Degrees

Associate in Arts

Students planning to earn a baccalaureate degree at a four-year institution may complete the first two years at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College by earning the Associate in Arts degree.

THE PROGRAM

60 Credit Hours

A student may attend full-time (12 hours or more per academic term) or part-time (less than 12 hours per academic term) to complete the Associate in Arts degree. A student may earn this degree in conjunction with another degree offered by the institution. Day and evening classes are available. The degree can be completed by full-time students in four or five academic terms. Many classes are available in a variety of formats, including traditional, online, and hybrid formats.

Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor at Southern in developing their educational plans. Students should carefully choose courses fulfilling the requirements for the Associate in Arts which meet their future baccalaureate degree requirements as each university has slightly different course requirements. Toward this goal, Southern is prepared to assist each student to become familiar with the catalog of the institution to which the student plans to transfer.

Campus Location: All (Not all classes are offered on every campus. Consult course schedules to see what is available at each location.)

Program Details

Associate in Science

Students planning to earn a baccalaureate degree at a four-year institution may complete the first two years at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College by earning the Associate in Science degree.

THE PROGRAM

60 Credit Hours

Students planning to earn a baccalaureate degree at a four-year institution may complete the first two years at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College by earning the Associate in Science degree.

A student may attend full-time (12 hours or more per academic term) or part-time (less than 12 hours per academic term) to complete the Associate in Arts degree. A full-time student can complete the degree in four or five academic terms. A student may earn this degree in conjunction with another degree offered by the institution. Day and evening classes are available. Many classes are available in a variety of formats, including traditional, online, and hybrid formats.

Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor at Southern in developing their educational plans. Students should carefully choose courses fulfilling the requirements for the Associate in Arts which meet their future baccalaureate degree requirements as each university has slightly different course requirements. Toward this goal, Southern is prepared to assist each student to become familiar with the catalog of the institution to which the student plans to transfer.

Pathways: Applied Technology, Business, Health Sciences and STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics)

Campus Location: All (Not all classes are offered on every campus. Consult course schedules to see what is available at each location.)

Program Details

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors’ A.A.S. Adult Degree Completion Program is an alternative, non-traditional, degree program designed for adult students seeking a degree completion opportunity.

THE PROGRAM

Associate in Applied Science

60 Credit Hours

The Board of Governors’ A.A.S. Adult Degree Completion Program is an alternative, non-traditional, degree program designed for adult students seeking a degree completion opportunity. The degree is flexible in its design and responsive to adult students’ diverse needs and interests. Adult students with a broad range of life and educational experiences may combine a core of academic courses with credits earned through prior learning experiences to structure a unique associate degree program. The Board of Governors A.A.S. is designed to graduate students who are prepared to become active, socially responsible members in their communities and places of employment.

The Board of Governors A.A.S. program requires 60 credit hours which include a general education core of 21 hours and 39 hours of general electives encompassing a broad range of content areas while providing for optimum flexibility. The required general education courses assure the development of essential skills and competencies necessary for an associate degree level graduate. Students are encouraged to explore various options for obtaining credit for prior learning experiences including course articulation, standardized exams, challenge exams, credential validation and portfolio credit. Students who choose to earn credit for college-level learning acquired through professional work experience or other life experiences must complete the portfolio development course and submit a portfolio. The portfolio provides the opportunity for equating documented, college-level, experiential learning to college credit. College courses successfully completed at regionally accredited institutions may be transferred into the program and applied toward the credit hour requirements. A minimum of 12 credit hours are required in residency at Southern in order to be eligible for the Board of Governors A.A.S. Students are eligible for admission to the program two years after graduation from high school. In cases of those passing a high school equivalency examination, admission must be two years after their high school class graduated.

Campus Location: All

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Business Accounting

The Business Accounting Program is designed to provide a sound background in accounting skills for students who choose to enter the work force upon the completion of an Associate in Applied Science degree. Fundamental principles, as well as taxes, payroll, and managerial emphasis, are incorporated into the program. Accounting job opportunities can be found in almost every industry.

Campus Location: All

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Business Administration

The Business Administration Program meets the needs of students who wish a broad overview of business and desire not to enroll in a specialized curriculum in business. The program is designed to acquaint students with major subject areas of business, to improve student’s business vocabulary, and to provide students with an understanding of influencing factors in business decision making and activities.

Campus Location: All

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Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Program is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level employment criminal justice field.

THE PROGRAM

The Criminal Justice Program is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level employment or permit persons already employed in the field to upgrade their skills for advancement. Classroom activities are planned to provide instruction related to the skills needed in the criminal justice field.

Knowledge and skills gained through this program typically prepare for or upgrade the skills of those in positions such as Patrolman, Deputy Sheriff, Watchman/Guard, Corrections Officer, or Parole/Probation Officer. All students in this program must complete a common general education core and a career support core.

While not all of the careers listed below are entry-level, they do represent the wide-ranging opportunities in the field of criminal justice:

  • Air Marshal
  • Bailiff Border Patrol
  • CIA Employee
  • Corrections Officer
  • Court Clerk
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Customs and Border Patrol Officer
  • DEA Agent
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Fire/Police Dispatcher
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • ICE Agent
  • Parole Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Probation Officer
  • Secret Service Agent
  • State Trooper
  • Transportation Security

Pathways: Law Enforcement, Corrections, or Homeland Security

Campus Location: The full Criminal Justice Program is available at all campus locations.

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Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Development Program is designed for those who work with children from infancy through early childhood

Purpose
The Early Childhood Development Program is designed for those who work with children from infancy through early childhood. The degree gives students classroom and practical understanding of the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional principles critical to working with children from infancy through early childhood.

Preschool teachers typically work for privately owned childcare centers, publicly funded daycare centers or religious organizations. As a preschool teacher, you might also be self-employed and run your own center. You’ll be responsible for engaging young children in fun activities that build basic social skills while encouraging intellectual and emotional growth. These activities may include group play, singing, arts and crafts, sharing, nature lessons, word games, number recognition, dancing and storytelling. It’s possible to work either full- or part-time hours, and unlike kindergarten through secondary school teachers, you’ll most likely work throughout the entire calendar year.

(The Early Childhood Development Program can also serve as a pathway to earning an elementary teaching license if candidate transfers to a four-year institution and completes the state requirements for licensure. Students should consult the catalog of the institution to which they will transfer to determine the appropriate science courses to select.)

Campus Location: Most, but not all, courses in the Early Childhood Development Program are web-based.

Embedded Certificate or Skillset

Program Details

Electrical Engineering Technology

The Electrical Engineering Technology Program has the mission to provide an academic and technical education with sequential/practical instruction for the development of the student as a mature, responsible electrical technician. The curriculum incorporates basic and advanced courses in electricity, electronics, and electrical machinery. In addition, students must take technical specialization electives in fields that are of particular interest to them.

Campus Location: The Electrical Engineering Program is available at the Logan and Williamson campus.

Program Details

Health Care Professional

Individuals desiring to be selected for an AAS degree in Allied Health or Nursing are initially placed in the AAS Health Care Professional Degree to pursue health care pathways for certification and/or skill sets until the individual is accepted into an AAS Allied Health or Nursing program. No application or admission process is required for the AAS Health Care Professional Degree.

The Health Care Professional Degree prepares individuals to work in a multitude of healthcare backgrounds with qualifications and credentials. Individuals seeking an occupation in allied health may be employed in medical centers, hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, and physician offices. Upon degree completion, the Health Care Professional graduate will acquire a strong foundation of professional health care skills combined with distinct health care pathways of value.

Campus Location: The full Health Care Professional Program is available at the Logan campus.

Program Details

Information Technology

The Information Technology Program was developed in response to state and national needs for highly qualified IT professionals who can fill the workforce gap. The program provides a flexible curriculum that can adapt quickly to provide the ultimate in technical training. It is designed as non-transfer for career-oriented students who seek advanced positions in the IT industry workforce after completion of the program. The focus electives will be customized to student career path and current business and industry demands.

Campus Location: The full Information Technology Program is available at all campus locations.

Program Details

Mechatronics

If you enjoy working in mechanics and electronics, have the ability to work in a team environment as well as independently, have good problem-solving skills, good practical and technical skills with attention to detail, and bring creativity and imagination to your projects, Mechatronics may be the career for you!

What is Mechatronics?

Mechatronics is a relatively new approach to product design and development. It combines the principles of electrical, mechanical, computer and industrial engineering. These ‘smart’ Mechatronic systems are typically composed of traditional mechanical and electrical components.

Mechatronics combines areas of engineering to allow the design, development and application of systems requiring fast and highly accurate performance.

Career positions are available for Mechatronic Technologists in all aspects of today’s high tech industries. Because mechatronics combines electronic, mechanical, computer and control skills, there are lots of available, good-paying jobs in schools, hospitals, manufacturing and production facilities.

The program teaches students the latest technologies and skills required by manufacturers. Students receive instruction in the installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of electromechanical equipment and manufacturing machinery. The curriculum focuses on the technical aspects of the profession in addition to incorporating technical writing and advanced mathematics classes.

Program Details

Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting Program strives to meet the needs of the community by educating students in this health care field. The student will be prepared for the workforce in the ambulatory care setting. The medical assisting student will perform administrative and clinical procedures.

Campus Location: The full Medical Assisting Program is available on the Boone/Lincoln and Williamson campuses.

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Program Details

Medical Laboratory Technology

The Medical Laboratory Technology Program was developed to fulfill southern West Virginia’s need for qualified Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT). There is a growing demand for Medical Laboratory Technicians in West Virginia as well as the country. These professional and competent laboratory personnel who are certified to examine and analyze laboratory specimens are essential to the delivery of quality health care. Although graduates generally work in hospitals, clinics, or doctor’s offices, opportunities also exist in commercial or pharmaceutical industries, scientific research, and infection control in both the public and private sectors. Southern’s program aims at helping students attain the basic knowledge and skills necessary to begin their career in the field of Medical Laboratory Technology.

Campus Location: The full Medical Laboratory Technology Program is available on the Logan Campus.

Accreditation

The MLT Program at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL  60018-5119
Phone: 773-714-8880
Fax: 773-714-8886
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.naacls.org

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Nursing

The Nursing Program is designed to prepare graduates to practice as a registered nurse once licensure requirements are met. The Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares students for professional nursing practice while providing a knowledge base for career mobility and further academic study. The program is committed to providing accessible, high-quality nursing education to meet diverse and changing healthcare needs of individuals of all ages in a variety of healthcare settings. The curriculum emerges from the seven core values identified by the National League of Nursing: caring, diversity, ethics, integrity, patient-centeredness, excellence, and holism.

Campus Location: The full Nursing Program is available on the Logan campus.

Accreditation

The Nursing Program at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and is approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia  30326
Phone: 404-975-5000
Fax: 404-975-5020
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.acenursing.org

West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
90 MacCorkle Avenue, SW, Suite 203
South Charleston, WV  25303
Phone: 304-744-0900
Fax: (304) 744-0600
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.wvrnboard.wv.gov

Application Process

Program Application Requirements

  • Applicant must apply for admission to Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College if not currently enrolled.
  • Applicant must be eligible to enter college level English and Math.
  • Applicant must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all previous college level courses. If no college courses have been taken, the high school GPA or equivalent will be considered.
  • Applicant must take the ATI TEAS pre-entrance exam and achieve a score of 60% or higher and attach ATI TEAS results to the application. Cost of the exam is the responsibility of the student.
  • Applicant must attach transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Applicants who have not taken college level courses must attach high school or equivalent transcript.
  • Applicant must have English language proficiency.

Southern accepts new nursing students one time per year for the fall semester. Applications are available October through February prior to the next fall admission cycle. Please refer to the current nursing application for exact dates.

Students are required to CREATE AN ACCOUNT and begin REGISTRATION and PAYMENT for the ATI TEAS exam.  To do so, visit www.atitesting.comPlease note: Students must create an account, if they do not already have one, prior to registration. Testing is only available during the application process.

  • TEAS Exam – Click here for instructions on creating an account and registering for the ATI TEAS exam.

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Paramedic Science

The Paramedic Science Program prepares students to be competent entry-level paramedics. Today’s paramedics must have a firm grasp of anatomy and physiology, the pathologies of numerous disease processes, kinetics of trauma, pharmacology, basic and advanced life support skills and procedures, and have the ability to apply this knowledge to all age groups. Furthermore, the paramedic must be a leader, able to gain control of the chaotic scene environment, able to communicate with patients and family members and intelligently with physicians and other hospital personnel. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be ready to provide pre-hospital care to the ill or injured patient following the guidelines of standard patient care. The use of various web sites is a vital part of this program used in documentation of clinical rotations and course work.

Campus Location: The full Paramedic Science Program is available at the Logan campus.

Paramedic Program 2017

Year Attrition Rates Positive Job Placement National Registry Written Exam National Registry Psychomotor Exam
2017 61.5% 100% 100% 100%

Mock Disaster 2019

Mock Disaster 2018

 

Accreditation

The Paramedic Science Program at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763
Phone: 727-210-2350
Fax: 727-210-2354
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.caahep.org

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession (CoAEMSP)
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX  75088
Phone: 214-703-8445
Fax: 214-703-8992
Web: www.coaemsp.org

For more information on the job outlook, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, EMTs and Paramedics

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Program Details

Powersports Technology

The Powersports Technology Program will teach students to service, repair, and maintain a variety of powersports equipment. This equipment will include vehicles such as motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, and personal watercraft. The program graduate will be prepared to be an entry-level technician. Program graduates may most often work as service technicians, but may also find employment as service writers, parts department personnel, and sales staff.

Campus Location: The full Powersports Technology Program is available on the Boone/Lincoln Campus. The Logan, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only.

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Radiologic Technology

The Radiologic Technology Program strives to meet the needs of the community by educating students for future employment as technologists in this vital health care field. Students planning to transfer to other institutions are advised to see the Radiologic Technology Coordinator to obtain course requirements and sequence. Additional courses may be required to fulfill prerequisites. The program must be completed in three years. The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program is to meet community and employer needs for medical imaging professionals with high quality, student-friendly and accessible educational opportunities and services. The program strives to instill professionalism and transferable behaviors into the workplace.

Campus Location: The full Radiologic Technology Program is available at the Logan campus.

Goals

  1. Prepare students to become safe and competent radiographers.
  2. Provide educational opportunities for students to possess communication and critical thinking skills.
  3. Demonstrate responsible professional attitudes and behaviors.
  4. Use effective communication.

Accreditation

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, JRCERT
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL  60606
Tel: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.jrcert.org

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Respiratory Care Technology

The Respiratory Care Technology Program is designed to meet the growing needs of the healthcare industry focusing on Respiratory Therapy. Respiratory Therapists work in all types of healthcare settings to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Practicing under the direction of a physician they will assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures. The graduate of the Respiratory Care Technology Program will be eligible to sit for the Certified Respiratory Therapist Exam and the Registered Respiratory Therapist exam offered by the National Board of Respiratory Therapy provided all eligibility requirements are met.

Campus Location: The full Respiratory Care Technology Program is available on the Williamson and Wyoming/McDowell campuses.

Accreditation

Respiratory Care Technology Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
Phone: 817.283.2835
Fax: 817.354.8519
Web: http://www.coarc.com

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Surgical Technology

The Associate Degree graduate of the Surgical Technology Program is a highly skilled surgical technician. The surgical technician functions as an integral part of the surgical team under the direct supervision of a licensed registered professional nurse and in cooperation with the surgeon, anesthesiologist or anesthetist. Duties and responsibilities include preparing the sterile field, equipment and supplies, instrumentation during surgical procedures, as well as being able to operate complex machinery such as sterilizers, electrosurgical units, and diagnostic equipment used in surgery. The surgical technician will assist medical and nursing personnel in operating rooms, emergency rooms, and obstetrical and obstetrical facilities.

Campus Location: The full Surgical Technology Program is available on the Logan campus.

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Technical Studies

The Technical Studies Program is designed as a non-transfer program for students completing an occupational specialization at the career/vocational centers. It is designed to provide students with the general education knowledge, management skills and technical competencies necessary for employment in a variety of occupations.

Campus Location: The full Technical Studies Program is available at all campus locations.

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Welding Technology

Are you ready to let the sparks fly in Southern’s welding program and classes?

You’ll cut, weld and solder your way to a skilled trade career! As a graduate of Southern’s Welding program, your career options include manufacturing, commercial construction, mining, agriculture, wholesale trade and repair and maintenance.

What is Welding?

Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities. About 80 percent of welding jobs are in manufacturing. Welding also is used to join beams when constructing buildings, bridges, and other structures and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants, and refineries.

Welding is a specialized skill that offers career opportunities in: welding shops, manufacturing of metal goods, construction, pipe welding, plant maintenance, shipbuilding, and many others.  From the tallest skyscrapers to machines and appliances that help make life easier, welders play a critical role in keeping our economy moving.

Campus Location: The full Welding Technology Program is available at the Williamson campus.

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