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The focus of the Instructional Services Division is effective student learning for career and personal growth. To this end, the faculty and staff are available to work closely with students from the point of application for admission through the progression of courses to completion of studies at Durham Tech. This section covers academic policies in effect at the time of this Catalog’s publication. These policies apply to all students enrolled at the institution and supersede all previously published academic documents issued by the college. Under special conditions, these policies may be modified according to procedures approved by the chief instructional officer.

The policies do not attempt to cover standards or requirements prescribed by the Veterans Administration or other institutions, groups, or agencies providing financial aid to Durham Tech students.

Enrollment Limitations

A student may not enroll in the same course more than three times without departmental approval. Some Health Technologies programs have a limit of two enrollments.

Nursing students have special academic policies designed to meet standards and requirements defined by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. Nursing students should refer to the nursing handbooks for specific policies affecting their enrollment at Durham Tech.

Classification of Programs of Study

The college is authorized by the State Board of Community Colleges to award the Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science degree, Associate in Applied Science degree, and Associate in General Education degree as well as diplomas and certificates. Requirements for these awards follow:

Associate in Arts (A.A.) – Completion of all requirements for the Associate in Arts degree totaling 64 semester hour credits.

Associate in Science (A.S.) – Completion of all requirements for the Associate in Science degree totaling 64 semester hour credits.

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) – Completion of all required courses as listed on the specific program’s plan of study totaling no fewer than 64 semester hour credits.

Associate in General Education (A.G.E.) – Completion of all requirements for the Associate in General Education degree totaling 64 semester hour credits.

Diploma – Completion of all required courses identified on the program’s plan of study totaling no fewer than 36 semester hour credits.

Certificate – Completion of all required courses identified on the program’s plan of study totaling 18 semester hour credits.

Most programs of study require total credit hours in excess of the minimum credit hour requirements indicated here.

Classification of Students

Persons attending the college are classified as either curriculum or visiting students and as full-time or part-time students according to the following definitions:

Curriculum Students – Persons who have been fully admitted to a program of study leading to an associate’s degree, diploma, or certificate. Curriculum students are served by academic advisors in their programs of study. They are also eligible to be considered for course substitutions or credit by examination and qualify for academic recognition. They may also benefit from other academic options offered by the college, unless restricted from doing so by the program in which they are enrolled.

Visiting Students

Persons who have not been admitted to a program of study offered by the college and, therefore, are not officially pursuing a degree, diploma, or certificate. As non-degree students, they are not assigned to academic advisors. Visiting students are advised on advertised general advising dates each semester. They are not eligible to be considered for course substitutions, may not receive credit by examination, do not qualify for academic recognition, and are not eligible for federal financial aid. Once a visiting student has completed 18 credit hours at Durham Tech, the student must apply for admission to a program of study to continue to enroll in credit courses.

It is strongly recommended that any student intending to complete a program of study at Durham Tech not proceed beyond one semester of full-time study, or 12 credits, as a visiting student before applying for admission. Delay in applying for admission may result in loss of credits and other penalties or disadvantages.

Full-Time Students – Persons who have registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours for the semester.

Part-Time Students – Persons who have registered for fewer than 12 credit hours for the semester.

Plan of Study

A student admitted to a degree, diploma, or certificate program must meet the requirements listed on the curriculum’s plan of study for the academic year during which the student was accepted.

The sequence of courses outlined in the programs of study section (also available in the Admissions office, from the program director, or from the student’s advisor) is based on fall semester admittance unless otherwise indicated. Students enrolling in other semesters should work closely with their advisor to plan their course sequence. Students who receive registration approval from their academic advisor are responsible for registering for courses as approved. Students who register for courses not approved by an advisor are in violation of the college’s student code of conduct policy and will be subject to discipline in accordance with this policy. In general, the student’s advisor will recommend that the student follow the sequence of courses listed on the plan of study to meet all course prerequisites and to complete the program in the allotted time frame. Otherwise, it may be necessary for the student to extend the period of enrollment to satisfy all requirements for graduation. In Fall 1997, the college converted all programs to semester-based plans. Graduation is based on the plan of study in effect on the date the student is admitted to the program. Students not enrolled for three consecutive semesters and who return in a new academic year must be readmitted to the program and must follow the plan of study in effect at the time of readmission.

Course loads for full-time students are established by using the list of courses on the student’s plan of study.

Only courses listed on the student’s plan of study and any officially approved substitute courses count toward graduation.

A student must receive a passing grade in each course required for the plan of study. Courses not completed satisfactorily must be repeated for the student to be eligible for graduation.

A student may not be admitted to and/or enrolled in more than one degree, diploma, or certificate program at a time without approval of the chief instructional officer.

When changing from one curriculum to another, a student must apply for admission to the new program through the Admissions office.

Course Prerequisites and Corequisites

Some courses have prerequisites and corequisites which are listed in the course descriptions section. Before these courses may be taken, any prerequisite course must be completed with a grade of C or better (completing with a grade of B or better is required in some Developmental Studies courses). Corequisites must have been taken during a previous semester or during the same semester.

Advisors work with students to determine that prerequisites have been met. Students who have not met the prerequisites are referred to the program director or department head for determination of course placement.

Semester Length and Credit Hour Calculation

Durham Technical Community College operates on a three-semester academic calendar. The fall and spring semesters are each 16 weeks long; the summer term is 10 weeks long. In addition, the college offers some courses in 8-week Mini-Sessions and occasionally offers instruction in time frames of varying length to meet the training demands or schedules of other agencies.

A credit hour at Durham Tech, as required by the North Carolina Administrative Code, is calculated according to the following formula as based on a 16-week semester: 1 hour of classroom instruction per week equals 1 credit hour; 2 hours of supervised laboratory instruction per week equal 1 credit hour; 3 hours of supervised manipulative laboratory, shop, or clinical practice per week equal 1 credit hour; and 10 hours of work experience, practicum, or internship per week equal 1 credit hour.

Course Substitutions

In special circumstances, the chief instructional officer may approve an appropriate course for substitution of a course listed on the plan of study. However, the substituted course must academically parallel or enhance the program objectives; and the total credit hours in each category on the plan of study must be satisfied. The substitution will be made on an individual basis and may not apply to all students in a given program. Course substitution approval must be received before registration.

Transfer Students

Transfer students applying for admission to Durham Technical Community College must meet all admission requirements for their chosen programs. However, some programs may waive placement testing if the applicant has previously completed college-level math or English courses. More information can be found in the transfer credit evaluation and the change of major sections.



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