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2 I WANT A COLLEGE THAT OFFERS ME MORE. CONTENTS 3 ACADEMIC PROGRAMS 4 PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS 9 ACADEMIC PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS 15 CAREER & TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES ADMISSIONS INFORMATION 19 GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 19 EARLY ADMISSION PROGRAM 19 EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM CREDIT HOUR PROGRAM 21 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION 21 PROCEDURES AND POLICIES 22 WAIT LIST POLICY 22 PRIORITY FOR ACCEPTANCE USING THE ONLINE CATALOG Hudson Valley Community College regularly updates its course and degree offerings. The college s Web site is your best source for upto-date information. Visit the online college catalog to read program descriptions, course offerings, find steps to enroll, review college policies and much more. 1 Go to 2 To learn about a specific course, click Course Descriptions. 3 Select the term you re interested in (e.g. Fall 2014 ). 4 Search for a course by subject or keyword. For more information or questions about using Hudson Valley s online college catalog, call (518) or Hudson Valley is one of SUNY s most comprehensive and progressive community colleges. Each year, more than 12,000 students enroll in 75+ distinctive academic programs, including 22 offered completely online. We are nationally ranked for student success and achievement, and 96 percent of our students earn jobs in their fields or transfer successfully after graduation. Use this guide to learn about each of our programs. And if you have a major already in mind, take a look at the section on career and transfer opportunities; we offer more than 350 transfer agreements with four-year institutions. Starting your higher education at Hudson Valley is a smart and affordable decision. With tuition at $3,980 for New York residents, you can save more than $35,000 compared to two years of private college. You ll also enjoy small classes with a 20:1 student-faculty ratio, superior support services and personal attention from caring faculty and staff. Be bold. Be a Viking. Contact Admissions for more information. (518)

3 ACADEMIC PROGRAMS: LIST OF MAJORS Program Type of Program can Program Descriptions School of Degree be completed by online* on page attending entirely in the evening Accounting Certificate Yes Yes 9 Business Administrative Information Management and Technology A.A.S. No Yes 9 Business Advanced Manufacturing Technology A.O.S. Yes No 9 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Animal Policy Certificate No No 9 Liberal Arts and Sciencess Architecture Technology Certificate Yes No 9 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Architectural Technology A.A.S. No No 9 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Automotive Management A.A.S. No No 9 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Automotive Technical Services A.O.S. No No 9 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Automotive Technical Services Autobody Repair A.O.S. No No 9 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Bereavement Studies Certificate No Yes 9 Health Sciences Biological Sciences A.S. No No 9 Liberal Arts and Sciences Biotechnology A.S. No No 9 Liberal Arts and Sciences Biotechnology Certificate No No 9 Liberal Arts and Sciences Business Accounting A.A.S. Yes Yes 10 Business Business Administration A.A.S. Yes Yes 10 Business Business Business Administration A.S. Yes Yes 10 Business Business Marketing A.A.S. Yes Yes 10 Business Chemical Dependency Counseling A.A.S. No No 10 Liberal Arts and Sciences Civil Engineering Technology A.A.S. Yes No 10 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Computer Aided Drafting Certificate No No 10 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Computer Information Systems A.A.S. Yes Yes 10 Business Computer Information Systems A.S. Yes Yes 10 Business Computer Information Systems: System & Network Administration A.A.S. Yes No 10 Business Computer Information Systems: Web Design & WWW Programming A.A.S. Yes Yes 10 Business Construction Certificate No No 10 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Construction Technology Building Construction A.A.S. Yes No 10 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Criminal Investigation A.A.S. No Yes 11 Liberal Arts and Sciences Criminal Justice A.A.S. Yes Yes 11 Liberal Arts and Sciences Criminal Justice A.S. No No 11 Liberal Arts and Sciences Dental Assisting Certificate No Yes 11 Health Sciences Dental Hygiene A.A.S. No No 11 Health Sciences Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certificate No No 11 Health Sciences Digital Media Certificate No No 11 Liberal Arts and Sciences Digital Media A.S. No No 11 Liberal Arts and Sciences Disabilities Studies Certificate No Yes 11 Liberal Arts and Sciences Early Childhood A.A.S. No No 11 Liberal Arts and Sciences Echocardiography Certificate No No 11 Health Sciences Electrical Construction and Maintenance A.O.S. Yes No 11 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Electrical Engineering Technology Electronics A.A.S. No No 12 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Electrical Technology: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology A.A.S. No No 12 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic Certificate Yes No 12 Health Sciences Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic A.A.S. Yes No 12 Health Sciences Engineering Science A.S. No No 12 Liberal Arts and Sciences Entrepreneurship A.A.S. No Yes 12 Business Entrepreneurship Certificate No Yes 12 Business Environmental Science A.S. No No 12 Liberal Arts and Sciences Fine Arts A.S. No No 12 Liberal Arts and Sciences Forensic Science Studies A.S. No No 12 Liberal Arts and Sciences Health Information Management and Technology A.A.S. No Yes 12 Business Health Sciences Certificate No No 12 Liberal Arts and Sciences Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technical Services A.O.S. No No 12 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Human Services A.S. Yes No 13 Liberal Arts and Sciences Individual Studies A.A., A.S. Yes Yes 13 Liberal Arts and Sciences Information Systems Certificate No Yes 13 Business Invasive Cardiovascular Technology A.A.S. No No 13 Health Sciences Liberal Arts and Sciences: Adolescence Education (Teacher Education Transfer) A.S. No No 13 Liberal Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Science A.A. Yes Yes 13 Liberal Arts and Sciences Liberal Arts and Science: Mathematics and Science A.S. No No 13 Liberal Arts and Sciences Mechanical Engineering Technology A.A.S. No No 13 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Mortuary Science A.A.S. No No 13 Health Sciences Nursing A.A.S. Yes No 13 Health Sciences Overhead Electric Line Worker Certificate Yes No 14 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Photovoltaic Installation Certificate Yes No 14 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Physical Education Studies A.A. No No 14 Liberal Arts and Sciences Physical Sciences A.S. No No 14 Liberal Arts and Sciences Polysomnography A.A.S. No No 14 Health Sciences Public Administration Studies A.A.S. Yes Yes 14 Liberal Arts and Sciences Radiologic Technology A.A.S. No No 14 Health Sciences Respiratory Care A.A.S. No No 14 Health Sciences Semiconductor Technology Certificate No No 14 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Teaching Assistant Certificate No Yes 14 Liberal Arts and Sciences Theatre Arts A.S. No No 14 Liberal Arts and Sciences Wind Technician Certificate No No 14 Engineering and Industrial Technologies Enrollment in other than registered or otherwise approved programs may jeopardize a student s eligibility for certain student financial aid awards. *Note: Some online courses have required on-campus labs and/or proctored exams. With careful planning and by speaking with an advisor, most of the degrees indicated in the column above can be completed totally online. Courses also can be transferred from other institutions. However, at least 50 percent of the credits for your degree must be obtained at Hudson Valley Community College. In addition to the programs offered entirely online, a number of programs offer more than 50 percent of their courses online. Key to Degrees Earned: A.A. = Associate in Arts; A.S. = Associate in Science; A.A.S. = Associate in Applied Science; A.O.S. = Associate in Occupational Studies 3

4 PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS Admission to Hudson Valley Community College is open to students who have earned a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma (GED). The charts below list specific courses that are required for admission to ensure success in the individual program choice. Students who are interested in pursuing programs for which they are not currently prepared should consult with the Admissions Office for extended options that will provide necessary preparation. Candidates who lack mathematics and/or science courses required by certain departments, but who are otherwise qualified, may meet requirements by satisfactorily completing preparatory courses at Hudson Valley Community College. Also, in order to maximize opportunity for academic success, students whose reading, writing or math skills are weak, as demonstrated on placement testing, will be advised to take developmental courses to strengthen those skills before taking related core courses for their major. Recommended Minimum Requirements PROGRAM/DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS ENTRY TERM SPECIAL NOTES H.S. AVERAGE Accounting (Certificate) ATC (0932) Administrative Information Management and Technology (A.A.S.) AIM (2214) Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math ( in the course) Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math ( in the course) Bookkeeping and accounting courses recommended. Business and software courses recommended. Business - Accounting (A.A.S.) ATG (0630) Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math ( in the course) Bookkeeping and accounting courses recommended. Business Administration (A.A.S.) BSA (0632) Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math ( in the course) Transfer students are required to have a 2.0 GPA or higher in 4 courses applicable to the degree. Math entrance requirements may be waived if a student has successfully completed (a grade C or above) a higher level math. Business-Business Administration (A.S.) BAD (0671) academic math (80 or above in each course) Transfer students are required to have a 2.75 GPA or higher in 5 courses applicable to the degree. Math courses recommended. Math entrance requirements may be waived if a student has successfully completed (a grade C or above) a higher level math. 80 or above Business- Marketing (A.A.S.) MKT (0633) Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math ( in the course) Computer Information Systems (A.A.S.) CIS (0581) Algebra and Geometry or 2 years of equivalent academic math (80 or above in each course) Computer courses recommended. Transfer students are required to have a 2.0 GPA or higher. 80 or above Computer Information Systems (A.S.) CSS (1171) Algebra and Geometry or 2 years of equivalent academic math (80 or above in each course) Computer courses recommended. Transfer students are required to have a 2.0 GPA or higher. Math entrance requirements may be waived if a student has successfully completed minimally MATH 150 College Algebra with Trigonometry with a grade of C or higher or by permission of department chair. 80 or above Computer Information Systems: System and Network Administration (A.A.S.) CSA (1750) Algebra and Geometry or 2 years of equivalent academic math (80 or above in each course) Computer courses recommended. Transfer students are required to have a 2.0 GPA or higher. 80 or above Computer Information Systems: Web Design and WWW Programming (A.A.S.) CWW (1747) Algebra and Geometry or 2 years of equivalent academic math (80 or above in each course) Computer courses recommended. Transfer students are required to have a 2.0 GPA or higher. 80 or above Entrepreneurship (A.A.S.) ETP (1362) Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math ( in the course) Entrepreneurship (Certificate) ETC (1192) Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math ( in the course) Health Information Management and Technology (A.A.S.) HIM (2215) Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math ( in the course) Business and software courses recommended. Information Systems (Certificate) ISC (0937) academic math (80 or above in each course) 80 or above 4

5 Recommended Minimum Requirements PROGRAM/DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS ENTRY TERM SPECIAL NOTES H.S. AVERAGE Advanced Manufacturing Technology (A.O.S.) AMT (0490) Advanced Manufacturing Technology (A.O.S.) ATE (2041) (Part-time) Evening Architectural Technology (A.A.S.) ACT (0538) Architecture Technology (Certificate) ARC (2371) Automotive Management (A.A.S.) AUM (2296) Automotive Technical Services (A.O.S.) ATS (0411) Automotive Technical Services-Auto Body Repair (A.O.S.) ABR (0453) Civil Engineering Technology (A.A.S.) CIV (0517) Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math (70 or above in the course) Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math (70 or above in the course) academic math ( in each course) academic math ( in each course) Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math ( in the course) Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math ( in the course) Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math ( in the course) academic math ( in each course) Additional math courses recommended. Additional math courses recommended. Need valid driver s license. Special testing through program coordinator. Need valid driver s license. Need valid driver s license. Additional science, math, and mechanical drawing courses recommended. Computer Aided Drafting (Certificate) CAC (0950) Construction (Certificate) CNC (5317) Construction Technology-Building Construction (A.A.S.) CON (0540) Electrical Construction and Maintenance (A.O.S.) ECM (0461) \ EMC (Eve.) 1 unit of any math Interview with program coordinator is required. N/A 1 unit of any math ( in the course) Carpentry capability recommended. academic math ( in each course) 1 unit of any math ( in the course) Additional math courses recommended. Spring entrance will require additional semesters to complete the program. Electrical Engineering Technology - Electronics (A.A.S.) ELT (0699) academic math ( in each course) Additional science, math, and mechanical drawing courses recommended. Electrical Technology - Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (A.A.S) SMT (1786) Heating/Air Conditioning/ Refrigiration Technical Service (A.O.S) HRS (0465) Mechanical Engineering Technology (A.A.S.) MEC (0493) academic math ( in the course) Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math ( in the course) academic math ( in each course) Additional science, math, and mechanical drawing courses recommended. Additional math courses recommended. Spring entrance will require additional semesters to complete the program. Additional math courses recommended. Overhead Electric Line Worker (Certificate) LWC (2029) Photovoltaic Installation (Certificate) PVC (1923) Semiconductor Technology (Certificate) SMC (2264) Wind Technician (Certificate) WTC (2212) 1 unit of any math ( in the course) 1 unit of any math ( in the course) Additional math courses recommended. PHYS135 Technical Physics I, MATH 150 College Algebra and Trigonometry, MATH 165 Basic Calculus with Analytic Geometry, ELET 100 Electricity I, ELET 101 Electricity II, ELET 105 Electronics I and ELET 215 Operational Amplifiers Applicant must be a HVCC Electrical Construction and Maintenance graduate or a graduate of an academically equivalent program, or by assessment and approval of the department chairperson. Applicants to this program must have completed the required courses or equivalent or by permission of department chair. N/A N/A 5

6 Recommended Minimum Requirements PROGRAM/DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS ENTRY TERM SPECIAL NOTES H.S. AVERAGE Bereavement Studies (Certificate) BVC (2180) Dental Assisting (Certificate) DAC (1353) Dental Hygiene (A.A.S.) DHY (0545) None Fall or Spring Social science electives are recommended N/A None CPR certification for health professionals (adult, child and infant CPR). Algebra, Biology and Chemistry w/lab, college-level Chemistry (4) credits with a C grade or higher (75 or above for Regents or 85 or above for non-regents in each course) (Deadline to apply: Feb. 1) Additional science courses with C or better preferred. All college-level science courses will be counted toward the Dental Hygiene selective admission process. College Chemistry course must have been taken within the past 5 years and must include organic, inorganic and biochemistry with lab. All college-level science courses must be taken within 5 years. N/A Regents diploma: 75 or above or non-regents diploma: 85 or above Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Certificate) MSC (1018) Must have a minimum of an associate degree in an allied health program* which requires hospital-based patient care experience with a 2.5 cumulative average or a bachelor s degree with a 2.5 cumulative average and a minimum of 400 hours of hospital-based patient care experience including 40 hours in department. All candidates applying must have a minimum of a C or higher in the additional college-level entrance requirements. College-level courses mandated: 8 credits, human anatomy and physiology; 3 credits, algebra, statistics or higher level mathematics course; 4 credits, physics and/or radiographic physics; 3 credits, English such as composition or public speaking. *Allied health programs may include: Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy, RN, OTA, PTA, MD or DO. N/A Echocardiography (Certificate) ECO (1096) Emergency Medical Technician- Paramedic (A.A.S.) EMS (1293) Must have a minimum of an associate degree in an allied health program* which requires hospital-based patient care experience with a 2.5 cumulative average or a bachelor s degree with a 2.5 cumulative average and a minimum of 400 hours of hospital-based patient care experience including 40 hours in department. All candidates applying must have a minimum of a C or higher in the additional college-level entrance requirements. Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math and Biology ( in the course) College-level courses mandated: 8 credits, human anatomy and physiology; 3 credits, algebra, statistics or higher level mathematics course; 4 credits, physics and/or radiographic physics; 3 credits, English such as composition or public speaking. *Allied health programs may include: Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy, RN, OTA, PTA, MD or DO. Information session with coordinator of program is required. N/A N/A Emergency Medical Technician- Paramedic (Certificate) PAR (0983) Candidates must hold current NYS EMT Card, have one year of EMT experience and information session with coordinator of program is required. Spring (exceptions as noted) Exceptions for spring admission require department chairperson or program director permission. Permission may be granted for students who: have sufficient transfer credit or life experience credit wish to lighten subsequent fall courseload Contact the department for specific details. N/A Invasive Cardiovascular Technology (A.A.S.) CVT (2010) academic math, Biology and Chemistry with labs ( in each course) American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certification - Course C for Health Care Providers. Regents diploma: 75 or above or non- Regents diploma: 85 or above Mortuary Science (A.A.S.) MTS (0599) Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math, Biology and Chemistry w/labs ( in each course) Social science electives recommended. Nursing (A.A.S.) NUR (0005) (Full-time) day Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math, Biology and Chemistry w/labs (75 or above for Regents or 85 or above for non-regents in each course) Physics preferred, CPR certificate required for clinical courses. Grade of B required in non-credit bearing courses. Grade of C required in credit bearing math and science courses. Regents diploma: 75 or above or non- Regents diploma: 85 or above Nursing (A.A.S.) NIR (1546) (Part-time) evening Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math, Biology and Chemistry w/labs (75 or above for Regents or 85 or above for non-regents in each course) Physics preferred, CPR certificate required for clinical courses. Grade of B required in non-credit bearing courses. Grade of C required in credit bearing math and science courses. Regents diploma: 75 or above or non- Regents diploma: 85 or above Polysomnography (A.A.S.) PSG (2298) Radiologic Technology (A.A.S.) XRY (0628) academic math, Biology and Chemistry with labs ( in each course) academic math, Biology and Chemistry or physics w/labs (75 or above for Regents or 85 or above for non-regents in each course) (Deadline to apply: Feb. 1) Additional math and science recommended. Grade of B required in non-credit bearing courses. Grade of C required in credit bearing math and science courses. Regents diploma: 75 or above or non- Regents diploma: 85 or above Respiratory Care (A.A.S.) RES (0440) academic math, Biology and Chemistry w/labs (75 or above for Regents or 85 or above for non-regents in each course) Additional math and science recommended. Grade of B required in non-credit bearing courses. Grade of C required in credit bearing math and science courses. Regents diploma: 75 or above or non- Regents diploma: 85 or above 6

7 Recommended Minimum Requirements PROGRAM/DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS ENTRY TERM SPECIAL NOTES H.S. AVERAGE PROGRAM/DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS ENTRY TERM SPECIAL NOTES H.S. AVERAGE Animal Policy (Certificate) APC (2262) Biological Sciences (A.S.) BSC (1554) Biotechnology (A.S.) BIO (1211) 1 unit of any math or GED Social science, humanities and lab science courses recommended. Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II or 3 units of Physics recommended. 80 or above equivalent academic math, Biology, Chemistry (80 or above in each course) Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II or 3 units of equivalent academic math, Biology, Chemistry (80 or above in each course) Physics recommended. 80 or above Biotechnology (Certificate) BIC (1859) A minimum of 40 credits in college-level science and mathematics comprised of at least: 8 credits of chemistry at the level of CHEM 110/111 or higher, 6-8 credits of mathematics at the level of MATH 150 or higher, 8 credits of physics at the level of PHYS 140/141 or higher, credits of biology at the level of BIOL 150/151 or higher. Chemical Dependency Counseling (A.A.S.) CDC (1070) Criminal Investigation (A.A.S.) CRI (1934) Criminal Justice (A.A.S.) CRJ (0640) Criminal Justice (A.S.) CJA (1100) Digital Media (Certificate) DMC (1514) 1 unit of any math or GED A 2.0 GPA is required for transfer students and major changes. 1 unit of any math or GED Social science, humanities and lab sciences courses recommended. Algebra and Geometry Social science, humanities and lab sciences courses recommended. academic math, and 1 unit of any lab science ( in each course) Strongly recommended Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry and physics. High school art courses recommended. N/A 85 or above Digital Media (A.S.) DGM (1599) academic math, and 1 unit of any lab science ( in each course) Strongly recommended Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry and physics. High school art courses recommended. Disabilities Studies (Certificate) DSC (0052) High School Diploma or GED Early Childhood (A.A.S.) ECD (0650) Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math A 2.0 GPA is required for transfer. Additional social science or humanities recommended. Engineering Science (A.S.) ENS (0530) Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II and Pre-Calculus or 4 units of equivalent academic math, Chemistry and Physics w/labs. (90 or above in each course) For high school students: additional math recommended. For transfer students or HVCC students changing curriculum: B or higher in MATH 180, Calculus I and one of either CHEM 110, General Chemisty I, CHEM 120, Chemistry I or PHYS 150 Physics I or C or higher in all three, MATH 180, CHEM 110 or CHEM 120 and PHYS 150. Equivalent courses are acceptable. 90 or above Environmental Science (A.S.) ESC (1016) Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II or 3 units of equivalent academic math, Biology and Chemistry (80 or above in each course) 80 or above Fine Arts (A.S.) FAR (0664) academic math, and 1 unit of any lab science ( in each course) Strongly recommend Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry and physics. High school art courses recommended. Forensic Science Studies (A.S.) FSS (1666) Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II or 3 units of equivalent academic math, Regents Chemistry Students transferring in from other institutions and other Hudson Valley academic programs who wish to be admitted to the program will be required to have a minimum GPA of 2.5. An interview with the department chairperson is required for current Hudson Valley students. 78 or above Health Sciences (Certificate) HEC (2259) Human Services (A.S.) HSS (1175) Individual Studies (A.A.) and (A.S.) INS (0688) Individual Studies Online (A.A.) and (A.S.) IND (1651) 1 unit of academic math, 1 unit of science (70 or above in each course) High School Diploma or GED N/A N/A 7

8 Recommended Minimum Requirements (continued) PROGRAM/DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS ENTRY TERM SPECIAL NOTES H.S. AVERAGE Liberal Arts and Sciences-Adolescence Education (Teacher Education Transfer) (A.S.) ADE (1804) Liberal Arts and Science-Humanities and Social Science (A.A.) LAR (0201) academic math and 1 unit of any lab science. academic math and 1 unit of any lab science ( in each course) Students seeking concentrations in Math, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics must meet prerequisites for math and science courses as listed in the concentration. Strongly recommend Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Courses of study in: behavioral and social sciences, foreign studies, journalism, political science and other specialized areas. 78 or above Liberal Arts and Science-Mathematics and Science (A.S.) MAS (0220) Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II or 3 units of equivalent academic math, Biology, Chemistry and/or physics (85 or above in each course) For high school students: Strongly recommend pre-calculus. Courses of study in: biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, math and physics. For transfer students or HVCC students changing curriculum: B or higher in MATH 160 Precalculus, and one of either CHEM 110 General Chemistry I, CHEM 120 Chemistry I, BIOL 150 General Biology I, PHYS 140 General Physics I or PHYS 150 Physics I or C or higher in MATH 160, and two of either CHEM 110, CHEM 120, BIOL 150, PHYS 140 or PHYS150. Equivalent courses are acceptable. 85 or above Physical Education Studies (A.A.) PES (1087) Physical Sciences (A.S.) PHS (2213) 1 unit of any math, including GED math 1 unit of any science Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II or 3 units of equivalent academic math, Biology, Chemistry (85 or above in each course) High school Biology is strongly recommended Physics is recommended 85 or above Public Administration Studies (A.A.S.) PAD (0692) 1 unit of any math or GED Humanities, lab science and social science courses recommended. Teaching Assistant (Certificate) TCC (1330) Algebra or 1 unit of equivalent academic math A 2.0 GPA is required for transfer students. Theatre Arts (A.S.) THR (0695) academic math and 1 unit of any lab science ( in each course) Strongly recommend Algebra II, Biology and involvement or experience with theatre activities. 8

9 ACADEMIC PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS (A-Z) Accounting (Certificate) The Accounting certificate allows you to gain a core understanding of the principles of accounting and can help you advance in your career or provide you with a new skill set. The program provides an intensive immersion in the fundamentals of accounting, including financial and managerial accounting, and instruction in widely used accounting software applications. Credits earned in the certificate program can be applied to the accounting degree program and some may be applied to other programs of the college. For more information, contact the department at (518) Administrative Information Management and Technology (A.A.S.) This program prepares you for an entry-level position as an office professional in either the public or private sector. In addition to technology applications, the program provides a foundation in document preparation, spreadsheets, databases, business communications, office management and desktop publishing. For more information, contact the department at (518) Advanced Manufacturing Technology (A.O.S.) The Advanced Manufacturing Technology program is for you if you want to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. You will learn precision metal fabrication via the laboratory experience and the use of computers. During the second year of study, you work together to manufacture, assemble and present a year-long capstone project. For more information, contact the department at (518) Animal Policy (Certificate) The Animal Policy certificate program is designed for students who wish to pursue or currently maintain a career in the field of animal advocacy. Working in the framework of public policy, this certificate program can be applied towards an A.A.S. in Public Administration Studies. For more information, contact the department at (518) Architectural Technology (A.A.S.) The Architectural Technology program prepares you to work in the architectural field at a level between the skilled artisan and the professional engineer and architect by providing an understanding of the planning, design and erection of buildings. Graduates will be qualified for employment in architectural design and planning firms and other companies in the construction field. If you re interested in a bachelor s degree, there are many excellent transfer opportunities to four-year colleges. For more information, contact the department at (518) Architecture Technology (Certificate) The Architecture Technology certificate focuses on the practical and technical requirements of the architectural field and prepares students for entry level emloyement in the architecture and building fields. The program can be completed in one year of study and provides broad-based exposure to the operations, standards and current practices in architecture. Students will learn to develop spatial concepts and demonstrate an understanding of the architect s intent through sketching, drawing, rendering and modeling. Graduates of the program will demonstrate knowledge of the industry standard tools necessary for successful practice. Students may transfer from the certificate program to the college s Architectural Technology degree program. For more information, contact the department at (518) Automotive Management (A.A.S.) The Automotive Management A.A.S. degree provides students with the skills to meet the industry s demand for a more sophisticated and technologically astute workforce. It offers advanced technological training, preparation in business and marketing combined with a solid foundation in communication and writing. The program incorporates key skills in automotive maintenance and repair as well as automotive management and marketing to enhance graduate success. For more information, contact the department at (518) Automotive Technical Services (A.O.S.) The Automotive Technical Services program received certification from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation in You will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to service new computerized controls, new fuel delivery systems and power train designs. The curriculum also provides you with classroom, laboratory and hands-on experience in theory, operation, diagnosis and overhaul of all automotive system components. For more information, contact the department at (518) Automotive Technical Services Autobody Repair (A.O.S.) The Autobody Repair Technician program is designed to train you in state-of-the-art autobody repair techniques. You will learn all phases of repairing damaged unibody vehicles and related components, including unibody alignment. You also will develop skills in all phases of welding; metal straightening by hammering; smoothing areas by filling, grinding or sanding; refinishing and replacing body parts and components; and principles of autobody estimation. For more information, contact the department at (518) Bereavement Studies (Certificate) The Bereavement Studies certificate is designed to offer specialized training in helping people grieve after the loss of a loved one. This program also provides advanced training for individuals already working in the fields of medicine, mental health and social work. For more information, contact the department at (518) Biological Sciences (A.S.) The Biological Sciences program helps meet the growing demands for biological and health sciences training and is designed for students who wish to continue their education in the biological sciences or pre-professional programs in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science. Transfer agreements with four-year colleges are in place to support the transition for highly motivated, high achieving students. For more information, contact the department at (518) Biotechnology (A.S. or Certificate) Fueled by continued advances in cellular and molecular biology, a Biotechnology degree provides the educational background needed for immediate employment in biotechnology and associated fields. Careers are available in health sciences, pharmaceutical development, medical diagnostics, basic research, forensics and other fields. Incoming students considering the certificate program must have a minimum of 40 college level credits in science and math. For more information, contact the department at (518) Program can be completed by attending entirely in the evening Program online. Some courses have required on-campus labs and/or proctored exams. With careful planning and by speaking with an advisor, most of the degree requirements indicated can be completed totally online. 9

10 ACADEMIC PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS (continued) Business Accounting (A.A.S.) The Accounting degree program is for you if your goal is to obtain an entry-level position in the accounting field, in either the public or private sector. You are required to complete core business courses, and areas of specialization in the field of accounting, including computerized accounting software. You also may use the Accounting program to transfer to a four-year college or university. For more information, contact the department at (518) Business Administration (A.A.S.) This Business Administration program is for you if you need to create a businessrelated academic program required by a specific employer or four-year college or university. This program provides an introduction to several fields within business. Students who plan to transfer should select electives required by their college of choice. For more information, contact the department at (518) Business Business Administration (A.S.) Choose this program if your primary goal is to transfer to a four-year college or university that prefers an associate in science degree. Course work is equally balanced between business and liberal arts and sciences (mathematics, through at least precalculus, is required). Since transfer institutions have unique requirements, you are strongly encouraged to contact your college of choice to determine preferred electives. If you are seeking a bachelor s degree in international business, you should include a foreign language as part of your program of study. For more information, contact the department at (518) Business Marketing (A.A.S.) The Marketing program prepare students for an entry-level position in marketing, management, and/or sales, or transfer to a four-year college or university. You are required to complete foundation courses in marketing, advertising, organization and management, and communications. You may then choose additional course work that meets your needs. For more information, contact the department at (518) Retailing option The Retailing option provides you the specific business courses you ll need for a career in retail management while pursuing a Marketing degree. Whether you want to manage a store or run your own, this degree option will help you succeed in the country s second largest industry. According to the New York State Labor Department, the Capital Region alone has more than 700 annual job openings in retailing. Chemical Dependency Counseling (A.A.S.) The Chemical Dependency Counseling program prepares you to enter the field of alcohol and drug treatment. The curriculum has been designed to meet application requirements for the Credential in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC). Transfer options are excellent, and graduates of the program have superior reputations in the treatment community. For more information, contact the department at (518) Civil Engineering Technology (A.A.S.) Civil Engineering Technology graduates are prepared to enter careers in building design and construction, highway and infrastructure design and construction, and construction management under the supervision of engineers and designers/ builders. Graduates of this program are qualified to work as engineer in training, junior engineer, engineering technician, assistant project manager, surveyor, construction inspection technician, estimator and CAD technician. Many graduates also choose to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a bachelor s degree. For more information, contact the department at (518) Computer Aided Drafting (Certificate) The Computer Aided Drafting certificate program is an intensive, one-year training program that prepares you to obtain an entry-level position in the field of computer aided drafting and design. During the fall and spring semesters, you will be enrolled in 12 courses, gaining in-depth knowledge of the leading CAD software packages. During the spring semester you will be introduced to numerous employers and actively participate in selecting your internship site for your six-week summer practicum. For more information, contact the department at (518) Computer Information Systems (A.A.S.) The Computer Information Systems A.A.S. degree allows you to gain employment in the information technologies field or to transfer to a four-year degree program in computer or management information systems. This program provides a foundation in information resource management, systems analysis and design, and multiple programming languages. Coursework prepares students for employment in public and private businesses as programmers, analysts, technicians and help desk staff. For more information, contact the department at (518) Computer Information Systems (A.S.) The Computer Information Systems A.S. degree program is for you if you wish to transfer to a four-year institution after completing an associate s degree. Several articulation agreements with four-year institutions that guarantee transfer to the collaborating college or university complement the degree program. For more information, contact the department at (518) Computer Information Systems: System and Network Administration (A.A.S) System and Network Administration (including the Cisco Network Academy) prepares you for employment as a network and system administrator by providing a strong information systems and business background with further specialization in programming and scripting, operating systems administration and network management and administration. For more information, contact the department at (518) Computer Information Systems: Web Design and WWW Programming (A.A.S.) This program prepares you for employment as a Web designer and developer by providing you with a strong information systems and business background with further specialization in Web design, authoring, development, accessibility and usability, and Internet technologies. For more information, contact the department at (518) Construction (Certificate) The one-year Construction certificate program enables you to enter the workforce immediately following graduation. The program focuses primarily on residential construction, which includes: masonry and concrete, framing systems, insulation, sheetrock and interior finishing, plumbing, and electrical work. The curriculum incorporates classroom work and practical laboratories where you have the opportunity to build one to three small buildings. Recent graduates work on residential construction and framing crews, and serve as masons and builders. For more information, contact the department at (518) Construction Technology Building Construction (A.A.S.) The Construction Technology program was the first two-year program in the country to gain accreditation from the American Council for Construction Education. After graduation, you will be prepared to work in the construction industry, performing surveys for construction site layouts, applying proper building codes, and preparing drawings for residential and commercial construction projects. Graduates work as project managers, estimators, construction inspectors, expeditors, architectural draftspersons, materials testers and construction supervisors or transfer to a four-year college to obtain a bachelor s degree. For more information, contact the department at (518)

11 Criminal Investigation (A.A.S.) The Criminal Investigation degree provides you with a strong academic background in investigative techniques, forensic science, and evidence collection and analysis. If you are interested in completing a 61-credit associate s degree program and entering the law enforcement field, this program will suit your needs. The program complements the college s Criminal Justice A.A.S. degree, which concentrates on law, corrections, administration, criminology and community policing, as well as the Forensic Science Studies A.S. degree, which prepares graduates exclusively for work in a laboratory environment. For more information, contact the department at (518) Criminal Justice (A.A.S.) The Criminal Justice A.A.S. program prepares you for a career in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Graduates can, after meeting civil service requirements, enter law enforcement, investigation, crime prevention and corrections on the federal, state, county or local levels. There also are opportunities for employment in private organizations. This program can meet your needs if you plan to work immediately after completing your associate s degree or if you transfer for further education. It also is ideal for in-service students looking to update their knowledge and skills. Courses are offered on a full- and part-time basis. For additional information, contact the department at (518) Criminal Justice (A.S.) The Criminal Justice A.S. program is designed to prepare students to transfer into a Criminal Justice bachelor s degree program. The A.S. program is writing intensive and parallels other four-year Criminal Justice programs. Transfer agreements are available with several four-year college and university programs. Courses are offered on a full- and part-time basis. For additional information, contact the department at (518) Dental Assisting (Certificate) As a dental assistant, you will perform a variety of tasks in dental offices, including sterilization of instruments, setting up dental materials and performing office duties. You may also work chairside, helping as dentists examine and treat patients. The college offers two programs, one aimed at new students interested in entering the profession, and the other for those who are currently working as dental assistants. Both are offered in an online format. Those who successfully complete either program will be eligible to take the licensure exam for dental assistants. For more information, contact the department at (518) Dental Hygiene (A.A.S.) A dental hygienist s primary responsibility is to promote optimal health through preventive and educational services. This curriculum involves lecture and discussion, laboratory skills and supervised clinical experience. Special fees for uniforms and dental instrument kits amount to approximately $1,500 for the first year. After graduation, you are eligible to take the national boards in Dental Hygiene and the Northeast Regional Board Licensing Exam. For more information, contact the department at (518) Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Certificate) The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program addresses the growing demand for trained and well-educated sonographers. You will attend classes on campus and participate in internships at clinical affiliates such as regional hospitals, managed care centers and private imaging facilities. Current salaries are competitive with other allied health professions. After graduation, you are qualified to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Certification Examination. Job placement of graduates has been 100 percent. For more information, contact the department at (518) Digital Media (Certificate) The Digital Media certificate program is designed for students who wish to enhance the skills used in the digital creation of Web-based content, animation, digital design for print media and digital video production. Core classes offer a strong foundation in the history, theory, and studio practice of digital media, as well as the use of basic software. Career opportunities exist in advertising agencies, design firms, newspapers, magazines, television stations, Web and multimedia production companies, retail stores, printers, government agencies and corporate in-house art departments. For more information, contact the department at (518) Digital Media (A.S.) The Digital Media A.S. program prepares students for work in the computerized graphic design and Web publishing fields. Graduates will have the ability to directly transfer into related four-year degree programs. You will study drawing, photography and design, video art, digital imaging, animation and Web-based and interactive media. Students will be trained to use industry-standard equipment and software and will assemble a print and digital portfolio for job interviews or transfer. For more information, contact the department at (518) Disabilities Studies (Certificate) Jointly developed by the college s Human Services and Teacher Preparation departments, the Disabilities Studies certificate is for individuals working or interested in human services, education, teaching, counseling, health and business. There is an expanding entry-level job market and a clear need for enhanced competency among professionals in many disciplines for the skills learned in this 28-credit program. Courses lay the groundwork for a solid knowledge base, while the field experience enables students to develop necessary skills. Course electives provide flexibility in addressing specific areas of interest, including mental health, developmental disabilities, alcohol and substance abuse, educational settings or deaf culture. For more information, contact the department at (518) Early Childhood (A.A.S.) The Early Childhood major offers a broad understanding of the psychological, emotional, intellectual and developmental needs of children. The coursework and training will prepare you to seek employment in an early childhood setting or to transfer to a bachelor s degree program. The program emphasizes direct work with children: you will spend one day each week during your first year and two days each week during your second year student teaching in early childhood settings. This field experience takes place under the supervision of a college faculty member. For more information, contact the department at (518) Echocardiography (Certificate) A cardiac sonographer needs a working knowledge of the detailed anatomy and physiology of the heart and its echogenic appearance as it is presented in a 2-D image as well as scanning techniques to obtain the maximum image. You will attend classes on campus and participate in internships at clinical affiliates such as regional hospitals and private cardiology practices. After graduation, you are qualified to take the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Certification Examination. Job placement has been 100 percent and salaries are competitive with other allied health professions. For more information, contact the department at (518) Electrical Construction and Maintenance (A.O.S.) The Electrical Construction and Maintenance program prepares you to enter a broad and diverse workplace with knowledge and skill levels in four areas: residential, commercial and industrial installations; transformers; motors and motor control (including programmable logic controllers); and industrial electronics. You will learn about electrical circuits, as well as the theory and mathematics necessary to plan and install electrical systems with the appropriate amount of practical coursework. Upon graduation, you will have more than 750 hours of hands-on experience, which will make you highly marketable to employers. Graduates often have choices of employment in multiple fields, including the construction industry, manufacturing environment, utility industry, communications, semiconductor manufacturing, and industrial controls. For more information, contact the department at (518)

12 ACADEMIC PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS (continued) Electrical Engineering Technology Electronics (A.A.S.) The Electrical Engineering Technology program is designed to meet the demand for employees with electronics skills. In this program, you will learn electrical and electronic theories and how to apply those theories in a laboratory setting. After graduation, you are prepared for a career as an engineering technician, or you may transfer to a four-year college or university. Employment opportunities exist for those interested in working as field service representatives, quality control technicians, test technicians, electrical technicians, computer technicians and field engineers. For more information, contact the department at (518) Electrical Technology: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (A.A.S.) The Electrical Technology: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology program will prepare you to enter emerging fields such as semiconductor fabrication, micro-electro-mechanical systems and nanotechnology. You will benefit from both classroom education and hands-on instruction. For more information, contact the department at (518) Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic (Certificate and A.A.S) As a paramedic, you will interact with critically ill and injured patients in a prehospital setting. Hudson Valley offers both a certificate and a degree program in Paramedics. To be accepted into the certificate program, you must prove EMT status, be current in CPR, and submit proof of a minimum of 50 ambulance rides. A high school diploma or equivalent also is required. After graduation, you are eligible to take the New York State Department of Health and National Registry of EMT s certifying exam at the paramedic level. Acceptance into the associate degree program requires a high school diploma or GED. The EMT course and internship to gain the required 50 calls is completed in the first year of the program, prior to taking the paramedic level courses. Fire departments, private ambulance services and rescue organizations employ paramedics, and job placement is near 100 percent. Salary range depends on your region of employment. For more information about either the Paramedic certificate or degree program, contact the department at (518) Engineering Science (A.S.) The Engineering Science program parallels the first two years of four-year college programs in various engineering fields. Engineering Science graduates with good academic records are able to transfer to many four-year science- or engineeringoriented colleges with junior standing. For more information, contact the department at (518) Entrepreneurship (A.A.S.) Whether you are a prospective entrepreneur interested in launching your first venture or a small business owner looking to grow, this program prepares you to enter the exciting world of business entrepreneurship. For many, it is a life-long dream to start, own and operate a small business; this program gives you the necessary entrepreneurial skills to pursue that dream. You will learn fundamental skills necessary for increasing the success of your venture and will explore different subjects, including: developing an entrepreneurial mindset, entrepreneurial finance, small business management, marketing, and legal issues for small business owners. You will conclude your study with the development of a business plan, ready for financing and implementation, as well as an internship in our own community. For more information, contact the department at (518) Entrepreneurship (Certificate) The Entrepreneurship certificate provides those who possess specific technical or innovative abilities with key entrepreneurial and business skills. The program aims to increase the likelihood of success by reinforcing the concepts and skills necessary to create, design and launch a successful new business. Certificate program graduates also can transfer course credits on to the A.A.S. degree program. For more information, contact the department at (518) Environmental Science (A.S.) Our society is faced with unprecedented global changes in the years ahead: meeting energy needs in a clean and safe manner; reducing, reusing and disposing of wastes; developing more effective agricultural practices the list is endless. With this in mind, Hudson Valley developed the Environmental Science program, which is designed to prepare you to continue your studies in the field of environmental science/studies and ultimately pursue a related career. For more information, contact the department at (518) Forest Technology Students interested in Forest Technology should enroll in the Environmental Science program for the first year of study and then transfer to SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Ranger School campus for the second year of the program. Fine Arts (A.S.) The Fine Arts program at Hudson Valley includes courses in design, drawing, painting, photography, art history and electronic arts, and it provides you with the foundation to transfer to a four-year college. It also serves those who are simply seeking experience in the visual arts. Introductory courses provide an intensive hands-on learning experience that is challenging, and extensive access to Hudson Valley s studios and darkrooms encourages the growth of technical skills. Additional coursework builds upon and refines skills while exploring further the conceptual issues of concern to the fine arts. For more information, contact the department at (518) Forensic Science Studies (A.S.) Hudson Valley s Forensic Science Studies program addresses forensic science s interdisciplinary nature. You will learn to apply scientific principles to physical evidence. Forensic scientists work primarily in laboratories, but a number go out to crime scenes. Their objective is to analyze evidence to help investigators either exonerate a suspect or link that suspect to a crime. Successful completion of the program allows you to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a bachelor of science degree in Forensic Science. For more information, contact the department at (518) Health Information Management and Technology (A.A.S.) This program prepares you for several career choices, and provides you with entry-level skills to become a medical office assistant, a health information technician, medical coding specialist and/or a health insurance billing specialist. Health information technicians specialize in analyzing, securing and maintaining patient health information, and may be responsible for quality assurance, computer information services and coding diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement. You will find employment opportunities in hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, government agencies and HMOs. For more information, contact the department at (518) Health Sciences (Certificate) By providing course work in the basic sciences along with a concentration in one of the health science areas, this certificate prepares you for entry into the health science field. Upon successful completion of the certificate, you can continue into one of our Health Science programs, transfer to a four-year institution or enter the workforce in many entry-level areas within the field. For more information, contact the department at (518) Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technical Services (A.O.S.) The HVAC/R industry is large and diverse, and graduates of this program enter the industry with a background in design, installation and service of commercial and 12

13 residential heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. These areas are taught in theory and in a laboratory setting, which gives you the practical skills needed to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. Graduates of the program, many of whom secure jobs prior to graduating, are prepared to work as installers and service technicians, and to conduct research and testing. Typical employers are commercial service companies, residential and commercial installation contractors, hospitals, sales companies, government agencies and schools. For more information, contact the department at (518) Human Services (A.S.) Human Services is a challenging program that educates you to assist people with social, behavioral or mental health problems. Because of the program s excellent reputation, there is generally a 95 percent to 100 percent job placement rate. Additionally, a significant percentage of graduates pursue bachelor s degrees in social work. Possible careers include residence counselor, program assistant and therapy aide. Typical employers include social service agencies, child and family care centers, county agencies, youth centers and senior citizens centers. If you work full-time during the day, degree requirements can be fulfilled through evening course work. You also can take selected courses through distance learning. For more information, contact the department at (518) Individual Studies (A.A. or A.S.) The Individual Studies program leads to either an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree, depending on the emphasis of your courses. The program is an ideal degree choice if you are seeking a flexible curriculum for your transfer/career needs. Coursework for an Individual Studies degree can be selected from a wide range of offerings to broaden your horizons and meet general education requirements for transfer to four-year schools, or to form a specific concentration for entry into the workforce. The flexible nature of the program allows it to accommodate a wide range of students, from those planning to go to medical school to those who require fundamental academic preparation for future success in college classes. Degree requirements can be fulfilled through online courses. For more information, contact the department at (518) Information Systems (Certificate) This certificate program provides you with the essential background needed to analyze, design and develop Unix- and Windows-based information systems. Courses are devoted to programming languages such as C, C++, COBOL, Visual BASIC, Java, SQL, Oracle and database management, and Web page development. This certificate includes most of the core course requirements of the degree program in Computer Information Systems. In many cases it will be accepted for advancement in civil service environments. For more information, contact the department at (518) Invasive Cardiovascular Technology (A.A.S.) The invasive cardiovascular technologist is a member of a team that works under the direction of a physician, in the field of cardiac catheterization. You will attend classes on campus and participate in internships at clinical affiliates. After completing the program, you are qualified to sit for the National Registry Exam, administered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International. Job placement is near 100 percent, and salaries are competitive with other allied health professions. For more information, contact the department at (518) Liberal Arts and Sciences: Adolescence Education (Teacher Education Transfer) (A.A.) This degree program is for those who wish to pursue a career as a certified public school teacher in grades 7-12 in a variety of subject areas. It follows the SUNY Teacher Education Transfer Template (TETT), which provides a smooth transfer from the coursework at Hudson Valley to a SUNY four-year institution. In this program, you will explore the fundamentals of classroom education while meeting SUNY General Education requirements for pursuing courses within an academic concentration. For more information, contact the department at (518) Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Science (A.A.) This major is the traditional beginning of a bachelor s degree liberal arts program. In a liberal arts transfer program such as this, the emphasis is on breadth of knowledge. You will take courses in several different fields to assist your selection of a specific area of study at your transfer institution. The Liberal Arts program has an excellent transfer reputation with four-year private and public institutions across the country. Transfer agreements and majors are updated regularly to meet student needs. For more information, contact the department at (518) HonorScholar Program Students in the Liberal Arts and Science: Humanities and Social Science degree program also have the ability to become HonorScholars, which allows them access to honors-level, seminar style coursework. Only highly motivated students should pursue honors coursework. For more information, contact the department at (518) Liberal Arts and Science: Mathematics and Science (A.S.) The Math and Science program serves the student who is interested in transferring to a four-year institution in mathematics, biological science, pre-medical, or similar pre-professional fields. Students will select their electives on the basis of their ultimate goal and academic background. These selections will be made in consultation with an academic advisor. For more information, contact the department at (518) HonorScholar Program Students in the Liberal Arts and Science: Mathematics and Science degree program may be able to take part in the HonorScholar Program, which allows them access to honors-level, seminar style coursework. Only highly motivated students should pursue honors coursework. For more information, contact the department at (518) Mechanical Engineering Technology (A.A.S.) The Mechanical Engineering Technology program provides you with practical, hands-on experience, and prepares you to enter the workforce as a mechanical engineering technician or offers the opportunity to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a bachelor s degree. Mechanical engineering technicians study system design, and the production, installation and monitoring of products. You will learn how and why a system or mechanism works by studying materials, strength of materials, machine design, computer aided drafting (CAD) and microcomputer applications. For more information, contact the department at (518) Mortuary Science (A.A.S.) As a contemporary funeral service practitioner, you will serve bereaved people in a professional role as both caretaker of the dead and caregiver to the living in bereavement support. Courses are available days and evenings and several are offered online. There has been a 95 percent employment rate. After graduation, you are qualified to sit for the National Board Examination and/or the individual State Board Examination. For more information, contact the department at (518) Nursing (A.A.S.) The Nursing program prepares you to serve the health needs of individuals and groups in a variety of community health care settings. The program may be completed in either two years (full-time) or four years (part-time). After graduation, you are prepared academically and clinically to work in hospitals, nursing facilities, nursing homes and doctors offices, and are eligible to take the National Comprehensive Licensing Examination in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN). You are required to provide your own transportation to the college and to your clinic sites. Special fees for uniforms and/or equipment for nursing students cost approximately $800. Job placement has been 100 percent. For more information, contact the department at (518)

14 ACADEMIC PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS (continued) Overhead Electric Line Worker (Certificate) The Overhead Electric Line Worker certificate program will train you for employment with electric utility companies. This program was developed in response to the demand for overhead electric line workers throughout New York State. The electric utility industry is facing a critical shortage of qualified workers, specifically line mechanics and technicians, due to a large number of workers retiring. To fill their workforce needs, utilities are looking for employees who have completed technical training at the community college level to handle the increased technical challenges they face. This 36-credit certificate program prepares students to immediately enter the workforce. Job placement has been 100 percent and salaries are competitive. For further information, contact the department at (518) Photovoltaic Installation (Certificate) The Photovoltaic Installation certificate program prepares you to enter the growing industry of solar panel installation and maintenance. The 21-credit hour program includes courses in basic electricity, residential and commercial construction wiring, and photovoltaic theory and practice. Those who complete the training will be prepared to take a certification exam in the photovoltaic field. For more information, contact the department at (518) Physical Education Studies (A.A.) The Physical Education Studies program provides advisement and a comprehensive offering of Physical Education courses. To meet degree requirements, you must complete 45 hours of Liberal Arts and Sciences credits and 17 hours of Physical Education credits. Your associate degree coursework at Hudson Valley enables you to transfer to a four-year school as a junior in pursuit of a Physical Education baccalaureate degree. You also may be able to transfer on to programs such as: Health and Wellness, Exercise Science, Kinesiology or Sports Medicine. The program also offers coaching certification courses and a series of courses in exercise science. For more information, contact the department at (518) Physical Sciences (A.S.) This transfer-based degree program is for students who wish to pursue advanced degrees in chemistry, physics or earth science. The curriculum offers core courses in the physical sciences as well as additional electives that meet general education requirements for the liberal arts in preparation for transfer to a four-year college. Required coursework emphasizes hands-on laboratory experience that integrates theoretical concepts with practical applications. Following the core curriculum in the first year, students have the opportunity to pursue a concentration in chemistry, physics or earth science during the second year. For more information, contact the department at (518) Polysomnography (A.A.S.) The 71-credit Polysomnography A.A.S. program prepares graduates to work in the field of polysomnography or electroencephalography diagnostic testing. Polysomnography is an allied health specialty that deals with the diagnostic evaluation and management of patients with neurological and sleep abnormalities. This is a nationally-recognized profession and a growing field in health science. For more information, contact the department at (518) Public Administration Studies (A.A.S.) The Public Administration Studies program is designed for both recent high school graduates and for current public sector employees who wish to work toward a degree. You are taught the skills necessary to fill a broad range of professional and paraprofessional positions found in federal, state, county and municipal governments. Current employees are taught to better perform the duties of their positions, and are prepared for advancement to other positions within the government. For more information, contact the department at (518) Radiologic Technology (A.A.S.) Radiologic technology is a highly technical and specialized science, which requires you to have a full understanding of the diagnostic uses of radiation. After graduation, you are eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologies exam, which qualifies you for a New York State license, or you may continue your education at Hudson Valley Community College in the Diagnostic Sonography one-year certificate program or the Echocardiography one-year certificate program. Graduates also may transfer to four-year colleges and universities or continue their studies in other imaging modalities. Employment may be found in hospitals, diagnostic imaging centers, health mai ntenance organizations, clinics and physicians offices. Current salaries are competitive with other allied health professions. For more information, contact the department at (518) Respiratory Care (A.A.S.) As a respiratory therapist, you will care for patients with deficiencies and abnormalities of the cardiopulmonary system, such as asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive lung disease, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, infant respiratory distress syndrome, and conditions brought on by shock, trauma or post-operative surgical complications. Respiratory therapists work in hospitals, rehabilitation agencies, nursing homes, emergency transport teams, sleep centers, pulmonary function laboratories, outpatient clinics and physicians offices. Starting salaries compare favorably with other allied health fields. After graduation, you are qualified to take the National Board for Respiratory Care Entry Level and Advanced Practitioner exam, which also qualifies you for a New York State license. The program is a cooperative educational endeavor with Albany Medical Center Hospital. For more information, contact the department at (518) Semiconductor Technology (Certificate) Students receive highly specialized training in semiconductor and nanotechnology, digital electronics, electro-mechanical devices, semiconductor manufacturing and the nanofabrication processes. The curriculum consists of seven courses to be completed in two semesters. For more information, contact the department at (518) Teaching Assistant (Certificate) Newly-hired teaching assistants in New York State s public schools are required to obtain certification. Hudson Valley Community College s Teacher Preparation Department can provide you with the state-mandated courses needed to complete the certification. Teaching assistants provide direct instructional services to students under the supervision of a licensed teacher. They also may work with small groups of students on special projects and may assist students in utilizing instructional resources. For more information about the Teaching Assistant Certificate, contact the department at (518) Theatre Arts (A.S.) Students in the Theatre Arts degree program will be exposed to the applications and theories of stagecraft. Academic topics include acting, theatrical design and stage management. From the ancient Greek roots of comedy and tragedy to contemporary realism, you will be given a strong foundation in the theatre arts and the chance to continue your studies not only in acting and stagecraft but in related fields as well. This is a transfer-oriented program with articulation agreements in place with several colleges and universities. For more information, contact the department at (518) Wind Technician (Certificate) The Wind Technician certificate program is aimed at students who have completed the Electrical Construction and Maintenance A.O.S. degree and need additional specialized skills to enter the wind turbine industry. Learning focuses on component systems, electrical elements, assembly, operation and maintenance of wind turbines. Due to the physical nature of the work and the necessity to scale high towers, students also take weight training and personal fitness courses, and learn to master harness systems, high ropes, rigging and rescue techniques. Graduates of this 25 credit hour certificate program are trained to be part of a wind turbine installation crew, to perform warranty maintenance or to work as operation and maintenance technicians doing routine scheduled maintenance and troubleshooting. For more information, contact the department at (518)

15 CAREER AND TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES A.A. = Associate in Arts degree A.A.S. = Associate in Applied Science degree A.O.S. = Associate in Occupational Science degree A.S. = Associate in Science degree Certificate = credit-bearing certificate programs are designed to provide essential skills for immediate employment or career advancement Area of Study Credential Program Specifics Possible Careers / Next Steps Accounting Certificate Certificate program graduates can boost their current Bookkeeper, accounts receivable, accounts payable or or A.A.S. job skills or find entry-level work in finance offices. audit clerk, tax collector, tax examiner The Accounting degree is part of the college s core business program and is often used for those who Continued study toward bachelor s degree want a broader business curriculum. in accounting/finance Administrative A.A.S. Courses in word processing, database and spreadsheet Administrative assistant, executive office assistant, secretary Information Management management will prepare you for a career as an and Technology administrative assistant working in a variety of office settings. Advanced Manufacturing A.O.S. Computer-aided design and manufacturing meet the high tech CNC machinist, lathe operator, mill operator Technology work of machine processes in this program that covers an array of precision metal, plastic and composite manufacturing. Animal Certificate For students who wish to pursue or currently maintain a career A.A.S. in Public Administration Studies Policy in the field of animal advocacy. Animal law Architectural A.A.S. Graduates are prepared to work in the architectural or Draftsperson, junior designer, furniture designer, graphic designer, Technology construction field or pursue a bachelor s degree junior technician, construction/building inspector, illuminating at a four-year school to become a licensed architect. engineer, estimator, architectural critic, product manufacturer representative, property assessor, real estate agent, material tester, building pathologist, set designer Continued study toward bachelor s degree in architecture Architecture Certificate This program meets the current practical and technical needs of Draftsperson, junior designer, furniture designer, graphic designer, Technology students who wish to obtain employment at an entry level junior technician, construction/building inspector, illuminating position and ensures that students are provided with a engineer, estimator, architectural critic, product manufacturer high quality professional education. representative, property assessor, real estate agent, material tester, building pathologist, set designer Automotive A.A.S. Students will develop technical skills in selected automotive Autoshop manager Management maintenance and repair areas while developing skills in management, marketing and sales. Automotive A.O.S. Classroom instruction and hands-on lab experience Automotive technician, service desk personnel, repair facility Technical Services give you the core knowledge for this rapidly changing, owner, service manager, service writer, parts manager, highly technical career. Modern diagnostic and vehicle warranty claims manager service equipment is used. ATS A.O.S. Autobody repair requires knowledge, technique and a Autobody repair technician, body shop owner/manager, Autobody Repair dedication to detailed and quality workmanship. Hands-on estimator, insurance claims adjuster, body supply store salesperson training is provided for entry into this demanding career. Bereavement Certificate This program offers specialized training in the ways that Funeral director, bereavement counselor Studies people grieve after the loss of a loved one and provides an opportunity for those individuals already working in the field to receive advanced training. Biological Sciences A.S. This program is for those who hope to continue study at the Bachelor s degree in biology, continued study toward baccalaureate, master s and post-graduate level in medical professional degree science, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy or research in the biological sciences. Biotechnology A.S. Jobs in biotechnology are available in the health sciences, Biotech lab technician, medical lab technician or Certificate pharmaceutical development, forensics and other research fields. Students wishing to enter the certificate program must Continued study toward bachelor s degree in biotechnology have completed significant college-level science coursework. Business A.S. A balance of business and liberal arts courses makes up the Retail sales manager, human resources specialist, real estate sales, Administration or A.A.S. A.S. program, which is designed for business students who underwriter, appraiser wish to transfer to a four-year institution. The A.A.S. program provides more flexibility in choosing electives. Continued study toward bachelor s degree in management, advertising, marketing, finance, accounting or other related field Business A.A.S. Marketing covers a wide range of careers including research, Advertising sales representative, marketing representative, Marketing management, sales and advertising. A retailing resort manager, advertising or marketing option has been created within the Marketing program. Chemical A.A.S. This program is for those pursuing a career as alcohol and Continued study toward bachelor s degree in management, Dependency drug treatment counselors. Field internships are central to Alcohol and drug treatment counselor Counseling the program and occur in hospitals and outpatient facilities. Civil Engineering A.A.S. Graduates are prepared to enter careers in civil engineering Engineering technician, cost estimator, surveyor, Technology technology. draftsperson, assistant project manager, engineer in training, junior engineer, junior designer Continued study toward bachelor s desgree in engineering technology 15

16 Area of Study Credential Program Specifics Possible Careers / Next Steps Civil Engineering A.A.S. This is designed for those interested in entering the field of residential Assistant project manager, project inspector, estimator Technology and commercial construction management who can work under Construction Management the supervision of engineers and designers/builders. Computer Certificate This is a full-time, intensive program for those who would like to enter Computer Aided Drafting (CAD technician) Aided Drafting the field of computer-aided drafting. The curriculum includes a two-month internship. Computer A.S. With proper advisement, students can either continue their Computer analyst/programmer; help desk staff Information Systems or A.A.S. study at a four-year institution by pursuing the A.S. degree, (CIS) or enter the information technologies workplace after completing Continued study toward bachelor s degree in computer science the A.A.S. degree. Individual options allow students to specialize their course of study. CIS System and A.A.S. This program is for CIS students seeking employment as Network and systems administrator, operating systems Network network administrators. The degree provides comprehensive specialist/technician Administration preparation for Cisco Systems certification. CIS Web Design A.A.S. This program is for CIS students seeking employment as Web media designer, content developer Web designers and developers. Construction Certificate This is a one-year certificate program designed for those interested Carpenter, mason, builder, framing crew worker in entering the residential construction field. Construction A.A.S. This two-year degree program offers a more in-depth study of Construction manager, estimator, planner, project assistant, Technology construction management, planning and estimating. superintendent, construction inspection technician Building Construction BPI/ACI/NICET certification available Criminal A.A.S. This program is for students who wish to find employment Criminal investigation technician Investigation as crime scene technicians immediately after obtaining their degree. Criminal Justice A.S. or A.A.S. This preparation for entry into the criminal or juvenile justice Law enforcement system covers the wide spectrum of careers available in these fields. The program can be suitable for those who wish to work Continued study toward bachelor s degree in criminal justice immediately after finishing their associate s degree or those who hope to continue their education further. Dental Assisting Certificate This one-year online certificate program prepares you to become Dental assistant a dental assistant, who may assist chairside or perform specific office and lab duties in a dental office. The program leads to licensure as a registered dental assistant. Dental Hygiene A.A.S. Dental hygienists provide preventive and educational services Dental hygienist by encouraging good oral health practices. Hygienists usually work within a dental practice but can also work in a hospital or other clinical setting. The program leads to licensure as a registered dental hygienist. Diagnostic Certificate A one-year certificate program in sonography aimed at those who Diagnostic medical sonographer Medical are already in an allied health career who would like to increase Sonography their skills; some applicants with bachelor s degrees, health care experience and educational prerequisites also are accepted into the program. Digital Media Certificate This program is a concentrated course of study designed for Media designer, Net artist students interested in developing or enhancing professional expertise in the field of digital art. Continued study in graphic design, new media, electronic art Digital Media A.S. The Digital Media A.S. degree prepares you for work in the Media designer, Net artist computerized graphic design and web publishing fields. Graduates also will have the ability to directly transfer into related four-year degree Continued study in graphic design, new media, electronic art programs in areas such as digital media, graphic design, electronic art and new media. Students in the program study drawing, photography and design, video art, digital imaging, animation and web-based and interactive media. You will be trained to use industry-standard equipment Disabilities Studies Certificate This certificate is appropriate for those working or interested Career advancement and positions working with the disabled in human services, education, teaching, counseling, health and in human services or education field business. Early Childhood A.A.S. Graduates find employment in a childcare or preschool setting. Lead preschool teacher, day care staff Many also continue their education toward bachelor s and master s degrees. The program provides a strong foundation, knowledge Continued study toward bachelor s degree in of childhood development and its diverse learning styles and elementary education cultural sensitivity. Includes four semesters of field experience. Echocardiography Certificate A one-year certificate program in cardiac sonography aimed at Cardiac sonographer, echocardiologist those who are already in an allied health career who would like to increase their skills; some applicants with bachelor s degrees, health care experience and educational prerequisites also are accepted into the program. 16

17 Area of Study Credential Program Specifics Possible Careers / Next Steps Electrical A.O.S. Graduates find a variety of positions in the electrical industry Commercial or residential electrician, plant maintenance Construction and including residential, commercial and industrial installation. electrician, cable installer or technician, appliance or business Maintenance Hands-on training also includes programmable controls, machine repair motors, transformers and industrial electronics. Also offered evenings part-time. Electrical A.A.S. Graduates work in the electronics field as technicians, or in a Engineering technicians in electronics industry Engineering variety of testing and manufacturing careers. Some students Technology continue their education at a baccalaureate program in Continued study toward bachelor s degree in Electronics engineering technology. engineering technology Electrical A.A.S. The semiconductor manufacturing industry offers careers for Semiconductor manufacturing technician Technology those who can demonstrate skilled application of the material Semiconductor covered in this program. Manufacturing Technology Emergency A.A.S. Offered both full- and part-time, this degree program can lead Paramedic Medical Technician or Certificate to a career in the paramedic field. Also offered as a one-year Paramedic certificate program for those who have a current NYS EMT card and one year of experience. Engineering Science A.S. This program parallels the first two years of four-year college Continued study toward bachelor s degree in an engineering field programs in various engineering fields. Transfer students may move on to some of the top engineering schools in the country. Entrepreneurship A.A.S. This program is for students who wish to start their own business Entrepreneur / small business owner or current small business owners who want to grow their business. Entrepreneurship Certificate The Entrepreneurship certificate provides those who possess specific technical Entrepreneur / small business owner or innovative abilities with key entrepreneurial and business skills. The program aims to increase the likelihood of success by reinforcing the concepts and skills necessary to create, design and launch a successful new business. Environmental A.S. This is a two-year interdisciplinary approach to the study of Employment in government or industrial environmental Science environmental science with strong foundations in biology and enforcement and/or monitoring, transfer for further chemistry; there s an optional one-year of coursework with transfer education toward advanced degrees in environmental science to the SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry Forest Ranger School. Fine Arts A.S. A strong foundation in drawing, painting, photography and Continued study toward bachelor s degree in fine arts art history anchor this program. Numerous transfer opportunities exist with top art schools. Forensic A.S. An interdisciplinary program designed for those who want to Continued study toward bachelor s degree in forensic science Science Studies continue their education towards a career in forensic science. The program has transfer agreements with several colleges and universities. Health A.A.S. For students looking to find a position as a technical or Medical office personal, medical billing and coding specialist, Information administrative assistant in a medical facility, this program medical transcriptionist Management covers medical transcription, billing and coding, spreadsheets, and Technology databases and office management. Health Science Certificate After completing the certificate, students can continue further into one of our Continued study in the health sciences School of Health Science programs, transfer on to a four-year institution or enter the workforce in one of many entry-level areas within the health science field, Entry-level position in allied healthcare such as home health or personal care aides, health care office administrative assistants, medical scribes, emergency medical technicians, phlebotomists, or EKG technicians. Heating/AC/ A.O.S. Design, installation and service of HVAC/R systems are the basis HVAC/R installer, service technician, HVAC/R Refrigeration of a $175 billion industry. This program provides hands-on sales representative Technical Services training and theory for an entry-level technician. Human Services A.S. Graduates find meaningful and challenging careers Youth counselor, activities assistant, residence home counselor, helping those with social, behavioral or mental health problems. program assistant, county social service examiners Many graduates continue their education toward bachelor s and graduate degrees. Continued study towards a degree in social work or a related field Individual Studies A.A. or A.S. Individual Studies offers an opportunity for you to craft a Continued study in a variety of degree programs curriculum for your specific transfer or career needs. You work closely with an advisor to find courses to fit your individual goals. Program requirements can be completed online. Information Certificate Designed with the returning adult student in mind, this certificate Systems analyst/programmer, database manager Systems program is for those who need a core understanding of the design and analysis of Unix- and Windows-based information systems. Invasive A.A.S. This is an intensive allied health program for those interested in Invasive cardiovascular technologist Cardiovascular working in cardiac catheterization. Technology Liberal Arts A.A. This transfer-oriented program allows students who wish to Transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution to complete a degree and Sciences: become secondary school teachers the opportunity to complete in secondary education Adolescence the first two years of a bachelor s degree in secondary education. Education 17

18 Area of Study Credential Program Specifics Possible Careers / Next Steps Liberal Arts A.A. A broad-based Liberal Arts education, this associate s degree Continued study toward bachelor s degree in the humanities or and Science: program lets you complete the first two years of a four-year social sciences Humanities and Liberal Arts education. An honors advisement track is Social Science available for high-achieving students. Liberal Arts A.S. Interested in completing a four-year degree in mathematics, Continued study toward bachelor s degree in mathematics, and Science: secondary science or math education? This program can mirror secondary science or mathematics education Mathematics and the first two years of those programs and allow for seamless Science transfer to many upper-level institutions. An honors advisement track is available for high-achieving students. Mechanical A.A.S. Graduates of this program can find work designing solutions and Engineering technician, materials technician, inspector, Engineering solving problems in industries that involve mechanical engineering. project manager Technology Students can find immediate employment or transfer to a four-year institution. Continued study toward bachelor s degree in engineering technology Mortuary Science A.A.S. Caring for the deceased and comforting the bereaved are the Funeral director, funeral attendant essence of this program, which is dedicated to training you for the funeral service profession. Nursing A.A.S. There is an ongoing need for registered nurses in health care. This Registered nurse program can be completed through full- or part-time study. Continued study toward bachelor s degree in nursing Overhead Electric Certificate This program will train you for employment in Line mechanics and technicians Line Worker utility companies as an overhead line worker. Photovoltaic Certificate This 21-credit hour certificate program trains students for jobs Entry-level position in the electrical construction and Installation in the growing industry of solar panel installation and maintenance. maintenance field, specifically related to PV installation Physical A.A. Graduates of this program can transfer to a four-year institution Continued study toward bachelor s degree in physical education, health Education Studies for physical education or several other related fields. and wellness, exercise science, kinesiology or sports medicine. Physical Sciences A.S. This program provides a unique curriculum for Continued study at the baccalaureate level in the physical sciences students who wish to pursue advanced education in chemistry, (chemistry, physics, earth science) physics, or earth science. Polysomnography A.A.S. This program prepares graduates to work in the field of Job opportunities may be found in sleep labs and EEG polysomnography or electroencephalography diagnostic testing. departments or hospitals or associated with physician s offices. Polysomnography is an allied health specialty that deals with the diagnostic evaluation and management of patients with neurological and sleep abnormalities. Public A.A.S. Employment in this field is expected to grow in coming years, State, county or local government employee Administration and this program is an excellent educational entry point for Studies a career in public service at the local, county or state level. Radiologic A.A.S. Medical imaging has developed into a highly technical and Radiologic technologist, X-ray technician Technology specialized field. Graduates can find employment as X-ray technicians in hospitals, imaging centers and physicians practices. Respiratory Care A.A.S. Graduates work under the supervision of a physician Respiratory therapist with patients who have lung and heart problems. Respiratory therapists work with patients from infants to the elderly. Semiconductor Certificate Students receive highly specialized training in semiconductor Semiconductor manufacturing technician Technology and nanotechnology, digital electronics, electro-mechanical devices, semiconductor manufacturing and the nanofabrication processes. The curriculum of seven courses may be completed in two semesters. Teaching Assistant Certificate This 18-credit hour program allows graduates to serve as Teaching assistant teaching assistants in elementary and secondary school classrooms. Credits earned in the certificate can be applied to an associate s degree in Early Childhood. Theatre Arts A.S. Students will be given a strong foundation in the theatre arts and Continued study toward a bachelor's degree the chance to continue their studies in acting, stagecraft and in theatre or related field related fields. This is a transfer-oriented program with articulation agreements in place with several colleges and universities. Wind Technician Certificate This program is aimed at students who have completed the Electrical Wind turbine installation crew, maintenance technician Construction and Maintenance Associate of Occupational Science degree and need additional specialized skills to enter the high-tech wind turbine industry. A.A. = Associate in Arts degree A.A.S. = Associate in Applied Science degree A.O.S. = Associate in Occupational Science degree A.S. = Associate in Science degree Certificate = credit-bearing certificate programs are designed to provide essential skills for immediate employment or career advancement 18

19 ADMISSIONS General Information Hudson Valley Community College s Admissions staff offers guidance, counseling and support services to assist students in finding areas of study best suited to their interests, aptitudes and abilities. The Admissions Office is responsible for providing relevant information about academic opportunities at the college. Interested students can contact the office to receive program information and applications for admission and to discuss initial academic plans with an Admissions Office representative. In addition, the office coordinates the review of applications for admission to degree and certificate programs. Students who are interested in working toward a degree must complete the application process described on the following pages. Students not planning to complete a Hudson Valley Community College degree, but who wish to be matriculated (formally accepted into a program) for other reasons, must complete the application process as well. The Office of Continuing Education assists students who wish to take college coursework as a non-degree student. For part-time, nondegree course information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at (518) All students who wish to become eligible for federal or New York State financial aid must be admitted to an academic program for the purpose of earning a degree or certificate. General Admission Requirements Candidates for admission are considered without discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disabling condition or sexual orientation. n Applicants must provide evidence of a diploma from an accredited high school or an equivalency diploma. Transfer students possessing an associate s or bachelor s degree are eligible for a waiver. n High school seniors who apply for admission during their senior year must demonstrate adequate scholastic achievement based on their junior or latest senior year academic record. n Applicants must select a desired program. Each academic program has specific program entrance requirements established to ensure student success in the program. Applicants must provide official documentation of having met the requirements for the chosen program. These requirements may be met through high school and/or college course work. Program entrance requirements are listed for each individual program. n The college recommends, but does not require, that applicants complete the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) as an aid to course placement. n Applicants who have previously been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor may not be able to receive final licensure in certain fields upon completion of the degree or certificate. Also, certain career opportunities from some programs may be limited. For more specific details and advice, the applicant should discuss his/her situation with the appropriate department chairperson. Early Admission Program Hudson Valley Community College recognizes that certain high school students may benefit by beginning their college study early. The Early Admission Program (EAP) allows qualified students the opportunity to fulfill high school graduation requirements through completed college credit. High school students who have successfully completed their junior year and who have achieved an overall high school average of 80 (B) or better are encouraged to consider the Early Admission Program. Students interested in the Early Admission Program will need to complete the following to be considered: 1 High school juniors must complete the application for admission and submit it to their guidance counselor, using the Program Choice Code (0199) EAP, for Early Admission Program Liberal Arts ONLY. 2 The guidance counselor then completes the Early Admission Agreement form. This, along with a Transcript Release form, is then submitted to the Admissions Office. 3 Accepted applicants will be invited to the college to take the placement test. Following the test, students will be given information about the final step in the process, academic advisement. During the advisement session, students will pick out their classes and learn the further steps to enrollment. Proof of high school graduation for the Early Admission Program: 1 At the end of each term, the Hudson Valley Community College registrar will send the high school a copy of the student s college transcript. 2 At the end of the term/year in which the student will graduate from high school, the high school is required to send Hudson Valley Community College an official transcript to show proof of graduation. 3 If the student fails to complete high school diploma requirements, the student should consider taking a High School Equivalency examination or request an Equivalency Diploma based on completion of 24 college credits. Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides one-on-one tutorial and counseling services for New York State applicants who are considered academically at risk and from lowincome households, according to definitions set forth by the State University of New York. Applicants must complete the Hudson Valley Community College Application for Admission and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Early Information Form to be considered for enrollment in the program. Both applications are available in the Admissions Office and EOP Office. In order to meet the eligibility requirements of EOP, applicants must be: 1 A graduate of a New York State accredited high school and a resident of New York State (at least 12 months prior to the first term of enrollment). 19

20 2 Academically under-prepared for college level work (high school averages under 80) and/or a recipient of the General Equivalency Diploma (GED). 3 A first-time college student should apply during his/her first term of enrollment. Selection of eligible applicants is conducted by the EOP director. EOP students are entitled to $150 to $300 in personal expenses per academic year. For more information contact the director of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at (518) Credit Hour Program The 24-Credit Hour Program is for non-high school graduates and students graduating from non-registered schools or correspondence schools within New York State. The High School Equivalency Program of the New York State Education Department has established guidelines for granting an equivalency diploma based on earned college credit. A student who has not earned a high school diploma may be issued a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma. This will be granted if satisfactory documentation is provided of the student s successful completion of the required 24 college credits as a recognized candidate for a college-level degree or certificate at an approved institution. If the only reason a student could not apply the credits to a regular program is the lack of a high school diploma or its equivalent, the student may be considered by the college as a recognized candidate for a degree or certificate for the purpose of the equivalency diploma certification. The candidate must send a completed special application form (DET 603A) and have the institution where the credit was earned send the credit certification form (DET 616) and a transcript to the state Education Department. In concert with this program, Hudson Valley Community College will consider an application for admission from students who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency, providing they meet the following minimum criteria: 1 Student has reached maximum compulsory school attendance age.* 2 The student must contact the Admissions Office for an individual appointment to discuss and determine eligibility for enrollment. 3 The student must take a placement test to determine if, in the judgment of the college, the student has a reasonable chance of succeeding in college coursework. 4 The student must enroll in the coursework recommended by the college following placement testing, a personal interview with an academic advisor, and submission of supportive academic transcripts or recommendations as requested by the college. * Students of compulsory school age who have yet to complete a four-year high school program and who seek to enroll in full-time college study are required to submit verification from the school district of residence that he/she will be meeting the compulsory education requirements through full-time college study. This verification must be in the form of an approved Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) that includes such full-time college study. Successful applicants to this program will only be admitted to the college s Individual Studies program. Students who have or will be graduating with an Individual Education Program (IEP) diploma should apply to the 24-Credit Hour Program. New York State has established specific course requirements which must be completed to obtain an equivalency diploma. Students should work closely with their advisor to ensure the requirements are met. No federal aid is available. Students must take the placement test to determine if they have a reasonable chance of succeeding in college cousework and to determind their eligibility for state financial aid. Federal aid, including student loans, is not available for this program. 20

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