Essential Skills and Related Instruction in Professional-Technical Degrees/Certificates
At Whatcom Community College the professional- technical programs recognize that developing communication, computation and human relations skills are essential for students preparing to earn either a degree or a certificate en route to finding employment. While some of these essential skills are embedded in program curricula, their importance is such that students also need to take specific courses with clearly identified instructional outcomes addressing these areas. Each professional-technical degree or certificate course template guides students by indicating, with the following designations, which courses in Related Instruction are most appropriate to provide this content:
CM = Communications HR = Human Relations CP = Computation
RELATED INSTRUCTION: Skills content will be taught by faculty or professionals monitored by teaching faculty who are appropriately qualified in these areas.
Satisfying Credit Requirements for Professional Technical Degrees and Certificates
In the case where a student completes all course requirements for a professional-technical degree or certificate but does not have the total number of credits required, any college level course(s) numbered 100 or higher, not already used in the degree or certificate, can be applied in order to reach the total number of credits required.
Special admissions requirements
The following degree/certificate programs have special admission requirements that must be completed prior to entry:
- behavioral health – chemical dependency certificate
- computer information systems – bachelor of applied science degree in IT networking
- massage therapist certificate and degree
- medical assisting certificate and degree
- nursing assistant certificate of proficiency
- nursing degree
- physical therapist assistant degree
- visual communications degree
Refer to each respective program for specific program requirements.