2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog
GENERAL CATALOG 2019-2020
VOL. XXXXXII No. 1
Volunteer State Community College (VSCC) will begin the 48th session of its educational operation on August 26, 2019.
Volunteer State Community College
1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, Tennessee 37066-3188
Volunteer State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Volunteer State Community College.
Specific programs are accredited by the following accrediting agencies:
- American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Paralegals
- Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
- Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), American Dental Association (ADA)
- Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, American Physical Therapy Association (CAPTE)
- Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
- Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
- Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession (CoAEMSP)
- Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
- Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)
Committee on Accreditation for Ophthalmic Medical Programs (CoA-OMP) (Renamed 2017 to International Council of Accreditation (ICA))
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
- Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education (CoA PSG)
- Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
A Note to Visitors
The College administration, faculty, and staff welcome visitors to the campus. During the academic year general administrative offices are open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Office of Evening Student Services is generally open until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 5:30 p. m. on Friday. Contact the College for hours of Library operation, or visit online at http://www.volstate.edu/library.
The programs, curricula, and fees as set forth in this catalog are subject to change at any time at the discretion of Volunteer State Community College or the Tennessee Board of Regents. Because of the possibility of change, important points of fact and interpretation should be confirmed by the appropriate college official.
The course offerings and requirements of Volunteer State Community College are continually under examination and revision. This catalog presents the offerings and requirements in effect at the time of publication, but is no guarantee that they will not be changed. However, adequate and reasonable notice will be given to students affected by any changes. This catalog is not intended to state contractual terms and does not constitute a contract between the student and the institution.
The College reserves the right to make changes as required in course offerings, curricula, academic policies and other rules and regulations affecting students to be effective whenever determined by the institution. These changes will govern current and formerly enrolled students. Enrollment of all students is subject to these conditions. Current information may be obtained from the following sources:
- Admission Requirements Admissions Office (615) 230-3688
- Course Offerings Academic Affairs (615) 230-3555
- Degree Requirements Academic Affairs (615) 230-3555
- Fees and Tuition Business Office (615) 230-3585
The College provides the opportunity for students to increase their knowledge by providing programs of instruction in the various disciplines and programs through faculty, who are qualified for teaching at the college level. The acquisition and retention of knowledge by any student is, however, contingent upon the student's desire and ability to learn and his or her application of appropriate study techniques to any course or program. Thus, the college must necessarily limit representation of student preparedness in any field of study to that competency demonstrated at that specific point in time at which appropriate academic measurements were taken to certify course or program completion.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals are encouraged to disclose their disability with the Office of Disability Services to receive assistance with accommodations. It is the individuals responsibility to voluntarily and confidentially disclose information regarding the nature and extent of a disability. The College does not assume responsibility for providing accommodations or services to individuals who have not identified themselves as having a qualifying disability. The Office of Disability Services is located in the Wood Campus Center Building (615-230-3472).
It is the intent of Volunteer State Community College to fully comply with Executive Order 11246, as amended, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, as amended, and all regulations implementing those laws and orders, for the promotion and ensuring of equal opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or status as a qualified disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. It is the intent of VSCC to be free of discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, or physical appearance. It is the intent of VSCC to fully comply with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and the CRA of 1991, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, as amended, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1976, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicable state statutes and all regulations promulgated pursuant thereto.
Volunteer State Community College is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. The Tennessee Board of Regents is the governing board for this system which is comprised of six universities, thirteen community colleges, and twenty-seven technology centers.
Volunteer State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents Institution, is an equal opportunity institution and ensures equal opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation or status as a qualified veteran with a disability or veteran of the Vietnam era.
The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose information about Gainful Employment certificate programs. Gainful employment programs encompass any Title IV financial aid eligible programs that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Gainful employment information for Volunteer State Community College's certificate programs may be found on the College website at http://www.volstate.edu/gainfulemploymentdisclosure.
Student Right-to-Know Act
The following information is provided in compliance with the federal Student Right-to-Know (SRTK) and Campus Security Act of 1990, which requires all institutions of higher education to disclose information about program completion. The graduation and transfer-out rates are provided for all first-time full-time students who first enrolled at Volunteer State Community College during the fall 2013 semester. The graduation rate includes all students who completed a certificate or associate degree in three years or less of initial enrollment at the institution. The transfer-out rate represents students transferring to another higher education institution. The graduation rate for full-time students first enrolled fall 2013 and graduating by August 2016 was 22.4%. The transfer-out rate for this same population was 11.9%. The combined graduation and transfer-out rate was 34.3%. Graduation rates for athletes are as follows: basketball 20.0%; baseball: 20.0%; softball: 31.3%. Transfer rates for athletes are as follows: basketball 10.0%; baseball: 50.0%; softball: 37.5%. The combined rates for athletes are as follows: basketball 30.0%; baseball: 70.0%; softball: 68.8%. Additional information concerning completion rates of students may be obtained from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, Planning and Assessment.
Statistics for all crimes are published and distributed to employees and students on an annual basis, in the time frames required by Federal/State law, and are available to applicants for enrollment or employment upon request from the Department of Campus Police (452-8600, ext. 3595 or 230-3595).