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College Catalog 2008-2010


General Information

All students are admitted to Central Carolina Community College without regard to race, sex, color, creed, age, disability, religion, or national origin.

To be admitted to a curriculum program at Central Carolina Community College, applicants must have a high school diploma or the equivalent (GED).

All admission procedures should be completed at least three working days prior to actual enrollment in a program. Exceptions to these admissions policies, including the U.S. Department of Education Ability to Benefit provision for non-high school graduates, may be determined after a conference between the applicant and the vice president of Student Support Services.

Home-schooled Applicants

Home-schooled applicants must provide the following documentation for admission:

  • Proof of listing with the N.C. Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE).
  • A copy of the Certificate of Inspection issued by North Carolina.
  • A full, final high school transcript (including a list of all courses taken, final course grades, and a final grade point average). The transcript should include the official school name and the principal's signature (usually one of the parents or guardians is the principal).

  • NOTE: All academic instruction in core subjects MUST come from parents, legal guardians, or a member of the household and not from anyone outside the household. (Two household schools are permitted to work together.) Colleges generally assume that a member of the household was the supervising instructor for each of the core subjects unless contrary evidence is presented. The home school may be asked to present a statement that a member of the household was the instructor of the core subjects. The NCDNPE can provide information identifying which subjects are core subjects.
  • " A copy of test scores of a nationally standardized test, which measures competencies in verbal and quantitative areas. The home school is permitted to establish its own minimum scores on this test. The home school-established minimum score must be indicated on the transcript and scores must meet or exceed such scores. The State-established North Carolina competency test scores might also be accepted.

Persons home schooled may also elect to take the General Educational Development (GED) exam from their local community college in lieu of a high school diploma. If the student passes this test, the GED is equivalent and can take the place of a high school diploma. The cost of the GED exam is minimal.

General Admissions Standards and Procedures

All applicants to CCCC will be provisionally admitted to the college. To be officially accepted into a curriculum program, a student must complete all admission requirements. Only students who have been officially accepted into a curriculum program will be eligible to receive federal aid, Veteran's benefits, or third party sponsorship

To be admitted to a curriculum program, individuals must:

  1. Complete and return the admission application.
  2. Submit a high school transcript, GED scores, and complete college transcript(s). Official transcripts are required. A transcript is an "official transcript" when it is received by the college through the mail directly from the high school, college, or other institution. It is the applicant's responsibility to request that transcripts be sent.
  3. Take the placement test. Minimum placement test scores are required to take entry-level curriculum English and mathematics courses.
    NOTE: Applicants not meeting the minimum required test scores on the placement test may be required to take developmental courses at CCCC, and this may lengthen the time required to complete the degree program. See specific course descriptions and prerequisites. There are four credential options for mathematics, English composition, and other general education courses. (The choice made by the student will depend on the student's goal. The following students will be exempt from taking the CCCC placement test:
    • Students who have already completed a degree.
    • Students who have acceptable SAT scores.
    • Students who have acceptable ACT scores.
    • Students who have transfer credits for English and mathematics courses required for the curriculum major. (If students switch to a major requiring additional English and/or mathematics courses for which they do not have transfer credits, they must take the placement test to determine appropriate proficiency level.)
    • Students who enter CCCC under the terms of an articulation agreement with another college, provided they have completed the English and mathematics courses required for the articulated program.
    • Students who have acceptable Advanced Placement (AP) credits for required English and mathematics courses.
      • Supply additional information if requested.

For the following programs, an admissions committee consisting of faculty and student development staff makes the admission decision. Because some of these programs have limited enrollment, prospective students are advised to apply early.

Additional admission procedures are required for the following programs prior to acceptance. Please see the individual program curriculum descriptions for that information.

  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)
  • Cosmetology Instructor Training
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Licensed Practical Nurse Refresher
  • Medical Assisting
  • Paralegal Technology Diploma
  • Practical Nursing
  • Veterinary Medical Technology

Communicable Diseases

Neither infected students nor employees will be excluded from enrollment or restricted in their access to college facilities/services unless medically based judgments establish that exclusion or restriction is necessary to the welfare of the individual or community.

Students who know that they are infected are to share this information on a confidential basis with the vice president for Educational and Student Support Services. Employees who are infected should contact the president. The college will then attempt to respond appropriately to health and educational needs.

Students or employees who have reasonable basis for believing that they are infected are expected to seek expert advice about their health circumstances and are obligated ethically and legally to conduct themselves responsibly for the protection of the community.

Communicable diseases may include, but are not limited to, chicken pox, hepatitis, measles, tuberculosis, meningitis, mononucleosis, whooping cough, AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Dual/Concurrent Enrollment for High School Students

Under certain conditions, North Carolina public, private, and home-schooled high school students who are 16 years of age may enroll tuition-free in courses at Central Carolina Community College while enrolled in high school. Dual/Concurrent Enrollment students will follow the college schedule. Students can obtain "Petition for Dual/Concurrent Enrollment" forms from the guidance counselor at their school. Earned certificates, diplomas, or degrees may be awarded after high school graduation, receipt of final high school transcript, and upon written request.

International Students

CCCC is not currently accepting international applicants with F-1 non-immigration student visas.

Special Credit Student(s)

A student may enroll as a special student without specifying an educational objective. To be admitted, the special credit student needs only to file an application. It is to the student's advantage to declare an educational objective and to complete all of the admission procedures as soon as possible after enrollment. Special credit students are not eligible to receive financial aid or veteran's benefits and must meet all prerequisite requirements for each course enrollment.


Counseling services are available to all enrolled and prospective students. Students are invited to use the services as they plan, upgrade, modify, and/or consider changes in their educational goals. The counselors are highly qualified and are available to discuss concerns that may influence students' educational programs. Counselors will arrange confidential conferences to discuss any concerns, to provide needed guidance, and/or to make individual referrals.


Placement tests are administered to prospective students. These tests are for the purpose of placing students in appropriate levels of instruction. Tests and career interest inventories are available through Student Development Services for use as tools in guidance and career planning of students. (See General Admissions Standards and Procedures)

Career Counseling/Services

Career counseling is available in Student Development Services and is designed to help students become more effective in planning career and life goals. Some of the services offered include testing, test interpretation, counseling, group workshops, job search workshops, and job placement. Student Development Services also provides information about and referrals to other agencies such as the Employment Security Commission, Social Security Administration, Social Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Veterans Office, and Health Departments.

Residence Status for Tuition Payment

The tuition charge for persons who have been legal residents of North Carolina for at least 12 months is less than for nonresidents. Chapter 116-143.1 of the N.C. General Statutes covers the requirements for determining resident status for tuition purposes. Chapter 116-143.1(b-d) is quoted as follows:

"To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, a person must have established legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina and maintained that legal residence for at least 12 months immediately prior to his or her classification as a resident for tuition purposes. Every applicant for admission shall be required to make a statement as to his length of residence in the State.

To be eligible for classification as a resident for tuition purposes, a person must establish that his or her presence in the State currently is, and during the requisite 12-month qualifying period was, for purposes of maintaining a bona fide domicile rather than of maintaining a mere temporary residence or abode incident to enrollment in an institution of higher education.

An individual shall not be classified as a resident for tuition purposes and, thus, not rendered eligible to receive the in-State tuition rate, until he or she has provided such evidence related to legal residence and its duration as may be required by officials of the institution of higher education from which the individual seeks the in-State tuition rate."

Information relating to claimed North Carolina residence for tuition purposes will be required from all applicants claiming to be North Carolina residents, and a determination will be made by the vice president for Educational and Student Support Services, dean of Student Services, or the veterans' counselor as to whether or not the applicant qualifies for in-State tuition rates. Should the ruling be contrary to the applicant's expectation, it may be appealed to the Residence Status Committee of the institution. Individuals on active military duty in North Carolina and their dependents are considered in-state for tuition purposes.

The burden of establishing facts, which justify classification of a student as a resident entitled to in-State tuition rates, is on the applicant. Decisions by school officials will be based on the requirements of the North Carolina General Statutes and regulations specified in a Manual to Assist the Public Higher Education Institutions for North Carolina in the Matter of Student Residence Classification for Tuition Purposes.

Applicants with questions not covered by this section should contact the vice president for Educational and Student Support Services, the dean of Student Services, or the veterans' counselor.

The Residency Status form is a part of the application; however, applicants will be required to complete a more in-depth form if additional information is needed.