Tennessee Board of Regents approves new academic programs at Chattanooga State Community College

Authored By Staff Report

Chancellor John G. Morgan of the Tennessee Board of Regents announced Tuesday afternoon the approval of three new academic programs at Chattanooga State Community College.

Effective fall 2012, CSCC will offer an associate’s of fine arts degree with an area of emphasis in music; an associate’s of applied science degree in health sciences; and an associate’s of applied science degree in criminal justice with two areas of concentration: corrections and law enforcement.

“By adding these programs to the curricula, TBR is enhancing Chattanooga State’s ability to meet the educational needs of our students and motivate them to complete the degree of their choice,” said Dr. Fannie Hewlett, Chattanooga State provost and vice president for academic affairs,

The AFA in music was developed for the benefit of community college students with a desire to transfer to a music program at a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree in music. Although transfer options have been available for music graduates with an associate’s degree in arts, the AFA degree with an emphasis in music creates common curricula in community colleges that transfer directly to public universities in Tennessee without question through the Tennessee transfer pathways, officials said. TTPs allow community college students to enroll as juniors in university music programs if they successfully pass auditions, performance reviews, etc., which are required of students already attending the university.

The AAS in health sciences was designed to offer a gateway for upward mobility to Tennessee Technology Center graduates with a practical nursing, surgery technology or medical assistant diploma. In addition, graduates with a technical certificate in pharmacy technology, emergency medical technician IV or paramedic are eligible for enrollment. Students pursuing this degree must have a license in their area of study. Those accepted into the program receive 30 hours of advanced placement credits toward the AAS degree. They must also complete a general education component, along with other courses, officials said.

The AAS degree in criminal justice is delivered through the Regents Online Campus Collaborative. The ROCC provides students access to courses/programs that they can accommodate into their busy lives. Students choose a home campus, such as Chattanooga State, where they apply for admission, register for courses, and are awarded degrees, diplomas, or certificates. Students may elect to complete this program with a combination of on-ground and online classes. Anyone currently working in corrections (probation, parole, etc.), law enforcement (police officer, security, etc.), or who has a desire to pursue a career in these areas will benefit from either one of these programs, officials said.

To earn more about the Tennessee transfer pathways, log on to www.tntransferpathway.org/. Additional details about the ROCC can be found at www.rodp.org/.