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Curriculum Programs

At Johnston Community College, students apply and are admitted to programs of study. The curriculum for each program of study is designed in accordance with the Curriculum Standards mandated by the N.C. Community College System. State approval of each curriculum is required prior to the offering of courses within a program.

On each Curriculum Standard, there are requirements for general education, major hours, and other required hours.

The terms “major” and “area of concentration” are defined by the College as follows:

  • A major includes those courses which provide specific job knowledge or skill and comprise the majority of the hours in each program of study.
  • An area of concentration is a group of courses required beyond the core for a specific related employment field.

Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

The Associate in Applied Science degree is awarded to students who complete a two-year technical education program.

The Associate in Arts, Associate in Arts – Pre-Business Administration, Associate in Fine Arts – Art, Associate in Fine Arts – Music, Associate in General Education, Associate in Science, Associate in Science – Biology & Biology Education, or Associate in Science – Pre-Engineering as appropriate, is granted to students who complete the two-year college transfer program.

The College awards certificates for completion of other courses of study.

Award of Additional Associate Degrees or Diplomas

The College may award an additional degree or diploma to the student who has completed all required and elective courses specified for each additional program of study. A student shall be given credit for having completed courses in a degree or diploma program if they are the same courses previously taken and satisfactorily completed in another degree or diploma program.

It shall be the joint responsibility of the vice president and department chair to determine elective courses acceptable for transfer credit.

Changes in Curricula

During a period of transition following curriculum revision, students currently enrolled may select either the old or new curriculum as their basis for meeting graduation requirements. Course substitutions are subject to approval of the department head and the vice president.

Students who have not attended for two or more consecutive semesters and apply for readmission to a curriculum following curriculum revision must meet the new requirements for graduation, as outlined in the current or amended catalog.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation from an associate degree or diploma program, the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Have passed all courses specified and required in the student’s chosen program of study.
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on all required courses attempted at the College.
  • Have taken and passed at least one fourth of the courses required in the program at Johnston Community College. It is anticipated that the final 15 semester credit hours be completed at the College.
  • Have paid all financial obligations owed to the College.
  • Have filed with the registrar’s office an application to graduate within the first 10 days of the student’s final semester.

To be eligible for graduation from a certificate program, the student must:

  • Pass all courses required in the program of study.
  • Have paid all financial obligations owed to the College.
  • Have filed with the registrar, an application to graduate within the first 10 days of the student’s final semester.

Collaborative Programs

Several regional and collaborative programs with four-year institutions are also offered:

  • The Pre-Engineering Program, offered by JCC in partnership with NC State University, allows for the first two years of engineering course work to be completed at JCC before applying for transfer to NCSU to complete an engineering degree.
  • East Carolina University offers bachelor degree programs in elementary education and special education through the Partnership East South Central Consortium.
  • East Carolina University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology for graduates of the JCC Bioprocess Technology program.
  • Mount Olive College offers the baccalaureate in Management/Organizational Development and will offer the baccalaureate in Health Care Management on the JCC campus to graduates of various associate degree programs.
  • Courses at the undergraduate and graduate level are offered at JCC by East Carolina University, Barton College, Campbell University, and NC Central University through the NC Model Teacher Education Consortium.
  • NC State University offers graduate level courses on the JCC campus. 
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