Programs of Study

Advanced Manufacturing and Skilled Trades


General Engineering Technologies AAS |Career|
Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) CERT
Advanced Manufacturing CSC
Industrial Electronics Technology AAS |Career|
Industrial Controls CSC
Industrial Maintenance Electronics CSC
Residential/Commercial/Industrial Electrician CSC
Mechatronics CSC 
Technical Studies: Specialization: Motorsports |Career|
Motorsports Technology AAS CSC
Motorsports Technician CSC
Industrial Welding CERT
Welding CSC
Culinary Arts CSC
Culinary and Hospitality ManagementCSC
Customer Service CSC |Hope|
Food Service CSC |Hope|
Logistics CSC |Hope|
Logistics Supervision CSC


The Arts


General Studies AA&S |DL|Transfer|
Specialization: Media Design and Production |Transfer|
Media Design and Production CSC
Specialization: Music |Transfer|
Specialization: Performing Arts |Transfer|
Theatre Arts CSC
Specialization: Visual Arts |Transfer|
Art Studies CSC




Business Administration AA&S |DL|Transfer|
Business Technology: Major: Accounting AAS |DL|Career|
Bookkeeping CERT |DL|
Business Technology: Major: Administrative Support Technology AAS |Career|
Clerical Studies CERT
Office Assisting CSC
Specialization: Medical Office |Career| Medical Transcription CSC
Office Assisting CSC
Business Technology: Major: Management AAS |DL|Career|
General Business CERT |DL|
Management Assistant CSC
Supervision CSC
Specialization: Culinary and Hospitality Management |DL|Career|
Specialization: Entrepreneurship/Small Business |DL|Career|
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Management CSC
Legal Assisting AAS |DL|


Health Sciences and Public Safety


Administration of Justice AAS |Career|
Justice Studies CSC
Emergency Medical Services -Paramedic AAS |Career|
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic CSC
General Studies AA&S Specialization: Criminal Justice |Transfer|
Health Technology: Nursing AAS |Career|
Science Specialization: Pre-BSN AA&S |Transfer| Science Specialization: Health Science AAS |Transfer|
Practical Nursing CERT
Health Technology: Pre-Nursing CSC
Health Technology: Emergency Medical Services CSC
Therapeutic Massage CERT
Nurse Aide Training CSC
Pharmacy Technician CSC
Wellness CSC


Information Technology


General Studies Specialization: Information Technology AA&S |DL|Transfer|
Information Systems Technology AAS |DL|Career|
Networking & Cybersecurity
Computer Service Technician CSC
Cybersecurity CSC
Internet Service Webmaster CSC
Information Systems Technology Specialization: Accounting Information Systems AAS |DL|Career|
Information Systems Technology Specialization: Game Design and Development AAS |DL|Career|
Information Systems Technology Specialization: Internet Services AAS |DL|Career|
Internet Webmaster CSC


Transfer Studies and Education


Early Childhood Development AAS |Career|
Early Childhood Education CERT
Early Childhood Instruction CSC
Infant and Toddler Care CSC
General Studies Specialization: Human Services AA&S |DL|Transfer|
General Studies Specialization: Recreation, Parks, & Leisure Studies AAS |DL|Transfer|
General Studies Specialization: Teacher Education Preparation AAS |DL|Transfer|
Science AA&S |DL|Transfer|
General Education CERT |DL|


AAS - Associate of Applied Science Degree
AA&S - Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree
CERT – Certificate consisting of 30 or more credits
CSC- Career Studies Certificate consisting of 9 -29 credits
See pages 163-165 31 for full description of awards offered.

DL = Programs available entirely through distance learning, as well as classroom-based coursework
Career = Associate degree programs designed primarily for employment in the field upon completion
Transfer = Associate degree programs designed primarily to transfer to a 4-year college or university upon completion
HOPE = High Demand Occupational Programs for Employment


Associate Degree Programs: PHCC awards associate degrees in arts and sciences and in applied science. Associate of Arts and Science (AA&S) degrees provide the first two years of instruction in major fields that prepare students for transfer to colleges and universities to complete baccalaureate degrees. Students are encouraged to investigate the requirements of the institution to which transfer is anticipated. Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS) provide knowledge and skills leading to employment in specialized fields.

Certificate Programs Certificate programs (CERT) are less than two years in length with a major in an occupational area; career studies certificates (CSC) require less than a full year of study in an occupational area. Certificate programs differ from associate degree programs because they are presented at a different educational level and are developed in response to employment needs identified by local curriculum advisory committees. Several of these programs are offered on a part-time, day or night basis for students who are already employed.

Career Studies Certificate Programs: Many students seek post-secondary career programs of study that are less than the conventional one-or two-year programs. The Career Studies Certificate (CSC) program is a response to the needs of many adults within PHCC’s service region and is intended to represent the minimum amount of college course work needed in these fields of study. Each of the program options is designed as a distinct “mini-curriculum” within a broader range of adult educational possibilities. Career Studies Certificates vary in length and normally amount to the minimum equivalent of one semester of full-time community college work and not more than the equivalent of a year (9-29) credits.

Admission Requirements: Unless special admission requirements are noted under program information, students must meet the general admission requirements established by the college. Students who are not college ready in English or mathematics may be required to complete appropriate developmental education courses.

Other Information: Students planning ahead for transfer curricula will find it most helpful to have completed college preparatory curriculum courses in high school in areas such as English, mathematics (two units of algebra and one of plane geometry), laboratory science, social studies, and foreign language.

Transfer Information: Any student who plans to transfer should become familiar with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which the student is considering transfer and also consult the assigned academic advisor before planning a program of study. In order to prepare for junior class standing at a four-year college or university, the student must complete a program that is comparable in length and course content to the first two years of the program at the four-year institution.

Advisors have access to transfer guides from many institutions to assist in selection of courses. Every institution has unique requirements, so the student should investigate the programs of each institution under consideration for transfer. Students should be particularly careful to select electives that correspond to requirements of the transfer institution.

Curriculum Requirements: Students must successfully complete all of the requirements (general education and program requirements) listed under the program information to be awarded the specified credential (associate degree, certificate, or career studies certificate) for that program.

Advising Sheet Suggested Schedules: Courses in advising sheets are displayed under the semester in which the courses are regularly offered. It is possible that a course shown on the schedule for a particular semester may not be offered due to low enrollment or other factors.

Awarding of Degrees and Credentials: Students intending to receive a degree, diploma, certificate, or career studies certificate should submit an “Application to Graduate” to the Registrar’s office. Degrees and credentials may be automatically awarded to students who successfully meet the requirements for a credential, award, or degree. An award opt out form is available in the Office of the Registrar for students who do not want the award assigned to their academic record.

Graduation Requirements: In order to meet Patrick Henry Community College graduation requirements, all associates degree students must complete Virginia Community College Core Competency testing. Testing is an ongoing process and will be primarily administered during the capstone course (or other designated course) associated with a given degree. Please see the program advisor to determine and schedule appropriate times to complete Core Competency tests.