics I 3  
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
FIRST YEAR SPRING
DRF 233 Computer-Aided Drafting III 3  
    Technical Elective 3  
DRF 201 Computer-Aided Drafting and Design I 3  
IND 137 Team Concepts 3  
MEC 113 Materials and Processes of Industry 4  
SECOND YEAR FALL
CIV 171 Surveying I 3  
DRF 231 Computer-Aided Drafting I 3  
 IND 101 Quality Assurance Technology 3  
PHY 131 Applied Physics 3  
    Social Science Elective 3  
    Personal Development Elective 1  
SECOND YEAR SPRING
CIV 172 Surveying II 3  
DRF 232 Computer-Aided Drafting and Design II 3  
DRF 298 or 290 Seminar and Project in Drafting or Coordinated Internship 4  
MEC 122 Desktop Manufacturing Technology 3  
    Humanities Elective 3  
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 65  

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Computerized Manufacturing Technology

Program Description

The Manufacturing Technology major is a broad-based curriculum that prepares students for a variety of technical positions within a manufacturing company. The company that hires the graduate, teaches the special skills and knowledge needed to be successful within the company.

Opportunities for Employment

This major prepares graduates for growth in the automated industry with each graduate expected to receive multiple job offerings.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take English and Mathematics placement test. Due to the rapid change of this major, students are expected to take courses in the sequence they are listed and complete the major within two years.

For Further Information Contact:

Computerized Manufacturing Technology (726)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit
DRF 160 Machine Blueprint Reading 3
ELE 140 Basic Electricity & Machinery 4
SAF 126 Industrial Safety 3
MEC 120 Principles of Machines Technology 3
MEC 155 Mechanisms 2
MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics I 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
FIRST YEAR SPRING
ELE 156 Electrical Control Systems 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3
MEC 113 Materials and Processes of Industry I 4
MEC 266 Fluid Mechanics 3
SECOND YEAR FALL
DRF 200 Survey of Computer-Aided Design 4
PHY 131 Applied Physics 3
HLT 105 CPR 1
IND 101 Quality Assurance Tech 3
IND 160 Introduction to Robotics 3
MEC 118 Automated Manufacturing Tech 3
SECOND YEAR SPRING
ELE 239 Programmable Controllers 3
    Humanities Elective 3
IND 137 Team Concepts & Problem Solving 3
IND 295 Computer Integrated Projects I 3
    Social Science Elective 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 65

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Computerized Manufacturing Technology — Electromechanical Technology Specialization

Program Description

The Electromechanical Technology Specialization of the Computerized Manufacturing Technology program trains students in various electrical, electronic, and mechanical components of systems and upon successful completion, awards the Associate of Applied Science Degree. Emphasis is on programmable logic controllers, motor controls, piping systems, valves, and related components, and process controllers. Computer skills and teamwork are also emphasized.

The electromechanical program will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume employment as competent electromechanical technicians. The program was developed in cooperation with Eastman Chemical Company. There are two tracks: 1.) After the first year of the program, students have the opportunity for a one-year internship with Eastman after which they will return to MECC to finish the AAS degree (three years total), or 2.) Students may elect to forgo the internship at Eastman and complete the AAS at MECC (two years total). After completing the associate degree the student is eligible to begin the nationally recognized apprenticeship program at Eastman.

Opportunities for Employment

Companies need competent electromechanical technicians. The electromechanical program was designed to meet this increasing need. The skills developed in this program will prepare students for jobs in chemical processing, coal mining, power plants and manufacturing. Jobs are available as electromechanical technicians, quality assurance technicians, and maintenance technicians.

Program Requirements

Individuals who have taken courses at career centers or other work related training programs may be able to obtain articulation credit for these courses. Dual enrollment classes have been developed at local vocational technical career centers and high schools.

For Further Information Contact:

Computerized Manufacturing Technology
Electromechanical Technology Specialization (726-01)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit  
DRF 160 Machine Blueprint Reading 3  
ELE 140 Basic Electricity & Machinery 4  
SAF 126 Industrial Safety 3  
MEC 120 Principles of Machines Technology 3  
MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics I 3  
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
FIRST YEAR SPRING
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
ELE 156 Electrical Control Systems 3  
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3  
MEC 113 Materials and Processes of Industry I 4  
    Humanities Elective 3  
MTH 106 Technical Mathematics II 2  
SECOND YEAR FALL
ETR 218 Ind. Electronics Circuits 4  
HLT 105 CPR 1  
PHY 131 Applied Physics 3  
IND 101 Quality Assurance Tech 3  
IND 125 Installation and Preventive Maintenance 3  
MEC 205 Piping & Auxiliary Systems 3  
SECOND YEAR SPRING
ELE 239 Programmable Controllers 3  
MEC 266 Fluid Mechanics 3  
IND 137 Team Concepts and Problem Solving 3  
    Welding Elective 3  
    Social Science Elective 3  
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 65  

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Computerized Manufacturing Technology — Industrial Electronics Specialization

Program Description

The Industrial Electronics specialization of the Computerized Manufacturing Technology major is designed to prepare students for employment in a wide variety of settings. While the primary emphasis of the degree focuses on the industrial and manufacturing areas, many graduates find employment in the health and service sectors as electronic or computer technicians. Course work includes a strong emphasis in the computer technology field including how to interface, upgrade and repair computer related equipment and systems. Job titles for graduates include electronic technician, electronic equipment repairer, quality assurance technician, computer repair technician, process control technician, engineering technician and manufacturing technician.

Opportunities for Employment

The Computerized Manufacturing Technology graduate can expect to see employment as and Electrical/Electronic Technician, electrical and electronics installer and Repairer.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take English and Mathematics placement tests. Due to the rapid change of this major, students are expected to take courses in the sequence they are listed and complete the major within two years. This major demands good students who genuinely like the technical area and want to help industry solve problems and increase productivity.

For Further Information Contact:

Computerized Manufacturing Technology
Industrial Electronics Specialization (726-02)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit  
DRF 160 Machine Blueprint Reading 3  
ELE 140 Basic Electricity & Machinery 4  
SAF 126 Industrial Safety 3  
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics I 3  
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
FIRST YEAR SPRING
ELE 156 Electrical Control Systems 3  
ETR 143 Devices & Applications I 3  
ETR 168 Digital Circuit Fundamentals 3  
IND 137 Team Concepts and Problem Solving 3  
    Humanities Elective 3  
SECOND YEAR FALL
PHY 231 Applied Physics 3  
ETR 218 Industrial Electronics Circuits 4  
ETR 273 Computer Electronics I 4  
IND 160 Introduction to Robotics 3  
    Technical Elective 3  
HLT 105 CPR 1  
SECOND YEAR SPRING
ELE 239 Programmable Controllers 3  
MEC 113 Materials and Processes of Industry 4  
IND 295 Computer Integrated Projects I 3  
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3  
    Social Science Elective 3  
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 66  

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Correctional Services

Program Description

At MECC you’ll find a fascinating and challenging Protective Services curriculum that includes a major in Police Science and Correctional Services. The program is structured to prepare individuals for careers in criminal justice, correctional services, and related occupations.

Opportunities for Employment

Job openings are available in the law enforcement and the protective services fields with positions open in public law enforcement agencies, private security firms, as well as state and federal agencies.

Program Requirements

Entry into the program requires taking the English and Mathematics placement tests. If deficiencies are found, you will be required to correct them by registering for developmental studies. Each applicant must meet with the College’s Protective Services faculty for a personal interview. Applicants not already employed in criminal justice are cautioned as to the qualifications usually required for criminal justice agency employment:  1) Excellent moral character, no felony convictions or any crime involving moral turpitude, nor an excessive number of traffic citations. 2) A background investigation is normally conducted by the employing agency to confirm these conditions.

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Associate of Applied Science Degree – Correctional Services (462)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3
ADJ 140 Introduction To Corrections 3
ADJ 171 Forensic Science I or Science Elective 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
    HLT, PED, ADJ 127, or ADJ 138 1
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
FIRST YEAR SPRING
ADJ 146 Adult Corrections Institutions 3
ADJ 172 Forensic Science II or Science Elective 4
    Humanities Elective 3
ADJ 245 or 248 Management of Correctional Facilities or Probation, Parole, and Treatment 3
ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology 3
SECOND YEAR FALL
ADJ 241 Correctional Law 3
ADJ 246 Correctional Counseling 3
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3
MTH 151, 157, 163, or 141 Math for Liberal Art I, Elementary Stats, , Pre-Calculus I or Business Mathematics 3
SOC or PSY 200 Principles of Sociology or Principles of Psychology 3
    Elective 3
SECOND YEAR SPRING
ADJ 296 or 198 On-Site Training in Criminal Justice or Seminar and Project 3
ADJ 227 Constitutional Law for Justice Personnel 3
ADJ 105 Juvenile Justice 3
SOC or PSY 200 Principles of Sociology or Principles of Psychology 3
CST 105 or 100 Oral Communication or Principles of Public Speaking 3
    Elective 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 67

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Emergency Medical Services Technology

Program Description

The purpose of this curriculum is to produce competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics who can service the community with advanced life support care via the Emergency Medical Services infrastructure. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible for National Registry testing and certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services and is offered in conjunction with Southwest Virginia and Virginia Highland Community Colleges.  The program is also nationally accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).

Program Goals

After successfully completing the program, the graduate will be able to demonstrate:

  1. The ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relative to his/her role as an entry-level paramedic.
  2. Technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry-level paramedic.
  3. Personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the entry-level paramedic.

Opportunities for Employment

Opportunities for paramedics include employment by fire and rescue service providers, hospitals, school systems, industry, ambulance and transportation services, local, state and federal government agencies, humanitarian relief organizations, and the military.

Special Considerations

The paramedic curriculum is an academically rigorous program, but one having the potential to provide a rewarding career for participants. Admission to the program will be governed by the requirements for general admission to the College and the Commonwealth of Virginia Emergency Medical Services.  Individuals who have a felony conviction or do not pass the background checks and/or drug screenings will not be eligible to continue in the program.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the program pursuant to Section 12VAC5-30-270A.1. of the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Health Governing Emergency Medical Services.
  • Be a high school graduate or have satisfactorily completed the GED.
  • Have a current and valid certificate evidencing EMT-B, EMT-Advanced, or EMT-Intermediate certification in Virginia pursuant to Section 12VAC5-30-290 of the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Health Governing Emergency Medical Services.
  • Possess and maintain current CPR certification.

Additionally, a selection process is utilized to choose applicants for each year’s program.  To be eligible for selection to the program, interested persons should complete the following process by May 15:

  • Submit a college admission application.
  • Submit an application to the program (separate document) with required attachments.
  • Take the Program Entrance Exam.
  • Take the VPT placement test (or submit ASSET, COMPASS, SAT or ACT scores).
  • Have transcripts of previous college courses sent to MECC.

After May 15, the first round of students will be selected.  Selection will be based on previous college coursework, and placement into ENF 3 or higher.  Should openings still be available, persons who apply or meet requirements after May 15, or score lower than the cut score on the reading exam will be considered.

Program Requirements

Physical Requirements: This program requires extensive walking, stooping, bending, pushing, pulling, climbing stairs, and lifting.  Lifting and carrying requirements:  at least 125 pounds; Motor coordination is necessary because over uneven terrain, the patients’, EMTs’ and other workers’ well-being must not be jeopardized.  Further, extensive use of sight, hearing, and speaking is required.  An EMS provider is faced with many physical and psychological challenges.  Please refer to the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services web site for a more detailed functional job description – www.vdh.virginia.gov/oems/training.

Academic Requirements

Any student receiving a grade of less than “C” in any of the required program courses will be placed on programmatic academic probation.  That course shall be remediated once, with a written contract drafted containing the requirements of the remediation. Remediated courses must be completed with a final grade of “C” or better.  Dismissal from the program shall result if the student does not meet the requirements of the contract.

Clinical and Behavioral Requirements

Selected and supervised student clinical experience is required by the program and will be accomplished at selected, regional health care facilities.  The student is responsible for transportation to these facilities, as well as to any scheduled field trips or combined program classes.  Program preceptors will observe and evaluate the student’s suitability for the profession.  If the student does not exhibit those documented behaviors required of the EMS professional, the student may be asked to withdraw from the program.

Other Requirements

In addition to basic college costs such as tuition and fees, this program requires expenditures for uniforms, books, liability insurance, CPR certification, immunizations and physical, drug and background screens, testing fees, certification courses and some medical equipment items.  Students are also responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites.

Applicants accepted to the program are required to submit a health certificate signed by a licensed physician or RNP and should include documentation of measles, mumps, Rubella (MMR) and chicken pox exposure or inoculations; documentation of Hepatitis B inoculation; Tuberculosis testing; and overall general health of the applicant.

 

Emergency Medical Services Technology (146)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR SUMMER

Course # Course Title Credit
EMS 111 EMT – Basic1 7
EMS 120 EMT – Basic Clinical 1
BIO 1451 Human Anatomy & Physiology2 4
SDV2 100 College Success Skills3 1
FIRST YEAR FALL
EMS 151 Introduction to Advanced Life Support 4
EMS 152 Advanced Medical Care 2
EMS 153 Basic ECG Recognition 2
EMS 170 ALS Internship I 1
ENG 111 College Composition 3
FIRST YEAR SPRING
EMS 154 ALS – Cardiac Care 2
EMS 157 ALS Trauma Care 3
EMS 159 Special Populations  
EMS 172 ALS Clinical Internship II 1
EMS 173 ALS Field Internship II 1
ITE   ITE Elective4 3
    General Education Elective5 3
SECOND YEAR FALL
EMS 201 EMS Professional Development 3
EMS 205 Advanced Pathophysiology 4
EMS 207 Adv. Patient Assessment 3
EMS 242 ALS Clinical Internship III 1
EMS 243 ALS Field Internship III 1
SECOND YEAR SPRING
EMS 209 Pharmacology 4
EMS 211 Operations 2
EMS 244 ALS Clinical Internship IV 1
EMS 245 ALS Field Internship IV 1
    Social Science Elective6 3
    Humanities Elective7 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 67

 

1Core competencies for HLT 105, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, are covered within EMS 111. Students will receive a BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR certification card. 2BIO 141-142 are recommended if the student is planning to transfer to another medically related program.3SDV 100 or 109 is recommended. 4ITE 119 is recommended. 5Elective from social science, humanities, sciences, or math (MTH 151 or higher). 6 Social Science subject areas: PSY/PLS/ECO/HIS/SOC/GEO. 7Humanities/fine art subject areas:  MUS 121/ART/PHI/REL/HUM and some ENG.

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Energy Technology

Program Description

Graduates of the Energy Technology program are trained in the job skills necessary for employment as an entry level HVAC/Electrical technician in both residential and commercial fields. These fields include leading edge technologies such as geothermal, solar PV installation, and solar thermal systems. Graduates will find employment in various industries and service sectors as HVAC technicians or Electricians.

Opportunities for Employment

Graduates can expect to find employment as entry level or apprentice electricians or HVAC Technicians in the residential and commercial construction industry, or as industrial maintenance technicians.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take English and mathematics placement tests. Developmental classes in these areas may be required. Students may not take a course out of normal sequence without the approval of your instructor.

For Further Information Contact:

Energy Technology (820)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit
AIR 121 Air Conditioning & Refrigeration I 4
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3
ELE 131 National Electrical Code I 3
ELE 140 Basic Electrical Machinery 4
ENG 111 College Composition 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
FIRST YEAR SPRING
ELE 132 National Electrical Code II 3
ELE 156 Electrical Control Systems 3
ENE 230 Geothermal Applications1 4
AIR 282 Energy Management I 2
HLT 105 CPR 3
 MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics 3
SECOND YEAR FALL
AIR 205 Hydronics and Zoning 4
ENE 1101 Solar Power Installations1 4
AIR 282 Energy Management II 2
IND 137 Team Concepts and Problem Solving 3
ENE 105 Solar Thermal Active and Passive Technology 4
SECOND YEAR SPRING
ELE 239 Programmable Controllers 3
ELE 298 or 290 Seminar & Project or Coordinated Internship 3
PHY 131 Applied Physics 3
    Humanities Elective 3
    Social Science Elective 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 67

1Prerequisite ELE 140 or equivalent

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Energy Technology – Electrical Specialization

Program Description

Graduates of the Energy Technology Electrical Specialization program are trained in the job skills necessary for employment as a beginning electrician in both residential and commercial fields. Graduates will find employment in various industries and service sectors as electricians or electronic technicians. Course work includes a strong emphasis in electrical technology with related courses in computer applications, quality control, teamwork, and communication.

Opportunities for Employment

Graduates can expect to find employment as entry level or apprentice electricians or HVAC technicians in the residential and commercial construction industry, or as industrial maintenance technicians.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take English and mathematics placement tests. Developmental classes in these areas may be required. Students may not take a course out of normal sequence without the approval of your instructor.

For Further Information Contact:

 

Energy Technology Electrical Specialization (820-01)

PROGRAM OF STUDY FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit
BLD 110 Introduction to Construction 3
AIR 111 Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Controls I 3
AIR 281 Energy Management I 3
ELE 131 National Electrical Code I 3
ELE 140 Basic Electricity and Machinery 3
SDV 100 College Success  Skills 1
FIRST YEAR SPRING
MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics I 3
ELE 132 National Electrical Code II 3
ELE 156 Electrical Control Systems1 3
AIR 112 Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Controls II 3
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3
 HLT 105 CPR 1
SECOND YEAR FALL
ETR 218 Industrial Electronics Circuits 3
ELE 110 Home Electric Power 4
ENE 110 Solar Power Installations1 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
SECOND YEAR SPRING
PHY 131 Applied Physics 3
ELE 239 Programmable Controllers1 3
ELE 298 or 290 Seminar & Project or Coordinated Internship 3
    Technical Elective 3
    Humanities Elective 3
    Social Science Elective 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 67

1Prerequisite ELE 140 or equivalent

 

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Environmental Science

Program Description

The Environmental Science student will take course work from a wide array of natural resource offerings.  This will prepare the student to work in all areas of environmental science related jobs.

Opportunities for Employment

The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Environmental Science is designed to prepare students for employment as an Environmental Technician.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take English and mathematics placement tests. Developmental classes in these areas may be required. Students may not take a course out of normal sequence without the approval of your instructor.

For Further Information Contact:

Environmental Science (828)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
ENV 220 Environmental Problems 3
FOR 100 Introduction to Forestry 3
MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics I 3
SCT 111 Introduction to Environmental & Science Technology I 4
SDV 100 College Success  Skills 1
FIRST YEAR SPRING
GIS 200 Geographical Info Systems 4
    Humanities Elective 3
HRT 137 Environmental Factors in Plant Growth 3
NAS 106 Conservation of Natural Resources 3
SCT 112 Introduction to Environmental & Science Technology II 4
SECOND YEAR FALL
AGR 205 Soil Fertility & Management 3
ENV 227 Environmental Law 3

ENV or GIS

230 or 230 GIS: Apps in Environmental Science or Apps in Environmental Science 3
ENV 235 Soil Conservation & Spoils Management 3
    Health/Physical Education 1
    Technical Elective 3
SECOND YEAR SPRING
AGR 208 Insect Control 3
CIV 246 Water Resource Tech 3
ENV 290 Coordinated Internship in Environmental Science 4
ENV 211 Sanitary Biology & Chemistry 3
    Social Science Elective 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 66

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Environmental Science Water/Wastewater Specialization

Program Description

The Environmental Science Water/Wastewater Major student will take course work from a wide array of natural resource offerings.  These courses stress the practical application of scientific principles to the treatment of water for human consumption and for protection of water resources.

Distance Education Option

The entire Water/Wastewater Program can be completed through distance education courses. All technical courses are available through at water.mecc.edu. All support courses are available through either video or web-based instruction.

Opportunities for Employment

The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Environmental Science is designed to prepare students for employment in municipal and industrial treatment facilities and laboratories.  State agencies and private companies also employ MECC Environmental Science graduates.  As environmental concerns continue to make news headlines, the job market continues to expand.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take English and mathematics placement tests. Developmental classes in these areas may be required. Students may not take a course out of normal sequence without the approval of your instructor.

Opportunities for Advancement

Coursework in the Water/Wastewater Major prepares students for the state certification exam required for a water or wastewater operator’s license.  This license is essential for career advancement.  Students will also be able to keep abreast of technological advances in the field of environmental science, thus furthering career opportunities in this and related fields.

For Further Information Contact:

Water/Wastewater Specialization (828-02)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course #

Course Title

Credit

ENG

111

College Composition I

3

ENV

110

Introduction to Water-Wastewater Technology

3

ENV

220

Environmental Problems

3

MTH

103

Applied Technical Mathematics I

3

SCT

111

Introduction to Environmental Science Technology I

4

SDV

100

College Success  Skills

1

FIRST YEAR SPRING

ENV

115

Water Purification

3

   

Humanities Elective

3

NAS

106

Conservation of Natural Resources

3

SCT

112

Introduction to Environmental Science Technology II

4

   

Technical Elective*

3

SECOND YEAR FALL

ENV

108

Environmental Microbiology

3

ENV

149

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation

3

ENV

227

Environmental Law

3

   

Social Science Elective

3

   

Elective

3

   

Health or PE Elective

1

SECOND YEAR SPRING

CIV

240

Fluid Mechanics/Hydraulics

3

CIV

246

Water Resource Technology experience

3

ENV

211

Sanitary Biology and Chemistry

3

ENV

290

Coordinated Internship in Environmental Science experience

4

   

Social Science Elective experience

3

Total Minimum Credits for Degree

65

*Should be chosen with academic advisor.

PRINTABLE VERSION: AAS Environmental Science Water Wastewater

Forest Science

Program Description

Forest Science students will take course work from a wide array of natural resource offerings.  This will prepare the student to work in all phases of forest science from monitoring, managing, and protecting forest areas, harvesting timber, and producing primary and secondary wood products.

Opportunities for Employment

The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Forest Science is designed to prepare students for employment as a forestry technician, lumber grader and other technical/supervisory positions within the forestry and timber industries.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take English and mathematics placement tests. It may be required for you to correct any deficiencies in the developmental studies program. You may not take a course out of normal program sequence without the approval of your advisor.  Approval will be based on practical experience and courses previously completed. You may receive regular college course credit for on-the-job experience or vocational school training if it is validated and approved by the College.

For Further Information Contact:

Forest Science (839)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit
ENG 111 College Composition 3
FOR 100 Introduction to Forestry 3
FOR 115 Dendrology 4
IND 137 Team Concepts and Problem Solving 3
SDV 100 College Success  Skills 1
FIRST YEAR SPRING
GIS 200 Geographical Info Systems 4
    Humanities Elective 3
MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics I 3
NAS 106 Conservation of Natural Resources 3
    Technical Elective1 3
SECOND YEAR SUMMER
FOR 215 Applied Silviculture 4
FOR 237 Wildlife Ecology 3
FIRST YEAR FALL
AGR 205 Soil Fertility & Management 3

ENV or BUS

227 or 241

Environmental Law or Business Law I

3
CIV 171 Surveying I 3

GIS or ENV

230 or 230

Apps in Environmental Science or GIS: Apps in Environmental Science

3
SECOND YEAR SPRING
AGR 208 Insect Control 3
CIV 172 Surveying II2 3
FOR 245 Forest Products I 2
FOR 290 Coordinated Internship in Forestry 4
    HLT or PED 1
    Social Science Elective 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 65

1Students may select two of the following classes as electives: ENV 235 Soil Conservation and Spoil Management, HRT 137 Environmental Factors in Plant Growth or ENV 298 Seminars and Projects in Environmental Science.

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Health Information Management

Program Description

The Health Information Management (HIM) degree provides students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills required to perform a variety of specialized duties in a non-clinical healthcare setting.  Graduates may seek positions as medical records technicians, coders, health information specialists, and similar designations.

Opportunities for Employment

HIM graduates will be able to work at acute care hospitals, clinics, behavioral healthcare facilities, hospice, home care, health care government agencies, EHR vendors, insurance companies, and Managed Care Organizations.  Opportunities for certification include Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Professional Coder – Hospital Outpatient (CPC-H), Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS), and others. 

Program Requirements

Students entering the HIM program must meet the college’s general admissions requirements, as well as program specific admission requirements. Program specific admission requirements include:

  • Completion of the Health Information Management Application for Admission packet, including criminal background check.
  • Students are required to take English and mathematics placement tests. Developmental classes in these areas may be required.
  • Students may receive college credit for verified on-the-job experience.
  • Courses taken out of suggested sequence must have the approval of the program advisor.

Clinical Affiliation Agreement for HIM Internship

The Health Information Management Program has clinical affiliation agreements with clinical agencies for student safety. If students cannot comply with these contractual requirements, they will not be able to participate in clinical experience and will be asked to withdraw from the program. General guidelines follow:

  • Clinical agencies reserve the right to dismiss a student from their agency at any time with due cause. This will be done with advance notice, except in an emergency.
  • Published policies of the clinical agency must be followed. Each student must successfully complete an orientation program prior to participating in activities at any clinical facility.
  • Clinical facilities requires that all students have documentation of ability to perform the physical demands required in direct patient care activities.
  • Immunizations must be current. A flu vaccine may be required.
  • Student release clinical agencies, its agents, and employees from any liability for any injury or death to him/herself or damage to his/her property arising out of agreement or use of the clinical agency’s facilities.
  • Proof of HIPAA and CPR Certification must be provided.
  • Clinical facilities require a criminal background check and drug screen clearance as a condition for student placement.

For Further Information Contact:

Fran Doyle, Assistant Dean
fdoyle@mecc.edu
276.523.2400 ext. 313

Nora Blankenbecler, Program Director
nblankenbecler@mecc.edu
276.523.2400 ext. 241

Health Information Management (152)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course #

Course Title

Credit

NAS

171

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

4

ENG

111

College Composition I

3

HIM

130

Healthcare Information Systems

3

HIM

113

Medical Terminology and Disease Processes I

3

HIM

260

Pharmacology for HIM

2

SDV

100

College Success Skills

1

FIRST YEAR SPRING

HIM

114

Medical Terminology & Disease Processes II

3

   

Guided General Education Elective1

3

HIM

150

Health Records Management

3

HIM

230

Information Systems & Technology in Healthcare

3

HIM

253

Health Records Coding

4

SDV

106

Preparation for Employment

1

HLT

105

CPR

1

SECOND YEAR FALL

HIM

149

Introduction to Medical Practice Management

2

HIM

151

Reimbursement Issues in Medical Practice Management

2

HIM

249

Supervision & Management Practices for HIM

3

HIM

254

Advanced Coding & Reimbursements

4

HIM

251

Clinical Practice I

3

   

Humanities Elective1

3

SECOND YEAR SPRING

HIM

220

Health Statistics

2

HIM

226

Legal Aspects of Health Record Documents

2

HIM

229

Performance Improvement in Healthcare

2

HIM

233

Electronic Health Records Management

3

HIM

252

Clinical Practice II

3

HIM

280

HIM Capstone

1

   

Social Science Elective1

3

Total Minimum Credits for Degree

67

1Consult with advisor.

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Management

Program Description

Business managers are essential to all organizations. Managers plan, organize, lead, and control activities to effectively and efficiently accomplish organizational goals. The successful manager has excellent communication and interpersonal skills; demonstrates team-building and leadership abilities; exercises initiative, self-discipline, and good judgment; and possesses basic computer skills. The curriculum consists of courses in business management, computer applications, marketing, and general education.

Opportunities for Employment

The Management major is designed for students who seek employment in business or who wish to operate their own business upon completion of the College program. Salaries of managers vary depending on the level of responsibility, length of service, and type and size of firm.

Special Considerations

Students are required to take English and mathematics placement tests. Developmental classes in these areas may be required. Students may receive college credit for verified on-the-job experience. Courses taken out of suggested sequence must have the approval of the program advisor.

For Further Information Contact:

Management (212)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit
ACC 115 Applied Accounting 3
BUS 200 Principles of Management 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3
MKT 170 Customer Service 1
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
FIRST YEAR SPRING
ACC 215 Computerized Accounting 3
BUS 202 Applied Management Principles 3
ECO 120 Survey of Economics 3
ITE 140 Spreadsheet Software 3
PSY 120 Human Relations 3
MTH 141 Business Mathematics I1 3
SECOND YEAR FALL
BUS 205 Human Resource Management 3
BUS 241 Business Law I 3
ITE 150 Desktop Database Software 3
MKT 100 Principles of Marketing 3
MKT or ACC 284 or 134 Social Media Marketing or Small Business Taxes 3
SDV 106 Preparation for Employment 1
SECOND YEAR SPRING
BUS 111 Principles of Supervision 3
BUS 165 Small Business Management 3
BUS 242 Business Law II 3
BUS 236 Communication in Management 3
BUS or ACC 285 or 290 Current Issues in Management or Internship in Accounting 3
    Humanities Elective 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 66

1 Appropriate higher-level mathematics courses may be substituted. Consult with an advisor.

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Medical Laboratory Technology

Program Description

Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Technology program are able to perform and evaluate a wide variety of procedures ranging from blood collection to the use of intricate precision instruments.  After successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take a national certifying examination for registration as a Medical Laboratory Technician. This program is being provided through an innovative, cooperative arrangement with Wytheville Community College.  Students will register at MECC for their general education course requirements and register through WCC for their program courses.  However, all course offerings and clinicals will be provided on the MECC campus and at local healthcare facilities.  The AAS degree will be awarded by Wytheville Community College.  WCC’s program is fully approved by the State Council of Higher Education and the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Opportunities for Employment

Opportunities for MLTs include employment at hospital clinical laboratories, reference and industrial laboratories, pharmaceutical firms, independent clinical laboratories, service agencies, physicians’ offices, clinics, government agencies, research institutions and the armed forces.

Program Requirements

Upon admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician program, the following are necessary:

  • The student must have a complete medical examination which must include a tuberculin skin test (not more than one year old), a profile of medical condition, designated immunizations, and documentation of HBV status. A chest x-ray is required only if the tuberculin test is positive.
  • A minimum grade of “C” must be maintained in each Medical Laboratory course. A student receiving a final grade lower than “C” in any course in the medical laboratory sequence will be ineligible to continue in the program.  Contact the program head for readmission requirements.
  • The student will be required to secure student professional liability insurance.
  • Clinical experience will be provided in affiliated hospitals or laboratories. Each student will be responsible for transportation to and from the sites and must also secure the required uniforms and dress code requirements.

Special Considerations

The medical laboratory technician curriculum is an academically rigorous program, but one having the potential to provide a rewarding career for participants.  Admission to the program will be governed by the requirements for general admission to the colleges.  Additionally, to enter the program, the student must have a high school diploma or the equivalent.  The student must have completed with a grade of “C” or better in high school:  one unit of Algebra, one unit of Chemistry, and one unit of Biology.  The student must also be eligible to enroll in ENG 111 in their first Fall semester of admission to the program.  Students may enroll in MECC’s developmental coursework if they do not meet these requirements.  Student presenting evidence of meeting these requirements will be admitted to the program by WCC biennially.  MECC has been allocated ten admission slots.  Because entry into this program is competitive, students must complete the application process with the Admissions Office at WCC by no later than February 15.

For Further Information Contact:

  • Kim Dorton, Health Sciences Coordinator
    kdorton@mecc.edu
    276.523.2400 ext. 356
  • Ms. Lori Huffard
    Wytheville Community College
  • Mr. Tommy Clements, Dean
    tclements@mecc.edu
    276.523.2400 ext. 431

Medical Laboratory Technology

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
CHM 111 College Chemistry I 4
MDL 101 Introduction to Medical Lab Techniques 3
MDL 127 Hematology 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
FIRST YEAR SPRING
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
MDL 126 Clinical Immunohematology/
Immunology I
4
MDL 130 Basic Clinical Microbiology 3
MDL 261 Clinical Chemistry & Instrumentation I 4
SECOND YEAR SUMMER
    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
    Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
MDL 199 Coordinated Practice in the Clinical Lab 2
BIO 150 Introduction to Microbiology 4
SECOND YEAR FALL
MDL 190 Coordinated Practice 2
MDL 225 Clinical Hematology II 3
MDL 240 Clinical Microscopy II 2
MDL 252 Clinical Microbiology II 3
MDL 262 Clinical Chemistry & Instrumentation II 4
SECOND YEAR SPRING
MDL 227 Clinical Immunohematology/Immunology II 3
MDL 263 Clinical Chemistry & Instrumentation III 3
MDL 275 Clinical Hematology III 3
MDL 279 Clinical Microbiology III 2
MDL 290 Coordinated Practice 2
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 72

PRINTABLE VERSION: AAS Medical Laboratory Technology

Nursing Track 1: Two Year Plan

Program Requirements

The Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (VATNP) is a three college consortium serving Mountain Empire Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, and Virginia Highlands Community College. The two-year Associate of Applied Science degree curriculum in Nursing is designed to prepare selected students to qualify as contributing members of the health team, rendering direct patient care as beginning practitioners of nursing in a variety of health service facilities.  Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination leading to licensure as a registered nurse (RN). The VATNP offers an opportunity for recent high school graduates and other eligible adults to complete the nursing degree program after two years of full time attendance (2 summer sessions and 4 semesters). This is a rigorous and academically challenging program.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program is a selective process. The program is open to applicants who are free of any physical or mental condition which might adversely affect performance as a member of the nursing profession.  In addition to the requirements for admission to the college, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Graduation from high school or satisfactory completion of the G.E.D.
  2. The completion of one unit each of general biology (with laboratory) and chemistry with no grade below a “C” prior to application deadline (deficiencies can be made up through developmental studies or college courses).
  3. Completion of Virginia Placement Tests (VPT) within 2 years prior to application with demonstrated proficiency in MTE 1-4, or SAT math score of 520/ACT math score of 22, or completion of college-level math class equivalent to MTH 151 or higher with a grade of “C” or higher. Those who do not meet this requirement must complete MTE 1-4 prior to application to the program. Students must have satisfactory VPT scores in reading and writing. All prescribed developmental work must be completed prior to application deadline.
  4. A 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for high school courses** or a 2.5 curricular GPA for college coursework.
  5. College students must be in good standing with the most recently attended institution with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  6. Completion of Health Science Program Application for each academic year interested in being considered for the nursing program.
  7. Satisfactory performance (national percentile score of 45 or higher) on a nursing pre-admission test.

** If the student has completed a minimum of 12 college credits that are included in calculating the curricular GPA (non-developmental courses), the 2.5 high school GPA requirement will be waived.

Nursing program application packets will be accepted in the Admissions office between September 1, 2016 and February 1, 2017.  Packets must include high school transcript or GED test scores (if applicable). Currently licensed LPN applicants must also include a copy of current LPN license and documentation of graduation from an approved LPN program. LPNs who graduated before May 15, 2014 must provide documentation of the equivalent of 1 year (2000 hours) of full-time LPN work experience in direct patient care during the past three years with written verification from employer.

The Admissions office will suspend processing applications if all transcripts are not attached. Once a packet is submitted, additional documentation will not be accepted. Transcripts from other Virginia Community Colleges are not required; however, any Virginia Community Colleges attended must be listed on both the college application and the Health Science Program application.

All prerequisites (general biology, chemistry, English and math proficiency) must be met and all documents submitted by the February 1 deadline. Further details of the application process can be found at www.mecc.edu (click Programs and Degrees, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing, and Health Science Program Admission).

Out-of-region applicants will only be considered for openings in the nursing program after all qualified in-region applicants are considered.  To be considered in-region, an applicant must be domiciled within the service region for 12 months prior to the program application deadline.

Opportunities for Employment

Employment opportunities for the Registered Nurse include, but are not limited to, staff positions in hospitals, nursing homes, health departments, physician’s offices, clinics, home health agencies, day care centers, public schools, and civil service.

State Approval and Accreditation

The program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000, fax 404-975-5020, website: www.acenursing.org).

LPN to RN Transition

Currently licensed LPNs who have been accepted to the nursing program may be offered the option of entering a summer LPN to RN bridge program providing they have completed all the general education courses required as outlined in the Nursing Track 3: LPN-RN Bridge curriculum or Track 4: Part-Time Evening Weekend LPN-RN Bridge curriculum.  Applicants must have graduated from an LPN program after May 15, 2014 OR must provide documentation of the equivalent of 1 year (2000 hours) of full-time LPN work experience in direct patient care during the past three years with written verification from employer.

Transfer of Nursing Credit

Students seeking to transfer credit from nursing programs at other institutions will be considered on an individual basis.  Students must meet the admission requirements identified by the college and the VATNP. The student may be asked to provide course descriptions, documentation of completed direct patient care clinical time, course syllabi, achievement or progressive testing scores, demonstration of competency in critical nursing skills, and selected data from the course instructor or program director in order to determine placement in the nursing program.  Consideration will be subject to availability of space. Since there frequently are differences among nursing programs, students wishing to transfer should be aware that there may be an interruption in program progression. Applicants must be in good standing at their previous college with a “C” average or better and must provide documentation of eligibility to return to that nursing program. Nursing courses which are being transferred must have been completed within three (3) years prior to admission to the nursing program.

Program Requirements

Prior to enrollment in any NUR course, the student must provide the following documentation. (For more information see the VATNP website at www.vhcc.edu/vatnp):

  • Required Student Forms
  • Annual Student Statement of Health form
  • Student Information, Physical and Immunization forms. The VATNP physical examination form must be completed by a medical practitioner, MD, PA or CNP.
    • Immunizations include Tetanus, Mumps-Measles-Rubella (MMR), Varicella, and Hepatitis B
    • Current testing for tuberculosis, either Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test (TB Tine Test is not accepted) or chest X-ray must be provided
    • Documentation of ability to perform physical demands required in direct patient care activities.
  • Purchase a background check, drug screen, and Medical Document Package from Certified Background
  • Clearance of criminal background check and drug testing
  • Proof of CPR certification, American Heart Association, “Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers” completed during the summer (May 16-August 16) prior to  admission  to NUR courses and maintained throughout the program

The cost of these requirements is the responsibility of the student.

Special Notes

  • The State Board of Nursing has the authority to deny license to any applicant who has violated any of the provisions of 54.1-3007 of the Code of Virginia. Most healthcare organizations are prohibited from hiring persons who have been convicted of certain criminal acts (For a list of crimes under this category refer to BARRIER CRIMES, Code of Virginia 63.2-1726 at http://hope-tfc.org/FP/Barrier%20Crimes.pdf). Students with convictions or positive drug tests may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not be able to complete the program requirements.
  • Additional annual immunization requirements: Flu immunizations are required by most healthcare agencies and are usually available in fall semester.

Physical Demands

Program activities include duties that frequently require squatting, bending, kneeling, reaching, and stair climbing; lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds; frequent pushing and pulling up to 200 pounds with assistance; occasional lifting up to 200 pounds with assistance and occasional carrying up to 51-74 pounds. Duties also require constant use of acute sense of sight, hearing, touch, and speech. Environmental conditions include procedures that involve handling blood and body fluids using universal precautions.

Course Requirements

The student is required to complete a sequence of courses and learning experiences provided at the college and selected community agencies such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, physicians’ offices and comparable facilities. The nursing faculty will observe and evaluate the student’s suitability for nursing and direct patient care.

Most previous general education college credits will be accepted regardless of completion date; however, anatomy and physiology and the computer technology requirements will not be accepted if completed more than ten (10) years prior to admission to the nursing program. MTH 126 must be completed within five (5) years of admission to the nursing program. CPR certification must be maintained throughout the program. Students must complete all courses listed in the first year of the curriculum before being allowed to enter the second year. Exceptions due to unusual circumstances must be approved by the Dean of the program.

A student must have a “C” or above in theory plus “satisfactory” in clinical performance in all nursing courses to remain in the program. A grade of “C” or above in any related requirements is a prerequisite for continuing in the nursing program.  The nursing program faculty reserves the right to recommend, through appropriate channels, the withdrawal of any student who does not exhibit suitable demeanor/attendance.

Program Progression

Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required courses and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to remain eligible for continued enrollment in the nursing program.  In addition during the NUR 105 or NUR 115 course, a Comprehensive Drug Calculation Exam (CDCE) will be administered to verify skills.  Students must achieve at least 90 percent of maximum score on the CDCE with no more than three attempts in order to achieve a passing grade in the course.

Any student who earns a final grade lower than a “C” in a required course (either general education or nursing courses) must repeat the course and earn a final grade of “C” or better before taking the next course in the sequence.

A student must obtain permission from the Dean of VATNP to continue in the Nursing Program under the following conditions:

  • Repeating a course with a grade below “C”;
  • Withdrawal from a nursing course;
  • Cumulative GPA below 2.0.

Reapplication/Readmission Process

Students who are not successful in the first semester nursing course (NUR 108 or 115) must reapply to the nursing program. A new nursing program application packet must be submitted prior to the application deadline.

A student who wishes to reenter the nursing curriculum at any other level (e.g., NUR 105, 109, 114, 136, 137,  201, 205, 208, 226, 236, 237, 245 or 254) must write a letter to the program dean requesting readmission in the semester prior to the semester of enrollment. Re-enrollment must occur no later than three years from successful completion of NUR 108 or NUR 115 or student will have to repeat all nursing courses. The student may be required to enroll in and satisfactorily complete specific courses before readmission. Additional data may be required. Each student’s application for readmission will be considered by the nursing faculty and the decision to readmit will be based on additional data, prior performance in the nursing program, and space availability. Based on the course(s) that must be repeated, the student who is readmitted may be required to complete a skills competency course or demonstrate competency in critical nursing skills before progressing to the next level.

A student who has 2 academic failures or withdrawals in separate semesters will be ineligible for reenrollment in the program. Such a student may not be readmitted if the cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0, including all courses attempted other than nursing.

According to the VCCS Policy 5.7.4, “A student will normally be limited to two enrollments in the same credit course.” Any exception to this policy must be approved by the program dean and the vice president of instruction and student services.

Financial Requirements

In addition to the usual college tuition and fees, the nursing program requires: uniforms with accessories, textbooks, progressive testing and remediation program, physical exam, immunizations, Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test or chest x-ray, a background check, drug screen, and Medical Document Package, and CPR certification.

Students are also responsible for transportation to and from the college and health agencies used for clinical experience.

Clinical Contracts

The VATNP has contracts with clinical agencies for both student and patient safety. If students cannot comply with these contractual requirements, they will not be able to participate in clinical activities and will be asked to withdraw from the program. General guidelines follow:

Clinical agencies reserve the right to dismiss a student from their agency at any time with due cause. This will be done with advance notice, except in an emergency.

Published policies of the clinical agency must be followed. Each student must successfully complete an orientation program prior to participating in activities at any clinical facility.

Clinical facilities require that all students have documentation of ability to perform the physical demands required in direct patient care activities.

Immunizations must be current.

Student releases clinical agencies, its agents and employees from any liability for any injury or death to him/herself or damage to his/her property arising out of agreement or use of the clinical agency’s facilities.

Proof of HIPAA and CPR Certification must be provided.

Clinical facilities require a criminal background check and drug screen clearance as a condition for student placement.

Proper uniform must be worn when participating in clinical activities.

 

Nursing Track 1: Two-Year Plan (156)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR SUMMER

Course # Course Title Credit
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
MTH 126 Math for Allied Health 2
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
ITE  119 Information Literacy 3
FIRST YEAR FALL
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
NUR 105 Nursing Skills 2
NUR 108 Nursing  Principles & Concepts I 5
NUR 136 Principles of Pharmacology I 1
NUR 226 Health Assessment 2
FIRST YEAR SPRING
BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
ENG 112 College Composition II  3
NUR 109 Nursing  Principles & Concepts II 5
NUR 137 Principles of Pharmacology II 1
NUR 114 Geriatric Nursing 3
SECOND YEAR FALL
NUR 201 Psychiatric Nursing 3
NUR 205 Intro to Second Level Nursing 5
NUR 236 Principles of Pharmacology III 1
PSY 232 Life Span Human Development I  3
    Humanities Elective 3
SECOND YEAR SPRING
NUR 208 Acute Medical-Surgical Nursing 6
NUR 237 Principles of Pharmacology IV 1
NUR 245 Maternal/Newborn Nursing 3
NUR 254 Dimensions of Professional Nursing 2
PSY 232 Life Span of Human Development II 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 69

1Humanities electives include: ART 101,102; CST 130,151,152; ENG 241,242,243,244,251,252; HUM 100,201,202; MUS 121, 122; PHI 101, 220,225,226,227; REL 200,210,231,232.

PRINTABLE VERSION: AAS Nursing Track One

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Nursing Track 2: Part-Time Evening Weekend

Program Description

The Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (VATNP) is a three college consortium serving Mountain Empire Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, and Virginia Highlands Community College. The VATNP part-time evening weekend program is specifically designed for working adults or other adults who are interested in becoming RNs but have other responsibilities that interfere with their abilities to attend the rigorous scheduling of the previously described program of study. Classes will be provided in a combination of evening, weekend, and distance learning. The program is designed at a slower pace to be completed in 4 years. General education courses listed in Year 1 must be completed before the student can begin Year 2.

Admission Requirements

Admissions requirements for the part-time evening/weekend nursing program are the same as the regular program with the following exception: Students must complete 20 credits of support (general education) courses: BIO 141, BIO 142, ENG 111, ENG 112, MTH 126, ITE 119, and SDV 100. Additional required general education courses can be completed after acceptance to the program.

Opportunities for Employment

Employment opportunities for the Registered Nurse include, but are not limited to, staff positions in hospitals, nursing homes, health departments, physician’s offices, clinics, home health agencies, day care centers, public schools, and civil service.

State Approval and Accreditation

The program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000, fax 404-975-5020, website: www.acenursing.org).

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program is a selective process. The program is open to applicants who are free of any physical or mental condition which might adversely affect performance as a member of the nursing profession.  In addition to the requirements for admission to the college, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Graduation from high school or satisfactory completion of the G.E.D.
  2. The completion of one unit each of general biology (with laboratory) and chemistry with no grade below a “C” prior to application deadline (deficiencies can be made up through developmental studies or college courses).
  3. Completion of Virginia Placement Tests (VPT) within 2 years prior to application with demonstrated proficiency in MTE 1-4, or SAT math score of 520/ACT math score of 22, or completion of college-level math class equivalent to MTH 151 or higher with a grade of “C” or higher. Those who do not meet this requirement must complete MTE 1-4 prior to application to the program. Students must have satisfactory VPT scores in reading and writing. All prescribed developmental work must be completed prior to application deadline.
  4. A 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for high school courses** or a 2.5 curricular GPA for college coursework.
  5. College students must be in good standing with the most recently attended institution with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  6. Completion of Health Science Program Application for each academic year interested in being considered for the nursing program.
  7. Satisfactory performance (national percentile score of 45 or higher) on a nursing pre-admission test.

** If the student has completed a minimum of 12 college credits that are included in calculating the curricular GPA (non-developmental courses), the 2.5 high school GPA requirement will be waived.

Nursing program application packets will be accepted in the Admissions office between September 1, 2016 and February 1, 2017.  Packets must include high school transcript or GED test scores (if applicable). Currently licensed LPN applicants must also include a copy of current LPN license and documentation of graduation from an approved LPN program. LPNs who graduated before May 15, 2014 must provide documentation of the equivalent of 1 year (2000 hours) of full-time LPN work experience in direct patient care during the past three years with written verification from employer.

The Admissions office will suspend processing applications if all transcripts are not attached. Once a packet is submitted, additional documentation will not be accepted. Transcripts from other Virginia Community Colleges are not required; however, any Virginia Community Colleges attended must be listed on both the college application and the Health Science Program application.

All prerequisites (general biology, chemistry, English and math proficiency) must be met and all documents submitted by the February 1 deadline. Further details of the application process can be found at www.mecc.edu (click Programs and Degrees, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing, and Health Science Program Admission).

Out-of-region applicants will only be considered for openings in the nursing program after all qualified in-region applicants are considered.  To be considered in-region, an applicant must be domiciled within the service region for 12 months prior to the program application deadline.

LPN to RN Transition

Currently licensed LPNs who have been accepted to the nursing program may be offered the option of entering a summer LPN to RN bridge program providing they have completed all the general education courses required as outlined in the Nursing Track 3: LPN-RN Bridge curriculum or Track 4: Part-Time Evening Weekend LPN-RN Bridge curriculum.  Applicants must have graduated from an LPN program after May 15, 2014 OR must provide documentation of the equivalent of 1 year (2000 hours) of full-time LPN work experience in direct patient care during the past three years with written verification from employer.

Transfer of Nursing Credit

Students seeking to transfer credit from nursing programs at other institutions will be considered on an individual basis.  Students must meet the admission requirements identified by the college and the VATNP. The student may be asked to provide course descriptions, documentation of completed direct patient care clinical time, course syllabi, achievement or progressive testing scores, demonstration of competency in critical nursing skills, and selected data from the course instructor or program director in order to determine placement in the nursing program.  Consideration will be subject to availability of space. Since there frequently are differences among nursing programs, students wishing to transfer should be aware that there may be an interruption in program progression. Applicants must be in good standing at their previous college with a “C” average or better and must provide documentation of eligibility to return to that nursing program. Nursing courses which are being transferred must have been completed within three (3) years prior to admission to the nursing program.

Program Requirements

Prior to enrollment in any NUR course, the student must provide the following documentation. (For more information see the VATNP website at www.vhcc.edu/vatnp):

  • Required Student Forms
  • Annual Student Statement of Health form
  • Student Information, Physical and Immunization forms. The VATNP physical examination form must be completed by a medical practitioner, MD, PA or CNP.
    • Immunizations include Tetanus, Mumps-Measles-Rubella (MMR), Varicella, and Hepatitis B
    • Current testing for tuberculosis, either Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test (TB Tine Test is not accepted) or chest X-ray must be provided
    • Documentation of ability to perform physical demands required in direct patient care activities.
  • Purchase a background check, drug screen, and Medical Document Package from Certified Background
  • Clearance of criminal background check and drug testing
  • Proof of CPR certification, American Heart Association, “Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers” completed during the summer (May 15-August 15) prior to  admission  to NUR courses and maintained throughout the program

The cost of these requirements is the responsibility of the student.

Special Notes

  • The State Board of Nursing has the authority to deny license to any applicant who has violated any of the provisions of 54.1-3007 of the Code of Virginia. Most healthcare organizations are prohibited from hiring persons who have been convicted of certain criminal acts (For a list of crimes under this category refer to BARRIER CRIMES, Code of Virginia 63.2-1726 at http://hope-tfc.org/FP/Barrier%20Crimes.pdf). Students with convictions or positive drug tests may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not be able to complete the program requirements.
  • Additional annual immunization requirements: Flu immunizations are required by most healthcare agencies and are usually available in fall semester.

Physical Demands

Program activities include duties that frequently require squatting, bending, kneeling, reaching, and stair climbing; lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds; frequent pushing and pulling up to 200 pounds with assistance; occasional lifting up to 200 pounds with assistance and occasional carrying up to 51-74 pounds. Duties also require constant use of acute sense of sight, hearing, touch, and speech. Environmental conditions include procedures that involve handling blood and body fluids using universal precautions.

Course Requirements

The student is required to complete a sequence of courses and learning experiences provided at the college and selected community agencies such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, physicians’ offices and comparable facilities. The nursing faculty will observe and evaluate the student’s suitability for nursing and direct patient care.

Most previous general education college credits will be accepted regardless of completion date; however, anatomy and physiology and the computer technology requirements will not be accepted if completed more than ten (10) years prior to admission to the nursing program. MTH 126 must be completed within five (5) years of admission to the nursing program. CPR certification must be maintained throughout the program. Students must complete all courses listed in the first year of the curriculum before being allowed to enter the second year. Exceptions due to unusual circumstances must be approved by the Dean of the program.

A student must have a “C” or above in theory plus “satisfactory” in clinical performance in all nursing courses to remain in the program. A grade of “C” or above in any related requirements is a prerequisite for continuing in the nursing program.  The nursing program faculty reserves the right to recommend, through appropriate channels, the withdrawal of any student who does not exhibit suitable demeanor/attendance.

Program Progression

Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required courses and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to remain eligible for continued enrollment in the nursing program.  In addition during the NUR 105 or NUR 115 course, a Comprehensive Drug Calculation Exam (CDCE) will be administered to verify skills.  Students must achieve at least 90 percent of maximum score on the CDCE with no more than three attempts in order to achieve a passing grade in the course.

Any student who earns a final grade lower than a “C” in a required course (either general education or nursing courses) must repeat the course and earn a final grade of “C” or better before taking the next course in the sequence.

A student must obtain permission from the Dean of VATNP to continue in the Nursing Program under the following conditions:

  • Repeating a course with a grade below “C”;
  • Withdrawal from a nursing course;
  • Cumulative GPA below 2.0.

Reapplication/Readmission Request

Students who are not successful in the first semester nursing course (NUR 108 or 115) must reapply to the nursing program. A new nursing program application packet must be submitted prior to the application deadline.

A student who wishes to reenter the nursing curriculum at any other level (e.g., NUR 105, 109, 114, 136, 137,  201, 205, 208, 226, 236, 237, 245 or 254) must write a letter to the program dean requesting readmission in the semester prior to the semester of enrollment. Re-enrollment must occur no later than three years from successful completion of NUR 108 or NUR 115 or student will have to repeat all nursing courses. The student may be required to enroll in and satisfactorily complete specific courses before readmission. Additional data may be required. Each student’s application for readmission will be considered by the nursing faculty and the decision to readmit will be based on additional data, prior performance in the nursing program, and space availability. Based on the course(s) that must be repeated, the student who is readmitted may be required to complete a skills competency course or demonstrate competency in critical nursing skills before progressing to the next level.

A student who has 2 academic failures or withdrawals in separate semesters will be ineligible for reenrollment in the program. Such a student may not be readmitted if the cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0, including all courses attempted other than nursing.

According to the VCCS Policy 5.7.4, “A student will normally be limited to two enrollments in the same credit course.” Any exception to this policy must be approved by the program dean and the vice president of instruction and student services.

Financial Requirements

In addition to the usual college tuition and fees, the nursing program requires: uniforms with accessories, textbooks, progressive testing and remediation program, physical exam, immunizations, Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test or chest x-ray, a background check, drug screen, and Medical Document Package, and CPR certification.

Students are also responsible for transportation to and from the college and health agencies used for clinical experience.

Clinical Contracts

The VATNP has contracts with clinical agencies for both student and patient safety. If students cannot comply with these contractual requirements, they will not be able to participate in clinical activities and will be asked to withdraw from the program. General guidelines follow:

Clinical agencies reserve the right to dismiss a student from their agency at any time with due cause. This will be done with advance notice, except in an emergency.

Published policies of the clinical agency must be followed. Each student must successfully complete an orientation program prior to participating in activities at any clinical facility.

Clinical facilities require that all students have documentation of ability to perform the physical demands required in direct patient care activities.

Immunizations must be current.

Student releases clinical agencies, its agents and employees from any liability for any injury or death to him/herself or damage to his/her property arising out of agreement or use of the clinical agency’s facilities.

Proof of HIPAA and CPR Certification must be provided.

Clinical facilities require a criminal background check and drug screen clearance as a condition for student placement.

Proper uniform must be worn when participating in clinical activities.

 

Nursing
Track Two Part-Time Evening & Weekend (156)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR SUMMER

Course # Course Title Credit
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3
FIRST YEAR FALL
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
FIRST YEAR SPRING
BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
MTH 126 Math for Allied Health 2
SECOND YEAR SUMMER
NUR 136 Principles of Pharmacology I 1
PSY 231 Life Span Human Development I 3
SECOND YEAR FALL
NUR 105 Nursing Skills 2
NUR 108 Nursing Principles & Concepts I 5
SECOND YEAR SPRING
NUR 109 Nursing Principles & Concepts II 5
NUR 137 Principles of Pharmacology II 1
NUR 226 Health Assessment 2
THIRD YEAR SUMMER
PSY 232 Life Span Human  Development II 3
THIRD YEAR FALL
NUR 205 Intro to Second Level Nursing I 5
NUR 236 Principles of Pharmacology III 1
THIRD YEAR SPRING
NUR 114 Geriatric Nursing 3
NUR 201 Psychiatric Nursing 3

FOURTH YEAR SUMMER

    Humanities Elective1 3  
FOURTH YEAR FALL
NUR 245 Maternal/Newborn Nursing 3  
NUR 254 Dimensions of Professional Nursing 2  
FOURTH YEAR SPRING
NUR 208 Acute Medical-Surgical Nursing 6  
NUR 237 Principles of Pharmacology IV 1  
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 69  

1Humanities electives include: ART 101,102; CST 130,151,152; ENG 241,242,243,244,251,252; HUM 100,201,202; MUS 121, 122; PHI 101, 220,225,226,227; REL 200,210,231,232.

PRINTABLE VERSION: AAS Nursing Track Two

For Further Information Contact:

Nursing Track 3: LPN to RN Bridge Program

Program Description

The Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (VATNP) is a three college consortium serving Mountain Empire Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, and Virginia Highlands Community College. The two year Associate of Applied Science degree curriculum in Nursing is designed to prepare selected students to qualify as contributing members of the health team, rendering direct patient care as beginning practitioners of nursing in a variety of health service facilities.  Upon successful completion of the curriculum, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination leading to licensure as a registered nurse (RN).

Students who are LPNs are required to complete at least 17 hours of the general education courses before beginning the LPN to RN nursing classes.  The length of this track depends on the amount of time needed to complete the general education classes.  The nursing classes can be completed in one year.  Some LPNs may opt for the part-time evening weekend program which requires 2 years of nursing classes after completion of general education requirements. The Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program’s LPN to RN Bridge Program is designed to grant advanced placement to LPNs who have been admitted to the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (VATNP) Associate Degree program and meet prerequisite requirements.

If there is sufficient enrollment in the VATNP, students who meet the eligibility requirements for the advanced placement will take “Bridge Courses” in the summer term and then be eligible to take the sophomore level courses and graduate within one (1) academic year with an AAS Degree in Nursing.

This program is designed to recognize the common abilities of nurses and to bridge the difference between LPN and RN knowledge base and to allow these students to finish the AAS program within a two and one-half semester period.

Admission Requirements for LPN to RN Program

Admission requirements for the LPN to RN nursing program are the same as the regular program with the following exceptions:

  • Current LPN license.
  • Applicants must have graduated from an LPN program after May 15, 2014 OR must provide documentation of the equivalent of 1 year (2000 hours) of full-time LPN work experience in direct patient care during the past three years with written verification from employer.
  • Be an accepted student in the regular VATNP program.
  • Completion of 17 credits of support (general education) courses required for graduation from the Nursing program: BIO 141, BIO 142, ENG 111, ITE 119, MTH 126, SDV 100. Additional required general education courses can be completed after acceptance to the program.

State Approval and Accreditation

The program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000, fax 404-975-5020, website: www.acenursing.org).

Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program is a selective process. The program is open to applicants who are free of any physical or mental condition which might adversely affect performance as a member of the nursing profession.  In addition to the requirements for admission to the college, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Graduation from high school or satisfactory completion of the G.E.D.
  2. The completion of one unit each of general biology (with laboratory) and chemistry with no grade below a “C” prior to application deadline (deficiencies can be made up through developmental studies or college courses).
  3. Completion of Virginia Placement Tests (VPT) within 2 years prior to application with demonstrated proficiency in MTE 1-4, or SAT math score of 520/ACT math score of 22, or completion of college-level math class equivalent to MTH 151 or higher with a grade of “C” or higher. Those who do not meet this requirement must complete MTE 1-4 prior to application to the program. Students must have satisfactory VPT scores in reading and writing. All prescribed developmental work must be completed prior to application deadline.
  4. A 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for high school courses** or a 2.5 curricular GPA for college coursework.
  5. College students must be in good standing with the most recently attended institution with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  6. Completion of Health Science Program Application for each academic year interested in being considered for the nursing program.
  7. Satisfactory performance (national percentile score of 45 or higher) on a nursing pre-admission test.

** If the student has completed a minimum of 12 college credits that are included in calculating the curricular GPA (non-developmental courses), the 2.5 high school GPA requirement will be waived.

Nursing program application packets will be accepted in the Admissions office between September 1, 2016 and February 1, 2017.  Packets must include high school transcript or GED test scores (if applicable). Currently licensed LPN applicants must also include a copy of current LPN license and documentation of graduation from an approved LPN program. LPNs who graduated before May 15, 2014 must provide documentation of the equivalent of 1 year (2000 hours) of full-time LPN work experience in direct patient care during the past three years with written verification from employer.

The Admissions office will suspend processing applications if all transcripts are not attached. Once a packet is submitted, additional documentation will not be accepted. Transcripts from other Virginia Community Colleges are not required; however, any Virginia Community Colleges attended must be listed on both the college application and the Health Science Program application.

All prerequisites (general biology, chemistry, English and math proficiency) must be met and all documents submitted by the February 1 deadline. Further details of the application process can be found at www.mecc.edu (click Programs and Degrees, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing, and Health Science Program Admission).

Out-of-region applicants will only be considered for openings in the nursing program after all qualified in-region applicants are considered.  To be considered in-region, an applicant must be domiciled within the service region for 12 months prior to the program application deadline.

LPN to RN Transition

Currently licensed LPNs who have been accepted to the nursing program may be offered the option of entering a summer LPN to RN bridge program providing they have completed all the general education courses required as outlined in the Nursing Track 3: LPN-RN Bridge curriculum or Track 4: Part-Time Evening Weekend LPN-RN Bridge curriculum.  Applicants must have graduated from an LPN program after May 15, 2014 OR must provide documentation of the equivalent of 1 year (2000 hours) of full-time LPN work experience in direct patient care during the past three years with written verification from employer.

Transfer of Nursing Credit

Students seeking to transfer credit from nursing programs at other institutions will be considered on an individual basis.  Students must meet the admission requirements identified by the college and the VATNP. The student may be asked to provide course descriptions, documentation of completed direct patient care clinical time, course syllabi, achievement or progressive testing scores, demonstration of competency in critical nursing skills, and selected data from the course instructor or program director in order to determine placement in the nursing program.  Consideration will be subject to availability of space. Since there frequently are differences among nursing programs, students wishing to transfer should be aware that there may be an interruption in program progression. Applicants must be in good standing at their previous college with a “C” average or better and must provide documentation of eligibility to return to that nursing program. Nursing courses which are being transferred must have been completed within three (3) years prior to admission to the nursing program.

Program Requirements

Prior to enrollment in any NUR course, the student must provide the following documentation. (For more information see the VATNP website at www.vhcc.edu/vatnp):

  • Required Student Forms
  • Annual Student Statement of Health form
  • Student Information, Physical and Immunization forms. The VATNP physical examination form must be completed by a medical practitioner, MD, PA or CNP.
    • Immunizations include Tetanus, Mumps-Measles-Rubella (MMR), Varicella, and Hepatitis B
    • Current testing for tuberculosis, either Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test (TB Tine Test is not accepted) or chest X-ray must be provided
    • Documentation of ability to perform physical demands required in direct patient care activities.
  • Purchase a background check, drug screen, and Medical Document Package from Certified Background
  • Clearance of criminal background check and drug testing
  • Proof of CPR certification, American Heart Association, “Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers” completed during the summer (May 15-August 15) prior to  admission  to NUR courses and maintained throughout the program

The cost of these requirements is the responsibility of the student.

Special Notes:

  • The State Board of Nursing has the authority to deny license to any applicant who has violated any of the provisions of 54.1-3007 of the Code of Virginia. Most healthcare organizations are prohibited from hiring persons who have been convicted of certain criminal acts (For a list of crimes under this category refer to BARRIER CRIMES, Code of Virginia 63.2-1726 at http://hope-tfc.org/FP/Barrier%20Crimes.pdf). Students with convictions or positive drug tests may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not be able to complete the program requirements.
  • Additional annual immunization requirements: Flu immunizations are required by most healthcare agencies and are usually available in fall semester.

Physical Demands

Program activities include duties that frequently require squatting, bending, kneeling, reaching, and stair climbing; lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds; frequent pushing and pulling up to 200 pounds with assistance; occasional lifting up to 200 pounds with assistance and occasional carrying up to 51-74 pounds. Duties also require constant use of acute sense of sight, hearing, touch, and speech. Environmental conditions include procedures that involve handling blood and body fluids using universal precautions.

Course Requirements

The student is required to complete a sequence of courses and learning experiences provided at the college and selected community agencies such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, physicians’ offices and comparable facilities. The nursing faculty will observe and evaluate the student’s suitability for nursing and direct patient care.

Most previous general education college credits will be accepted regardless of completion date; however, anatomy and physiology and the computer technology requirements will not be accepted if completed more than ten (10) years prior to admission to the nursing program. MTH 126 must be completed within five (5) years of admission to the nursing program. CPR certification must be maintained throughout the program. Students must complete all courses listed in the first year of the curriculum before being allowed to enter the second year. Exceptions due to unusual circumstances must be approved by the Dean of the program.

A student must have a “C” or above in theory plus “satisfactory” in clinical performance in all nursing courses to remain in the program. A grade of “C” or above in any related requirements is a prerequisite for continuing in the nursing program.  The nursing program faculty reserves the right to recommend, through appropriate channels, the withdrawal of any student who does not exhibit suitable demeanor/attendance.

Program Progression

Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required courses and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to remain eligible for continued enrollment in the nursing program.  In addition during the NUR 105 or NUR 115 course, a Comprehensive Drug Calculation Exam (CDCE) will be administered to verify skills.  Students must achieve at least 90 percent of maximum score on the CDCE with no more than three attempts in order to achieve a passing grade in the course.

Any student who earns a final grade lower than a “C” in a required course (either general education or nursing courses) must repeat the course and earn a final grade of “C” or better before taking the next course in the sequence.

A student must obtain permission from the Dean of VATNP to continue in the Nursing Program under the following conditions:

  • Repeating a course with a grade below “C”;
  • Withdrawal from a nursing course;
  • Cumulative GPA below 2.0.

Reapplication/Readmission Requirements

Students who are not successful in the first semester nursing course (NUR 108 or 115) must reapply to the nursing program. A new nursing program application packet must be submitted prior to the application deadline.

A student who wishes to reenter the nursing curriculum at any other level (e.g., NUR 105, 109, 114, 136, 137, 201, 205, 208, 226, 236, 237, 245 or 254) must write a letter to the program dean requesting readmission in the semester prior to the semester of enrollment. Re-enrollment must occur no later than three years from successful completion of NUR 108 or NUR 115 or student will have to repeat all nursing courses. The student may be required to enroll in and satisfactorily complete specific courses before readmission. Additional data may be required. Each student’s application for readmission will be considered by the nursing faculty and the decision to readmit will be based on additional data, prior performance in the nursing program, and space availability. Based on the course(s) that must be repeated, the student who is readmitted may be required to complete a skills competency course or demonstrate competency in critical nursing skills before progressing to the next level.

A student who has 2 academic failures or withdrawals in separate semesters will be ineligible for reenrollment in the program. Such a student may not be readmitted if the cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0, including all courses attempted other than nursing.

According to the VCCS Policy 5.7.4, “A student will normally be limited to two enrollments in the same credit course.” Any exception to this policy must be approved by the program dean and the vice president of instruction and student services.

Financial Requirements

In addition to the usual college tuition and fees, the nursing program requires: uniforms with accessories, textbooks, progressive testing and remediation program, physical exam, immunizations, Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test or chest x-ray, a background check, drug screen, and Medical Document Package, and CPR certification.

Students are also responsible for transportation to and from the college and health agencies used for clinical experience.

Clinical Contracts

The VATNP has contracts with clinical agencies for both student and patient safety. If students cannot comply with these contractual requirements, they will not be able to participate in clinical activities and will be asked to withdraw from the program. General guidelines follow:

Clinical agencies reserve the right to dismiss a student from their agency at any time with due cause. This will be done with advance notice, except in an emergency.

Published policies of the clinical agency must be followed. Each student must successfully complete an orientation program prior to participating in activities at any clinical facility.

Clinical facilities require that all students have documentation of ability to perform the physical demands required in direct patient care activities.

Immunizations must be current.

Student releases clinical agencies, its agents and employees from any liability for any injury or death to him/herself or damage to his/her property arising out of agreement or use of the clinical agency’s facilities.

Proof of HIPAA and CPR Certification must be provided.

Clinical facilities require a criminal background check and drug screen clearance as a condition for student placement.

Proper uniform must be worn when participating in clinical activities.

 

Nursing Track Three LPN to RN Bridge (156)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
PRE-CLINICAL STUDIES

Course # Course Title Credit
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3
MTH 126 Math for Allied Health 2
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
FIRST YEAR SUMMER
NUR 115* LPN Transition 6
NUR 136 Principles of Pharmacology I 1
NUR 137 Principles of Pharmacology  II 1
NUR 226 Health Assessment 2
FIRST YEAR FALL
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
NUR 201 Psychiatric Nursing 3
NUR 205 Intro to Second Level Nursing 5
NUR 236 Principles of Pharmacology III 1
PSY 231 Life Span Human Development I 3
FIRST YEAR SPRING
NUR 208 Acute Medical-Surgical Nursing 6
NUR 237 Principles of Pharmacology IV 1
NUR 245 Maternal/Newborn Nursing 3
NUR 254 Dimensions of  Professional Nursing 2
PSY 232 Life Span Human Development II 3
    Humanities Elective 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 60

*Upon completion of NUR 115, credit will be awarded for NUR 105, 108, 109 and 195 (15 credits). These credits will appear on the student’s official transcript.

1 Humanities electives include: ART 101, 102; CST 130, 151, 152; ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252; HUM 100, 201, 202; MUS 121, 122; PHI 101, 220, 225, 226, 227; REL 200, 210, 231, 232.

PRINTABLE VERSION: AAS Nursing Track Three

For Further Information Contact:

Nursing Track 4: Part-Time LPN to RN Bridge Program

Program Description

The Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (VATNP) is a three college consortium serving Mountain Empire Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, and Virginia Highlands Community College. A part-time evening/weekend LPN to RN option is available for LPNs who work and/or wish to attend part time. General education courses can be completed as night classes or by distance education options such as web based learning.  Nursing classes and clinicals are taught on evenings and weekends on an extended plan. General education courses listed in Year 1 must be completed before the student can begin Year 2.

Admission Requirements for LPN to RN Program

Admission requirements for the part-time evening/weekend LPN to RN nursing program are the same as the regular program with the following exceptions:

  • Current LPN license.
  • Applicants must have graduated from an LPN program after May 15, 2014 OR must provide documentation of the equivalent of 1 year (2000 hours) of full-time LPN work experience in direct patient care during the past three years with written verification from employer.
  • Be an accepted student in the regular VATNP program.
  • Completion of 26 credits of support (general education) courses required for graduation from the Nursing program: BIO 141, BIO 142, ENG 111, ENG 112, MTH 126, ITE 119, PSY 231, PSY 232, and SDV 100.

Opportunities for Employment

Employment opportunities for the Registered Nurse include, but are not limited to, staff positions in hospitals, nursing homes, health departments, physician’s offices, clinics, home health agencies, day care centers, public schools, and civil service.

State Approval and Accreditation

The program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000, fax 404-975-5020, website: www.acenursing.org).

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Virginia Appalachian Tricollege is a selective process. The program is open to applicants who are free of any physical or mental condition which might adversely affect performance as a member of the nursing profession.  In addition to the requirements for admission to the college, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Graduation from high school or satisfactory completion of the G.E.D.
  2. The completion of one unit each of general biology (with laboratory) and chemistry with no grade below a “C” prior to application deadline (deficiencies can be made up through developmental studies or college courses).
  3. Completion of Virginia Placement Tests (VPT) within 2 years prior to application with demonstrated proficiency in MTE 1-4, or SAT math score of 520/ACT math score of 22, or completion of college-level math class equivalent to MTH 151 or higher with a grade of “C” or higher. Those who do not meet this requirement must complete MTE 1-4 prior to application to the program. Students must have satisfactory VPT scores in reading and writing. All prescribed developmental work must be completed prior to application deadline.
  4. A 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for high school courses** or a 2.5 curricular GPA for college coursework.
  5. College students must be in good standing with the most recently attended institution with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  6. Completion of Health Science Program Application for each academic year interested in being considered for the nursing program.
  7. Satisfactory performance (national percentile score of 45 or higher) on a nursing pre-admission test.

** If the student has completed a minimum of 12 college credits that are included in calculating the curricular GPA (non-developmental courses), the 2.5 high school GPA requirement will be waived.

Nursing program application packets will be accepted in the Admissions office between September 1, 2016 and February 1, 2017.  Packets must include high school transcript or GED test scores (if applicable). Currently licensed LPN applicants must also include a copy of current LPN license and documentation of graduation from an approved LPN program. LPNs who graduated before May 15, 2014 must provide documentation of the equivalent of 1 year (2000 hours) of full-time LPN work experience in direct patient care during the past three years with written verification from employer.

The Admissions office will suspend processing applications if all transcripts are not attached. Once a packet is submitted, additional documentation will not be accepted. Transcripts from other Virginia Community Colleges are not required; however, any Virginia Community Colleges attended must be listed on both the college application and the Health Science Program application.

All prerequisites (general biology, chemistry, English and math proficiency) must be met and all documents submitted by the February 1 deadline. Further details of the application process can be found at www.mecc.edu (click Programs and Degrees, Associate of Applied Science, Nursing, and Health Science Program Admission).

Out-of-region applicants will only be considered for openings in the nursing program after all qualified in-region applicants are considered.  To be considered in-region, an applicant must be domiciled within the service region for 12 months prior to the program application deadline.

LPN to RN Transition

Currently licensed LPNs who have been accepted to the nursing program may be offered the option of entering a summer LPN to RN bridge program providing they have completed all the general education courses required as outlined in the Nursing Track 3: LPN-RN Bridge curriculum or Track 4: Part-Time Evening Weekend LPN-RN Bridge curriculum.  Applicants must have graduated from an LPN program after May 15, 2013 OR must provide documentation of the equivalent of 1 year (2000 hours) of full-time LPN work experience in direct patient care during the past three years with written verification from employer.

Transfer of Nursing Credit

Students seeking to transfer credit from nursing programs at other institutions will be considered on an individual basis.  Students must meet the admission requirements identified by the college and the VATNP. The student may be asked to provide course descriptions, documentation of completed direct patient care clinical time, course syllabi, achievement or progressive testing scores, demonstration of competency in critical nursing skills, and selected data from the course instructor or program director in order to determine placement in the nursing program.  Consideration will be subject to availability of space. Since there frequently are differences among nursing programs, students wishing to transfer should be aware that there may be an interruption in program progression. Applicants must be in good standing at their previous college with a “C” average or better and must provide documentation of eligibility to return to that nursing program. Nursing courses which are being transferred must have been completed within three (3) years prior to admission to the nursing program.

Program Requirements

Prior to enrollment in any NUR course, the student must provide the following documentation. (For more information see the VATNP website at www.vhcc.edu/vatnp):

  • Required Student Forms
  • Annual Student Statement of Health form
  • Student Information, Physical and Immunization forms. The VATNP physical examination form must be completed by a medical practitioner, MD, PA or CNP.
    • Immunizations include Tetanus, Mumps-Measles-Rubella (MMR), Varicella, and Hepatitis B
    • Current testing for tuberculosis, either Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test (TB Tine Test is not accepted) or chest X-ray must be provided
    • Documentation of ability to perform physical demands required in direct patient care activities.
  • Purchase a background check, drug screen, and Medical Document Package from Certified Background
  • Clearance of criminal background check and drug testing
  • Proof of CPR certification, American Heart Association, “Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers” completed during the summer (May 15-August 15) prior to  admission  to NUR courses and maintained throughout the program

The cost of these requirements is the responsibility of the student.

Special Notes

  • The State Board of Nursing has the authority to deny license to any applicant who has violated any of the provisions of 54.1-3007 of the Code of Virginia. Most healthcare organizations are prohibited from hiring persons who have been convicted of certain criminal acts (For a list of crimes under this category refer to BARRIER CRIMES, Code of Virginia 63.2-1726 at http://hope-tfc.org/FP/Barrier%20Crimes.pdf). Students with convictions or positive drug tests may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not be able to complete the program requirements.
  • Additional annual immunization requirements: Flu immunizations are required by most healthcare agencies and are usually available in fall semester.

Physical Demands

Program activities include duties that frequently require squatting, bending, kneeling, reaching, and stair climbing; lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds; frequent pushing and pulling up to 200 pounds with assistance; occasional lifting up to 200 pounds with assistance and occasional carrying up to 51-74 pounds. Duties also require constant use of acute sense of sight, hearing, touch, and speech. Environmental conditions include procedures that involve handling blood and body fluids using universal precautions.

Course Requirements

The student is required to complete a sequence of courses and learning experiences provided at the college and selected community agencies such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, physicians’ offices and comparable facilities. The nursing faculty will observe and evaluate the student’s suitability for nursing and direct patient care.

Most previous general education college credits will be accepted regardless of completion date; however, anatomy and physiology and the computer technology requirements will not be accepted if completed more than ten (10) years prior to admission to the nursing program. MTH 126 must be completed within five (5) years of admission to the nursing program. CPR certification must be maintained throughout the program. Students must complete all courses listed in the first year of the curriculum before being allowed to enter the second year. Exceptions due to unusual circumstances must be approved by the Dean of the program.

A student must have a “C” or above in theory plus “satisfactory” in clinical performance in all nursing courses to remain in the program. A grade of “C” or above in any related requirements is a prerequisite for continuing in the nursing program.  The nursing program faculty reserves the right to recommend, through appropriate channels, the withdrawal of any student who does not exhibit suitable demeanor/attendance.

Program Progression

Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required courses and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to remain eligible for continued enrollment in the nursing program.  In addition during the NUR 105 or NUR 115 course, a Comprehensive Drug Calculation Exam (CDCE) will be administered to verify skills.  Students must achieve at least 90 percent of maximum score on the CDCE with no more than three attempts in order to achieve a passing grade in the course.

Any student who earns a final grade lower than a “C” in a required course (either general education or nursing courses) must repeat the course and earn a final grade of “C” or better before taking the next course in the sequence.

A student must obtain permission from the Dean of VATNP to continue in the Nursing Program under the following conditions:

  • Repeating a course with a grade below “C”;
  • Withdrawal from a nursing course;
  • Cumulative GPA below 2.0.

Reapplication/Readmission Process

Students who are not successful in the first semester nursing course (NUR 108 or 115) must reapply to the nursing program. A new nursing program application packet must be submitted prior to the application deadline.

A student who wishes to reenter the nursing curriculum at any other level (e.g., NUR 105, 109, 114, 136, 137, 201, 205, 208, 226, 236, 237, 245 or 254) must write a letter to the program dean requesting readmission in the semester prior to the semester of enrollment. Re-enrollment must occur no later than three years from successful completion of NUR 108 or NUR 115 or student will have to repeat all nursing courses. The student may be required to enroll in and satisfactorily complete specific courses before readmission. Additional data may be required. Each student’s application for readmission will be considered by the nursing faculty and the decision to readmit will be based on additional data, prior performance in the nursing program, and space availability. Based on the course(s) that must be repeated, the student who is readmitted may be required to complete a skills competency course or demonstrate competency in critical nursing skills before progressing to the next level.

A student who has 2 academic failures or withdrawals in separate semesters will be ineligible for reenrollment in the program. Such a student may not be readmitted if the cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0, including all courses attempted other than nursing.

According to the VCCS Policy 5.7.4, “A student will normally be limited to two enrollments in the same credit course.” Any exception to this policy must be approved by the program dean and the vice president of instruction and student services.

Financial Requirements

In addition to the usual college tuition and fees, the nursing program requires: uniforms with accessories, textbooks, progressive testing and remediation program, physical exam, immunizations, Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test or chest x-ray, a background check, drug screen, and Medical Document Package, and CPR certification.

Students are also responsible for transportation to and from the college and health agencies used for clinical experience.

Clinical Contracts

The VATNP has contracts with clinical agencies for both student and patient safety. If students cannot comply with these contractual requirements, they will not be able to participate in clinical activities and will be asked to withdraw from the program. General guidelines follow:

Clinical agencies reserve the right to dismiss a student from their agency at any time with due cause. This will be done with advance notice, except in an emergency.

Published policies of the clinical agency must be followed. Each student must successfully complete an orientation program prior to participating in activities at any clinical facility.

Clinical facilities require that all students have documentation of ability to perform the physical demands required in direct patient care activities.

Immunizations must be current.

Student releases clinical agencies, its agents and employees from any liability for any injury or death to him/herself or damage to his/her property arising out of agreement or use of the clinical agency’s facilities.

Proof of HIPAA and CPR Certification must be provided.

Clinical facilities require a criminal background check and drug screen clearance as a condition for student placement.

Proper uniform must be worn when participating in clinical activities.

 

Nursing Track Four
Part-Time Evening & Weekend LPN to RN Bridge (156)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR SUMMER

Course # Course Title Credit
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3
PSY 231 Life Span Human Development I 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
FIRST YEAR FALL
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
FIRST YEAR SPRING
BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
MTH 126 Math for Allied Health 2
PSY 232 Life Span Human Development II 3
SECOND YEAR SUMMER
NUR 115* LPN Transition 6
NUR 136 Principles of Pharmacology I 1
NUR 137 Principles of Pharmacology II 1
NUR 226 Health Assessment 2
SECOND YEAR FALL
NUR 205 Intro to Second Level Nursing 5
NUR 236  Principles of Pharmacology III 1
SECOND YEAR SPRING
NUR 201 Psychiatric Nursing 3
THIRD YEAR SUMMER
    Humanities Elective1 3
THIRD YEAR FALL
NUR 245 Maternal/Newborn Nursing 3
NUR 254 Dimensions of  Professional Nursing 2
THIRD YEAR SPRING
NUR 208 Acute  Medical-Surgical Nursing 6
NUR 237  Principles of Pharmacology IV 1
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 60

*Upon completion of NUR 115, credit will be awarded for NUR 105, 108, 109 and 114 (15 credits).  These credits will appear on the student’s official transcript.

1Humanities electives include: ART 101,102; CST 130, 151,152; ENG 241,242,243,244,251,252; HUM 100,201,202; MUS 121, 122; PHI 101, 220, 225,226,227; REL 200, 210, 231,232.

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Occupational Therapy Assistant

Program Description

Graduates of the program are prepared to qualify as contributing members of the health care team who will care for patients under the supervision of a Registered Occupational Therapist. The goals of the occupational therapy team are to develop, restore, or maintain adaptive skills in individuals whose abilities to cope with daily living are threatened or impaired by disease, injury, developmental disability, or social disadvantage. This program is offered in partnership with Southwest Virginia Community College (SWCC) and degrees will be conferred from SWCC.

The Occupational Therapy Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P. O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220. AOTA’s phone number is (301) 652-2582. Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapy assistant administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA). Most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination.

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities include positions in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, clinics, day care centers, long-term care facilities, schools, sheltered workshops, homebound programs and community agencies.

Special Considerations

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the both SVCC and MECC, consideration for a position in this program requires a high school diploma or GED; the completion of the placement tests; two units of mathematics (Algebra I plus Algebra II and/orGeometry), one unit of Biology with a laboratory, and one unit of Chemistry with a laboratory. Additional classes that are recommended include: Abnormal Psychology and Ethics for Health Care Personnel. Grades in these courses must reflect a minimum of “C.” MTH 126 may substitute for the second math requirement. Eight (8) hours of observation in an occupational therapy setting should be documented by the OT personnel denoting and date (‘) and time(s).

All high school courses and/or college work must reflect an overall grade average of “C” (2.0 GPA) or higher. Satisfactory performance on the placement testing program is required. All pre-requisite courses, including any prescribed developmental studies courses, must be successfully completed before the January 15 application deadline. Students planning to transfer to senior institutions should inform their advisors and should consider coursework that can be used for transfer.

Because entry into this program is competitive, students must complete the application process with the Admissions Office at SWVCC by January 15. Classes begin the fall semester of each academic year. Students accepted into the program are required to submit a certificate reflecting a successful physical examination, signed by a licensed physician. The physical examination must be completed after receiving notification of acceptance to the program and prior to beginning classes. Immunizations must be current and include Hepatitis B and MMR. Proof of Tuberculin skin test (PPD) and CPR certification must be shown on admission to the program and kept current throughout the program. Students are responsible for any additional costs related to physicals, vaccinations, uniforms, insurance, background checks, drug testing, clinical travel, or other needed supplies or requirements.

Program Requirements

The student is required to complete a sequence of courses and learning experiences. Students must achieve a grade of “C” or better in all program courses. Any student receiving a grade of “D” in any of the program courses will be placed on Program Probation. That course shall be remediated once, with a written contract containing the requirements of the remediation. Please note: Students may be required to wait at least one academic year before they will have an opportunity to remediate the course. Students on program probation status will only be allowed to remediate the course if there is an open position in the class. Dismissal from the program shall result if: 1) the student does not meet the requirements of the probationary contract; 2) the student receives a final grade of less than “C” in any program courses either during or after the period of the Program Probation; or 3) a final grade of “F” in any coursework after admittance to the program will result in dismissal from the program. Remediated courses must be completed with a final grade of “C” or better.

Clinical and Behavioral Requirements

Selected and supervised learning experiences are required by this program and will be accomplished at selected health care facilities. Because there are limited clinical sites within the area, students may be required to travel to other areas to complete clinical training. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation, uniforms, and living expenses during fieldwork experiences. In the fifth semester, there will be 40 hours per week of clinical time (Level II fieldwork) in two eight week segments, so students must plan their schedules accordingly. Program faculty will observe and evaluate the student’s suitability for the profession. If in the judgment of the Program Faculty the student does not exhibit those behaviors required of the occupational therapy assistant, the student may be asked to withdraw from the program. All OTA students must complete Level II Fieldwork within 18 months following completion of academic preparation. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.

Criminal Background Checks/Drug Testing

Background checks for criminal history and sex offender crimes against minors are required for entrance into some clinical agencies. Students with convictions may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not complete the program. Clinical agencies may require drug testing prior to placement of students for clinical rotations. Students with positive drug test results may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not complete the program. Cost for criminal background checks and drug testing will be the responsibility of the student.

 

Occupational Therapy Assistant

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title 4
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
ENG 111 College Composition 2
HLT 143 Medical Terminology3 3
OCT 100 Introduction to OT 3
PSY 230 Development Psychology1 3
SDV 100, 104, or 108 College Success Skills or Study Skills or College Survival Skills 1
FIRST YEAR SPRING
BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
OCT 195 Topics in OT for Physical Dysfunction 2
OCT 201 OT with Psychosocial Dysfunction 3
OCT 205 Therapeutic Media 2
NAS 195 Kinesiology 1
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3
    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective2 3
SECOND YEAR SUMMER
OCT 190 Coordinated Practice in OT I – Level I Fieldwork 1
OCT 207 Therapeutic Skills 3
OCT 220 OT for the Adult 2
SECOND YEAR FALL
OCT 190 Coordinated Practice in OT II – Level I Fieldwork 1
OCT 202 OT with Physical Disabilities 4
OCT 203 OT with Developmental Disabilities 4
OCT 208 OT Service Management & Delivery 3
OCT 210 Assistive Tech. in OT 2
SECOND YEAR SPRING
OCT 290 Coordinated Practice in OT III – Level II Fieldwork 6
OCT 290 Coordinated Practice in OT IV – Level II Fieldwork 6
OCT 298 Seminar and Project in OTA 1
Minimum Credits for Degree 68

1PSY 231-232, Lifespan Human Growth and Development I & II (both necessary) may be substituted for PSY 230. 2Courses may be chosen from the Transfer Humanities Electives. 3HIM 111 may substitute for HLT 143.

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For Further Information Contact:

  • Kim Dorton, Health Sciences Coordinator
    kdorton@mecc.edu
    276.523.2400 ext. 356
  • Ms. Annette Looney, Program Director
    Southwest Virginia Community College
  • Mr. Tommy Clements, Dean
    tclements@mecc.edu
    276.523.2400 ext. 431

Paralegal Studies

Program Description

The Paralegal Studies program is designed to prepare individuals to work in a legal office environment. The program provides training in the general processes of American law and the knowledge and skills to perform specific legal tasks under the supervision of an attorney. In addition, the program helps prepare individuals for paralegal certification exams.

Opportunities for Employment

Students will have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required to perform a variety of specialized duties with competence and understanding. The Paralegal Studies associate degree will help prepare you for a wide range of entry-level positions as a paraprofessional in the legal field with opportunities in law firms, mortgage companies, banks, title insurance companies, private corporations, and government and administrative agencies.

Program Requirements

Students are required to take English and mathematics placement tests. Developmental classes in these areas may be required. Students may receive college credit for verified on-the-job experience. Courses taken out of suggested sequence must have the approval of the program advisor. Chances of success in this field are increased if the student has good organizational, analytical, and academic skills and enjoys working with people in a complex, fast-paced work environment.  Classes are offered both on campus and online.  Most students will require more than two full years of study to complete the Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies.

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Paralegal Studies (260)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit
AST 141 Word Processing I 3
BUS 241 Business Law I 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
LGL 110 Intro to Law & the Legal Assistant 3
LGL 120 Legal Terminology 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
FIRST YEAR SPRING
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3
LGL 115 Real Estate Law 3
LGL 117 Family Law 3
LGL 125 Legal Research 3
MTH 141 Business Mathematics I 3
SECOND YEAR FALL
AST 205 Business Communications 3
    HLT or PED Elective 1
LGL 126 Legal Writing 3
LGL 216 Trial Preparation & Discovery Practice 3
LGL 218 Criminal Law 3
PLS 211 U.S. Government I 3
SDV 106 Preparation for Employment 1
SECOND YEAR SPRING
AST 265 Legal Office Procedures I 3
LGL 225 Estate Planning & Probate 3
LGL 230 Legal Transactions 3
LGL 290 Internship/Legal Assisting 3
PSY 120 Human Relations1 3
    Humanities Elective 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 66

1Students may take PSY 120 or PSY 126. Those who plan to transfer to a 4-year college must register for PSY 200.

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Physical Therapy Assistant

Program Description

The two-year program is designed to prepare the student as a skilled, technical health care worker with the knowledge and skill to assist the physical therapist in meeting the physical therapy needs of the public.  Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the Virginia State Licensing Examination leading to licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant.  The physical therapy assistant program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association. This program is being provided through an innovative, cooperative arrangement with Wytheville Community College.   Students will register at MECC for their general education course requirements and register through WCC for their program courses.  Students will be totally responsible for transportation to and from the college(s) and the health agencies utilized for clinical experiences.    The A.A.S. degree will be awarded by Wytheville Community College.

Opportunities for Employment

Employment opportunities for the licensed Physical Therapist Assistant include positions in hospitals, nursing homes, home health care agencies, rehabilitation centers, school systems, and for private practices.

Program Requirements

To enter the Associate Degree Physical Therapist Assistant program the student must be a high school graduate or the equivalent. High school courses must include one unit of biology and chemistry (lab courses) and one unit of algebra. Satisfactory placement test scores in English and math required. Students who lack any or all of these high school pre-requisites, or who do not score high enough on writing and reading placement tests to be eligible for ENG 111 or ENG 137, may satisfy the requirements by successfully completing the equivalent developmental courses. The student’s high school record must reflect an overall “C” average (2.0). A 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is also required on all college work completed.  Because of limited clinical sites and laboratory space, there are a limited number of slots in the program; therefore, early application is desirable.   Shadowing hours, HOBET test, and a program director interview are also required.  Because entry into this program is competitive, students must complete the application process with the Admissions Office at WCC by no later than February 15th. Questions regarding the program application process should be directed to the Admissions and Records Office at WCC or to Mrs. Kim Dorton at MECC. Detailed information related to the selective admissions process may be found at this link:  http://www.wcc.vccs.edu/docs/selectivealliedhealthpacket10-2012.pdf.

Upon admission, a complete health examination form will be required of all students admitted to the program.  A student receiving a final grade lower than “C” in any course in the physical therapist assistant sequence or anatomy and physiology will be ineligible to continue in the physical therapist assistant courses. Selected learning experiences will be provided in a number of physical therapy settings located within the geographical area served by the college.  Students are assigned to clinical agencies on a space available basis.

Additional program costs such as physical examination, vaccinations, uniforms, insurance, background checks, supplies, and travel to clinical settings are the responsibility of the student.

Clinical and Behavioral Requirements

Selected and supervised learning experiences are required by this program and will be accomplished at selected health care facilities. Because there are limited clinical sites within the area, students may be required to travel to other areas to complete clinical training. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation, uniforms, and living expenses during fieldwork experiences. In the fifth semester, there will be 40 hours per week of clinical time (Level II fieldwork) in two eight week segments, so students must plan their schedules accordingly. Program faculty will observe and evaluate the student’s suitability for the profession. If in the judgment of the Program Faculty the student does not exhibit those behaviors required of the occupational therapy assistant, the student may be asked to withdraw from the program.

NOTE: All OTA students must complete Level II Fieldwork within 18 months following completion of academic preparation. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. Criminal Background Checks/Drug are required before attending clinicals.

Physical Therapy Assistant

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology1 3
PTH 105 Introduction to Physical Therapy 3
PTH 110 Medical Reporting 2
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
FIRST YEAR SPRING
BIO 142 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
PTH 115 Kinesiology for the Physical Therapy Assistant 4
PTH 121 Therapeutic Procedures I 5
PTH 151 Musculoskeletal Structure and Function 5
SECOND YEAR SUMMER
PTH 131 Clinical Education I 2
PTH 210 Psychological Aspects of Therapy 2
PTH 227 Pathological Conditions 3
SECOND YEAR FALL
PTH 122 Therapeutic Procedures II 5
PTH 225 Rehabilitation Procedures 5
PTH 226 Therapeutic Exercise 4
SECOND YEAR SPRING
PTH 245 Professional Issues 3
PTH 251 Clinical Practicum I 3
PTH 252 Clinical Practicum II 4
    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective2 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 68

1PSY 231-232, Lifespan Human Growth and Development I & II (both necessary) may be substituted for PSY 230. 2Courses may be chosen from the Transfer Humanities Electives.

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For Further Information Contact:

  • Kim Dorton, Health Sciences Coordinator
    kdorton@mecc.edu
    276.523.2400 ext. 356
  • Julia Jackson-King, Program Director
    Wytheville Community College
  • Mr. Tommy Clements, Dean
    tclements@mecc.edu
    276.523.2400 ext. 431

Police Science

Program Description

At MECC you’ll find a fascinating and challenging Police Science curriculum that includes courses in Criminal Law, Investigation, Juvenile Delinquency, and Police Administration.  The program is structured to prepare individuals for careers in criminal justice and related occupations.  It is not designed to train for any specialty, but rather to provide a broad foundation, which will prepare students to enter any of the many criminal justice fields.

Opportunities for Employment

Job openings are available in the law enforcement and the protective services fields with positions open in public law enforcement agencies, private security firms, as well as state and federal agencies.

Program Requirements

Entry into the program requires taking the English and mathematics placement tests.  If deficiencies are found, you will be required to correct them by registering for developmental studies.  Each applicant must meet with the College’s Protective Services faculty for a personal interview. Applicants not already employed in criminal justice are cautioned as to the qualifications usually required for criminal justice agency employment:  1) Excellent moral character, no felony convictions or any crime involving moral turpitude, nor an excessive number of traffic citations. 2) A background investigation is normally conducted by the employing agency to confirm these conditions.

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Police Science (464)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3
ADJ 131 Legal Evidence 3
ADJ 171 Forensic Science I or Science Elective 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
FIRST YEAR SPRING
ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology 3
ADJ 130 Intro to Criminal Law 3
ADJ 236 Principles of Criminal Investigation 3
    HLT, PED or ADJ 138/127 1
ADJ 172 Forensic Science II or Science Elective 4
    Elective 3
SECOND YEAR FALL
ADJ 105 Juvenile Justice System 3
ADJ 111 Law Enforcement Organization & Administration 3
ADJ 133 Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional 3
    Humanities Elective 3
MTH 151 or 141  

Math for Liberal Art I or Business Mathematics

3
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3
SECOND YEAR SPRING
ADJ 296 or 198   On-Site Training in Criminal Justice or Seminar and Project 3
ADJ 227 Constitutional Law for Justice Personnel 3
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3
CST 105 or 100   Oral Communication or Principles/Public Speaking 3
    Elective 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 67

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Radiographic Technology (SWCC)

Program Description

Graduates of the radiography technology program are prepared to contribute as members of the allied health team, care for patients under the supervision of qualified physicians, and meet requirements for ARRT certification. This program is being provided through an innovative, cooperative agreement with Southwest Virginia Community College.  Wytheville Community College and Virginia Highlands Community College are also partners.  Students will register at MECC for their general education course requirements and register through SVCC for their program courses.  The educational experience will be comprised of both classroom instruction and clinical rotations for completing required competency objectives. Classroom instruction incorporates interactive video-teleconferencing between classroom locations. The use of distance education technology will enable students to complete their coursework at MECC and at local clinical facilities, with limited travel to SVCC.   The A.A.S. degree will be awarded by Southwest Virginia Community College.

Accreditation

The program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee for Radiologic Technology Education (JRCERT) (20 North Wacker Drive, Suite 900, Chicago, IL, 60606-2901).

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist for well-trained, registered radiological technologists in hospitals, clinics, education, industry, government agencies, and private offices.

Program Goals

The radiography program goals include:  develop and deliver appropriate patient care, develop the radiological skills to perform all routine imaging procedures in medical imaging departments, adopt and demonstrate good ethical behavior and

professionalism, appropriately evaluate and  critique radiographic examinations for diagnostic quality, communicate effectively, and employ problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Special Considerations

In addition to the general admission requirements to the College, applicants must be high school graduates or the equivalent and must reflect a “C” average. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 must be achieved on all college work. To meet the Radiography Program admission requirements the applicant must have completed:

  • One unit of Biology with lab, one unit of Chemistry with lab, and two units of mathematics (Algebra I, and Algebra II and/or Geometry) with a “C” or better;
  • Biology 101 and Chemistry 05 will be considered equivalent to high school Biology and Chemistry. Math 03, 04 and 06 will be considered equivalent to high school Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry;
  • Completion of a college placement test, which includes sections of reading, writing and mathematics. All prescribed developmental work must be completed before admission into the program;
  • Submitted radiography application (including all high school and college transcripts or copy of GED);
  • Observation in a Radiology Department for a minimum of twelve (12) hours; this observation is to be documented by radiology personnel denoting date(s) and time(s);
  • Complete entrance test and attend a general information session. An interview with Radiography program faculty may be required.
  • Because entry into this program is competitive, students must complete the application process with the Admissions Office at SWVCC by no later than January 15th.

Environmental Conditions
Environmental conditions include procedures that involve handling blood and body fluids using universal precautions.

Program Requirements

Upon admission and during the course of the program, the radiologic faculty will carefully observe and evaluate the student’s suitability for the profession. If, in the opinion of the radiologic faculty, a student does not exhibit professional behavior, the student may be asked to withdraw from the program. Once enrolled, students who receive a final grade lower than “C” in any of the courses in radiography or related areas must obtain permission from the program director to continue the major in radiography.

Selected learning experiences will be provided at the cooperating hospitals within the geographic areas served by the colleges. The student is expected to provide transportation to such facilities. Travel, time and expense, must be anticipated because of program design and location.  The purchase of items such as student’s uniforms, accessories, physical, vaccinations, background checks, and liability insurance is the financial responsibility of the individual student.

Criminal Background/Drug Testing

Background checks for criminal history and sex offender crimes against minors are required for entrance into some clinical agencies. Students with convictions may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not complete the program. Clinical agencies may require drug testing prior to placement of students for clinical rotations. Students with positive drug test results may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not complete the program. Cost for criminal background checks and drug testing will be the responsibility of the student. 

For Further Information Contact:

Christy Lee
clee@mecc.edu
276.523.2400 ext. 208

Kim Dorton, Health Sciences Coordinator
kdorton@mecc.edu
276.523.2400 ext. 356.

Tommy Clements, Dean
tclements@mecc.edu
276.523.2400 ext. 431

PROGRAM OF STUDY

FIRST YEAR SUMMER

Course #

Course Title

Credit

RAD

105

Introduction to Rad. Protection & Patient Care

3

MTH

126

Math for Allied Health

2

SDV

100

College Success Skills

1

RAD

195

Ethics, Teamwork & Professional Development

3

HLT

1431

Medical Terminology

3

FIRST YEAR FALL

ENG

1112

College Composition I

3

BIO

141

Human Anatomy & Physiology I

4

RAD

110

Imaging Equipment & Protection

3

RAD

121

Radiographic Procedures I

4

PSY

230

Developmental Psychology

3

FIRST YEAR SPRING

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective4

3

BIO

141

Human Anatomy & Physiology II

4

RAD

112

Radiologic Science II

4

RAD

221

Radiologic Procedures II

4

SECOND YEAR SUMMER

RAD

190

Coordinated Internship (Term II)

3

RAD

205

Rad. Protection & Radiobiology (Term I)

3

SECOND YEAR FALL

RAD

290

Coordinated Internship

6

RAD

255

Radiographic Equipment

3

SECOND YEAR SPRING

RAD

290

Coordinated Internship

6

RAD

240

Radiographic Pathology

3

SECOND YEAR SUMMER

RAD 215 Correlated Radiographic Theory  2
RAD  290 Coordinated Internship (Term I) 2
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 72

1HIM 111 or HIM 112 may be substituted for HLT 143.2Students who wish to pursue a Baccalaureate degree are advised to take both ENG 111 and 112. 3Taking both PSY 231 and 232 will substitute for PSY 230. 4Humanities/Fine Arts: Philosophy, Religion, Music Appreciation, Art Appreciation, and Foreign Languages.

Respiratory Therapy

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy is designed to prepare selected students as competent Registered Respiratory Therapists and to serve as members of the health care team. As a graduate, you are eligible to take the Therapist Multiple Choice (TMC) examination and the Written Registry examination and Clinical Simulation examination to be credentialed as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

Accreditation

The Respiratory Therapy program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (www.coarc.com).

Opportunities for Employment

Respiratory therapists have job opportunities in hospitals, home care, rehabilitation agencies, nursing homes, emergency transport teams, sleep centers, pulmonary function laboratories, outpatient clinics, and physician offices. The respiratory therapist sees a diverse group of patients ranging from newborn and pediatric patients to adults and the elderly.

Job opportunities are very good in this area and nationwide. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects “employment of respiratory therapists to increase much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2020.” In 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the national average annual earnings of respiratory therapists were $57,880 and Virginia had an average annual earnings of $56,550.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements of the College, this program requires a high/home school diploma or GED. High/home school courses must include one unit of algebra 1 and one unit of laboratory science with a C or above. If courses were not completed in high/home school with a C or above, they must be completed in college.

To apply to the program, please complete the Respiratory Therapy Program Application and submit to Enrollment Services in Godwin Hall. If you are a new student or have not attended classes within the past year, you will also need to complete an Application for Admission to the College.The student’s high/home school and any college work attempted must reflect a minimum of “C” average.

Respiratory Therapy classes begin in the summer semester each year. Applications are accepted from August 16th to May 1st for each class starting in June. A selection process is utilized to choose applicants for each year’s program as each class is limited to a maximum of 20 students.

After the class has been filled, the remaining applicants will be placed on an alternate list. Should an admitted student not accept his/her position, applicants on the alternate list will be admitted into the program through the last day of registration for the summer classes.

Applicants who do not meet all the prerequisites will remain on the pre-respiratory list until all prerequisites are documented. Upon completion of the prerequisites, the applicant will be considered for admission to the program. If all the positions are filled, the applicant will be added to the alternate list.

A new Respiratory Therapy Program Application must be submitted for each year you wish to be considered for admission to the Respiratory Therapy program.

Respiratory Therapy Application Forms

Special Considerations

Students accepted into the program are required to submit a health certificate signed by a duly licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or registered nurse practitioner and should include: documentation of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) exposure or inoculations; TB skin testing or chest x-ray for previously positive TB results; and overall general health of the applicant.

Physical demands in this program include duties that frequently require walking, bending, reaching and lifting; pushing and pulling with assistance and occasional carrying. Duties also require constant use of acute sense of sight, hearing, touch, and speech.

In addition to the usual college tuitions and fees, the Respiratory Therapy program requires:  uniforms, books, liability insurance, CPR certification, criminal background check, and miscellaneous equipment. Costs for drug screens, if required by clinical facility, are the responsibility of the student. Students are also responsible for transportation to and from the college and health agencies used for clinical experience.

Criminal Background Check/Drug Screening

Background checks for criminal history and sex offender crimes against minors are required for entrance into clinical agencies.  Students with convictions may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not complete the program.  Clinical agencies may require drug testing prior to placement of students for clinical rotations.  Students with positive drug test results may be prohibited from clinical practice and may not complete the program.  Cost of criminal background checks and drug testing will be the responsibility of the student.

Opportunities for Advancement

Opportunities for advancement are excellent for those willing to continue their education and training.  Individuals who display leadership, team-building skills, self-confidence, motivation, and decisiveness become candidates for promotion.

NOTE:  Students are required to repeat a RTH or NAS course in which a grade lower than “C” is received before progressing to the next course or graduating from the program. All electives must have a grade of “C” or above.

 

Respiratory Therapy (181)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR SUMMER

Course # Course Title Credit
NAS 171 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
RTH 102 Integrated Sciences for Respiratory Care 3
RTH 110 Fund. Theory & Procedures for Respiratory Care 3
SDV 100 College Success  Skills 1
    Social Science/Humanities 3
FIRST YEAR FALL
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
RTH 111 Anatomy & Physiology of the Cardiopulmonary System 3
RTH 131 Respiratory Care Theory & Procedures I 4
RTH 145 Pharmacology for Respiratory Care 2
RTH 151 Fundamental Clinical Procedures I 4
FIRST YEAR SPRING
RTH 112 Pathology of the Cardiopulmonary System 3
RTH 121 Cardiopulmonary Science 3
RTH 132 Respiratory Care Theory & Procedures II 4
RTH 152 Fundamental Clinical Procedures II 4
SECOND YEAR SUMMER
RTH 135 Diagnostic & Therapeutic Procedures I 2
RTH 224 Integrated Respiratory Therapy Skills I 2
RTH 253 Advanced Clinical Procedures III 3
    Humanities/Fine Art Elective 3
    Social Science Elective 3
SECOND YEAR FALL
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3
RTH 226 Theory of Neonatal and Pediatric Respiratory Care  2
RTH 254 Advanced Clinical Procedures IV 3
RTH 227 Integrated Respiratory Therapy Skills I 2
RTH 267 12-Lead EKG Diag. 3
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 70

Core competencies for HLT 105, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, are covered within RTH 110. Students will receive a BLS Healthcare Provider Card.

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Welding

Program Description

Graduates of the Technical Studies Welding program are trained in the job skills necessary to enter employment as apprentice welders immediately upon completion of the curriculum.  Course work includes a strong emphasis in welding technology with related courses in computer applications, quality control, teamwork, and communication.

Opportunities for Employment

Graduates can expect to find employment as welders in a variety of industries including mining, manufacturing and construction.

Special Considerations

Up to 15 hours credit may be given for documented previous work experience and certifications. Although the program is designed to educate and train welders entering the industry, the program offers increased skill levels and knowledge for experienced welders as well. Welders seeking a degree or desiring promotion to upper level managerial positions should also take advantage of this excellent opportunity.

For Further Information Contact:

Welding (718-02)

PROGRAM OF STUDY
FIRST YEAR FALL

Course # Course Title Credit
    Math/Science Elective 3
WEL 100 Fundamentals of Welding 3
WEL 115 Arc and Gas Welding 3
WEL 123 Arc Welding I 3
DRF 160 Machine Blueprint Reading 3
SDV 100 College Success  Skills 1
FIRST YEAR SPRING
IND 137 Team Concepts 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
    Humanities Elective 3
    Social Science Elective 3
WEL 124 Arc Welding II 3
    Welding Elective or Equivalent Experience 3
SECOND YEAR FALL
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3
IND 101 Quality Assurance Tech 3
DRF 200 Survey of Computer-Aided Drafting 4
    Social Science Elective 3
WEL 126 Pipe Welding 3
SECOND YEAR SPRING
ENG 115 Technical Writing 3
    Personal Development Elective 1
    Welding Elective or Equivalent experience 3
    Welding Elective or Equivalent experience 3
    Welding Elective or Equivalent experience 3
    Welding Elective or Equivalent experience 3
Total Minimum Credits For Degree 66

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