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2009-2010 Catalog [Aug. 2009-Aug. 2010] [Archived Catalog]

Degrees and Certificates



Accreditation

Florida State College is a division of Florida State College at Jacksonville. Florida State College at Jacksonville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (“SACS”) to award the baccalaureate and associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida State College at Jacksonville. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

The Bachelor Degree

The bachelor degree is an upper level degree for students who have earned an Associate in Science degree and wish to pursue further education. This program meets the Florida Department of Education requirements for the baccalaureate degree and respects the content of the A.S. degree through the appropriate transfer of both occupational and general education credit. The bachelor degree enhances the student’s technical education and experience while providing the management, leadership, critical thinking and communication skills which will both promote their ability to progress in their careers and enrich their personal and civic life.

Admissions requirements to be considered for a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.)* degree or Bachelor of Science (B.S.)*:

  1. Applicants interested in a B.A.S. or B.S. program should submit a bachelor’s degree membership application.
  2. Applicants must have earned an Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in Arts (A.A.) or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university and completed a minimum of 60 transferable college credit hours with a GPA of 2.0 or above.
  3. Applicants must have completed a unique set of general education courses as part of their associate degree. If you have not met the required 36 credit hours of general education courses, the applicant must complete or transfer the Florida State College approved general education courses for the bachelor’s degree in the appropriate discipline. The B.S.N. program requires 42 credit hours of general education courses.**
  4. Applicants must provide a copy of your official college transcript(s). Applicants not currently enrolled in Florida State College and/or who are transferring college credit courses are required to have a copy of their official transcript(s) sent directly from the college or university to the Office of the Registrar, Florida State College, P.O. Box 40515, Jacksonville, FL 32203-0515. A second copy should be provided to the program for which you are applying.

* B.A.S. and B.S. degree programs are selective access.
** Applicants should develop an educational plan with a program advisor to complete the necessary steps to be considered for acceptance into the bachelor’s program of their choice. An evaluation to determine what additional coursework may be needed in order to meet the prerequisite requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

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Bachelor Degree College Level Academic Skills (CLAS) Requirements

Note: The CLAS requirements are effective August 24, 2009 and are subject to change.

The state of Florida Legislature has repealed the requirement to pass the “College level communication and mathematics skills examination” (CLAST) in order to be awarded a bachelor’s degree effective July 1, 2009.

In order to demonstrate continuing concern for institutional accountability and effectiveness, as well as performance standards for student learning outcomes, students must meet one of the following CLAS requirements for receipt of a bachelor’s degree.

The following alternatives will fulfill the competency requirements in addition to other current requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

GPA Alternatives

  1. Student must earn a 2.5 GPA in a combination of at least one (1) course with the ENC prefix and any other course that is designated as a “Gordon Rule” writing course (excluding courses with the SPC prefix). Florida State College has the following Gordon Rule courses:
    • ENC 1101 - English Composition I
    • ENC 1102 - Writing About Non-Fiction
    • LIT 2000 - Introduction to Literature: Writing about Fiction
    • HUM 2020 - Humanities Forum
    • HUM 2210 - Humanities: The Foundations
    • HUM 2230 - Humanities: Mainstreams of Cultures, 15th to 20th Century
    • HUM 2250 - Humanities: 20th Century Cultural Perspectives
    • HUM 2410 - Humanities of Asia
    • HUM 2450 - Humanities in the Americas
       
  2. Students with a 2.5 GPA in college-level mathematics courses (excluding MAT 1033) may meet the CLAS requirements for the mathematics subtest. The mathematics courses that may be used to meet the requirements are:
    • MAC 1105 - College Algebra
    • any other MAC course with  the last three digits greater than 105
    • MGF 1106 - Topics in College Mathematics
    • MGF 1107 - Explorations in Mathematics 
    • MGF 2118 - Topics in Finite Mathematics

Examination Alternatives

Please note: Students must remediate after each CLAS alternative examination failure and wait 31 days between retaking on any of the CLAS alternatives exams.

  1. ACT: Scores on the ACT (with a minimum scores in each section) may meet the CLAS requirements. Note: To register, visit the ACT Web site or call ACT Registration at (319) 337-1270. Additional fees are charged for standby testing.
    • Reading: ACT score of 22 or higher
    • Writing: ACT score of 21 or higher
    • Mathematics: ACT score of 21 or higher
       
  2. SAT: Scores on SAT (with minimum scores in each section) may meet the CLAS requirements. Note: To register, visit the SAT Web site or call SAT Customer Service at (866) 756-7346. Additional fees are charged for standby testing.
    • Verbal/Critical Reading: SAT score of 500 or higher
    • Mathematics: SAT score of 500 or higher
       
  3. CPT: Scores on ACCUPLACER® (with minimum scores in each section) may meet the CLAS requirements:
    • Reading: Accuplacer/CPT 93
    • Writing: Accuplacer/CPT 105
    • Mathematics: Accuplacer/CPT 91

Application of Credits Earned via Credit-By-Examination

  1. Credit granted in accordance with the ACC Credit-By-Examination Equivalency List (including AP, IB, AICE, CLEP, DSST, and Excelsior) may be substituted for the courses used to meet CLAS skills requirements. Students must earn a minimum of six (6) credits.
     
  2. If a student earns credit in two (2) college courses within the same subject area via ACC-approved credit-by examination, the CLAS requirements in that subject area will be considered “met.” For example, student has earned two Ps from credit by examination for a minimum of six (6) credits will be considered met.
     
  3. If a student earns credit for one (1) college course via approved ACC credit–by-examination, no grade will be assigned for that course. The 2.5 GPA calculations will be calculated only on the grade earned in the 2nd course. (i.e. the grade in the second course must equate to a 2.5 or higher). For example, student has earned a “P” by taking a credit-by-examination and has earned a “B” or higher in the second course will be considered met.

CLAS Waivers

  1. Any student who has taken a subtest of a CLAS alternative examination at least three (3) times and has not achieved a passing score, but has otherwise demonstrated proficiency in coursework in the same subject area, may request a waiver for that particular subtest. A student must demonstrate remediation efforts and has earned a 2.0 GPA in all college credit courses in that skill area to be considered for a waiver. The waiver committee will consider other evidence as well. A student may obtain a waiver form from the Dean of Student Success offices. The waiver form should be forwarded to Dr. Judy Jones-Liptrot for processing except for students who are requesting a waiver due to a documented disability. Those waiver forms are to be sent to the office of Students with Disabilities.

Note: Any student who has not passed the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) prior to July 1, 2009 will be required to fulfill the competency requirements by meeting one of the CLAS requirements listed above.

Additional information on CLAS is available in campus enrollment services offices as well as assessment and certification centers.

Bachelor Degree Graduation Requirements

To receive a bachelor’s degree, students must:

  1. Fulfill the requirements for the chosen major;
  2. Earn a minimum of 120 semester hours with at least a “C” average (2.0 GPA) for an all college cumulative grade point average that includes Florida State College and transferred credits (excluding prep) in lower and upper division courses;
  3. Earn a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the degree in residence at Florida State College;
  4. Apply no more than 45 semester hours in any combination of extension, correspondence, CLEP, University Credit by Examination and Armed Forces credits toward an undergraduate degree;
  5. Fulfill the General Education Requirements ;
  6. Fulfill the Foreign Language requirement. Students may fulfill the requirement by completing eight semester hours of the same foreign language or sign language.  Alternative options that will be considered include the following:
    1. Successful completion of two sequential high school credits in one foreign language as listed in status 1007.262 and DOE Board Rule 6A.10.02412. The student is responsible to send official high school transcripts to the Registrar’s office for evaluation.
    2. Submitting an English translated high school course-by-course transcript from a country of origin, exits test scores or certificates not acceptable. Students must have an English translation performed, at students’ expense, by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Examples of acceptable services are Josef Silny & Associates and World Education Services.
    3. Also, appropriate College Level Examination Program (CLEP) level one and two scores in French, German, and Spanish will be accepted.
  7. Fulfill the College–Level Academic Skills (CLAS) requirement according to Florida Rule 6A-10.030.

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University Transfer Program: Associate in Arts Degree

Admission

Applicants seeking admission to the associate in arts (A.A.) program must have earned a high school diploma or high school equivalency degree. If applicants graduated on or after Aug. 1, 1987, they must have earned four credits in English and three credits each in mathematics, social studies and science.

University Parallel

The College offers a two–year program leading to the associate in arts (A.A.) degree. Usually referred to as the university parallel or transfer program, it is designed for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work at Florida State College and then transfer as juniors to four–year institutions of their choice.

The specific programs of study of a given major should be worked out individually between students and the counselor soon after they enroll at Florida State College. Earned credits in a university parallel study are transferable to four–year institutions and applicable toward a bachelor’s degree.

In planning a program at Florida State College, students should be certain to meet the General Education Requirements for the associate in arts degree and complete a program of at least 60 semester hours comprising courses counting toward the associate in arts degree. All courses will have a notation at the end of the course description confirming that the course is an A.A. course.

Intended Transfer Major

Within these 60 semester hours, students should be certain to fulfill the pre–major course requirements for the major, which they intend to take at the university they plan to attend. Students transferring to a private four–year institution from Florida State College are advised to write the registrar of that university for information concerning special course requirements that should be met while attending Florida State College or use the FACTS system. These requirements vary from university to university; thus, specific programs of study for a given major at a given university should be worked out individually by students and an advisor or counselor soon after they enroll at the College. To maximize transferability, students are advised to choose an intended transfer major and transfer institution as early as possible while at Florida State College.

Students transferring with the associate in arts degree are guaranteed the transferability of credits earned toward that degree and junior–level standing by the state articulation agreement. Students transferring prior to receipt of the A.A. degree are not assured of junior–level standing, and the transferability of credits earned will be determined by the receiving institution. Also, a student transferring prior to receipt of the A.A. degree may not receive acceptance of credits earned in courses with less than a “C” grade.

Colleges and universities may have different admission and program requirements. Selecting an intended transfer major and transfer institution early is important. Some institutions have limited access programs, which require students to meet specific admission requirements before being considered for admission into selected programs. Students have the responsibility for making contact with a counselor or advisor in the office of student success to work out their program of study at Florida State College.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the associate in arts degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida State College in courses eligible toward the associate in arts degree program. (A.A. Florida State College GPA).
  2. Earned an all–college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) in courses, including transferred credits. (All college cumulative.)
  3. Earned a grade of at least a “C” in each course used to satisfy the General Education Requirements areas I Communication, II Mathematics, III Humanities, IV Natural Sciences and V Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  4. Completed at least 25 percent of credit semester hours required for the degree at Florida State College.
  5. Completed 60 semester hours of college credit work as follows:
    1. General Education Requirements  (36 semester hours) set forth in the general education requirements of this catalog below (the instructional dean may, when appropriate, approve a course not listed under the General Education Requirements of the associate in arts degree to count towards that requirement) and
    2. major prerequisites (24 semester hours) set forth in the major prerequisites section of this catalog.
  6. Completed requirements of 6A–10.030, Other Assessments Procedures for College–Level Communication.
  7. Completed the College Level Academic Skills (CLAS) requirements as listed by section 1007.25, Florida Statutes (refer to the CLAS section for details).  The graduation date for an Associate of Arts degree student will be either the date of completion of coursework required for degree, or successful completion of the CLAS requirements.
  8. Can demonstrate mastery of the Information Literacy Assessment. Refer to assessment section of catalog for details.

Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.

  1. Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the college term in which students complete all requirements for the degree or certificate for which they are an applicant. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation date, since the grade change is effective as of the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.).
  2. If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within five years or they will automatically be reassigned to the catalog in effect during their fifth year. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2009/2010) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2014, or they will automatically be reassigned to the 2013/2014 catalog requirements. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. Some of the courses listed in the options for the General Education Requirements are intended for students majoring or specializing in the discipline. Students are advised to review the course descriptions.
  4. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or prerequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  5. Degree–seeking students whose native language is not English and who fall below a designated cutoff score on the English as a second language entry college placement test (CPT–L), will be required to take English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses prior to registering for other college credit classes. Students from cultures whose language of instruction may have been in English, but the native language is other than English, also come under the CPT–L test and course guidelines. The level of these courses will be determined by the entry placement scores. Individual exceptions will be determined by the EAP program manager. Students who place into EAP, as determined by the test, must complete EAP prefix courses before registering for other college credit classes. Non–degree–seeking college credit students who plan to take English, reading or courses where these are critical requisite skills must also meet these requirements. Exceptions to these requirements can be made by the EAP program manager or designee.

Student Warning

When students repeat a course at Florida State College, only the last grade earned is calculated in their cumulative grade point average (GPA). However, students with an excessive number of “W” grades and students who repeat courses to improve their GPA jeopardize their admission to some programs in the Florida State University System (SUS) institutions or other institutions.

Associate in Arts College Level Academic Skills (CLAS) Requirements

Note: The CLAS requirements are effective August 24, 2009 and are subject to change.

The state of Florida Legislature has repealed the requirement to pass the “College level communication and mathematics skills examination” (CLAST) in order to be awarded a Associate in Arts degree effective July 1, 2009.

In order to demonstrate continuing concern for institutional accountability and effectiveness, as well as performance standards for student learning outcomes, students must meet one of the following CLAS requirements for receipt of an A.A. degree and progression into the upper division of a baccalaureate program.

The following alternatives will fulfill the competency requirements in addition to other current requirements for the A.A. degree:

GPA Alternatives

  1. Student must earn a 2.5 GPA in a combination of at least one (1) course with the ENC prefix and any other course that is designated as a “Gordon Rule” writing course (excluding courses with the SPC prefix). Florida State College has the following Gordon Rule courses:
    • ENC 1101 - English Composition I
    • ENC 1102 - Writing About Non-Fiction
    • LIT 2000 - Introduction to Literature: Writing about Fiction
    • HUM 2020 - Humanities Forum
    • HUM 2210 - Humanities: The Foundations
    • HUM 2230 - Humanities: Mainstreams of Cultures, 15th to 20th Century
    • HUM 2250 - Humanities: 20th Century Cultural Perspectives
    • HUM 2410 - Humanities of Asia
    • HUM 2450 - Humanities in the Americas
       
  2. Students with a 2.5 GPA in college-level mathematics courses (excluding MAT 1033) may meet the CLAS requirements for the mathematics subtest. The mathematics courses that may be used to meet the requirements are:
    • MAC 1105 - College Algebra
    • any other MAC course with  the last three digits greater than 105
    • MGF 1106 - Topics in College Mathematics
    • MGF 1107 - Explorations in Mathematics 
    • MGF 2118 - Topics in Finite Mathematics

Examination Alternatives

Please note: Students must remediate after each CLAS alternative examination failure and wait 31 days between retaking on any of the CLAS alternatives exams.

  1. ACT: Scores on the ACT (with a minimum scores in each section) may meet the CLAS requirements. Note: To register, visit the ACT Web site or call ACT Registration at (319) 337-1270. Additional fees are charged for standby testing.
    • Reading: ACT score of 22 or higher
    • Writing: ACT score of 21 or higher
    • Mathematics: ACT score of 21 or higher
       
  2. SAT: Scores on SAT (with minimum scores in each section) may meet the CLAS requirements. Note: To register, visit the SAT Web site or call SAT Customer Service at (866) 756-7346. Additional fees are charged for standby testing.
    • Verbal/Critical Reading: SAT score of 500 or higher
    • Mathematics: SAT score of 500 or higher
       
  3. CPT: Scores on ACCUPLACER® (with minimum scores in each section) may meet the CLAS requirements:
    • Reading: Accuplacer/CPT 93
    • Writing: Accuplacer/CPT 105
    • Mathematics: Accuplacer/CPT 91

Application of Credits Earned via Credit-By-Examination

  1. Credit granted in accordance with the ACC Credit-By-Examination Equivalency List (including AP, IB, AICE, CLEP, DSST, and Excelsior) may be substituted for the courses used to meet CLAS skills requirements. Students must earn a minimum of six (6) credits.
     
  2. If a student earns credit in two (2) college courses within the same subject area via ACC-approved credit-by examination, the CLAS requirements in that subject area will be considered “met.” For example, student has earned two Ps from credit by examination for a minimum of six (6) credits will be considered met.
     
  3. If a student earns credit for one (1) college course via approved ACC credit–by-examination, no grade will be assigned for that course. The 2.5 GPA calculations will be calculated only on the grade earned in the 2nd course. (i.e. the grade in the second course must equate to a 2.5 or higher). For example, student has earned a “P” by taking a credit-by-examination and has earned a “B” or higher in the second course will be considered met.

CLAS Waivers

  1. Any student who has taken a subtest of a CLAS alternative examination at least three (3) times and has not achieved a passing score, but has otherwise demonstrated proficiency in coursework in the same subject area, may request a waiver for that particular subtest. A student must demonstrate remediation efforts and has earned a 2.0 GPA in all college credit courses in that skill area to be considered for a waiver. The waiver committee will consider other evidence as well. A student may obtain a waiver form from the Dean of Student Success offices. The waiver form should be forwarded to Dr. Judy Jones-Liptrot for processing except for students who are requesting a waiver due to a documented disability. Those waiver forms are to be sent to the office of Students with Disabilities.

Note: Any student who has not passed the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) prior to July 1, 2009 will be required to fulfill the competency requirements by meeting one of the CLAS requirements listed above.

Additional information on CLAS is available in campus enrollment services offices as well as assessment and certification centers.

Programs of Study (Associate in Arts)

The state of Florida has adopted common prerequisites for each major that are required at all 11 state universities. These courses should be completed as part of the associate in arts degree (A.A.). It is also important to note that for all the same majors, each university may have different admission requirements in addition to the common prerequisites. In some universities, common prerequisites must be completed in order to be admitted into a program. These programs are identified as Limited Access. All associate in arts degree students are encouraged to select an intended transfer major by the time they have accumulated 24 college credit hours in order to enroll in the appropriate prerequisite courses needed for transfer to an upper division college or university. Selecting an intended transfer major will also assist students in using FACTS.org. Visit FACTS.org or contact a counselor or advisor for more information about each major.

The Associate in Arts degree program is for those whose ultimate goal is to achieve a bachelor’s or higher degree from a university. Also known as the university transfer degree, the A.A. curriculum is comparable to the freshman and sophomore years at a university. The majority of courses in this program are general education — such as English, mathematics, humanities, science and social studies. The remaining courses are selected based on the student’s intended transfer major and transfer institution and are meant to satisfy prerequisite requirements for that major. Following are some intended transfer major areas which A.A. students may choose. This list is not a complete list of possibilities. See a counselor or advisor for other areas of interest.

Intended Transfer Majors

The following list of intended transfer majors has a unique three-digit code for each intended transfer major. All Associate in Arts degree students are encouraged to select an intended transfer major, in order to and enroll in the appropriate prerequisite courses needed for transfer to an upper division college or university. The codes and the intended transfer major will not appear on the college transcript, but will be used during enrollment at Florida State College to assist in advising and communicating with students. The intended transfer major code can be selected during the application process and changed, at the student’s request. Changes in intended transfer majors can affect the prerequisites courses needed for the transfer major.

Students should also select an intended transfer institution in Connections or when meeting with an advisor or counselor. The advising and counseling staff can assist you in researching the transfer institution options that match your goals and help you take the right prerequisite courses needed for your intended transfer major at your intended transfer institution.

Arts, Languages and Humanities

Arts, Languages and Humanities (100), Art (101), Communications (102), Fine Arts (103), Dance (104), Theatre (105), English (106), Literature (107), Foreign Languages (108), Music (109), Philosophy (110), Religious Studies (111), Film Studies (112), Humanities (113), Broadcast Journalism/Broadcast Communication (114), Graphic Design (115), Digital Arts/Digital Media (116), Digital Communications (117), Photography (118), Journalism (119)

Business

Business (200), Accounting (201), Business Administration (202), Economics (203), Finance (204), Financial Services (205), Logistics (206), Management (207), Marketing (208), Transportation (209), Fashion Merchandising (210), Applied Management (211, Business Forensics (212), Financial Management (213), Forensic Accounting (214), Human Resource Management (215), Hospitality Management (216), Aviation Management (217), Event Management (218), Risk Management and Insurance (219), Agriculture Business/Operations (220), Supervision and Management (221)

Computer Science and Information Systems

Computer Science and Information Systems (300), Computer Science (301), Computer Engineering (302), Information Science (303), Information Systems (304), Computer Networking (305), Information Technology (306), Management Information Systems (307), Computer Information Systems (308), Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications (309), Information Technology Management (310)

Education

Education (400),  Art Education (401), Elementary Education (402), English Education (403), Exceptional Education (404), Health Education (405), Middle School Education (406), Music Education (407), Physical Education (408) Science Education (409), Secondary Education (410), Social Science Education (411), Mathematics Education (412), Dance Education (413), Child Development (414), Early Childhood Education (415)

Engineering, Architecture and Construction

Engineering, Architecture and Construction (500), Architecture (501), Building Construction Management (502), Civil Engineering (503), Electrical Engineering (504), Interior Design (505), Mechanical Engineering (506), Nuclear Engineering (507), Engineering Technology - General (508), Geomatics (509)

Health Care and Recreation

Health Care and Recreation (600),  Dietetics (601), Health Science (602), Health Administration (603), Nursing (604), Nutrition (605), Physical Therapy (606), Recreation (607), Sports Medicine (608), Health Care Management (609), Sports Management (610), Exercise Science (611)

Mathematics

Mathematics (700), Statistics (701)

Physical and Biological Sciences

Physical and Biological Sciences (800), Astronomy (801), Biology (802), Botany (803), Chemistry (804), Ecology (805), Forestry (806), Geology (807), Marine Biology (808), Meteorology (809), Oceanography (810), Physics (811), Zoology (812), Biochemistry (813), Forensic Science (814), Animal Science (815), Environmental Science (816)

Social Sciences

Social Sciences (900), Anthropology (901), Criminal Justice (902), Geography (903), History (904), International Studies/Relations (905), Political Science (906), Psychology (907), Public Administration (908), Sociology (909), Social Work (910), Public Safety Management (911), Fire Science Management (912), Fire and Emergency Services (913), Legal Assisting (914)

Pre-Professional

Pre-Dentistry (011), Pre-Law (012), Pre-Medicine (013), Pre-Optometry (014), Pre-Pharmacy (015), Pre-Veterinary Medicine (016), Pre-Architecture (017), Pre-Physician Assistant (018)

Other (099)

Undecided (000)

To meet the A.A. degree requirements and course/admission requirements to a university, it is important that each A.A. student identify an intended transfer major and transfer institution by the time they have accumulated 24 college credit hours. Admission to a university is based on proper selection of the required courses and meeting the admission criteria. Students transferring to a Florida university should complete the associate in arts degree (36 credits of general education and the CLAS requirements), the common prerequisites (some common prerequisites may also meet general education requirements), and obtain the admission criteria to be successful in the transfer process.

All students are encouraged to contact a counselor or advisor for more information about each intended transfer major. Program specific information is available on the individual institution’s Web site and through academic advising on each campus. Students should be aware that program eligible courses are determined by the receiving institution.

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The Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science Degree

Preparation for a Career

Career and technical education programs are designed to prepare students who, at the completion of a program of study listed in this section of the catalog, are planning to enter a chosen career at the semi–professional level. The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program may also articulate into the bachelor’s degree in a related field of study at a state public university, based on specific program articulation agreements.

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees are available in some programs, and provide the same career preparation as Associate in Science degrees. Associate in Applied Science programs in general will not transfer to a four–year institution, but may articulate under special agreements between the College and the university system. General education requirements are different than for the A.S., and in some cases different technical and professional courses are required. For individuals wishing to spend less than two years in career preparation, technical certificate programs are also available in several areas.

The program manager or program chairperson with the approval of the dean of instruction may prescribe deficiency courses, which are necessary for successful completion of the Associate in Science degree. If students are veterans, a copy of the recommendation must be submitted to the Florida State College Veterans Affairs Office for certification completion.

The program manager or program chairperson with the approval of the dean of instruction may approve another elective or professional course not listed as an approved elective in the Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science degree curriculum, which will apply toward Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science degree completion. If students are veterans, it is necessary that such course substitution be submitted to the Veterans Affairs Office for certification completion. A record of the approval will be maintained in their file.

Program Location

Not all of the career and technical education A.S. or A.A.S. degree programs are available at each of the College’s campuses. However, the General Education Requirements and many of the elective, professional and other required courses are available at all campuses as well as at selected off–campus centers and sites.

Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science Degree Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the associate in science or associate in applied science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida State College in courses eligible toward the associate in science or applied science degree programs (A.S. Florida State College GPA or A.A.S. Florida State College GPA).
  2. Earned an all–college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on all courses attempted, including transferred credits. (All college cumulative).
  3. Completed at least 25 percent of credit semester hours required for the degree at Florida State College.
  4. Completed a minimum of 60 semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  5. Earned a grade of at least a “C” in each course used to satisfy the General Education Requirements .
  6. Can demonstrate mastery of the Information Literacy Assessment. Refer to the assessment section for details.

Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.

  1. Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the college term in which the students complete the academic requirements for the degree or certificate for which students are applicants. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective as of the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within five years or they will need to be reassigned to an active catalog. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2009/2010) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2014, or they will automatically be reassigned to the 2013/2014 catalog requirements. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. The General Education Requirements may be taken on any Florida State College campus or center.
  4. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  5. Students who place into college preparatory courses are required to complete designated college preparatory courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.
  6. Students enrolling in associate in applied science programs must pass all sections of the placement test before award of an A.A.S. degree, regardless of the degree program’s general education requirements.
  7. Degree–seeking students whose native language is not English, who fall below a designated cutoff score on the English as a second language (ESL) entry placement test, will be required to take ESL courses with EAP prefix prior to registering for other college credit classes. The level of these courses will be determined by the entry placement scores. Individual exceptions will be determined by the ESL program manager.
  8. Degree–seeking students identified as non–native speakers must take an English as a second language (ESL) placement test prior to taking the College’s standard course placement test. Students who place into ESL, as determined by the test, must complete ESL courses before registering for other college credit classes. Non–degree seeking college credit students who plan to take English or reading courses must also meet these requirements. Exceptions to these requirements can be made by the ESL program manager or designee.

Selective Access Programs

Dental hygiene, emergency medical services (EMS), funeral services, health information management, histotechnology, medical laboratory technology, nursing, ophthalmic technician, physical therapist assistant, radiation therapy, radiography (Florida State College option), respiratory therapy, sign language interpretation are selective access programs and have special selection and admission criteria and procedures which may be obtained from the program office as listed in this catalog.

University Transfer

Students who intend to transfer to a state university upper division upon receipt of the associate in applied science degree must satisfy certain additional requirements before being accepted for transfer. These requirements do not affect the award of the associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree by Florida State College but do affect the ability of the senior institution to accept students with the A.A.S. degree.

Students with A.S. or A.A.S. degrees who plan to transfer to a state university should contact a counselor to determine any additional requirements necessary for transferring.

Co–operative Learning and/or Internship Opportunities Programs

All associate in science, associate in applied science and some certificate programs at Florida State College require a co–op/internship experience as part of the program of study.

Preparing students for the workplace is the goal of the associate in science and the associate in applied science degree programs at Florida State College. Not only must students complete degree and certificate programs having mastered occupational skills, but they must also have the interpersonal skills that allow them to contribute and be productive and successful in the workplace. The Co–op and Internship Opportunities Programs allow the student a chance to practice their occupational skills while earning credit towards their degree or certificate.

The internship, which provides the student with real experience in their chosen field of specialization, is an important component in all technical degree programs. Upon completion of these programs, the College is certifying that the student can perform certain job–related skills.

Such certification is not possible unless the student has performed in some type of work environment.

Objectives of the Co–op/Internship Program:

  • to gain practical work experience
  • to gain insight into the daily functioning of the workplace
  • to gain knowledge and understanding of interpersonal dynamics
  • to apply the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom
  • to exercise ethical responsibilities expected of company personnel
  • to personally evaluate these experiences
  • to expose the student to the processes involved in acquiring a position

The College does not guarantee employment. Selection of a particular student to fill a job is at the sole discretion of the employer and not within the control of the College. This means the College or any of its representatives cannot guarantee a paid or unpaid co–op/internship placement.

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Technical Certificates

Preparation for Specialized Employment

Florida State College provides a number of educational programs of less than two years duration for which technical certificates are awarded upon satisfactory program completion.

The technical certificate is an intermediate step toward the associate in science degree in the particular area of study. Students can then build upon that technical certificate to accomplish the A.S. degree.

Selective Access Programs

Air traffic control, case management, emergency medical technician (EMT), medical coder/biller, paramedic and pharmacy technician programs are selective access programs and have special selection and admission criteria and procedures which may be obtained from the program office as listed in this catalog.

Technical Certificate Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a technical certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on all courses attempted at Florida State College.
  2. Completed the required courses as set forth in the College catalog or as approved by the assistant dean of the area.
  3. Students who place into college preparatory courses are required to complete designated college preparatory courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.
  4. Completed at least one–fourth of the total hours required for a certificate in residence at Florida State College. Before students may graduate, they must have fulfilled all financial obligations to the College.

Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.

  1. Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the College term in which students complete the academic requirements for the degree or certificate for which they are applicants. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within five years or they will need to be reassigned to an active catalog. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2009/2010) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2014, or they will be required to consult with their academic program to determine the appropriate active catalog placement. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.

Advanced Technical Certificates

Advanced Technical Certificates are designed for individuals who have already completed a degree (at least an associate degree) and are seeking advanced, specialized preparation in a particular career field to supplement their degree. Florida State College offers Advanced Technical Certificates in a few limited career areas in which advanced training beyond the associate degree level is needed.

Selective Access Program

Case management is a selective access program and has special selection and admission criteria and procedures which may be obtained from the program office as listed in this catalog.