Course Catalog

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Division: Arts and Sciences

 

 

The Associate in Engineering (AE) degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit (SHC) of courses. Within the degree program, the institution shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and basic computer use.

The degree plan includes required general education and prerequisite courses that are acceptable to all state funded Bachelor of Engineering programs.  Students who follow the degree progression plan will meet the entrance requirements at all of the North Carolina public Bachelor of Science Engineering programs.  Associate in Engineering graduates may then apply to any of these programs without taking additional and sometimes duplicative courses.  

Admission to Engineering programs is highly competitive and admission is not guaranteed. To be eligible for the transfer of credits under the AE to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Articulation Agreement, community college graduates must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. 

This is the Electrical Engineering pathway to Western Carolina University.  See your advisor for other pathways and/or other universities.

 

 

First Semester

ACA 122
1 Credit Hour(s)
EGR 150
2 Credit Hour(s)
ENG 111
3 Credit Hour(s)
COM 231
3 Credit Hour(s)
MAT 271
4 Credit Hour(s)

 

Second Semester

ECO 251
3 Credit Hour(s)
ENG 112
3 Credit Hour(s)
MAT 272
4 Credit Hour(s)
HIS 112
3 Credit Hour(s)
PHI 240
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Third Semester

CHM 151
4 Credit Hour(s)
EGR 212
3 Credit Hour(s)
EGR 215
3 Credit Hour(s)
MAT 273
4 Credit Hour(s)
PHY 251
4 Credit Hour(s)

 

Fourth Semester

CSC 134
3 Credit Hour(s)
EGR 216
1 Credit Hour(s)
MAT 285
3 Credit Hour(s)
PED 110
2 Credit Hour(s)
PHY 252
4 Credit Hour(s)

 

Total Credit Hours Required

Curriculum is based on the 2016-17 catalog.

 

Division: Arts and Sciences

 

The Associate in Engineering (AE) degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit (SHC) of courses. Within the degree program, the institution shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and basic computer use.

The degree plan includes required general education and prerequisite courses that are acceptable to all state funded Bachelor of Engineering programs.  Students who follow the degree progression plan will meet the entrance requirements at all of the North Carolina public Bachelor of Science Engineering programs.  Associate in Engineering graduates may then apply to any of these programs without taking additional and sometimes duplicative courses.  

Admission to Engineering programs is highly competitive and admission is not guaranteed. To be eligible for the transfer of credits under the AE to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Articulation Agreement, community college graduates must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. 

This is the Mechanical Engineering pathway to Western Carolina University.  See your advisor for other pathways and/or other universities.

 

First Semester

ACA 122
1 Credit Hour(s)
EGR 150
2 Credit Hour(s)
ENG 111
3 Credit Hour(s)
COM 231
3 Credit Hour(s)
MAT 271
4 Credit Hour(s)

 

Second Semester

ECO 251
3 Credit Hour(s)
ENG 112
3 Credit Hour(s)
MAT 272
4 Credit Hour(s)
HIS 112
3 Credit Hour(s)
PHI 240
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Third Semester

CHM 151
4 Credit Hour(s)
DFT 170
3 Credit Hour(s)
EGR 220
3 Credit Hour(s)
MAT 273
4 Credit Hour(s)
PHY 251
4 Credit Hour(s)

 

Fourth Semester

CSC 134
3 Credit Hour(s)
EGR 228
3 Credit Hour(s)
MAT 285
3 Credit Hour(s)
PHY 252
4 Credit Hour(s)

 

Total Credit Hours Required

Curriculum is based on the 2016-17 catalog.


  • 60 Total Credit Hours Required

 

Division: Arts and Sciences

 

The Early Childhood Education curriculum prepares individuals to work with children from birth through eight in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories with practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers.

Course work includes child growth and development; physical/nutritional needs of children; care and guidance of children; and communication skills with families and children. Students will foster the cognitive/language, physical/motor, social/emotional, and creative development of young children.

Graduates are prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Head Start Programs, and school-age programs.

This degree is accredited by the
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
1313 L St. NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 232-8777
www.naeyc.org

Specific Program Requirements

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. According to GS 110-91, “No person shall be an operator of nor be employed in a child care facility who has been convicted of a crime involving child neglect, child abuse, or moral turpitude, or who is a habitually excessive user of alcohol or who illegally uses narcotic or other impairing drugs, or who is mentally or emotionally impaired to an extent that may be injurious to children.”
  3. Prior to the second semester of coursework, students must submit an Early Education Criminal Record Check Qualification Letter from the Division of Child Development and Early Education. (http://ncchildcare.nc.gov/general.dhhscrc_childcare.asp)

 

See advisor about bi-lateral transfer agreements with select universities.

Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: ACA, CIS, and EDU

 

First Semester

ACA 115
1 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 119
4 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 144
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 145
3 Credit Hour(s)
ENG 111
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Second Semester

CIS 110
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 131
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 146
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 151
3 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 150
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Third Semester

ART 111
3 Credit Hour(s)
COM 120
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Fourth Semester

EDU 153
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 221
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 248
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 251
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 280
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Fifth Semester

EDU 234
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 154
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 284
4 Credit Hour(s)
SPA 111
3 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 150
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Total Credit Hours Required

ACA 122 may be substituted for ACA 115.

HUM 115 may be substituted for ART 111.

HIS 132 may be substituted for EDU 248.

SOC 210 may be substituted for EDU 251.

ENG 232 may be substituted for EDU 154.

 

Curriculum is based on the 2017-18 catalog.


  • 66 Total Credit Hours Required

 

Division: Arts and Sciences

 

The Early Childhood Certificate program is designed to provide students minimum entry-level skills to work with children from three to five years old. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, and school-age programs.

Specific Program Requirements

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. According to GS 110-91, “No person shall be an operator of nor be employed in a child care facility who has been convicted of a crime involving child neglect, child abuse, or moral turpitude, or who is a habitually excessive user of alcohol or who illegally uses narcotic or other impairing drugs, or who is mentally or emotionally impaired to an extent that may be injurious to children.”
  3. Prior to the second semester of coursework, students must submit an Early Education Criminal Record Check Qualification Letter from the Division of Child Development and Early Education. (http://ncchildcare.nc.gov/general.dhhscrc_childcare.asp)

Courses requiring a grade of C or better:  EDU

 

First Semester

EDU 119
4 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 146
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 151
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Second Semester

EDU 145
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 251
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Total Credit Hours Required

Curriculum is based on the 2017-18 catalog.


  • 16 Total Credit Hours Required

 

Division: Arts and Sciences

 

The General Occupational Technology curriculum provides individuals with an opportunity to upgrade their skills and to earn an associate degree or diploma by taking courses suited for their occupational interests and/or needs.

The curriculum content will be individualized for students according to their occupational interests and needs. A program of study for each student will be selected from non-developmental level courses offered by the College.

Graduates will become more effective workers, better qualified for advancements within their field of employment, and become qualified for a wide range of entry-level employment opportunities. Please see Student Services for additional information.

 A.A.S. Degree Program Summary Credit Hours
General Education  15
       ENG-110 Freshman Composition or ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry    3
       Humanities/Fine Arts Elective    3
       Social/Behavioral Sciences    3
       Communication/English Elective   3
       Natural Sciences/Mathematics   3
Major Hours 48 - 55
 Other Required Hours     ACA-115 1
 Program Total  64 - 71                             
 

 

Total Credit Hours Required

 

Division: Arts and Sciences

 

The Health and Fitness Science program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the fitness and exercise industry.

Students will be trained in exercise science and be able to administer basic fitness tests and health risk appraisals, teach specific exercise and fitness classes and provide instruction in the proper use of exercise equipment and facilities.

Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in commercial fitness clubs, YMCA’s/YWCA’s, wellness programs in business and industry, Parks & Recreation Departments and other organizations implementing exercise & fitness programs.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2012), there are currently 267,000 jobs in the field with an average of 33,500 being added over the next few years. For more information, contact Rhonda Davidson at (828) 398-7843 or rhondaldavidson@abtech.edu

 

Courses requiring a minimum grade of "C": ACA, BIO, HEA, and HFS

 

First Semester

ACA 115
1 Credit Hour(s)
HFS 110
4 Credit Hour(s)
HFS 116
3 Credit Hour(s)
PED 110
2 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 150
3 Credit Hour(s)
ENG 111
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Second Semester

HFS 111
4 Credit Hour(s)
BIO 155
3 Credit Hour(s)
BIO 168
4 Credit Hour(s)
COM 110
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Third Semester

 

Fourth Semester

HFS 120
3 Credit Hour(s)
HFS 218
4 Credit Hour(s)
HEA 112
2 Credit Hour(s)
BIO 169
4 Credit Hour(s)
BUS 137
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Fifth Semester

HFS 114
4 Credit Hour(s)
HFS 118
4 Credit Hour(s)
HFS 210
3 Credit Hour(s)
HFS 212
3 Credit Hour(s)
WBL 111
1 Credit Hour(s)

 

Total Credit Hours Required

MAT courses higher than MAT-143 may be accepted in place of MAT-143.

Curriculum is based on 2017-18 catalog. 


  • 69 Total Credit Hours Required

 

Division: Arts and Sciences

 

The Infant/Toddler Care certificate prepared individuals to work with children from infancy to three years of age in diverse learning environments. Students will combine learned theories, competency-based knowledge, and practice in actual settings with young children under the supervision of qualified teachers. 

Coursework includes infant/toddler growth and development, physical/nutritional needs of infants and toddlers, safety issues in the care of infants and toddlers, care and guidance, communication skills with parents and children; design and implementation of appropriate curriculum; and other related topics.

Graduates should be prepared to plan and implement developmentally appropriate infant/toddler programs in early childhood settings. Employment opportunities include child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Early Head Start programs, and other infant/toddler programs.

Specific Program Requirements

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. According to GS 110-91, “No person shall be an operator of nor be employed in a child care facility who has been convicted of a crime involving child neglect, child abuse, or moral turpitude, or who is a habitually excessive user of alcohol or who illegally uses narcotic or other impairing drugs, or who is mentally or emotionally impaired to an extent that may be injurious to children.”
  3. Criminal background checks are required prior to the second semester of coursework.

Courses requiring a grade of C or better: EDU

 

First Semester

EDU 119
4 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 144
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 131
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Second Semester

EDU 153
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 234
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Total Credit Hours Required

Curriculum is based on the 2016-17 catalog.

 

Division: Arts and Sciences

 

The Early Childhood Special Education Certificate focuses on working with children from infancy through middle childhood in diverse learning environments.

Course work defines the field of special education, exploring the growth, development, and guidance of children with special needs. Additionally, courses examine characteristics, causes, expressions, prevention, and management of challenging behaviors, as well as methods of inclusion in educational settings and assessment of educational strategies, family involvement, and services for children with exceptionalities.

Students who complete these courses are eligible to earn a certificate in Special Education.  The Special Education certificate will prepare the student to work with young children with special needs.

 

Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: EDU

 

First Semester

EDU 144
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 145
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 146
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Second Semester

EDU 248
3 Credit Hour(s)
EDU 154
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Third Semester

EDU 221
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Total Credit Hours Required

Curriculum is based on the 2017-18 catalog.


  • 18 Total Credit Hours Required

 

Division: Allied Health

 

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) curriculum provides knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.

 

Upon completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program and licensure, the graduate will:

  1. Students will demonstrate skills necessary for professional Nursing practice.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge necessary for professional Nursing practice.
  3. Students will demonstrate cultural competency within Nursing.
  4. Students will utilize informatics and evidence based data to provide Nursing care to clients.
  5. Students will demonstrate behaviors necessary for professional Nursing practice.
  6. Students will apply the principles of interdisciplinary team management.

 

This program is approved by the:
North Carolina Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 2129

Raleigh, NC 27602
Phone: (919) 782-3211

www.ncbon.com

 

Specific Program Requirements:

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. High School units (as evidenced by proof of high school graduation, high-school equivalent, or earned credits from a post-secondary institution):
    • Chemistry and Biology are strongly suggested
    • Algebra is highly recommended
  3. This program has a competitive selection process. See Fall 2017 Competitive Allied Health Program Criteria on the Competitive and Limited Programs page of the A-B Tech website.www.abtech.edu/competitive-and-limited-programs
  4. Final admission to the ADN program shall be contingent upon documentation of physical and emotional health that would provide evidence indicative of the applicant’s ability to provide safe nursing care to the public; this is accomplished by submission of a nursing department-issued physical form that has been completed by a licensed health care provider (physician, PA, or NP).
  5. To be eligible for admission, all nursing program applicants must submit the following documentation with a completed application:
    • Hold a documented, current, unrestricted credential as a Nurse Aide I (NAI) on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry (NCNAR) from the NC Division of Health Service Regulation (NC DHSR).A copy of the current listing on the NC DHSR website will be acceptable documentation.(https://www.ncnar.org/verify_listings1.jsp#verify)
    • Provide documentation of successful completion of an NC-approved Certified Nurse Aide I program which includes theory, lab, and clinical components.A copy of a college transcript or a notarized course completion certificate will be acceptable documentation. OR Provide evidence of employment in NC as an NAI who has worked a minimum of 500 hours within the last 3 calendar years.Proof of employment must be documented by employer(s) on company letterhead.
    • Satisfactory completion of required immunizations.
  6. Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification is a prerequisite to fulladmission and must be maintained throughout the program.  This certification must include hands-on skills components, AED use, and other lifesaving skills.  Course certifications from any other providers will not be accepted.
  7. Students applying to the ADN program must have successfully completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO 168 & 169) with a "C" or better prior to full acceptance into the Associate Degree Nursing Program.Students are encouraged to have successfully completed: BIO 175 or BIO 275, ENG 111, ENG 112 or ENG 114, PSY 150, PSY 241, and HUM 115, due to the rigorous nature of the ADN curriculum.
  8. Affiliated clinical sites for nursing will require an on boarding process, which will include a criminal background check and drug testing prior to participation in the clinical component. If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences, for any reason, the student will not be able to progress in the program.Applicants for initial licensure in NC must also have a criminal background check.
  9. Admission with advanced standing is subject to space available in the clinical component of the nursing program. Students who begin their nursing education at A-B Tech have preference in admission over students requesting transfer into the program. Space will be allotted to transfer students only when no students who have previously enrolled in the A-B Tech ADN Program are requesting and have qualified for re-entry.

 

Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: BIO and NUR

 

 

Pre-admission Requirements

BIO 168
4 Credit Hour(s)
BIO 169
4 Credit Hour(s)

 

First Semester

BIO 175
3 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 111
8 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 117
2 Credit Hour(s)

 

Second Semester

ENG 111
3 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 112
5 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 114
5 Credit Hour(s)

 

Third Semester

NUR 212
5 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 150
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Fourth Semester

ENG 114
3 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 113
5 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 211
5 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 241
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Fifth Semester

NUR 213
10 Credit Hour(s)
HUM 115
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Total Credit Hours Required

*Program total includes 8 credit hours for successful completion of BIO-168 and BIO-169 with a "C" or better in each course, as a prerequisite to admission into the ADN program.  

BIO-275 may be substituted for BIO-175

ENG-112 may be substituted for ENG-114

Curriculum is based on the 2017-18 catalog.

 


  • 71 Total Credit Hours Required

 

Division: Allied Health

 

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) curriculum provides knowledge, skills, and strategies to integrate safety and quality into nursing care, to practice in a dynamic environment, and to meet individual needs which impact health, quality of life, and achievement of potential.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of healthcare, nursing practice, and the holistic individual. Content emphasizes the nurse as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and informatics.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system and may include positions within acute, chronic, extended, industrial, and community health care facilities.

 

Upon completion of the Associate Degree Nursing Program and licensure, the graduate will:

  1. Students will demonstrate skills necessary for professional Nursing practice.
  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge necessary for professional Nursing practice.
  3. Students will demonstrate cultural competency within Nursing.
  4. Students will utilize informatics and evidence based data to provide Nursing care to clients.
  5. Students will demonstrate behaviors necessary for professional Nursing practice.
  6. Students will apply the principles of interdisciplinary team management.

 

This program is approved by the:
North Carolina Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 2129

Raleigh, NC 27602
Phone: (919) 782-3211

www.ncbon.com

 

Specific Program Requirements:

  1. General college admission requirements.
  2. High School units (as evidenced by proof of high school graduation, high-school equivalent, or earned credits from a post-secondary institution):
    • Chemistry and Biology are strongly suggested
    • Algebra is highly recommended
  3. This program has a competitive selection process. See Fall 2017 Competitive Allied Health Program Criteria on the Competitive and Limited Programs page of the A-B Tech website.www.abtech.edu/competitive-and-limited-programs
  4. Final admission to the ADN program shall be contingent upon documentation of physical and emotional health that would provide evidence indicative of the applicant’s ability to provide safe nursing care to the public; this is accomplished by submission of a nursing department-issued physical form that has been completed by a licensed health care provider (physician, PA, or NP).
  5. To be eligible for admission, all nursing program applicants must submit the following documentation with a completed application:
    • Hold a documented, current, unrestricted credential as a Nurse Aide I (NAI) on the NC Nurse Aide I Registry (NCNAR) from the NC Division of Health Service Regulation (NC DHSR).A copy of the current listing on the NC DHSR website will be acceptable documentation.(https://www.ncnar.org/verify_listings1.jsp#verify)
    • Provide documentation of successful completion of an NC-approved Certified Nurse Aide I program which includes theory, lab, and clinical components.A copy of a college transcript or a notarized course completion certificate will be acceptable documentation. OR Provide evidence of employment in NC as an NAI who has worked a minimum of 500 hours within the last 3 calendar years.Proof of employment must be documented by employer(s) on company letterhead.
    • Satisfactory completion of required immunizations.
  6. Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification is a prerequisite to fulladmission and must be maintained throughout the program.  This certification must include hands-on skills components, AED use, and other lifesaving skills.  Course certifications from any other providers will not be accepted.
  7. Students applying to the ADN program must have successfully completed Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIO 168 & 169) with a "C" or better prior to full acceptance into the Associate Degree Nursing Program.Students are encouraged to have successfully completed: BIO 175 or BIO 275, ENG 111, ENG 112 or ENG 114, PSY 150, PSY 241, and HUM 115, due to the rigorous nature of the ADN curriculum.
  8. Affiliated clinical sites for nursing will require an on boarding process, which will include a criminal background check and drug testing prior to participation in the clinical component. If any clinical facility refuses to allow the student to participate in clinical experiences, for any reason, the student will not be able to progress in the program.Applicants for initial licensure in NC must also have a criminal background check.
  9. Admission with advanced standing is subject to space available in the clinical component of the nursing program. Students who begin their nursing education at A-B Tech have preference in admission over students requesting transfer into the program. Space will be allotted to transfer students only when no students who have previously enrolled in the A-B Tech ADN Program are requesting and have qualified for re-entry.

 

Courses requiring a grade of “C” or better: BIO and NUR

 

Pre-admission Requirements

BIO 168
4 Credit Hour(s)
BIO 169
4 Credit Hour(s)

 

First Semester

BIO 175
3 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 111
8 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 117
2 Credit Hour(s)

 

Second Semester

ENG 111
3 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 112
5 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 114
5 Credit Hour(s)

 

Third Semester

ENG 114
3 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 113
5 Credit Hour(s)
NUR 211
5 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 150
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Fourth Semester

NUR 212
5 Credit Hour(s)
PSY 241
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Fifth Semester

NUR 213
10 Credit Hour(s)
HUM 115
3 Credit Hour(s)

 

Total Credit Hours Required

*Program total includes 8 credit hours for successful completion of BIO-168 and BIO-169 with a "C" or better in each course, as a prerequisite to admission into the ADN program.  

BIO-275 may be substituted for BIO-175

ENG-112 may be substituted for ENG-114

Curriculum is based on the 2017-18 catalog.

 


  • 71 Total Credit Hours Required