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Curriculum and Requirements

The Associate in Science (AS) degree program prepares students for employment in selected fields. A certificate may be awarded in some programs after one year or less of prescribed work. An official high school transcript indicating graduation or official GED scores indicating successful completion and an official transcript sent directly from each college and university previously attended are required for admission to a college credit certificate program. Students who wish to transfer should pursue the Associate in Arts (AA) degree or the AS degree in one of the statewide articulated AS to BS/BA degree programs.

Associate in Science Degree Program

The Associate in Science (AS) degree will be awarded upon completion of the program hours shown in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. All AS degrees include at least 15 credit hours of General Education courses. All PHSC AS degrees include English Composition I, (ENC 1101). A grade of "C" or higher is required for all General Education courses, whether they are being used to fulfill program or elective requirements. At least 25 percent of the credits toward the degree, other than Credit-by-Exam, CLEP, or Advanced Placement, must be earned in residence at PHSC. A cumulative, degree-level grade point average of not less than 2.0 or "C" must be achieved prior to graduation.

Objectives of the AS Degree

The purpose of the AS degree is to prepare students to enter the workforce. Students who wish to transfer should contact the university to determine the transferability of courses. Statewide articulation exists between PHSC and the State University System and between selected public and private colleges and universities for some of the AS degrees to provide the opportunity to continue in a bachelor's degree program.

General Education Student Learning Outcomes

The General Education curriculum at PHSC provides students with varied opportunities to integrate knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes that are essential for personal, intellectual and professional enrichment. The College's General Education curriculum assures breadth that cannot be found in any specific discipline. It exposes all degree-seeking students to a diversity of disciplines.

A student learning outcome is a statement of what students should understand and be able to do as a result of what they learned in a course or program of study. The College's General Education Student Learning Outcomes are:

Communications: Students will display effective reading, writing, speaking, listening and nonverbal communication skills.

Critical Thinking. Students will think creatively, logically, critically, and reflectively analyze, synthesize, use and evaluate information.

Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning. Students will apply scientific inquiry and quantitative reasoning to solve problems.

Information Literacy and Technological Fluency. Students will demonstrate the fluent use of technology to locate, organize, analyze and document information from a variety of resources.

Cultural Literacy and Global Awareness. Students will develop a critical understanding of the social, behavioral, cultural, ethical, global and historical processes that define human diversity.

AS and College Credit Certificate Programs

PHSC is authorized to award the Associate in Science (AS) degree and College Credit Certificates in career/technical fields upon satisfactory completion of the established standard number of credit hours required for each specific AS program as approved by the Division of Florida Colleges. Individuals must complete the 15-hour General Education courses for the AS degree and the remaining hours from an approved program. Only courses designated at the 1000 and 2000 levels are applicable to this degree. At least 25 percent of the credits toward the degree, other than Credit-by-Exam, CLEP, or Advanced Placement, must be earned in residence at PHSC. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of not less than 2.0 or "C" must be achieved by graduation. In all College Credit Certificate programs, a cumulative GPA of not less than 2.0 or "C" must be achieved. After completing the specified number of hours in a College Credit Certificate program, a student may continue in an AS degree. Students who wish to transfer credits from any AS program to another institution must accept the responsibility for securing approval in advance from that institution.

Health Programs Accreditation

The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

The Emergency Medical Services Program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).

The Nursing (Associate Degree) R.N. Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

An Associate in Science (AS) degree will be awarded upon completion of the hours specified in the program. The individual must complete 15 hours in General Education courses and the remaining courses listed in the program. (The majority of AS degrees at PHSC require 18 hours in General Education courses.) Courses designated for Technical Certificates, except where specific articulation agreements exist, or those below the 1000 or 2000 level, are not applicable to this degree. At least 25 percent of the hours in a student's program, other than by Credit-By-Examination, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Advanced Placement (AP), must be earned in residence in classroom instruction at PHSC. A cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.0 must be achieved prior to graduation.

A grade of "C" or higher is required for all General Education courses whether they are being used to fulfill program or elective requirements.

The General Education requirements for the AS Degree are:

AREA I.

Communications 3 Semester Credit Hours

The following course is required for all students:

Note(s):

Students are encouraged to enroll in English Composition I, (ENC 1101) during the first term of their enrollment at the College.

AREA II.

Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Semester Credit Hours

Select one of the following courses:

Note(s):

Credit earned in courses not offered by PHSC but awarded via transfer evaluations, examinations, and other external credit mechanisms may also be used to meet the Area II requirement. Courses must begin with the following prefixes: AMH, ANT, CLP, DEP, ECO, EDP, EUH, GEA, HIS, INR, ISS, POS, PPE, PSY, SOP, SYG, or SYO. The credit hour requirement noted above must still be met.

AREA III.

Mathematics and Natural Sciences 3 Semester Credit Hours

Select one of the following courses:

Note(s):

Credit earned in courses not offered by PHSC but awarded via transfer evaluations, examinations, and other external credit mechanisms also may be used to meet the Area III requirement. Courses must begin with the following prefixes: AST, BOT, BSC, CHM, GLY, MCB, MET, OCE, PHY, or PSC. The credit-hour requirement noted above still must be met.

AREA IV.

Humanities 3 Semester Credit Hours

Select one of the following courses:

Note(s):

Credit earned in courses not offered by PHSC but awarded via transfer evaluations, examinations, and other external credit mechanisms also may be used to meet the Area IV requirement. Courses must begin with the following prefixes: ARH, HUM, MUL, PHI, REL, or THE. The credit hour requirement noted above still must be met.

AREA V.

Information Literacy and Technological Fluency 3 Semester Credit Hours

The following course is required for all students:

Note(s):

Students are encouraged to enroll in Microcomputer Applications (CGS 1100), during the first term of their enrollment at the College.

Additional Information:

Each program also will include computer competencies, general computational skills, oral communication skills and human relations skills taught in a specific course or courses, based on the curricular needs. Some programs also may require particular courses to meet the requirements in II, III, IV, and V above. See the individual program listings for required General Education Courses that must be completed.

It is strongly recommended that the first of any required English and mathematics courses be taken within the first 15 hours of course work. If the need for college preparatory courses is indicated by placement scores, college preparatory courses must be completed by the time the student completes 12 credit hours. The first of any required English and mathematics courses, as applicable, should be taken as soon thereafter as the student demonstrates the necessary skills for these courses.

In accordance with state Rule 6A.10.0315(1), Florida Administrative Code, students entering into degree programs (including AA, and AS) shall enroll in college preparatory communication and computation courses if their placement test scores indicate a need for college preparatory coursework. Students must successfully complete required college preparatory coursework by the time they have accumulated twelve (12) hours of college credit courses, or must maintain continuous enrollment in college preparatory courses until requirements are completed while performing satisfactorily in their degree coursework.