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2007-2008 VSCC Catalog 
2007-2008 VSCC Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College Programs

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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 or undetected error, important points of fact and interpretation should be confirmed by the appropriate college official.


General Areas of Study


Of a necessity, the nature of the programs of study offered in a community college must be diverse. In order to meet that diversity of needs, community college curricula and organizational structures are also varied and flexible. Volunteer State Community College offers a number of general areas of study to meet the different needs of its students and a flexible organizational framework to provide specific opportunities for all students and adults who deserve to benefit from the educational programs offered by the College.

The educational programs in the transfer education curricula are designed to meet the needs of students who plan to transfer their work and continue toward a baccalaureate degree at a four-year college or university. The transfer education division includes basic curricula in the areas of business, humanities, mathematics and science, social science, and education. Students who desire these curricula, are in general, those who desire to transfer to a senior institution to complete their major or who simply want an associate degree in a liberal arts area.

Vol State places emphasis on its career education programs which prepare students who graduate or receive certificates to enter directly into their chosen field of work. The occupational or technical programs in the career education curricula may transfer to a senior institution but are primarily designed to prepare students for employment.

A variety of educational programs are designed for those residents near the campus, mainly adults, who desire to take courses for credit toward the completion of a degree, or who desire to take non-credit courses for personal improvement, for vocational advancement, or for cultural enhancement. Continuing education curricula (including evening programs and community service programs) supply an answer to this need, exemplifying one of the more recent manifestations of the changing patterns of American education. Provision is made in the evening for adults who need additional formal education, for community service programs, and for day students who, for one reason or another, cannot take necessary courses during the day. The evening instruction is an integral part of the institution's educational program and constitutes an inducement for the entire community to profit from its offerings.

Vol State also offers a variety of certificate programs. These programs, many designed for adults working in the field of study, vary in length (but normally run nine months) and in the number of hours required. These programs, which are designed to give the student minimum essential core subjects necessary to enter upon a business or industrial career, offer college credit. Courses may be applied later toward a two-year career education program.

Elements of most of the College's degree programs are available in the evening instructional program on and off campus. The availability of entire degree programs is dependent on a number of factors including campus site, access to faculty, funding, and student demand. Periodic review of College priorities and student demand for programs is practiced to insure that instructional goals are met for evening students.

Divisions of Instruction

For administrative purposes, the credit instructional program at Vol State is organized into six divisions. The courses and programs of each of the divisions follow:

Division of Allied Health

Dental Assistant; Diagnostic Medical Sonography; Emergency Medical Technology (EMT-Basic, EMT-Paramedic); Fire Science Technology; Health Information Technology; Medical Laboratory Technology; Ophthalmic Technician; Physical Therapist Assistant; Radiologic Technology; Respiratory Care Technology; and Sleep Diagnostics Technology.

Division of Business

Accounting; Aviation; Business; Banking; General Technology; Hotel & Restaurant Management; Computer Information Systems; Logistics & Supply Chain Management; Management; Marketing; Medical Practice Management; Office Management Technology; Paralegal; and Real Estate.

Developmental Studies

Learning Strategies; NewSkills; Basic and Developmental Mathematics offered through Division of Mathematics and Science; Basic and Developmental Reading and Writing offered through the Division of Humanities.

Division of Humanities

Art; Communication; English; English for Speakers of Other Languages; French; Humanities; Music; Philosophy; Recording Industry Management; Spanish; Theater; and Developmental Writing and Reading.

Division of Mathematics and Science

Agriculture; Astronomy; Biology; Biotechnology; Chemistry; Engineering; Environmental Science; Geology; Industrial Technology; Mathematics; Physics; Physical Science; Pre- Dental Hygiene, Pre-Medical Professional; Pre-Nursing; and Developmental Math and Basic Math.

Division of Social Science and Education

Economics; Education; Geography; Health; History; Homeland Security; Human Services; Physical Education and Recreation; Physical Education and Sports Medicine; Political Science; Psychology; Social Science; Sociology; and Teaching.

Division of Continuing Education & Economic Development


In addition to the academic divisions offering college credit instruction, the Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development offers a wide range of non-credit general interest courses as well as workforce development courses and workshops to satisfy personal and professional enrichment needs of the community. The general interest categories of offerings include, but are not limited to: arts and crafts, communications and languages, hobbies, fitness and exercise, and special interest activities. Workforce development categories include, but are not limited to: management skills, essential career skills, computer software skills, and technical skills. In cooperation with the American Management Association Extension Institute, the Division offers courses toward the completion of the Certificate in Management, the Administrative Assistant's Certificate, the Certificate in Human Resource Management and the Certificate in Strategic Leadership.

Developmental Studies

At Volunteer State Community College, the program in Developmental Studies is designed to serve students who need to improve their basic skills before entering college-level curriculum. Students come to Vol State from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances: some students come directly from high school; some transfer from other colleges; others have not been in school for many years. The purpose of the program is to assist students with needs in reading, writing, math or study skills to achieve a level of academic competence that will enable them to work successfully in college-level courses. Developmental classes are smaller and instruction is individualized, so that there is more contact between student and instructor. In addition, tutoring and counseling are provided. The NewSkills Center offers flexible delivery Developmental Studies courses which allow students to "work-at-their-own-pace." Some students move more quickly through them than others. The focus of NewSkills is on student success.

Students are placed in the various developmental courses using the available assessment information: ACT sub-scores for students under age 21, placement test results for students over age 21, challenge test results, academic transcripts, and classroom testing. Placement is highly individualized and the formula for placing students, since it uses many measures, is sometimes complex. The student's advisor will assist the student in understanding the course of study required. Once placed, enrollment in developmental courses is mandatory. Questions regarding placement can be addressed in the NewSkills Center.

The Language Center

The Language Center provides one-to-one writing assistance for all VSCC students for composition classes, writing across the curriculum and ESOL studies.  The Language Center also provides computer-based instruction for foreign language studies (French and Spanish) and ESOL studies.  The Center is staffed by instructors and qualified tutors who are ready to answer students' questions on writing assignments.  The Language Center offers its services for free to all currently enrolled students of VSCC on a walk-in basis only.  The Center does not offer testing or accept appointments for tutoring.  The Center is an additional classroom resource that helps the students to identify and correct problems in writing.  Writing assistants provide current information and guidance relating to all parts of the writing process, ranging from organization and focus to grammar and revisions.

The Honors Program


The Honors Program offers high academic achievers opportunities to interact with other students with similar academic standards, small classes to ensure individualized attention, a strong academic program, priority registration, and an enhanced academic record.

Students new to Volunteer State need an ACT composite score of 24 or higher, a high school GPA of 3.5 or a place in the top ten percent of the graduating class, and two letters of recommendation from high school teachers. Students already enrolled in the College need a GPA of 3.5 or above and recommendations from two faculty members.

Scholarships are available for new and currently enrolled students. The recipient must commit to 15 hours of Honors courses earned over a four semester period, maintain a 3.5 semester GPA, complete the honors leadership course, and attend Honors Program meetings.

Honors courses are offered in fall and spring semesters as follows:


Fall Semester


Spring Semester


ENGL 1010 & HIST 2010 (6 hr)


ENGL 1020 & HIST 2020 (6hr)


PSY 101 (3 hr)


PSY 251D/SOC 250D


COM 100


ENGL 1030


ENGL 2310


ENGL 2320


BIOL 1030 or 1040


BIOL 1030 or 1040


or GEOL 1030 or CHEM 1030


or GEOL 1030 or CHEM 1030


HUM 275 (3 hrs)


SPAN 1020


SPAN 1010


COM 280T
PSY 240T
SOC 101

Honors course selection is updated and not limited to the courses listed above.  Honors courses are listed in the schedule and are designated by a 029 section number.  Honor students may receive Honors credit in some non-Honors courses by contract with instructors. In addition, superior students not officially admitted to the Honors Program may enroll in Honors courses with instructor recommendation.

To receive recognition at graduation students must have completed 15 hours of Honors courses, including the leadership course.  Those students are presented with a certificate of program completion and an Honors medallion.  Interested students should contact the Program Coordinator.

Transfer Education Programs


The transfer education curricula are designed to meet the minimum requirements for transfer to most senior institutions. Most college programs are structured so that the student will secure a broad education during his first two years of study and will later specialize in his particular field of interest. Required courses of study have been developed at Vol State which seek to provide this base in the areas of communications, engineering, humanities, social sciences, biological and physical science, mathematics, and physical education. Electives within these areas are also provided to meet the individual student's needs and interests.

A student registered for 12 or more semester hours must follow a specific two year program in order to graduate with an associate degree. In general, a minimum of 44 semester hours is required in liberal art areas; however, the students should note individual variations in the respective courses. Students who have a specific Associate of Arts or Associate of Science program in mind will note that major area subjects are included so that transfer to a senior institution involves that continuation of an existing program rather than the introduction of completely new subjects. Students who do not have a major curriculum objective should take one of the general programs. These programs permit students to explore various fields of interest without being committed to a definite major. At the same time the broad base of studies permits transfer with junior status to most institutions.

These transfer education programs may require alteration to meet specific needs of students and for transfer to specific schools. It is the obligation of the student to check the requirements of the school he/she is planning to attend in order to ascertain transferability of courses and special requirements. The student's program should vary from the suggested programs only with the consent of his adviser.

Students who seek to transfer to a senior institution should familiarize themselves with the requirements of that institution and should plan their program accordingly. Under normal circumstances, the student should be able to transfer to the senior institution with junior status after completing two years of credit work at Vol State.

Evening Instructional Programs


The evening instructional program at Volunteer State is designed primarily to meet the needs and interests of the working adult. Traditional day students may choose to enroll in an evening course to resolve a day schedule conflict or to satisfy a personal need or interest.

Evening courses are scheduled in a sequence to ensure that students may complete several of the university parallel Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees as well as many of the options for the Associate of Applied Science degree and Technical Certificates. The general education core of courses, courses recommended in the Curriculum Guides, and the required major core courses are offered during the evening hours to complete the following programs of study:

Associate of Arts/Science

Curriculum Guides:


Business & Commerce
Business Education
Elementary Education
Liberal Arts
Paralegal Studies
Secondary Education
Social Science & Education
University Studies

Associate of Applied Science


General Business Administration



Computer Information Systems Technology


Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Medical Practice Management

Office Management Technology

General Technology


Industrial Technology

Paralegal Studies

Technical Certificates


Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Office Management Technology

To accelerate degree completion, students may also enroll in classes offered on the weekend, through Distance Learning (College @ Home Video Tape Telecourses, CD-ROM courses, and Internet Web-Based courses), or at off-campus locations. In addition, Hybrid courses are available at the main campus and at the Livingston Center. For information about degrees available at the College's two off-campus, degree-granting Centers, Livingston and McGavock, see the section on Off Campus.

Off Campus


Degree-Granting Off-Campus Centers McGavock and Livingston

The college offers the opportunity to complete degree programs at its two degree-granting Centers, McGavock and Livingston. A full range of support services is provided at the Centers. Students interested in pursuing degrees other than those offered at the two centers may be required to complete some coursework on the main campus.

The McGavock Center, located at McGavock High School in Nashville, provides the opportunity for students to complete the Associate of Science (University Studies Curriculum Guide and the Business and Commerce Curriculum Guide) and the Associate of Applied Science (General Business Administration, Management Concentration). In addition to the courses required for these degrees, the College offers college preparatory courses for students who may need to enhance basic skills in reading, writing or mathematics. Classes are offered during the late afternoon and evening hours.

The Livingston Center, located in Overton County, provides all of the coursework for completion of the Associate of Science (University Studies Curriculum Guide) and the Associate of Applied Science (General Technology, General Concentration). College preparatory courses are also available to assist students in need of basic skills enhancement. Classes are offered during the day and evening hours.

Off-Campus Teaching Sites

The goal of the extended services or outreach program is to provide credit courses at multiple sites, on multiple schedules, and through various delivery systems to enhance access to higher education opportunities throughout the service region.

Volunteer State seeks to provide quality educational experiences to its students at approximately thirty off-campus teaching sites, affording them the opportunity to continue their education during the day and/or evening hours at locations convenient to their home or workplace. The College appreciates the cooperative working arrangements with various local school and civic officials in providing the facilities, assistance, and input into the offerings each term. Courses at off-campus teaching sites are staffed by qualified instructors from the academic divisions of the College and are of equal quality to those taught on the main campus. Students may enroll in one or more courses to earn credit toward a college degree and/or to pursue personal and professional goals.

Off-Campus teaching sites include:

  • Cohn Adult Learning Center, Nashville
  • Greenbrier High School, Greenbrier
  • Hunters Lane High School, Nashville
  • Macon County High School, Lafayette
  • Springfield High School, Springfield
  • Madison Church of Christ, Madison
  • Wilson Central High School, Lebanon

Special career classes are offered at other higher education institutions and public facilities through cooperative agreements.

Courses and locations are listed in the Schedule of classes each semester.

Continuing Education & Economic Development


In support of the effective fulfillment of the College's mission, the Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development promotes lifelong learning throughout the College's twelve-county service region. Non-credit CEU courses and workshops are offered throughout the year in response to the ever changing needs and interests of a diverse and dynamic community and developing workforce. Classes are available on and off campus, on-site, and online.

Non-Credit Programs

Non-credit continuing education programs draw upon expertise from College resources, corporate resources, community resources, and technological resources to provide quality adult learning opportunities to meet the needs and interests of a diverse population. Classes are selected for personal or professional enrichment rather than for college credit and are offered in a variety of modes (on campus, off-campus, and online) for the convenience and flexibility of the adult learner.

Special short courses, workshops or seminars may be developed and offered upon the request of a group of individuals or organization. All instruction, designed for the general public or customized for the specific needs of a particular group, is geared toward assisting adults in achieving their educational goals.

Upon successful completion of a non-credit course or workshop, the College awards the Continuing education unit (CEU) and maintains a record (transcript) of each student's accomplishments. The CEU is a nationally recognized, uniform unit of measurement awarded at the rate of one CEU for each ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.

Business and Industry Training Institute

The Business and Industry Institute provides workforce training opportunities in support of the economic development of the College's service region. Short courses and workshops are designed to improve workplace knowledge and skills for the enhancement of careers and lifelong learning. The Institute offers regularly-scheduled relevant general classes (basic skills, communication, computer software usage, ESL, human resources, leadership, management and supervision, technical training, workplace Spanish, etc.) for individuals as well as customized training for area businesses and industries. Training programs are available on campus, on-site, and online and may carry CEU credit or college credit.

Contract Training: The Business and Industry Training Institute provides the option of contract training tailored to meet the specific organizational needs of area business and industry. The Institute's comprehensive services include customized curriculum design, assessment, course delivery and evaluation, and record keeping.

American Management Association Certificates

In cooperation with the American Management Association Extension Institute (AMA), the Division of Continuing Education and Economic Development offers the following AMA Certificate Programs:

  • Certificate in Management
  • Certificate in Human Resource Management
  • Administrative Assistant's Certificate
  • Certificate in Strategic Leadership

These nationally recognized programs provide participants with the opportunity to select areas in which they wish to develop skills, receive recognition for their accomplishments, and provide evidence of professional development to advance in their career. Curriculum guides and requirements are available in the Division Office. Classes are conveniently scheduled during the evening hours and in a two-day format. Certificate programs are available on an in-plant basis at times convenient to industry.

Students who have earned the American Management Association Certificate in Management or in General Management may apply that certification toward six hours of elective credit to earn the Associate of Applied Science, General Business Administration Option, Management Concentration. A copy of the American Management Association Certificate must be submitted as documentation. Prior to receiving these six hours of elective credit, students must successfully complete fifteen hours of credit coursework at Volunteer State.

Regents Online Continuing Education Program (ROCE)


Volunteer State offers the Tennessee Board of Regents Online Continuing Education Program (ROCE), a non-credit program designed to upgrade skills, improve organizations, industries, economic performance, and provide enrichment courses for persons who wish to acquire new skills or improve upon existing skills . . . all available fully online. ROCE offers an extensive Continuing Education program in a non-traditional method for adults 18 years of age or older regardless of their educational background. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded for certification and/or recertification to maintain credentials in a specified field of study/work. These online courses are designed to increase access to workforce training and to accommodate the demanding schedule of the workforce.

Health Sciences Center of Emphasis

The College offers a variety of continuing education opportunities to healthcare professionals through a special program designated specifically for the health professions. The Center is the only one of its kind in Tennessee and is a specially supported center to deliver continuing education to working health professionals in the Middle Tennessee area. The courses offered by Center faculty may be conducted day, night, or weekends, on our main campus in Gallatin or a variety of off-campus locations such as area healthcare agencies and facilities, ambulance services, and fire departments.

The Center offers over 50 short courses and workshops in many areas of health care delivery including the following specific courses: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) provider and instructor, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) provider and instructor, Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) provider and instructor, Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) and Emergency Nurses Pediatric Course (ENPC). Additional courses in intravenous therapy, phlebotomy, and automatic external defibrillation are also available. Specialty courses can be developed by each of the Allied Health Division's credit programs to meet specific needs of a specific discipline when necessary. For a complete list of courses available, to request a course, or for additional information, contact the Center at the College.

Other Special Programs


Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps Program
Students may participate in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) at Detachment 790 on the campus of Tennessee State University. AFROTC provides precommissioning training to college students (male and female) who desire to serve as officers in the U. S. Air Force (USAF).

High School students may also apply for the AFROTC College Scholarship Program online at www.AFROTC.com. The application deadline is typically December 1 of your senior year. Detailed eligibility requirements are available on the AFROTC.com website.

As AFROTC cadets, the majority of students will earn scholarships that may cover all, or a significant portion of tuition costs. In addition, cadets earn a monthly stipend of up to $400 and up to $510 per academic year to pay for textbooks.

Cadets are required to attend AFROTC classes in uniform one day per week. One summer, typically between the sophomore and junior year, cadets must attend a four-week military training session. The combination of USAF military education, training, and college-level curriculum gives cadets a broad-based knowledge of management, leadership, and technical skills.

The minimum eligibility requirements are as follows: U. S. citizen, thirty years old or younger on 31 December of the year you graduate (exception - prior enlisted), meet USAF weight standards, pass a physical fitness test, have a 2.5+ cumulative college GPA, and pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (a USAF-unique academic aptitude test).

Although the USAF will accept students from any accredited academic major, there is a critical need for engineers (all disciplines) and meteorologists. Upon graduation, cadets will earn USAF commissions, as Second Lieutenants, and must serve a minimum of four years on active duty.

For more information, visit www.AFROTC.com or telephone the Det 790 Unit Admissions Officer at 615-963-5931. Also visit the DET 790 website at www.tnstate.edu./rotc.

Distance Learning

Volunteer State's Distance Learning program offers non-traditional instruction delivery to assist students who are prevented from attending traditional classes by work, family or other commitments and responsibilities or who prefer learning via technology.

Most of the general education core and selected major courses may be completed through videotape telecourses, Web courses, CD ROM courses and Hybrid (Blended) courses.  Students can complete most degree requirements by combining distance learning, weekend, and traditional courses while maintaining work schedules and family responsibilities.  Additionally, several degrees may be completed via distance courses through a combination of VSCC videotape telecourses, on-line, hybrid, and Regents on-line degree courses.

Distance Learning activities include "College @ Home":

  • Videotape/DVD Telecourses
  • Internet Courses,
  • Hybrid (25% in class + 75% online)
  • Regents Online Degree Courses and
  • Interactive Television Classes between the main campus and other sites.

The Volunteer State Community College Web site (www.volstate.edu) has detailed listings on each semester's Distance Learning offerings with information on college admission and enrollment.

Weekend College

With many students facing challenging daily schedules during the week, both at home and at work, Weekend College courses provide an attractive alternative. Courses range from full fifteen-week classes of two-three hours (depending on hours of credit) on Saturday mornings to concentrated five-week courses usually involving three hours on Friday nights and 8:30 - 4:30 on Saturdays.

Enrollment in Weekend College classes along with evening and College @ Home classes is an excellent means of accelerating completion of the associate degree. College support services are available on Saturday to complement the student's program of study.

College @ Home


Volunteer State offers a number of Video courses on DVD and/or VHS videocassettes providing convenient opportunities for College and Continuing Education credit.

These courses can be completed mainly at home with a maximum of five on-campus class sessions.  DVD's or VHS videotapes, a detailed course syllabus and personal contact with instructors guide students through the course content.  This type of independent course offers an option for students with unique academic needs.  Each student should consult his/her academic advisor, instructors, and College @ Home personnel to determine which courses best meet the student's needs.

Courses currently available:
ACT 201      Principles Act I
ACT 202      Principles Act II
AHC 111      Drugs & Solutions
AHC 115      Medical Terminology
ASTR1030   Astronomy                      
BIOL1030    Essentials of Biology
BUS 110       Intro to Business
BUS 251       Business Law I
COM 100     Fund Speech Communication
DSPM0700  Basic Math
ECO 211      Principles of Econ I
ECO 212      Principles of Econ II
ENGL1010   English Comp I
ENGL1020   English Comp II
ENGL1030   Intro to Film
FREN1020   Begin French II
GEOG 105   World Regional Geog
GEOL1040   Physical Geology
HED 100      Personal Health
HED 220      Principles Nutrition
HIST2010     Survey Am History I
HIST2020     Survey Am History II
MATH0990  Geometry                       
MATH1130  College Algebra
MGT 110      Principles of Management
PHED1190   Walking                        
POL 200       American Govt & Politics
PSCI1030     An Intro Physical Science
PSY 101       General Psychology
PSY 211       Industrl & Organizatnl Psych
PSY 231       Child Psychology
SOC 101      Introduction to Sociology
SPAN1010   Begin Spanish I
SPAN1020   Begin Spanish II

Most courses are offered each semester.  Most classes meet with instructors at the beginning of each semester. Additional required or optional class meetings with instructors may be scheduled. For further information, contact the College @ Home Hotline 230-3409. Complete listings of College @ Home videotape telecourses for each semester are contained on Vol State's Web site.

Internet Online Courses


Selected Volunteer State courses are also offered online over the Internet.  Students with Internet access and Web browser software can take classes using the Web.  For students who do not have Internet access, it is available at an educational discount price or students may use the facilities on campus.

Courses currently available:

ACT 201      Principles Accounting I
ACT 202      Principles Accounting II
AHC 111      Drugs & Solutions
AHC 115      Medical Term
BIOL1030    Essentials of Biology
BUS 110       Introduction to Business
BUS 111       Keyboarding Word Proc
BUS 155       Business Math
CED 100      Career Exploration/Development
CIS 100        Comp Tech & Applications
CIS 150        Microcomputer Spreadsheets
CIS 191        A+ Hardware Certification
COM 100     Fund Speech Communication
DSPM0800  Elementary Algebra
DSPM0850  Intermediate Algebra
DSPS0800    Learning Strategies
EDU 101      Introduction to Education
EDU 102      Human Growth & Development
ENGL1010   English Comp I
ENGL1020   English Comp II
ENGL1030   Intro to Film
ENGL2110   Survey of American Lit I
ENGL2120   Survey of American Lit II
ENGL2310   Survey of World Lit I
ENGL2320   Survey of World Lit II
FST 101       Principle of Emergency Services
FST 107       Occupational Safety/Health Emergency Services
FST 109       Legal Aspects Emergency Services
FST 111       Fire Protect Hydraulics/Water Supply
FST 115       Fire Prevention
FST 116       Fire Behavior/Combustion
FST 121       Fire Protection Systems
FST 201       Bldg Construction/Fire Protection
FST 202       Fire Investigation I
FST 209       Hazardous Materials II
FST 219       Hazardous Materials Chemistry
FST 222       Fire Investigation II
FST 231       NFPA Life Safety Code
HIST1110     World Civilization to 1650
HIST2010     Survey American History I
HIST2020     Survey American History II
HIT 270        Supervisory Mgt for Healthcare
HTL 111       Hospitality Management
HTL 205       Lodging Management
HTL 215       Housekeeping Management
HTL 240       Marketing of Hosp     Services
HTL 246       Hospitality Purchasing Mgt
HTL 260       Catering Services
LGM 130      Intro to Logistics Management
MATH1130  College Algebra
MATH1530  Elementary Statistics
MATH1720  Pre-Calculus II
MATH1830  Intuitive Calculus
MATH1910  Cal/Anal Geometry I
MGT 120      Supervision Principles
MUS 1030    Music Appreciation
PSG 101       Anatomy and Phys of Sleep Disorders
PSG 102       Classification of Sleep Disorder
PSG 130       Data Mgt in Polysomnography
PSG 131       Sleep Scoring
PSG 132       Sleep Registry Review
PSG 133C    Clinical Practice II
PSY 101       General Psychology
PSY 222       Human Growth & Development
SOC 101      Introduction to Sociology
THEA1030   Introduction to Theater

Consult the Vol State Web site (www.volstate.edu) for a current listing of the Internet classes available each semester.

Hybrid (Blended) Courses


Hybrid courses allow students to experience rich face to face and online educational experiences. Using creative scheduling, hybrid courses meet every other week for one 85 minute session and allow students to complete other course activities online in a WebCT class.

Students can complete up to 12 credit hours by attending classes one night per week, plus participating in online assignments, discussions, presentations, and content reading both online and in text books. Thus, 2 courses per night, one night per week and a 12 hour load can be achieved each semester.

Courses currently available include:

ACT 201      Principles Accounting I
ACT 210      Microcomputer Accounting
ART 1030 Introduction of Art
ASTR1030   Astronomy 
BIOL1030    Essentials of Biology
BUS 110       Introduction to Business
CIS 100        Comp Tech & Applications
CIS 113        Visual Basic
CIS 160        Microcomputer Databases
CIS 161        Adv Database / Microsoft SQL
CIS 173        Programming in C#
CIS 210        Fund of Web Programming
CIS 213        Adv Web Application Programming with ASP
CIS 260        Local Area Networks
CIS 270        Info Systems in Business
COM 100     Fund Speech Communication
COM 103     Public Speaking
COM 110     Survey Mass Communication
EDU 101      Introduction to Education
ENGL1010   English Comp I
ENGL1020   English Comp II
ENGL1030   Intro to Film
ENGL2010   Intro to Poetry & Drama
ENGL2110   Survey of American Lit I
GEOL1030   Essentials of Geology
GEOL1040   Physical Geology
HED 120      Intro to Wellness
HIST1110     World Civ to  1650
HIST1120     World Civ 1650 - Present
HIST2010     Survey Am History I
HIST2020     Survey Am History II
HIST2030     Tennessee History
MATH1130  College Algebra
MUS 1030 Music Appreciation
PSCI1030     Intro to Physical Science
PSY 101       General Psychology
SOC 101      Introduction to Sociology
SPAN1010   Begin Spanish I
SPAN1020   Begin Spanish II




Tennessee Regent's On-Line Degree

Volunteer State Community offers the TBR Regents "On-Line" degree, a program to increase higher education access for adult Tennesseans, especially those with some college experience.  It maximizes effective use of technology to deliver college level instruction and provide student access to web-based courses and degree programs.

The Regent's On-Line Degree builds on collaboration of course work completed at TBR institutions.  It is aimed at adults who have earned college credits and want to complete an Associate or Bachelor degree.

All courses are "fully" on-line. Advising, student support and other forms of student assistance are available on-line; students and faculty have technical support 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Volunteer State offers the following RODP degrees:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Professional Studies Concentration: Information Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Associate of Arts in General Studies (*University Parallel)
  • Associate of Science in General Studies (*University Parallel)
  • Updated: Associate of Science in General Studies: Elective Concentration for: Teacher Aides / Paraprofessionals Preparation (*University Parallel) 
    (Designed for teacher aides interested in completing their AS online.  Elective courses customized to address the course credentialing of paraprofessionals for the " No Child Left Behind " requirements)

Through on-line delivery students may study and complete course work at any time, and from any place.  Courses are delivered on the internet.

Students apply to VSCC for the on-line degree exactly as they do for any other program.  VSCC will evaluate any transfer course work.  Courses are available in traditional (16 week) and fast-track format.

Web Based degree programs build on existing courses at TBR two and four year institutions.   Students may complete an associate degree designed for transfer to a university, an associate of applied science degree in professional studies.  All 13 TBR two-year colleges will award associate degrees.

On-Line Associate Degrees earned at VSCC will transfer to TBR universities and credit will be accepted for Regent's On-Line Bachelors Degrees in General Studies and Professional studies.  The Bachelor Degrees may be completed through the six TBR universities.

For additional information on the Regent's On-Line Degree at Volunteer State Community College, call the Distance Education Office.  You can also find out more about the Regent's On-Line Degree at the following web site: www.tn.regentsdegree.org

Courses currently available:

DSPM 0700   Basic Mathematics
DSPM 0800   Elementary Algebra
DSPM 0850   Intermediate Algebra
DSPR 0700    Basic Reading
DSPR 0800    Developmental Reading
DSPS 0800    Study Skills
DSPW 0700  Basic Writing
DSPW 0800  Developmental Writing
ACC  1104    Principles of Accounting I
ACC  1105    Principles of Accounting II
AGR  130      Intro to Animal Science
ART 1030      Art Appreciation
ASTR 1030    Astronomy & Lab
BIOL 1010    Biology I & Lab
BIOL 1020    Biology II & Lab
BIOL 1110    General Biology
BIOL 1430    Nutrition
BIT  1150      Intro to Microcomputers
BUS 1050      Legal Issues for the Web
CHEM 1010  Intro to Chemistry I & Lab
CHEM 1020  Intro to Chemistry II & Lab
CHEM 1110  General Chemistry I
CHEM 2220  Quantitative Analysis
CIS 1100       Technology for Teachers
CIS  113        Visual Basic
CIS  173        Programming in C#
CIS  186        Database Programming
CIS  193        Intro to Linux
CIS  263        Web Design
CIS  264        Web Page Applications
CIS  1100      Technology for Teachers
CIS  1610      Programming in C++
CJA 1100      Intro to Criminal Justice Admin.
CJA 2600      Corrections
CMT 1010     Network/PC Communications
COL 101       Orientation
COM 1000    Beginning HTML
COM 1010    Basic Web Design
COM 1020    Basic Web Graphics
COM 110      Survey Mass Comm
CST 203        Data Structures
CST 209        Java Programming I
CST 218        Java Programming II
ECED 1010   Intro to Early Childhood Education
ECED 2010   Safe, Healthy Learning Environments
ECED 2015   Early Childhood Curriculum
ECED 2020   Infant, Toddler Child Development
ECED 2030   Infant and Toddler Care
ECED 2040   Family Dynamics and Community Involvement
ECED 2060   Development of Exceptional Children
ECED 2070   Developmental Assessment Methods
ECED 2080   Language & Literacy Early Childhood
ECED 2085   Math and Science in Early Childhood
ECED 2090   Creative Development
ECED 2120   Administration of Child Care Centers
ECED 2030   Infant, Toddler Care
ECON 2010  Economics I
ECON 2020  Economics II
ECON 2030  Survey of Economics
EDU 201        Foundations of Education
EDU 250        Instructional Technology in Education
EDU 1100      Technology for Teachers
EDU 2050      Classroom Management
ENGL 1010   Eng. Comp I
ENGL 1020   Eng Comp II
ENGL 1110   Research Writing Methods
ENGL 1113   Intro to Research
ENGL 1114   Technical Editing
ENGL 2010   Intro to Literature 1: Fiction
ENGL 2110   American Masterpieces I
ENGL 2112   Technical Report Writing
ENGL 2114   Writing for Industry
ENGL 2116   Writing for the Web
ENGL 2120   American Masterpieces II
ENGL 2210   English Masterpieces I
ENGL 2220   English Masterpieces II
ENGL 2420   Western World Literature II
ENGL 2630   Literature for Children
ENGL 2410   Western World Literature I
GEOG 105     World Regional Geography
HIST 220       African American History
HIST 1110     Civilization: Past & Present to 1500
HIST 1120     World History Since 1500
HIST 2010     US History I
HIST 2020     US History II
HIST 2030     Tennessee History
HIT 1010       Medical Terminology
HMSE 1100   Concepts of Fitness and Wellness
HPRO 2100   Wellness Concepts & Practices
HTL  110       Intro to Hospitality Industry
INTC 1050    Computer Graphics
MATH 1130  College Algebra
MATH 1410  Number Concepts for Elementary Education
MATH 1420  Geometry for Elementary Education
MATH 1530  Probability/Statistics (non calculus)
MATH 1630  Finite Mathematics
MATH 1710  Precalculus I
MATH 1720  Precaculus II (Trigonometry)
MATH 1830  Intuitive Calculus
MATH 1910  Calculus I
MATH 1920  Calculus II
MATH 2010  Intro to Linear Algebra
MATH 2810  Discrete Struct & Math Reason
MDT 2100     Photoshop Essentials
MKT 2450     E-Commerce
MUS 1030     Music Appreciation
PHIL 121       Elementary Ethics
PHIL 1030     Intro to Philosophy
PHIL 201       Intro to World Religions
PHYS 1030   Concepts of Physics & Lab
POL  1010     U.S. Government & Politics
POL 1020      Intro to Political Science
PS 2020         State and Local Government
PSCI 1010     Survey of Physical Science I
PSY 101        General Psychology
PSYC 2111   Psychology of Human Growth and Development
PY 215          Child Growth & Development
SOC 1010     Intro to Sociology
SOC 1020     Social Problems
SOCI 1120    Intro to Cultural Anthropology
SOCI 2000    Marriage and Family
SP  110          Fundamentals of Public Speaking
SPAN 1010   Spanish I
SPAN 1020   Spanish II
SPAN 2010   Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 2020   Intermediate Spanish II
TELC 2007    Adolescent Learners
TELC 2009    Managing the Learning Environment in School Settings
TELC 2010    Survey of Exceptionalities & Diversity
TELC 2011    Teaching & Learning w/Technology
TELC 2013    Adult Learners
TELC 2014    Mgt Lrng Env Post-Sec School
THEA 1030   Intro to Theater
WEB  2110    Motion Vector Graphics
WEB  2120    Audio/Video for the Web
WEB  2200    CIW Foundations
WEB  2210    CIW Design Methodology & Technology
WEB  2220    CIW E-Commerce Strategies & Practices
WEB  2300    CIW JavaScript Fundamentals
WEB  2400    Project Management for Web
WEB  2811    Adv. Computer Graphics
WEB  2812    Advanced Web Page/Site Design

Interactive Video Classes and Video Conferencing

The College operates two main campus and one Livingston Center video conference rooms.  Classes are scheduled each semester which allow students in Livingston, Gallatin, and other selected sites to meet together with a single instructor through connected video classrooms.

Interactive conferencing can also be accomplished from Livingston and/or the main campus to ten EXCEED Fiber Network sites in Overton, Pickett, Clay, Jackson, Fentress, and Putnam counties.

Video Conference meetings for education, business, and industry are also available virtually worldwide to any other site which is technically supported for connection.


Community Service Programs


The community service program of the College includes a wide range of activities involving cooperative efforts between College personnel and the community. Included among the activities are campus and cultural events, consulting and advisory services, campus participation in civic organizations and community-based efforts, conferences and institutes, facility utilization, and other specialized services available through individual units of the College. Community service is an integral component of the overall operation of the institution, with all administrative units sharing in the responsibility of service.

Certificate Programs

For the student who wants to specialize in a certain field of study without taking all of the courses required for the associate degree, the College offers technical certificate programs as part of the continuing education concept. These programs allow the student to benefit from the most important aspects of the degree program of his chosen area without meeting all degree requirements.
Upon successful completion of a prescribed program in his area, the student is awarded a certificate. Certificates are offered by Volunteer State Community College to indicate a satisfactory level of achievement in selected programs that require less than two years of full-time study.
Vol State offers a variety of certificate programs. These programs vary in the number of hours required. For detailed information on specific programs, refer to the section on Programs of Study (Certificate Programs). The general requirements for awarding a certificate are:

  1. A minimum quality point average of 2.0 in courses presented to meet the requirements for the certificate.
  2. A total of six (6) semester hours of transfer work may be applied to a Certificate. All other course requirements must be completed in residence at Vol State.
  3. Enrollment in courses required for the technical certificate at the time an application for the certificate is made or permission from the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Professional Advancement Opportunities


Short-term courses and programs are available in select professions for individuals to develop the skills required to attain entry-level positions. Education and training are also provided for career sustainment and skills upgrade. Specific lists of credit and non-credit offerings may be obtained through the appropriate academic division. Professional advancement opportunities include:

Allied Health Division - College Credit Courses

  • Advanced Practitioner in Respiratory Care
  • Computerized Tomography
  • Coding/Reimbursement
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Mammography
  • Medical Transcription

Business Division - College Credit Courses

  • Accounting
  • Hotel & Restaurant Management
    • Rooms Division Management
    • Food and Beverage Management
    • Marketing and Sales Management
    • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Computer Specialist (leading to Microsoft Office User Specialist Certification and A+ Certification)

Business and Industry Institute - Non-Credit Courses

American Management Association
Automotive Management ISO/TS 16949
Business Development
Computer Training

Continuous Improvement
Critical Incident Stress Management
Effective Supervision
Emergency Management Services
Environmental Management ISO 14001

Food Safety Management €“ ISO 22000
Hazardous Materials €“ 40 FCR
Home Inspection
Human Resource Skills
Leadership Skills
Lean Manufacturing
Management Development
Marketing and Internet Advertising
Process Management

Project Management
Quality Management ISO 9001
Quality Workforce Skills
Safety Management
Six Sigma

Entrepreneur/Small Business Workshops
On-Line Training Center
And More!

Health Sciences Center of Emphasis

  • Dental Assisting
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Science Technology
  • Health Information Technology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Radiography
  • Respiratory Therapy