A message from the president

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

May 2008

For six decades, Holyoke Community College has had a proud tradition of offering our students the best possible start on their education. Whether your interest is in a single course or a full degree, you will experience a university caliber education in a supportive environment. Small classes, friendly staff and a vibrant college community are just a few of the features that set us apart. Be assured that if you are committed to a college education, we are committed to helping you succeed.

We welcome you to come to Holyoke Community College and encourage you to meet with our faculty, staff, and students, and learn firsthand why more than 25,000 students have graduated from the College and 100,000 more have taken courses that enriched their careers and their lives.

Should you have any questions that this catalog does not answer, please contact our Welcome Center at (413) 552-2000. I look forward to seeing you on campus.

Sincerely,

Bill Messner

President


TABLE OF CONTENTS

A Message from the President 1

Mission Statement 3

Philosophy of the First Year of College 3

General Information 4

How to Apply 4

Admissions 4

Expenses 13

Financial Aid 15

Special Programs and Services 19

Areas of Study 24

Degrees and Certificates Listed by Areas of Interest 25

Areas of Study 26

Course Descriptions 146

Commonwealth Transfer Compact - General Education Requirements 142

Course Designations/Arts & Science Elective List 143

Online Courses 144

Course Descriptions 146

Glossary of Academic Policies, Procedures, and Terms 214

Administration and Faculty 234

Index 249

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All policies related and relevant to College Standards can be found in the Student Policy Guide.

The information contained in the College Catalog was checked for accuracy at the time of printing. Changes in College policy and the requirements of Areas of Study are made regularly which could make some of this information obsolete before the next catalog revision. Students should review revisions that are announced each semester in the schedule booklet and check with academic advisors to ensure the current accuracy of important information.

In the event of typographical errors, the information formally approved by the College and on file will take precedence over the Catalog.

MISSION STATEMENT

Holyoke Community College’s mission is to serve the Pioneer Valley by providing comprehensive, high-quality educational opportunities that are responsive to community needs and meet the intellectual, esthetic, and practical needs of a diverse student body. The College offers the full range of programs and services appropriate to a community college, as defined by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education’s generic system-wide community college mission statement. In addition, the College will continue to focus upon the following strengths that distinguish Holyoke Community College from other colleges.

Since its inception over half a century ago, the College has excelled at serving transfer-oriented students and is today widely recognized for the quality of its liberal arts, fine and performing arts, and career transfer programs. Building upon this strength is a major goal of the institution. The College values its leadership position in the development and implementation of collaborative transfer and joint admissions programs with public and private four-year colleges and universities in the region. The College will continue to offer one of the broadest arrays of exemplary transfer options in the system, making it an exceptional avenue of access to the Commonwealth’s flagship university and other public and private colleges in the area.

Holyoke Community College is committed to career programs responsive to the economic and social needs of the region. A wide range of career-oriented programs, in areas such as Business, Health, and Technology, are designed to prepare students to enter and advance in their chosen field. Through active collaboration with industry, government, and community groups, the College constantly increases the strength, currency and variety of its programs. All areas of study provide a basis for transfer, since all Associate Degree programs include a common core of courses designed to expose students to diverse fields of knowledge.

At Holyoke Community College concern for the success of the individual student is paramount, an institutional quality that is widely recognized in the community and that permeates every program and service. Holyoke Community College’s innovative approach to student success is reflected in the culture of the institution, as demonstrated by campus facilities, the wide variety of service delivery methods, and the assortment of services to address the specific needs of individual students and groups of students.

As a learning-centered institution, the College encourages and supports a contemporary assortment of instructional strategies. These include interdisciplinary courses, Learning Communities, experience-based education, community service learning, self-paced learning, web-based instruction, distance learning, and the use of instructional technology in a full range of subjects and at instructional levels ranging from pre-college to honors level offerings.

Serving an economically, educationally and linguistically diverse population, the College has a special commitment to public school partnerships and adult literacy. Holyoke Community College is the site for vital educational opportunity programs including an Upward Bound Program, a Massachusetts Educational Opportunity Program, and the regional center for a System for Adult Basic Education Support for Western Massachusetts.

Philosophy of the First Year

Holyoke Community College intentionally cultivates a foundation for college success. The college community is committed to helping new students:

  • successfully transition to college;

  • access resources and support services;

  • explore and identify academic, career, and personal goals;

  • understand academic expectations and apply strategies for academic success; and

  • enhance core competencies: critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, effective communication, and knowledge of diversity.

GENERAL INFORMATION

How To Apply
ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE

Holyoke Community College is a pubic institution of higher education with an open admission policy. General requirements for admission to a degree or certificate program include a high school diploma. General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.), the Ability-to-Benefit Test (A.T.B.) or completion of an approved home schooling program. Students must be beyond the age of compulsory school attendance in Massachusetts (16 years old). Home schooled students should refer to the Home School Policy for additional information.

In addition to general requirements, some academic programs are selective and may require additional application requirements. These programs include but are not limited to Nursing, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Graphic Design, Medical Assistant Certificate Technician, Culinary Arts. Please review individual program and application requirements and contact the Office of Admissions and Transfer Affairs for more information.

Coursework for most programs begins each fall, spring and/or summer. The following programs begin only in the fall (at time of publication):Nursing, Practical Nursing, Culunary Arts, Radiologic Technology, Medical Assistant Certificate, Veterinary Technician, and Graphic Design Certificate.

All applicants to Holyoke Community College are encouraged to meet with an Admission Counselor to discuss program choices and requirements. Welcome Wednesdays! are HCC program information sessions that include career planning, choosing a major, and a campus tour. Sessions are held weekly at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and can be scheduled by email at admissions@hcc.mass.edu or by phone at (413) 552-2321.

Application Process

1. Review the admission and academic requirements for your program of choice. Some programs require special admission procedures and/or prerequisite course work.

2. Schedule a college tour and plan to speak with an admissions counselor at a Welcome! Wednesdays Information Session. *These sessions are held weekly at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and last about an hour. To RSVP, please contact the Office of Admissions at (413) 552-2321 or by email admissions@hcc.mass.edu.

3. Complete the Holyoke Community College admissions application. Mail application to: Holyoke Community College, Office of Admissions and Transfer Affairs, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke, MA 01040

4. Prospective students should have official high school/home school/GED and college transcripts mailed to: Holyoke Community College, Office of Admissions and Transfer Affairs, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke, MA 01040.

Official transcripts should be received in the Office of Admissions and Transfer Affairs with the college application especially if:

A. You are applying to one of our selective programs;

B. You seek to transfer college credits;

C. You have been awarded an educational certificate from outside the United States.

5. Applicants who possess neither a high school diploma or GED may qualify for admission under the Ability to Benefit guidelines; see the Ability to Benefit section in the College catalog or online at www.hcc.edu for more details.

6. Once your application file is complete, you will be notified of your status and how to proceed. Placement testing is required of all first-time students unless appropriate transfer credit is awarded in English and Math*. Students seeking readmission to HCC may be required to complete the placement test based on the amount of time outside of the institution.

7. Once you are accepted into a program, you will follow program guidelines as outlined in the catalog. Subsequent changes to the academic program requirements in the future will not affect you program requirements.

8. Students previously convicted of a felony may not be eligible for professional licensure in certain programs. See the College catalog for more information on this policy.

9. Drug testing MAY be mandatory for HCC selective academic programs.

10. For students intending to carry nine or more credits, documentation for the following immunizations is required by Massachusetts law: Three Hepatitis B, two measles, one mumps, one rubella and tetanus/diphtheria in the last ten years. Some programs may require immunizations for all students regardless of credit load.

Students applying to the following Holyoke Community College programs may be required to complete additional application materials: Nursing, Practical Nursing, International Student Applicant, Early Admit and Radiologic Technology. Please contact the Office of Admissions and Transfer Affairs for more information.

Applicants self-certify fulfillment of admission requirements on the application form. Current high school seniors certify after high school graduation. HCC reserves the right to request official records. Note: to matriculate into a college program and receive federal and state financial aid, applicants must fulfill general admissions requirements (high school diploma, G.E.D., A.T.B. Test or completion of an approved home schooling program).

  1. For all applicants under eighteen years of age, a parent/legal guardian signature is required.

  2. To transfer credits from other colleges, please forward official transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Transfer Affairs. Note: Those with prior bachelor’s degree and above may be restricted from certain federal and state financial aid programs. Please check with Financial Aid.

International Students Application Process

Holyoke Community College is committed to enrolling a diverse group of men and women whose backgrounds and talents enhance each others’ educational experience. Students at HCC are afforded many academic and personal growth opportunities. Please read the following information carefully, as application materials received after the deadline will be evaluated for admission.

Complete the entire application process (see below) and mail all corresponding documentation to: Holyoke Community College, Office of Admissions and Transfer Affairs, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke, MA 01040. Facsimiles will not be accepted.

*IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

May 1 – Fall semester (September)

November 1 – Spring semester (January)

  1. High school transcript and/or leaving certificate – official copy sent directly from the institution to us.

  2. Official evaluation reports – required for any type of advanced study including – “A” levels, a 13th year of secondary school, International baccalaureate degrees, adult education courses or university-level work. Submit official or attested transcripts directly from the institution to Holyoke Community College. The transcripts should be in English. If not, we will require a translation.

An Official report must be sent directly to HCC from the accrediting evaluation agency for students seeking college or university transfer credit. Students are strongly encouraged to send course descriptions for any course they are interested in transferring to HCC. A list of credentialed evaluating agencies can be found at .

  1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): TOEFL scores are required only if you are applying to one of HCC’s selective programs (A.S. Nursing, Practical Nursing Certificate, A.S. Radiologic Technology) and you have not completed English Composition I and II from an accredited institution. The minimum cut-off score is 550 on the paper/pencil and 213 on the computerized exam. Applicants to non-selective programs who do not submit TOEFL scores will be tested at HCC and placed into appropriate ESL classes, if necessary.

  2. Affidavit(s) of parental/sponsor support – required of all candidates seeking a F1 visa. Each sponsor is required to fill out a form and have it notarized.

  3. Supporting bank statement – an original letter from the sponsor’s bank documenting the length of time the account has been with the bank and that a minimum of $22,000 U.S. is on deposit. The letter must specify what currency the balance is in if it is not from an American bank. It must be signed and sealed by a bank official, and be on official letterhead. Facsimiles are not accepted.

  4. Transfer students – students choosing to transfer to HCC who are currently studying in the United States on an F1 visa must complete the enclosed Transfer Status Verification Form. International transfer students must be in good financial standing with their current institution and that institution must release the student via the USCIS SEVIS database to Holyoke Community College.

Nursing Program Application Process.

All students interested in the Associate Degree in Nursing or the Practical Nursing Certificate are strongly encouraged to attend a nursing information session prior to applying to the Program. Information sessions are held monthly and cover the selective admissions process, specific program information, and financial aid. Each session lasts approximately one hour and is conducted by a member of the Office of Admissions and Transfer Affairs and a representative from the Nursing department. To reserve your seat, please email admissions@hcc.mass.edu. For a complete list of dates and times, visit the website at www.hcc.edu.

All candidates must achieve a C or better in all NURSING and laboratory science courses to remain in the Program.

All applicants must meet the following at time of application:

  1. College Placement Testing (CPT): Must be completed within two years of application deadline demonstrating the following placement:

    1. Math Proficiency/Placement: ≥ 82 in Algebra or completion of MTH 095 (intermediate algebra) with a C or better from an accredited college or university.

    2. English Proficiency/Placement: ≥ 70 in reading and ≥ 80 in Writing portion of the CPT, or ability to enter college-level coursework in English. English competency may also be demonstrated through college coursework (completion of English Composition I).

    3. Science Proficiency: The HCC Biology department requires the successful completion (C or better) in BIO 100, or 103 or BIO 107 prior to taking Anatomy and Physiology. This pre-requisite may be waived by passing the Biology Challenge exam. Testing appointment and administration takes place in the Advising Center (Frost 271). Completion of A&P I and II prior to the application deadline is strongly encouraged, as they apply to the NUR curriculum.

Placement testing may be scheduled by calling the test administrator or (413) 552-2055. NOTE: You must identify yourself as a NURSING APPLICANT when calling for your testing appointment in order to receive the appropriate test.

Applicants currently working in a healthcare field can petition to lengthen the time that their laboratory science coursework is transferable to 14 years by completing the Laboratory Science Petition Form. Candidates will be notified in writing if their coursework is accepted for transfer credit.

Associate Degree in Nursing and Practical Nursing Certificate Application Process

  1. Review the admissions, academic and prerequisite requirements for the Nursing program.

  2. Complete the entire application process (see below) and mail all documents to: Holyoke Community College, Office of Admissions and Transfer Affairs, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke, MA 01040.

Required Admissions Documentation:

  1. The completed Holyoke Community College A.S. Nursing Application.

  2. An official transcript from your high school or an official copy of GED scores or GED certificate. All documents must be received directly from the high school or testing facility.

  3. Official transcripts for all college-level courses completed. You are encouraged to submit any college transcripts prior to the February 15th deadline.

*Please note: Applicants who have submitted high school, GED, or college transcripts within the past year are not required to submit them again unless documenting further coursework completed toward A.S. Nursing program.

  1. All forms included in the application must be submitted at the time of application. This includes the Work Experience Form and the Laboratory Science Petition Form (if applicable).

  2. Students whose native language is not English and those who have not completed grades K-12 in the United States must demonstrate English proficiency by having completed English Composition I with a grade of C or better, or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or achieve a minimum of 213 on the computer version or 550 on the paper/pencil version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

*All documents must be received by the application deadline: Postmarked or received no later than February 15th, 4:30 p.m.

A.S. Radiologic Technology Program Application

All students interested in the Radiologic Technology program at Holyoke Community College are required to attend a Radiologic Technology information session within two years of applying to the Program. Information sessions are held monthly and cover the selective admissions process, specific program information, and financial aid. Each session lasts approximately one hour and is conducted by a member of the Office of Admissions and Transfer Affairs along with a representative from the Radiologic Technology Department. To reserve your seat, please email admissions@hcc.mass.edu. For a complete list of dates and times, visit the website at www.hcc.edu.

The Radiologic Technical program is fully accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 North Wacker Drive, Ste. 900, Chicago, IL 60606-2901, Tel: (312) 704-5300. Upon successful completion of this program, graduates are eligible to take the National Registry Examination in Radiography administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologies. Our students have an outstanding pass rate on this national exam.

A complete copy of the Program policies and procedures is on reserve in the HCC library for review by interested individuals.

Notification of acceptance into the Program will be mailed on or before April 15th.

All candidates must achieve a C or better in all RDL and laboratory science courses to remain in the Program.

All applicants must meet the following at time of application:

  1. College Placement Testing (CPT): Must be completed within two years of application deadline demonstrating the following placement:

    1. Math Proficiency/Placement: ≥ 50 in Algebra or completion of MTH 085 (intro to Algebra) with a C or better from an accredited college or university.

    2. English Proficiency/Placement: ≥ 70 in reading and ≥ 80 in Writing portion of the CPT, or ability to enter college-level coursework in English. English competency may also be demonstrated through college coursework (completion of English Composition I).

    3. Science Proficiency: Completion of BIO 100 or 103, or BIO 107 or successful completion of the challenge exam through the Biology Department or the Advising Center. Completion or enrollment in A&P I or II with a C or better. Enrollment in the Biology series at the time of application is strongly encouraged.

Radiologic Technology Application Process

  1. Review the admissions, academic and pre-requisite requirements for the Radiologic Technology program.

  2. Complete the entire application process (see below) and mail all documentation to: Holyoke Community College, Office of Admissions and Transfer Affairs, 303 Homestead Avenue, Holyoke, MA 01040

Required Admission Documentation:

  1. The completed Holyoke Community College Radiologic Technology application.

  2. An official transcript from your high school or an official copy of GED scores or GED certificate. All documents must be received directly from the high school or testing facility.

  3. Official transcripts for all college-level courses completed. You are encouraged to submit any college transcripts prior to the February 15th deadline.

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