Associate in Arts
Students planning to earn a baccalaureate degree at a four-year institution may complete the first two years at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College by earning the Associate in Arts degree. A student may attend full-time (12 hours or more per academic term) or part-time (less than 12 hours per academic term) to complete the Associate in Arts degree.
A student may earn this degree in conjunction with another degree offered by the institution. Day and evening classes are available. The degree can be completed by full-time students in four or five academic terms. Many classes are available in a variety of formats, including traditional, online, and hybrid formats.
Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor at Southern in developing their educational plans. Students are encouraged to choose courses fulfilling the requirements for the Associate in Arts which meet their future baccalaureate degree requirements. Toward this goal, Southern encourages each student to consult the catalog of the institution to which the student plans to transfer
Associate in Science
Students planning to earn a baccalaureate degree at a four-year institution may complete the first two years at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College by earning the Associate in Science degree. A student may attend full-time (12 hours or more per academic term) or part-time (less than 12 hours per academic term) to complete the Associate in Arts degree. A full-time student can complete the degree in four or five academic terms.
A student may earn this degree in conjunction with another degree offered by the institution. Day and evening classes are available. Many classes are available in a variety of formats, including traditional, online, and hybrid formats.
Students are encouraged to consult with an academic advisor at Southern in developing their educational plans. Students are encouraged to choose courses fulfilling the requirements for the Associate in Arts which meet their future baccalaureate degree requirements. Toward this goal, Southern encourages each student to consult the catalog of the institution to which the student plans to transfer.
Board of Governors
The Board of Governors A.A.S. Adult Degree Completion Program is an alternative, non-traditional, degree program designed for adult students seeking a degree completion opportunity. The degree is flexible in its design and responsive to adult students’ diverse needs and interests. Adult students with a broad range of life and educational experiences may combine a core of academic courses with credits earned through prior learning experiences to structure a unique associate degree program. The Board of Governors A.A.S. is designed to graduate students who are prepared to become active, socially responsible members in their communities and places of employment.
The Board of Governors A.A.S. program requires 60 credit hours which include a general education core of 21 hours and 39 hours of general electives encompassing a broad range of content areas while providing for optimum flexibility. The required general education courses assure the development of essential skills and competencies necessary for an associate degree level graduate. Students are encouraged to explore various options for obtaining credit for prior learning experiences including course articulation, standardized exams, challenge exams, credential validation and portfolio credit. Students who choose to earn credit for college-level learning acquired through professional work experience or other life experiences must complete the portfolio development course and submit a portfolio. The portfolio provides the opportunity for equating documented, college-level, experiential learning to college credit. College courses successfully completed at regionally accredited institutions may be transferred into the program and applied toward the credit hour requirements. A minimum of 12 credit hours are required in residency at Southern in order to be eligible for the Board of Governors A.A.S. Students are eligible for admission to the program two years after graduation from high school. In cases of those passing a high school equivalency examination, admission must be two years after their high school class graduated. The full Board of Governors Adult Degree Completion Program is available at all campus locations.
The Business Accounting Program is designed to provide a sound background in accounting skills for students who choose to enter the work force upon the completion of an Associate in Applied Science degree. Fundamental principles (two courses) as well as taxes, payroll, and managerial emphasis are incorporated into the program. Accounting job opportunities can be found in almost every industry.
The full Business Accounting Program is available online. Some courses may be offered at Campus locations. Check schedule for offerings.
The Business Administration Program meets the needs of students who wish a broad overview of business and desire not to enroll in a specialized curriculum in business. The program is designed to acquaint students with major subject areas of business, to improve student’s business vocabulary, and to provide students with an understanding of influencing factors in business decision making and activities. While this program is not designed to transfer into a four-year program, there are some 2 + 2 articulation agreements in existence with several colleges/universities.
The full Business Administration Program is available online. Some courses may be offered at Campus locations. Check schedule for offerings.
The Criminal Justice Program is a non-transfer program designed to prepare individuals for entry-level employment, and permit persons already employed in the field to upgrade their skills for advancement. Classroom activities are planned to provide instruction related to the skills needed in the criminal justice field. Knowledge and skills gained through this program typically prepare for, or upgrade persons in Patrolman, Deputy Sheriff, Watchman/Guard, Corrections Officer, or Parole/ Probation Officer. All students in this program must complete a common general education core, a career support core, and an area of specialization. Southern has 2+2 transfer agreements in place with Franklin University and West Virginia State University.
Either option of the Criminal Justice Program is available on the Logan, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses. The Boone/Lincoln Campus offers the program support courses and many, but not all, major courses.
Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Development Program is designed to give students classroom and practical understanding of the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional principles critical to working with the pre-school through elementary aged child. Students should consult the catalog of the institution to which they will transfer to determine the appropriate science courses to select.
Most, but not all, courses in the Early Childhood Development Program are web-based.
The Early Childhood Development Certificate Program consists of 30 hours, half of the curriculum required for the Early Childhood Development Associate in Applied Science. This certificate allows students to serve in a support role in a classroom as aides in early childhood programs, preschools, and Head Start programs.
The full Early Childhood Development Certificate Program is available online with the exception of the required mathematics course and observation hours.
The Early Childhood Skill Set is designed to provide students minimum entry-level skills to work with children through early childhood. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers. All courses are web-based.
The Electrical Engineering Technology Program has the mission to provide an academic and technical education with sequential/practical instruction for the development of the student as a mature, responsible electrical technician. The curriculum incorporates basic and advanced courses in electricity, electronics and electrical machinery. In addition students must take technical specialization electives in fields that are of particular interest to them.
The full Electrical Engineering Technology Program is available on the Logan Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the program support courses only.
Health Care Professional
The Health Care Professional Program prepares individuals to work in a variety of healthcare settings. Those seeking employment in an Allied Health field may work in hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, and physician offices.
Individuals seeking employment in management may work as health care professionals in the areas of hospital administration, office management, and other support positions. Completion of this program does not guarantee selection into an Allied Health Associate Degree Program. The full Health Care Professional Program is available at all campus locations. Students planning on applying for an Allied Health Program are required to submit an ACT score with the application.
The program includes 15 credit hours of general education courses and 45 credit hours of skill sets, certificate(s), and restricted electives.
The Information Technology Program was developed in response to state and national needs for highly qualified IT professionals who can fill the workforce gap. The program provides a flexible curriculum that can adapt quickly to provide the ultimate in technical training. It is designed as non-transfer for career oriented students who seek advanced positions in the IT industry workforce after completion of the program. The focus electives will be customized to student career path and current business and industry demands.
The full Information Technology Program is available on the Logan Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only.
If you enjoy working in mechanics and electronics, have the ability to work in a team environment as well as independently, have good problem solving skills, good practical and technical skills with attention to detail, and bring creativity and imagination to your projects, Mechatronics may be the career for you!
What is Mechatronics?
Mechatronics is a relatively new approach to product design and development. It combines the principles of electrical, mechanical, computer and industrial engineering. These ‘smart’ Mechatronic systems are typically composed of traditional mechanical and electrical components.
Mechatronics combines areas of engineering to allow the design, development and application of systems requiring fast and highly accurate performance.
Where do Mechatronics Technologists work?
Career positions are available for Mechatronic Technologists in all aspects of today’s high tech industries. Because mechatronics combines electronic, mechanical, computer and control skills, there are lots of available, good-paying jobs in schools, hospitals, manufacturing and production facilities.
What’s the job outlook?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment opportunities for electromechanical technicians, including mechatronics technicians, were expected to grow one percent between 2010 and 2020 (www.bls.gov). The average annual salary for electromechanical technicians was $51,820 in May 2012.
What will I do with my education?
The program teaches students the latest technologies and skills required by manufacturers. Students receive instruction in the installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of electromechanical equipment and manufacturing machinery. The curriculum focuses on the technical aspects of the profession in addition to incorporating technical writing and advanced mathematics classes.
The Medical Assisting Program strives to meet the needs of the community by educating students in this health care field. The student will be prepared for the workforce in the ambulatory care setting. The medical assisting student will perform administrative and clinical procedures.
The student will be prepared to successfully take and pass the certification exams for a certified medical assistant, certified phlebotomy technician, certified EKG technician, certified coding specialist, and certified pharmacy technician. The full Medical Assisting Program is available on the Boone/Lincoln Campus. The Logan, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the program support courses only.
Medical Laboratory Technology
The Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College was developed to fulfill southern West Virginia’s need for qualified Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT). These professional and competent laboratory personnel who are certified to examine and analyze laboratory specimens are essential to the delivery of quality health care.
Although graduates generally work in hospitals, clinics, or doctor’s offices, opportunities also exist in commercial or pharmaceutical industries, scientific research, and infection control in both the public and private sectors. Southern’s program aims at helping students attain the basic knowledge and skills necessary to begin their career in the field of Medical Laboratory Technology. For a better understanding of the physical and mental requirements related to the job performance duties of this profession, students should review the MLT Program’s technical/academic standards. The full Medical Laboratory Technology Program is available on the Logan Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the program support courses only.
The MLT Program at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
The Nursing Program at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is designed to prepare students for professional nursing practice while providing a knowledge base for career mobility and further academic study. The program is committed to providing accessible, high-quality nursing education to meet the diverse and changing health-care needs of the community and beyond.
According to The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. 2017 Median pay according to BLS is $70,000 per year and $33.65 per hour.
Estimated total cost of the program (including tuition, fees, textbooks and supplies, physical exam, competency exams, uniforms, background check and drug screen, graduation and licensing (NCLEX) fees for two years in-state is approximately $14,000.
The full Nursing Program is available on the Logan Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer general education/program support courses only.
The Nursing Program at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and is approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
90 MacCorkle Avenue, SW, Suite 203
South Charleston, WV 25303
Fax: (304) 744-0600
The Paramedic Science Program at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is designed to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be ready to provide pre-hospital care to the ill or injured patient following the guidelines of standard patient care. The use of various websites is a vital part of this program used in documentation of clinical rotations and course work.
The nationwide demand for paramedics continues to rise while the numbers have declined. Changes brought about with 1998 Department of Transportation (DOT) National Standard Curriculum for paramedics have paved the way for paramedics to move into the sphere of health care professionals. Today’s paramedics must have a firm grasp of anatomy and physiology, the pathologies of numerous disease processes, kinematics of trauma, pharmacology, basic and advanced life support skills and procedures, and have the ability to apply this knowledge to all age groups. Furthermore, the paramedic must be a leader, able to gain control of the often chaotic scene environment, be a team leader, able to communicate with patients and family members and intelligently with physicians and other hospital personnel. The full Paramedic Science Program is available on the Logan and Wyoming/McDowell campuses. The Boone/Lincoln and Williamson campuses offer the program support courses only.
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The Paramedic Science Program at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 US Highway 19 N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession (CoAEMSP)
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
For more information on the job outlook, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U. S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, EMTs and Paramedics
The Powersports Technology Program will teach students to service, repair, and maintain a variety of powersports equipment. This equipment will include vehicles such as motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, and personal watercraft. The program graduate will be prepared to be an entry-level technician. Program graduates may most often work as service technicians, but may also find employment as service writers, parts department personnel, and sales staff.
The full Powersports Technology Program is available on the Boone/Lincoln Campus. The Logan, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only.
The mission of the Radiologic Technology Program is to meet community and employer needs for medical imaging professionals with high quality, student-friendly and accessible educational opportunities and services. The program strives to instill professionalism and transferable behaviors into the work place. Students planning on applying for an Allied Health Program are required to submit an ACT score with the application.
The Radiologic Technology Program strives to meet the needs of the community by educating technologists in this vital health care field.
Students planning to transfer to other institutions are advised to see the Radiologic Technology Coordinator to obtain course requirements and sequence. Additional courses may be required to fulfill prerequisites. The program must be completed in three years. For information contact the coordinator at (304) 896-7335.
The full Radiologic Technology Program is available on the Logan Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Williamson, and Wyoming/McDowell campuses offer the general education/program support courses only
- Prepare students to become safe and competent radiographers.
- Provide educational opportunities for students to possess communication and critical thinking skills.
- Demonstrate responsible professional attitudes and behaviors.
- Use effective communication.
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, JRCERT
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606
Tel: (312) 704-5300
Fax: (312) 704-5304
Respiratory Care Technology
The Respiratory Care Technology Program at Southern West Virginia Community andTechnical College is designed to meet the growing needs of the healthcare industry focusing on Respiratory Therapy. Respiratory Therapists work in all types of healthcare settings to evaluate, treat, and care for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders.
Practicing under the direction of a physician they will assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures. The graduate of the Respiratory Care Technology program will be eligible to sit for the Certified Respiratory Therapist Exam and the Registered Respiratory Therapist exam offered by the National Board of Respiratory Therapy provided all eligibility requirements are met. The full Respiratory Care Technology Program is available on the Williamson Campus. The Boone/Lincoln, Logan, and Wyoming/ McDowell campuses offer the program support courses only. Students planning on applying for an Allied Health Program are required to submit an ACT score with the application.
Respiratory Care Technology Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
1248 Harwood Road
Bedford, TX 76021-4244
The Associate Degree graduate of the Surgical Technology Program is a highly skilled surgical technician. The surgical technician functions as an integral part of the surgical team under the direct supervision of a licensed registered professional nurse and in cooperation with the surgeon, anesthesiologist or anesthetist.
Duties and responsibilities include preparing the sterile field, equipment and supplies, instrumentation during surgical procedures, as well as being able to operate complex machinery such as sterilizers, electrosurgical units, and diagnostic equipment used in surgery. The surgical technician will assist medical and nursing personnel in operating rooms, emergency rooms, and obstetrical facilities. Students planning on applying for an Allied Health Program are required to submit an ACT score with the application.
The Technical Studies Program is designed as a non-transfer program for students completing an occupational specialization at the career/vocational centers. It is designed to provide students with the general education knowledge, management skills and technical competencies necessary for employment in a variety of occupations.
Are you ready to let the sparks fly in Southern’s welding program and classes?
You’ll cut, weld and solder your way to a skilled trade career! As a graduate of Southern’s Welding program, your career options include manufacturing, commercial construction, mining, agriculture, wholesale trade and repair and maintenance.
What is Welding?
Welding is the most common way of permanently joining metal parts. In this process, heat is applied to metal pieces, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond. Because of its strength, welding is used in shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing and repair, aerospace applications, and thousands of other manufacturing activities. About 80 percent of welding jobs are in manufacturing. Welding also is used to join beams when constructing buildings, bridges, and other structures and to join pipes in pipelines, power plants, and refineries.
Where do Welders work?
Welding is a specialized skill that offers career opportunities in: welding shops, manufacturing of metal goods, construction, pipe welding, plant maintenance, shipbuilding, and many others. From the tallest skyscrapers to machines and appliances that help make life easier, welders play a critical role in keeping our economy moving.
What’s the job outlook?
Demand for welders is increasing in the construction, manufacturing and utilities industries. Despite overall employment declines in manufacturing, the outlook for welders is far stronger than for other occupations within that industry. The basic skills of welding are the same across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another depending on where they are needed most. The needs are changing in our area as highlighted in a recent issue of The Fabricator.
What will I do with my education?
The Welding Technology Program provides the student with a solid foundation which will enable them to achieve American Welding Society Certification in such areas as: Shielded Metal Arc Welding (S.M.A.W.), Gas Metal Arc Welding (G.M.A.W), Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (G.T.A.W.) and Flux-Core Arc Welding (F.C.A.W.). Students will master skills in the areas of Stick Welding, Mig Welding , Flux Core Welding , Tig Welding, Oxygen Fuel Welding and Cutting, Plasma Arc Cutting, Air Carbon Arc Cutting/Gouging, Print Reading, and welding of Nonferrous Metals and Alloys. There is also a Certificate Program available as well as Skill-sets in Pipe Welding, Welding in Mining and Plant Maintenance.
How do I start?
For more information or if you have questions, please contact: Sheridan Taylor – Instructional Specialist at 304-236-7166 or Guy Lowes, Division Head of Applied and Industrial Technology at 304-236-7633.
You’ll get more than career training at Southern.
You’ll gain professional polish so you can be an asset your first day on the job!